• We use the Advancing Literacy program to teach reading and phonics in First Grade. 


      In our classroom, we work towards achieving reading goals through participation in lessons and activities planned using the Advanced Literacy program from TC. Our class uses Primary Concepts Sight Words, shared reading, read-alouds, guided reading groups and comprehension strategy lessons. Lessons are planned using the TC Units of Study in Reading.



      There are six reading units covered across the year:


      • Unit 1: Building Good Reading Habits
      • Unit 2: Word Detectives
      • Unit 3: Learning About the World 
      • Unit 4: Readers Have Big Jobs to Do
      • Unit 5: Meeting Characters and Learning Lessons


      There are six phonics units covered throughout the year:


      • Unit 1: Talking and Thinking about Letters 
        • Review phonics taught in Kindergarten: short vowels, blends, digraphs
        • Review Kindergarten High Frequency Words 
      • Unit 2: The Mystery of the Silent e
        • Silent e
        • word endings (-s, -ed, -ing)
        • vowel teams (EE, EA)
        • compound words
        • flexibility with vowel sounds
      • Unit 3: From Tip to Tail, Reading Across Words
        • -y at the end of words
        • contractions
      • Unit 4: Word Builders: Using Vowel Teams to Build Big Words 
        • vowel R (ar, or, er, ir, ur)
        • syllable -le
        • expand vowel teams
        • diphthongs 
      • Unit 5: Marvelous Bloopers: Learning Through Wise Mistakes
        • expand vowel teams (IE, UE, etc.)
        • vowel R word parts (-air, -ore)
        • soft c, g


      We also build phonemic awareness through Heggerty instruction – daily oral lessons in segmenting, blending and manipulating words, syllables and phonemes.