Grade 1: Skills Unit 7 Teacher Guide

This Unit 7 Teacher Guide contains background information and resources that the teacher will need to implement Unit 7, including an alignment chart between this unit and the Common Core State Standards; an introduction including planning tools, a list of strand components, goals and objectives, and an explanation of lesson format, components, and assessment; 21 lessons, including objectives, planning charts, procedures and activities, take-home material, and/or assessments; a Pausing Point; teacher resources; and the workbook answer key. By the end of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Ask and answer questions (e.g., who, what, where, when), orally or in writing, requiring literal recall and understanding of the details and/or facts of a fiction text read independently;
2. Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in fiction texts read independently;
3. Read (with a partner or alone) and understand decodable text of appropriate complexity for grade 1 that incorporates the specific code knowledge taught;
4. Segment and blend phonemes to form one-syllable words;
5. Read and/or write one-syllable words that include letter-sound correspondences taught;
6. Read and/or write two-syllable words composed of the following syllable types: closed syllables, magic ‘e’ syllables, vowel digraph syllables, r-controlled syllables, and open syllables;
7. Read words with the following inflectional endings: plural nouns ending in –s or –es; present tense verbs ending in –s, -es, or –ing; past tense verbs ending in –ed; 
8. Read and/or write Tricky Words: Mexico, talk, gracias, Carlos, Gomez, Hidalgo;
9. Read decodable text that incorporates the letter-sound correspondences taught with purpose and understanding;
10. Read decodable text that incorporates the letter-sound correspondences taught with increased accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings;
11. Use phonics skills in conjunction with context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary;
12. Plan, draft, and edit an informative/explanatory text that includes mention of a topic, some facts about the topic, and some sense of closure;
13. With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed;
14. Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation;
15. Write from memory the letters of the alphabet accurately in upper- and lowercase form;
16. Use common, proper, and possessive nouns orally and in own writing;
17. Use singular and plural nouns with matching verbs in basic sentences (e.g., He hops; We hop);
18. Use personal, possessive, and indefinite pronouns orally and in own writing;
19. Use regular present-, past- and/or future-tense verbs correctly orally and in own writing;
20. Use frequently occurring conjunctions (e.g., and, but, or, so, because) orally and in own writing;
21. Use determiners (e.g., the, a, this, that) orally and in writing;
22. Build simple and compound declarative, interrogative, and exclamatory sentences orally in response to prompts;
23. Identify and use end punctuation, including periods, question marks, and exclamation points, in writing;
24. Use commas in dates and to separate single words in a series;
25. Spell and write one-syllable words using the letter-sound correspondences taught in grade 1, using the Individual Code Chart if needed;
26. Spell and write high-frequency Tricky Words;
27. Write phonemically plausible spellings for words that cannot be spelled correctly with current code knowledge (e.g., write bote for boat, sum for some, hunee for honey, etc.);
28. Identify frequently occurring root words (e.g., look) and their inflectional forms (e.g., looks, looked, looking); and
29. Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts, including frequently occurring conjunctions to signal simple relationships (e.g., because).

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.1.1 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
RL.1.9 Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.
RL.1.10 With prompting and support, read prose and poetry of appropriate complexity for grade 1.

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