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I believe homework should not be busy work.  It should reinforce concepts taught in class and provide students with an opportunity to apply what they have learned. Children should still have time to play and be kids once they are at home. :) 

A-Z Readers: First grade students will be bringing home a leveled reader every Monday. There will be an assignment for you to complete each night printed on the envelope of the reader.  Every Wednesday night, there will be a comprehension quiz that should be completed by the STUDENT and placed back into the envelope.  Please return the envelope back to school on Thursday with the completed comprehension quiz and A-Z reader inside.  All readers are given based upon students' independent reading levels, therefore they should be able to read the books with little to no help.

   You will receive a newsletter with the weekly homework listed on Monday along with a list of spelling words.  Please study the spelling words each night and be ready for a test on Friday. Spelling homework will be due the very next day.

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Most weeks (with a few exceptions) will follow this schedule:

Write your spelling words two times each (bring to school on Tuesday)
Day 1 of your A-Z reader
Study your Spelling Words (your choice-ABC order, 3x each, Rainbow Words, or pyramids) (bring to school on Wednesday)
Day 2 of your A-Z reader
Study your Spelling Words (your choice-do not turn in)
Day 3 of your A-Z Reader (don't forget the comprehension quiz!!!)
Take a practice spelling test, write any words that you miss three times each, get it signed by a parent and bring it to school on Friday :)

Spelling Practice: Below is a list of different ways to practice your spelling words at home.  These do not have to be turned in. Good ideas to use on Wednesday nights!!

3x each- students need to correctly copy each spelling word three times.

Pyramids: Students write the word adding one letter each time.





Dirty words- students can practice writing their words in the dirt outside with a stick or use shaving cream to write their words.



Spellercise- students move and practice saying the words. They punch out consonants and kick out vowels.


Sentences- students need to make a “sentence with each of the spelling words.



Rainbow words- students can write spelling words in crayon, colored pencils, or markers.

Flashcards- students make cards (either from index cards or cut paper) with the word and a picture describing the words. (EXTRA: tape words to ceiling, use a flashlight in the dark to study)

Word scramble- parents scramble up the words and see if your child can decode the spelling words. 

Writing wizard- write a short story or poem using at least 10 of your words.

Cartoon- create a cartoon strip using at least 10 of the words.

Silly sentences- use your spelling words to make funny or nonsense sentences.

Word find- use magazines, newspaper, or advertisement and cut out 10 of your words and glue to paper.

Word search puzzle- use you words to create a word search puzzle. You can go to www.puzzlemaker.com

Spelling city- log onto www.spellingcity.com and practice your words.



ACT IT OUT-act out your words as you spell them out lo




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