The Research Foundation for Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA)
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The following ancillary components are used to support instruction in various units throughout the Grade 1 Skills strand:
Consonant Flip Book: Grade 1 Ancillary Materials
The Consonant Code Flip Book is used to introduce or review consonant sound-spelling correspondences. It can also be utilized at any time to support individuals or groups in need of targeted remediation and practice.
Vowel Flip Book: Grade 1 Ancillary Materials
The Vowel Code Flip Book is used to introduce or review vowel sound-spelling correspondences. It can also be utilized at any time to support individuals or groups in need of targeted remediation and practice.
Spelling Cards: Grade 1 Ancillary MaterialsSpelling Cards are used in conjunction with the Consonant and Vowel Flip Books to record student progress. Teachers affix the spelling to the corresponding chart when a new sound-spelling is introduced.
Large Number Cards: Grade 1 Ancillary Materials
Large Cards are used in chaining exercises to help students practice phonemic spelling while also offering them an opportunity for movement.
Individual Code Chart: Grade 1 Ancillary Materials
Students use the Individual Code Chart to record the sound-spelling correspondences they have learned. They are encouraged to refer to the Individual Code Chart when reading and writing independently.
Students are introduced to fables and stories that have delighted people for generations, including Aesop’s fables, a folktale of Anansi the Spider, and Beatrix Potter’s “The Tale of Peter Rabbit.” Students increase their vocabulary and reading comprehension skills, learn valuable lessons about virtues and behavior, and become familiar with the key elements of a story.
Read-Aloud Anthology: Fables and Stories
Flip Book: Fables and Stories
Image Cards: Fables and Stories
Read-Aloud Supplemental Guild: Fables and Stries
Students are introduced to the systems of the human body and the functions of major organs. They learn about care of the body, germs and disease, vaccines, and keys to good health.
Read-Aloud: Anthology: The Human Body
Flip Book: The Human Body
Image Cards: The Human Body
Read-Aloud Supplemental Guild: The Human Body
Students encounter different cultures from around the world as they explore the ways in which folktales from different lands treat similar themes or characters, including variations on the Cinderella story, the adventures of supernaturally small characters, and the exploits of cunning tricksters.
Read-Aloud: Anthology: Different Lands, Similar Stories
Flip Book: Different Lands, Similar Stories
Image Cards: Different Lands, Similar Stories
Read-Aloud Supplemental Guild: Different Lands, Similar Stories
What is needed to build a civilization? Going back to the ancient Middle East, students explore Mesopotamia and Egypt and learn about the importance of rivers, farming, writing, laws, art, and religious beliefs. A third section introduces the development of three major world religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) to provide students with a basic vocabulary for understanding many events and ideas in history throughout their studies in later grades.
Read-Aloud: Anthology: Early World Civilizations
Flip Book: Early World Civilizations
Image Cards: Early World Civilizations
Read-Aloud Supplemental Guild: Early World Civilizations
Students compare and contrast key features of the early civilizations of the Maya, Aztec, and Inca, and explore the development of cities such as Tenochtitlan and Machu Picchu. They are also introduced to the work of archaeologists who unearth ancient civilizations.
Read-Aloud: Anthology: Early American Civilizations
Flip Book: Early American Civilizations
Image Cards: Early American Civilizations
Read-Aloud Supplemental Guild: Early American Civilizations
In this introduction to the solar system, students learn about Earth in relation to the moon, the other planets, the sun, and the stars. They learn about the sun as a source of light, heat, and energy. And they are introduced to space exploration, including the Apollo missions to the moon.
Read-Aloud: Anthology: Astronomy
Flip Book: Astronomy
Image Cards: Astronomy
Read-Aloud Supplemental Guild: Astronomy
Students learn about the geographical features of the Earth’s surface, the layers of the Earth, rocks and minerals, volcanoes and geysers—and, last but not least, fossils and dinosaurs!
Read-Aloud: Anthology: The History of the Earth
Flip Book: The History of the Earth
Image Cards: The History of the Earth
Read-Aloud Supplemental Guild: The History of the Earth
Students focus on the interconnectedness of living things with their physical environment as they learn what a habitat is and explore plants and animals in specific types of habitats.
Read-Aloud: Anthology: Animals and Habitats
Flip Book: Animals and Habitats
Image Cards: Animals and Habitats
Read-Aloud Supplemental Guild: Animals and Habitats
Students are introduced to fairy tales that have been favorites for generations, including “Sleeping Beauty,” “Rumpelstiltskin,” “The Frog Prince,” “Hansel and Gretel,” and “Jack and the Beanstalk.” Students learn about the Brothers Grimm, identify common elements of fairy tales, consider problems and solutions, make interpretations, and compare and contrast different tales.
Read-Aloud: Anthology: Fairy Tales
Flip Book: Fairy Tales
Image Cards: Fairy Tales
Read-Aloud Supplemental Guild: Fairy Tales
tudents learn about the birth of the United States of America. They are introduced to important historical figures and events in the story of how the thirteen colonies became an independent nation. They also learn the significance of patriotic symbols, including the U.S. flag, the Liberty Bell, and the bald eagle.
