I work in a high poverty school and the majority of our students come to us with little prior knowledge. We struggle every year trying to enhance their vocabulary. In first grade, we really try to put a huge emphasis on phonics, fluency, comprehension and vocabulary development. I have created a weeklong packet to use as a supplement to my language arts curriculum. Each day has some type of fluency passage with "Power Words" (just a fancy name for vocabulary words), comprehension questions, a parent check off, and some type of other language arts activity. I can think of numerous ways to use this weekly packet, but I am planning on using it as a supplement to my daily reading interventions. It could even be used as a weekly homework packet as long as you had good parent support. My hope is to create one each week. Let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions on making it more teacher and student friendly. Thanks.
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