1st Grade ELA Units (Stage 1)
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Content Area: Language Arts
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Unit 1: Back to School with the ABC's
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Grade Level: 1
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Stage 1 - Desired Results
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Transfer
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Students will be able to independently use their learning to...
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• convey ideas or feelings in writing, speaking or communicating with peers
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Meaning
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Enduring Understandings:Essential Questions:
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Students will understand that...Students will keep considering...
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• spoken and written words carry meaning
• written text is someone’s thoughts or ideas
• stories have a message
• different texts are read for different purposes

• Why do I sort words into groups?
• What is the purpose of reading a particular text?
• What can I learn from reading?
• How do picture clues help me understand the text?

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Acquisition
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Students will know...Students will be skilled at:
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• characteristics of a fiction text
• characteristics of a nonfiction text
• a character represents the people or animals in a story
• setting represents where a story takes place
• events are how things happen in a story
• how to identify the problem and solution of a story
• concepts of print (difference between a letter/word/sentence, left to right, top to bottom, first word, length of words, ending punctuation)
• difference between facts and opinions
• rules for discussion (listening to other with care, speaking one at a time, stay on topic)
• a noun is a person, place or thing
• a category describes a group that have common characteristics

•LITERATURE
• retelling key details from literature
• describing characters, settings and events within a story
• explaining the difference between fiction and nonfiction
• using illustrations and details in a story to retell
INFORMATIONAL TEXT
• retelling key details from informational text
• reading informational text appropriate for first grade
FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS
• using basic concepts of print
• orally isolating, segmenting, and blending sounds
• using long and short vowel sounds to read single-syllable words
WRITING
• writing facts about a given topic
SPEAKING AND LISTENING
• participating in collaborative discussions with peers and teachers following agreed upon rules
• adding drawings or other visual displays to support an idea
• speaking in complete sentences when appropriate
LANGUAGE
• printing upper- and lowercase letters

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