What is a Pal? (Lesson 1)
What is important about being a friend?
Why is it important to be a friend?

Common Core Standards:

RI.1.2 Identify the main topic and retell key details of the text.(Summary)
RF.1.2b Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonant blends.
L.1.1b Use common, proper and possessive nouns.
W.1.5 With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.

Suggested Student Objectives:

SW summarize story selection by stating two main ideas with supporting details.
SW be able to read this week's spelling words that follow a CVC (short vowel sound /a/) pattern in the decodable readers.
SW be able to identify a noun as a person, place, thing or animal.
SW be able to label drawings with a focus personality trait.

Suggested Additional Readings:

Frog and Toad Together (Lobel, Arnold)
Arthur (Brown, Marc)
Poetry: Around Town (Extend the Common Core Standards)

Resource Links:


Draw a picture of a favorite friend. Label the drawing with the friend's name and one word that describes why you like to play with this special friend.
Using magnetic letters, teacher will dictate one CVC word with a medial short /a/ sound to students. Students will form that word with letters and then make rhyming words following the pattern.


Spelling and Journey's Lesson 1 weekly assessments.
Practice workbook p.11 (writing)

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