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1st Grade Curriculum
Instill a life-long love of reading in children with all learning styles.
Videos, Games, Songs, and Activities Based Curriculum
By the time a child reaches 1st Grade, he or she should have a strong set of early reading skills, including phonemic awareness, phonics, blending, fluency and comprehension. Unfortunately, many traditional reading programs leave up to 30% or more of children behind, especially those students who are not linguistically talented or those who have non-traditional learning styles.
A key part of the Fletcher's Place program are the Sound MovementsTM that relate each letter sound to a specific movement. These movements give all students the memory hooks they need to connect a sound to a letter. Once students master these sounds they quickly master the ability to sound out and read words.
The First Grade curriculum includes mastering letters (and letter combinations), decoding regular and irregular words, recognizing sight words, word analysis, fluency, systematic vocabulary development, and comprehension. Like all of the various grade levels of Fletcher's Place, the 1st Grade curriculum is explicit, progressive, and cumulative, containing many small steps in the "reading skills ladder" that other programs leave out.
Fletcher's Place 1st Grade is particularly effective for English Language Learners. The program's many years of work and unprecedented success teaching these students has resulted in many schools and districts using the methodology in full immersion, dual immersion, resource, special education, one-on-one teaching, and after school settings.
Reading Revolution's methodology works for all students regardless of socioeconomic status, reading level, or literacy background.



How Fletcher's Place Works:
Fletcher's Place offers a truly revolutionary, uniquely effective approach to teaching reading and spelling. Our activity-based methodology engages every intelligence and learning style by incorporating songs, physical activities and interactive games, as well as the use of manipulatives, Activity Book pages, and numerous language opportunities.

The 1st grade curriculum teaches phonemic awareness, reading and spelling words, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension using explicit, systematic and cumulative strategies and techniques that give students the skills and motivation they need to read with confidence.

The following are a sample of some of the Reading Revolution strategies and techniques.

PHONEMIC AWARENESS
Strategies used to master these skills:
  • Stretching out sounds and words
  • Identifying first, last, and medial sounds using Sound MovementsTM which are specially designed Reading Revolution hand gestures
  • Pronouncing letter sounds accurately and differentiating between similar sounds using Sound Movements
  • Orally manipulating sounds in words by using a ball game to delete, add or substitute sounds in words
DECODING AND ENCODING
Strategies used to master these skills:
  • Using Sound Movements to anchor the letter symbol to the sound it makes
  • Using Sound Movements to help students slide the sounds together to form words and to spell words
  • Becoming detectives to discover patterns in phonetically regular and phonetically irregular words by investigating clues and discovering the spelling patterns
  • Developing Memory Hooks to remember the spelling of one-of-a-kind words
FLUENCY
Strategies used to master this skill:
  • Training students' eyes to visually track text, lining up letters in reading order, seeing more than one word at a time, seeing phrases, and helping the eyes move from one line of text to the next using a Reading Revolution technique called Finger Sliding
  • Obey punctuation marks using a Reading Revolution technique called Road Signs
  • Reading with expression using a Reading Revolution technique called Word Coloring
VOCABULARY AND COMPREHENSION
Strategies used to master these skills:
  • Attaching meaning to words and text at every step in the reading skills progression
  • Strengthening vocabulary and language development by giving students the skills necessary to note, sequence and summarize events in text using a Reading Revolution technique called Picture Notes, a form of graphic notation to put text into long-term memory
  • Formulating questions about the text to clarify what they read
  • Experiencing and imagining text using all the senses
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"At Enrico Fermi Elementary School, we have had the incredible fortune to be trained in Reading Revolution. The children are enthusiastic and involved in their own education in a manner I have never seen before. Every colleague I speak with is just as enthused about the program and the results they are seeing in the children. I was astonished at the improvement I saw. The students' increased self-esteem is a testimonial of just how good this reading program is."
- Marleni Lenin
Yonkers, NY

Fletcher's Place has been extensively tested, both as a core curriculum product and an intervention product. In the Bronx, New York Fletcher's Place was tested against a more well-known reading product. Across all major reading skills, children using Fletcher's Place outperformed the children in classrooms with the other product. Specifically, children performed higher in alphabet writing, spelling and decoding. In Yonkers school district, in New York, students who were using Fletcher's Place as a supplemental program to their core reading program were tested against students using the core reading program alone. Each year, the children using Fletcher's Place consistently outperformed students in every major reading category. This study proves that children using Fletcher's Place are significantly more advanced in areas such as phonics, phonemic awareness, and comprehension.