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Reading: Foundational Skills Standard 1

Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
  • Active Reading Using "The Enormous Watermelon"
    In this lesson from ReadWriteThink, students engage in word recognition activities using character names and high-frequency words from the predictable texts of nursery rhymes and the big book "The Enormous Watermelon." Students also identify the main characters in these texts.
  • Crossword Spelling
    This is a Houghton Mifflin site. The words correspond with the units, however, you wouldn't have to follow the Houghton Mifflin program exactly because it is simple enough for students to do. Teacher may want to read the clues.
  • Poetry Portfolios: Using Poetry to Teach Reading
    Students learn to read and write when they have an active interest in what they are reading and writing about. This lesson supports students' exploration of language skills as they read and dissect poetry. Through a weekly poem, students explore meaning, sentence structure, rhyming words, sight words, vocabulary, and print concepts. After studying the poem, students are given a copy of the poem to illustrate and share their understanding. All of the poems explored are then compiled into a poetry portfolio for students to take home and share with their families. To further connect home to school, a family poetry project is suggested.
  • Using a Predictable Text for High-Frequency Words
    In this lesson, from ReadWriteThink, students develop fluency as they participate in a choral reading of the predictable text. After reading the story, students construct sentences using the words found in the predictable text. Students then have the opportunity to write their own stories using the interactive Stapleless Book.
  • Word Builder
    Student is given a sentence with a missing word and must choose the right letters to build that word. Everything is read to the student, including the instructions, so student can play this game by himself.

UEN logo - in partnership with Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).  Send questions or comments to USBE Specialist - Sara  Wiebke and see the Language Arts - Elementary website. For general questions about Utah's Core Standards contact the Director - Jennifer  Throndsen.

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