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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.

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go." — Dr. Seuss