In the primary grades, first and second, teachers build upon the students’ experiences in early childhood classrooms, using a variety of classroom activities to develop important reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Recognizing the diverse abilities of students within the classroom, teachers work in both whole group and small group settings. Students will continue to learn the letters and sounds that make up words.
Through reading and regular study, they will increase their sight word and reading vocabulary. They will think, talk, and write about what they read in stories, articles, and other sources of information. They will read a variety of fiction and nonfiction, including informational texts, folktales, and fables, at their individual reading levels and, with teacher support, of increasing complexity.
Students will work on developing their writing on a range of topics using a growing vocabulary and basic rules of Standard English. As they progress, they will begin to learn how to develop a topic and strengthen their skills by editing and revising.