Union-North United

First Grade

Welcome to the LaVille First Grade site!

Welcome to our classroom site!  Here you’ll find the pictures & videos from class activities, the class calendar, volunteer sign-up sheets, and the class list and parent contact information. 


The Daily Five is a way of structuring the reading block so every student is independently engaged in meaningful literacy tasks. These research based tasks are ones that will have the biggest impact on student reading and writing achievement, as well as help foster children who love to read and write. Students receive explicit whole group instruction and then are given independent practice time to read and write independently while we provide focused, intense instruction to individuals and small groups of students.

Students will be engaged in the Daily Five, which are comprised of:

  • Read to Self- Student chooses “good fit” books for them to read by themselves.
  • Work on Writing- Student writes independently.  They have to brainstorm ideas and apply skills taught.
  • Read to Someone- Two students sit and read together.  This helps students build fluency and comprehension skills. 
  • Listen to Reading– Students listen to Books on CD, iPads, etc.  This allows students to hear what fluency sounds like and it also introduces them to new vocabulary.
  •  Word Work– Students will be working on important sight words and their words list from Words Their Way.  This will help students recognize different spelling patterns and apply them in their everyday writing.


One thing you’ll notice that may be a change for you is a direct decrease in the number of worksheets your child brings home.  While worksheets keep students busy, they don’t really result in the high level of learning we want for your child.  Instead, your child will be taught to select “Good Fit Books” or books they can read, understand and are interested in, which they will read during Daily 5.  They will be spending most of their time actually reading, which research supports as the number one way to improve reading.  I anticipate the motivation and enjoyment of reading will skyrocket when this gift of choosing their own books is accompanied by extended practice and specific reading instruction for each individual child. 

Words their way is the phonic/spelling program we will be using school wide this year.  A great benefit of this program is that it allows us to differentiate the instruction to your student’s need.

Your student will be given an initial spelling test to help us place them into a spelling group.  Each week your child will be given a word work sort/spelling test.  Your child will be asked to sort these words in to categories helping them to notice the similarities and differences.  Each week they will be given a traditional spelling test over 12 of the words.  This program focuses less on memorization, and more on noticing patterns and regularities within our spelling system.

Click Here If you would like to know more about Ready Math.

Each week your student will bring home 1-2 pages of math homework.  
Your student will have approximately 10 minutes of reading each night. Around Labor day, your child will begin bringing home 2 books to read nightly.  These books are “good fit” books for your student, and will challenge them as a reader.
Words Their Way 

Night 1: Cut and Sort/ Speed Sort

·    Your child will cut out and sort their words and organize the cards into categories.

·    Children should read each word aloud while they’re sorting.

·    Ask your child to explain why the words are sorted in a particular way; what does the sort reveal about spelling in general?

·    Ask the student to sort them again as fast as possible. You may want to time them.


Night 2: Blind Sort or Blind Writing Sort

·    Blind Sort

1.   Lay down the header or bolded key words to help distinguish each spelling or sound pattern.

2.   Adult or older sibling will pull a word card out of the bag and read the word aloud.

3.   The child will point to the category it belongs to. The child may also say the key word to signify the correct category.

4.   Adult will put the word card down after the child has pointed to the correct category and the child will move the word under the appropriate heading or key word.

5.   If your child makes an error without seeing the word, show the word and have them sort it or say, “try again.”


·    Blind Writing Sort

1.   Materials needed: sorting mat, white board with columns drawn, or regular paper.

2.   Write the header or bolded key word cards on the mat or at the top of a column.

3.   Adult or older sibling will pull a word card out of the bag and read the word aloud.

4.   Students will write the word called under the correct header or key word category. Your child will need to rely on the sound they hear as well as their memory of the letters associated with the sounds.

5.   The adult will show the word called to confirm the spelling or the child must erase and correctly categorize or spell the word.


Night 3: Choice

Ti  Tic Tac Toe Board.  Turn in the next day


Night 4: Practice Spelling Test

·    Choose 12 spelling words from the word cards and give your  child a practice test.

·    You may need to say the word in a sentence for children to understand which word to spell (i.e. would v. wood).


Mrs. Riggs

Mr. Eric Rader

Mrs Shannon Cigan

Mrs. Christy

Mrs. Kymberly Groves