Diphthong: Oo

Diphthong: Oo

Focus on the vowel team "oo" this week, as found in words such as pool and book. Point out the different vowel sounds found in words as you are reading at home with your child.
Continue to study vowel sounds by inviting students to think about words that have double O vowel team. Record different words on sticky notes. Then have students come up and sort the words according to the sound that the "oo" makes (e.g. pool and tool vs. took and book).
Oo Sound
Worksheet
Oo Sound
All vowels behave differently. Explore the difference between the two "oo" sounds with this phonics worksheet.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Practicing Diphthongs: "Oo"
Worksheet
Practicing Diphthongs: "Oo"
Practice phonics with this activity about vowel diphthongs. This one features words with the "oo" sound!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Vowel Diphthongs: "Oo"
Worksheet
Vowel Diphthongs: "Oo"
MOO! That's the sound that the diphthong "OO" makes. Whether your kid is moody or cool, he'll soon learn about this sliding vowel sound.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Word Scramble: Double Vowels
Worksheet
Word Scramble: Double Vowels
This first grade word scramble will give your child practice with the different sounds that the double vowels "oo" and "ue" can make.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
"ool" Word Family Maze
Worksheet
"ool" Word Family Maze
Have some fun with word families! This maze is all about the "ool" family. Draw a line through the words ending in "-ool".
Preschool
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

Data and Graphing

Data and Graphing

Your child can conduct mini surveys among family members or friends to practice data collection. One example to try: "Which vegetable do you prefer: broccoli, peas, or carrots?"
Prepare mini surveys for the students at the beginning of each lesson, and analyze the results as a class. One example to try: "Which vegetable do you prefer: broccoli, peas, or carrots?"
Super Shapes: Count and Graph
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Super Shapes: Count and Graph
Introduce kids to key math skills on this shape-filled worksheet. Kids count and color the different shapes, then make a graph to show how many are pictured.
1st grade
Math
Worksheet
Shape Dimensions: Solid Figures
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Shape Dimensions: Solid Figures
Kids get acquainted with three-dimensional shapes like cubes, cones and prisms, and practice building a bar graph while they're at it.
1st grade
Math
Worksheet
Bar Graphs: Favorite Color
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Bar Graphs: Favorite Color
Fill out a basic bar graph by polling students for their favorite color.
1st grade
Math
Worksheet
Weather Graph
Worksheet
Weather Graph
Observe and record the weather with your kindergartener with this cute fill-in weather graph.
1st grade
Math
Worksheet
Beginning Bar Graphs: Favorite Sports
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Beginning Bar Graphs: Favorite Sports
Football, basketball, baseball, or hockey? Channel your child's love of sports into a beginner's bar graph lesson.
1st grade
Math
Worksheet
Color Bar Graph
Game
Color Bar Graph
Kids must help Cuz-Cuz and Birdee read bar graphs in this colorful data game.
1st grade
Math
Game
Graphing a Fruit Survey
Lesson plan
Graphing a Fruit Survey
What's your favorite fruit? In this lesson, your students will practice important skills by learning to interpret and present data in a visual form.
1st grade
Math
Lesson plan
Pet Survey
Lesson plan
Pet Survey
Expressing opinions and graphing data go hand in hand in this lesson on choosing a pet. Dog, cat or fish? Let your students decide! Use alone or with the lesson **Graphing a Fruit Survey.**
1st grade
Math
Lesson plan

Nonfiction Books

Nonfiction Books

The next time your child doesn't know a word in a nonfiction text, support them in figuring it out using context clues. Pictures in the book might also help reveal the meaning.
Have students record tricky new vocabulary words on sticky notes and stick them next to the new word in the text. Students can work together to figure out what it means, using picture and context clues.
Vocabulary Backpack
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Vocabulary Backpack
The words you learn from reading can go with you wherever you go! As students read nonfiction books, have them add the new words they learn — along with their definitions — to this vocabulary backpack!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Graphic Organizer Template: Web of Words
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Graphic Organizer Template: Web of Words
As students read nonfiction books, have them think which important words teach about the main topic. At the end of this activity, students will have made a web of vocabulary words!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Vocabulary is the Key!
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Vocabulary is the Key!
When reading nonfiction books, it’s important to understand the meaning of related vocabulary words. In this activity, students identify sentences that include key vocabulary. When they're done they'll hold the key to reading success!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
New Words, New Ideas: Reading Nonfiction
Lesson plan
New Words, New Ideas: Reading Nonfiction
Your students will deepen their understanding and build their vocabulary through reading nonfiction texts and identifying unknown words.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
Figuring Out Tricky Words
Lesson plan
Figuring Out Tricky Words
Get ready to teach students strategies for understanding new words! Students will practice strategies to read new words in nonfiction books. This lesson can be used alone or with the New Words, New Ideas: Reading Nonfiction lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
All About Apples: Level H
Story
All About Apples: Level H
Learn all about apples in this leveled book that works on both reading and life science skills at the same time.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Story

Informational Writing: Capitalization

Informational Writing: Capitalization

Continue to read about high-interest topics that your child will be excited to write about. Remind your child to use capital letters at the beginning of sentences as they write informational stories.
Continue to support your class with drafting and revising informational writing. This week, highlight the use of capital letters for proper nouns, and at the beginning of sentences.
What Lives in the Sea
Worksheet
What Lives in the Sea
Your student will research and identify the animal and plant life that live near the sea, using both her own knowledge and the help of the Internet.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
When to Capitalize
Worksheet
When to Capitalize
Confused about when to capitalize? This handy reference worksheet goes over common capitalization rules that kids encounter frequently.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Sentence Features (Capitalization)
Worksheet
Sentence Features (Capitalization)
Something isn't right about these sentences—they're missing correct capitalization! Use this activity to assess your students’ abilities to capitalize sentences.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Get into Grammar: Capitalization
Worksheet
Get into Grammar: Capitalization
Although it may seem trivial, remembering to write the proper letter--whether lower or uppercase--is one of the most important writing skills for first grade.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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