Grade 1 is starting a pen-pal letter writing activity in which
students will write and receive letters from another student in Grade
1. Students were introduced to letter writing in our “Star of the Day”
activity and we are building upon this with longer letters focusing on
the correct use of capital letters and punctuation. Connect this
activity to home life by letting your child write letters to friends
living in other countries, or explore stamps and how they have
different images and costs.




What’s the best thing that happened to you? Students have been answering this question to provide an example of their writing. We are hoping to see the use of capital letters, full stops and correct spelling of frequently-used sight words. Students will also write their observations from our upcoming unit.

Each student is having time alone with their teacher to listen to them read and complete a DRA. We are pleased to report that everyone’s reading has improved over the course of the year. Good work!!

Literacy in Grade 1


Students are finishing up their thrilling stories in writing. As our new unit commences, we will move on to researching and writing reports. Students will practice note-taking and picking out key terms while researching different types of homes, their locations, and their materials. We will also be examining contractions (can not = can’t), reviewing long vowels for phonics, practicing phonic manipulation, sight words, forming correct sentences and much more.

Please remember to practice handwriting and reading aloud DAILY at home with your child.

Literacy Work in Grade 1



We are currently finishing poetry and starting story writing. It should be very exciting as we learn about the beginning (introduction), middle (problem) and end (solution) of stories. To help at home, you can ask your child about the characters, setting and structure of a story when your child is reading or when you have read them a story.

We are also working on reading and writing the long vowel sounds including the many ways that they are spelled. For example, the long a sound can be spelled many ways, such as ‘a_e, ay, ai’.

We are also looking at homophones (words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings) and antonyms (words with opposite meanings such as big-small).

As always, we are working on writing our letters using correct letter formation and remembering to start our sentences with capital letters and end them with punctuation. Besides our daily reading and handwriting homework, we will also be sending home some fun sight word (words that can’t be spelled phonetically but just have to be learned) activities. Please check and supervise this homework. It is important that children read out loud to you in order for you to correct them and check their comprehension. It is equally important to supervise the handwriting homework to ensure correct letter formation!