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First Year Teacher Self-Study Course

First Year Teacher is a self-paced professional development course for novice K-3 teachers, developed by Reading Rockets. The program provides teachers with an in-depth knowledge of reading so they are prepared to guide their students into becoming skilled and enthusiastic readers.

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Vocabulary: Assignments

Vocab boost

Before reading a book aloud to your class, introduce at least one new vocabulary word from the story. Discuss what the word means and ask your students to give you a 'thumbs up' when they hear the vocabulary word in the story.

After you've read the story, discuss the meaning of the vocabulary word again. This time, choose a student to define the word. Ask students to use the word in a sentence and identify a synonym or antonym. Create a chart, listing all vocabulary words introduced throughout the year.

Affix chart

Over a course of two days introduce prefixes and suffixes to your students. On day one, discuss prefixes. Create a chart listing prefixes and their definitions. On the second day, introduce suffixes. Following the discussion, chart suffixes and list their definitions. Compare the difference between prefixes and suffixes. Below is a sample chart to help guide your discussions.

Prefix

Definition

Example

Suffix

Definition

Example

bi-

two

bicycle

-able

can be, worthy of

lovable

dis-

not/apart from

dishonest

-ish

character of, somewhat

selfish

mis-

wrong

misspell

-ist

person who

violinist

pre-

before

preheat

-ful

full of

beautiful

re-

back, again

refund

-ness

state of, quality of

kindness

sub-

under

submarine

-or/-er

person who, thing which

presenter

un-

not

unsafe

-some

like, tending to be

awesome

Vocabulary: Assignments
Diary of a First Year Teacher

Diary of a First Year Teacher

Join Barbara Zielinski, a first grade teacher at River Plaza Elementary School in Middletown, NJ, during her first year teaching.

"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." — Emilie Buchwald