# This Week in First Grade

Week 12

## Long A

The sound "ay" can be spelled as "ay" or as "a_e" (for example, clay and late). Be sure to point these common spelling patterns out to your child as you read books together.
As students get familiar with the different ways to write and read the long A sound, have them sort words looking for those different vowel patterns and teams. For example, you might ask your students if the word "day" belongs with the "a_e" words or the "ay" words.
Learning Long Vowels: Long A in Tray
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Learning Long Vowels: Long A in Tray
Kids practice reading and writing the long a sound in words ending like tray.
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Long Vowels: Long A in Train
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Long Vowels: Long A in Train
Introduce your first grader to ai words with this long vowels worksheet.
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Play Long Vowel Bingo
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Play Long Vowel Bingo
Teach your child the difference between long and short vowels with this fun bingo game.
kindergarten
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Long Vowel Sounds #1
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Long Vowel Sounds #1
Children will enjoy circling the words with long vowel sounds —and crossing out the words that don't — in this fun word matching worksheet.
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Long and Short Vowel Sort
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Long and Short Vowel Sort
Time to shop! Kids must sort short and long vowel words at the toy store.
kindergarten
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## Add Three Numbers: Make a Ten and Count On

When your child is adding three numbers together, point out that looking for combinations of 10 can make solving the problem easier. For example, with 3 + 7 + 5, start by adding 3 and 7. Then, count on 5 more to solve.
When students start adding three numbers, encourage them to make a ten when possible and then count on. For example, when adding 3 + 7 + 5, point out that 3 and 7 make 10. Then count on 5 more to solve the problem.
Interactive Worksheet
If your child is looking for a number challenge, we've got the worksheet for her. She may be a whiz at adding two numbers, but can she add three numbers?
Math
Interactive Worksheet
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Challenge your child to add three, four, and five numbers together. He may find the task daunting, but there's a trick to add multiple numbers that will help!
Math
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Math
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If your child is confident in their addition skills, challenge them to tackle addition with three numbers.
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Lesson plan
Math
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Number Roll
Lesson plan
Number Roll
Engage your students with a fun game that provides practice adding three numbers in any order. Use this scaffolded EL lesson plan alone or with Adding Three is a Breeze.
Math
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Show your child how to use sticky notes to mark pages as they read. They can attach sticky notes to a page when they have a question about the text, or are able to make a connection. Then, have them share their notes with you after they finish reading.
Encourage students to use sticky notes to mark pages as they read. They can mark an exclamation mark on a sticky note for something exciting or funny, or a question mark if they find something confusing. Then, have them share their sticky notes with their reading buddy.
Lesson plan
It is important for students to stop and think as they read. This activity/lesson is a fun and quick way to see how students are thinking as they read.
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Lesson plan
In this lesson, students will retell stories and use symbols to highlight interesting parts. This lesson can be used alone or with the Readers Record Their Thinking lesson plan.
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Worksheet
This printable bookmark prompts kids to reflect on what they are reading.
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Problem and Solution Bookmark
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Problem and Solution Bookmark
Kids can demonstrate their understanding of what they are reading with this printable bookmark.
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Stop and Jot
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Stop and Jot
This printable bookmark gives readers an open-ended platform with which to make notes about what they are reading.
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These Parts Stick in My Mind
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These Parts Stick in My Mind
This printable bookmark encourages students to reflect on what they are reading, as they are reading.
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My Favorite Foods: Level F
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My Favorite Foods: Level F
For kids who are just getting used to reading, here's a leveled book that's sure to whet their appetite.
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## How-To Writing

How-to writing involves giving instructions for how to do basic tasks, like brushing teeth, playing tag, or checking out a library book.
Be sure to brainstorm and record things students can do so that they have plenty of ideas for different topics. Make sure to include activities that are not too complicated, like brushing teeth, playing tag, or checking out a library book!
Things I Know How to Do and Make
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Things I Know How to Do and Make
This worksheet is designed to help students brainstorm their own simple how-to stories by giving them space to plan and write.
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Horizontal Writing Template With Prompts
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Horizontal Writing Template With Prompts
This how-to writing template is a horizontal version of our Scaffolded Writing Template With Prompts, which helps kids to organize their thoughts for writing.
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How to Get Dressed
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How to Get Dressed
This worksheet helps kids to create a guide for doing something they do every day: get dressed!
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Cooking Up a How-To Story
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Cooking Up a How-To Story
Cooking up a delicious Peanut Butter and Jelly is as simple as writing a how-to story in this lesson designed to teach students the different parts of a how-to story. Everyone will walk away with their heads and tummies filled!
kindergarten
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Send home these fun free resources to help reinforce the skills you're teaching in the classroom.