By the end of the year, students are expected to read 58 words per minute. This year first graders will learn:

*the sounds that letters make

*word families such as the -at family of cat, rat, bat, hat, sat

*to sound out short words

*to recognize many words quickly

*ways to figure out new words

*to notice when they have made a mistake

*to look through a book before they read it and get an idea of what it is about

*to think ahead about what might happen in a story

*to tell what happened in a story before they read it

We will be studying different genres of literature this year including: fiction and non-fiction, poetry, sayings and phrases, fables, fairy tales, and folk tales.