Read-Aloud: Anthology: A New Nation - America
Flip Book: A New Nation - America
Image Cards: A New Nation - America
Read-Aloud Supplemental Guild: A New Nation - America
Students are introduced to early exploration of the American West and learn about key figures such as Daniel Boone, Lewis and Clark, and Sacagawea. They learn how colonists spread westward, including their struggles and successes and their interactions with native peoples.
Read-Aloud: Anthology: Frontier Explorers
Flip Book: Frontier Explorers
Image Cards: Frontier Explorers
Read-Aloud Supplemental Guild: Frontier Explorers
For students who completed the Kindergarten CKLA program, Unit 1 provides a review of the sounds and spellings taught in the CKLA Kindergarten curriculum. Students are introduced to Tricky Spellings (spellings that can be sounded more than one way) and Tricky Words (words that cannot be sounded out using the letter-sound correspondences taught so far). The decodable Student Reader for Unit 1 is Snap Shots.
Teacher Guide: Grade 1 Skills Unit 1
Student Workbook: Grade 1 Skills Unit 1
Student Reader: Grade 1 Skills Unit 1
Big Book: Grade 1 Skills Unit 1
Assessment and Remediation Guide Grade 1 Skills Unit1
Unit 2 introduces five vowel sounds and the most common (or least ambiguous) spelling for each sound. Students learn to read and write words with separated digraphs (such as a and e in cake). The unit also includes grammar lessons on nouns (including proper nouns) as well as practice with new Tricky Words. The decodable Student Reader for Unit 2 is Gran.
Teacher Guide: Grade 1 Skills Unit 2
Student Workbook: Grade 1 Skills Unit 2
Student Reader: Grade 1 Skills Unit 2
Big Book: Grade 1 Skills Unit 2
Assessment and Remediation Guide Grade 1 Skills Unit 2
Unit 3 introduces students to five vowel sounds and the most common spelling for each sound, five new Tricky Words, and the Tricky Spelling “oo.” Grammar exercises focus on identifying verbs and verb tense (regular present, past, and future). Students begin formal instruction in the writing process with a focus on narrative writing.The decodable Student Reader for Unit 3 is Fables.
Teacher Guide: Grade 1 Skills Unit 3
Student Workbook: Grade 1 Skills Unit 3
Student Reader: Grade 1 Skills Unit 3
Big Book: Grade 1 Skills Unit 3
Assessment and Remediation Guide Grade 1 Skills Unit 3
Unit 4 introduces the most common (or least ambiguous) spellings for /r/-controlled vowel sounds. Students learn the concept of a syllable and practice with two-syllable words. Students are introduced to past-tense verb forms ending with –ed as they continue to work with nouns and verbs in phrases. Students are introduced to adjectives and they practice descriptive writing. The decodable Student Reader for Unit 4 is The Green Fern Zoo.
Teacher Guide: Grade 1 Skills Unit 4
Student Workbook: Grade 1 Skills Unit 4
Student Reader: Grade 1 Skills Unit 4
Assessment and Remediation Guide Grade 1 Skills Unit 4
In Unit 5, students begin learning spelling alternatives that make up the advanced code. They practice making nouns plural and changing spelling when adding suffixes. In grammar, students identify sentence types (statements, questions, and exclamations) and practice creating longer sentences. They plan, draft, and edit a letter in which they express their opinions to the main character of the decodable Student Reader for Unit 5, Kate’s Book.
Teacher Guide: Grade 1 Skills Unit 5
Student Workbook: Grade 1 Skills Unit 5
Student Reader: Grade 1 Skills Unit 5
Assessment and Remediation Guide Grade 1 Skills Unit 5
In Unit 6, students continue work with several spelling alternatives for consonant sounds. Students review nouns and pronouns and learn to match pronouns to the nouns to which they refer. They plan, draft, and edit a personal narrative. The decodable Student Reader for Unit 6 is Grace.
Teacher Guide: Grade 1 Skills Unit 6
Student Workbook: Grade 1 Skills Unit 6
Student Reader: Grade 1 Skills Unit 6
Assessment and Remediation Guide Grade 1 Skills Unit 6
In Unit 7, students continue to learn the advanced code, focusing on spelling alternatives for vowel sounds. In addition, students learn about the use of conjunctions and commas, as well as and noun-verb agreement in sentences. Students practice the writing process by planning, drafting, and editing an informative/explanatory text. The decodable Student Reader for Unit 7 is Kay and Martez. Students are administered a cumulative End-of-Year assessment, the results of which can be shared with second grade teachers via the End-of-Year Summary sheet included in the Student Workbook.
Teacher Guide: Grade 1 Skills Unit 1
Student Workbook: Grade 1 Skills Unit 1
Student Reader: Grade 1 Skills Unit 7