Last year, my school's first grade team asked me if I could come up with some resources to supplement their Journeys Reading Series. They knew I had created them for second grade and felt like something similar would be really useful for them in first. We brainstormed some skills they would like to be hit in each unit, as well as activities and printables, and went from there.
There is always a comprehension skill focus each week, whether it be main idea, drawing conclusions, etc. I always include a student mini-booklet, a flap book, posters, and an interactive notebook template. I like to include enough activities for each day of the unit.
I always like to post the spelling, vocabulary, and high frequency words in a pocket chart for students to use at word work and writing centers, along with the picture cards that come with the series.
We push and say the sounds for each spelling words on these little word mats. Letter tiles specifically for each lesson can be printed for each student and stored in plastic storage bags. I print the word mats on card stock and laminate them to be reused each week.
I know that many first grade teachers like to send home flash cards each week with students. These are vocabulary flash cards. Not only do I make up a motion for each word, but we also draw illustrations to help us remember the meaning of our weekly vocabulary words. They can cut them apart and store them in these accordion files I found in the Target Dollar Spot. High frequency and spelling word flash cards are also included.
Read the Room is always a class favorite. I like to mix it up each week. One week, we may actually go around the room with our clipboards hunting for words with our spelling sound of the week. The next week, I have them go on a text hunt with these fun little magnifying glasses. I picked these up on Amazon.
Who doesn't love a good board game?! This is one of their favorite parts of the unit, so I included two different ones in each resource. One is for spelling and the other for high frequency words.
Five learning centers are always included. Four are for word work and the fifth is for your grammar skill for the week. I have tried to make them as easy to prepare as possible. Just print, laminate, and cut. The centers for each week follow the same structure, so you never have to take the time to teach the centers for the week to your students after the first couple of weeks. I worried that they may get tired of having such similar centers each week, but no one has ever complained about it. I think they like knowing what to expect and just love having that time at a center. I have also tried to make them fun for the students to keep wanting more!
These little magnetic chips and a good magnet wand are perfect for Bingo. They make for such easy clean up when a game is over. I would definitely recommend purchasing a set if you don't already have some.
You will notice that I use Smart Pals for all of my centers. They are worth the investment. I know there are a lot of similar products out there, but these have been the most durable from year to year. I also save a ton on paper and ink, and the dry erase markers are always a hit with the little ones!
Finally, several printables are included for easy implementation and practice. I know the handwriting pages were a hit with our first grade teachers. I will do a post soon on incorporating handwriting into your sight word instruction. :) I also promise to do a post on how I run my centers! I haven't forgotten! ;)
I often get asked how I store my materials for each lesson. This is it! I put everything into a gallon size plastic storage bag. I label it with a sticker. You could also print the cover page to the pack if you prefer and stick that in the front.
Here is a preview of everything included in a lesson.
I finally bundled all of the lessons into units to help everyone save. You can buy the lessons individually if you prefer. You can just head to my store Tiffany Gannon and click on the category to the left of the page to find the unit you are looking for. You can click on any of the pics below to be taken to the bundles which also has a link to the individual lessons.
The Teachers Pay Teachers sale begins today, so you can save 20% off in my store. I can't wait to go shopping to load up for a new year in kindergarten! Be sure to use the promo code BTS15 to save an additional 10% on your purchase. Happy Monday!