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Beginning of the Year Reading Smart Board Lesson "First Grade, First Day" Poem

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Looking for something new to for back to school? Your first graders will have fun on the first day of school with this engaging reading lesson that is connected to English Language Arts Common Core Standards. Activities in this lesson use the classic poem First Grade, First Day to develop word recognition skills and oral reading fluency. Repetition in this poem support emergent readers as first graders learn basic sight words and decode words in the -ay word family.

The colorful Smart Notebook lesson pages are interactive with tap to reveal for the poem pages and balloon pop, fridge magnets, anagram game, and dice roll for the –ay word practice pages. A First Grade, First Day PowerPoint is included for an animated practice of the poem and –ay words. Printables and worksheets complete the lesson package to facilitate reading practice at home and independent practice at school to follow-up direct instruction.

Important Note: You must have a Smart Board and Smart Notebook software to open up the Notebook file. If you do not have a Smart Board, please purchase this version: Beginning of the Year Reading PowerPoint Lesson "First Grade, First Day" Poem.

The sample images show activities in the Notebook lesson, slides from the PowerPoint, and ready-to-print activities. See the preview for more images.

Here are the specific items included with this lesson:
*Smart Notebook lesson with 14 pages, including interactive pages with the poem (tap to reveal words) and –ay word practice activities
*First Grade, First Day PowerPoint with 19 pages, including the poem and animated –ay word practice designed to assist in applying phonics for decoding
*Printable Student copy of poem (PDF) that can be included in a poetry notebook or folder
*Printable Take-home copy of poem (PDF) with note asking student to read poem at home
*Printable -ay word worksheet (PDF)
*Printable Poem sequence worksheet (PDF)

First Grade ELA Common Core Standards covered:
*1.RL.10: With prompting and support, read prose and poetry of appropriate complexity for grade 1
*1.RFS.3: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words
*1.RFS.4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension

You'll receive all of the materials in a zipped file. When you open the file, you'll find a Smart Notebook lesson, a PowerPoint, and PDF files. Open the Notebook lesson first and you'll find all of the materials are included in the attachments tab (paper clip icon on the right or left side). Click on the title and it will open up.

This lesson includes materials in my First Grade, First Day PowerPoint that is also listed for sale separately. The PowerPoint-only version can be used with any interactive whiteboard or with a computer/projector or with an iPad. If you purchase this version, you have everything included with the PowerPoint lesson and more!

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Total Pages
37 pages
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Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
With prompting and support, read prose and poetry of appropriate complexity for grade 1.


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