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Summer School Units of Study, Rising Grade 1, 2022 Subscription

By Lucy Calkins, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

The Summer School Units of Study for Rising Grade 1 has been designed to provide students who will be entering Grade 1 in the fall with a 6-week sequence of engaging learning that supports their foundational skills, including phonemic awareness, phonics, main idea, argument, and more.

PLEASE NOTE: Subscription activation codes will be delivered by email when your order is processed, and the content will be available for use starting on May 2 and expiring on September 2. See the complete  Terms and Conditions.

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About the Units of Study Summer School Curriculum

These standards-based—and joyful—summer school units review key topics from the previous grade level Units of Study to prepare kids for the year ahead. These units offer the newest researched-based methods for teaching phonemic awareness, assessment-based decoding, vocabulary, knowledge generation, argument, and more. Designed specifically for teachers with a background in workshop teaching, these units will help teachers bring the responsive tools and methods they use all year long into their summer school classrooms.

This subscription is an all-digital resource that includes videotaped minilessons to help teachers launch powerful reading and writing workshops that will inspire students’ joy and confidence while accelerating their growth. Teachers may choose to use the minilesson videos to teach directly, or as professional learning to guide their own teaching of minilessons.  

See the “Subscription Terms and Conditions” section on this webpage for more information.


Units Included in this Grade-Level Sequence

The following are the reading/phonics and writing units that comprise this subscription:
1. Using Sound Power to Read, Rising Grade 1 (22 Student Videos)

  • Using Sound Power to Read is designed to support conventional reading of CVC and CCVC words. This unit supports phonics and decoding, using word cards and white boards as well as connected decodable texts. All of this high-leverage skill work is taught using the familiar and engaging direct instruction, coaching, and community connection. 

2. Writing Invitations, Rising Grade 1 (22 Student Videos)

  • This unit engages young kids to write for real-world reasons: to make signs, letters, how-to books, songs, and playful rhymes. It supports phonemic awareness and letter/sound knowledge. Research is clear that writing is one of the most potent ways for young kids to practice and develop skills at stretching out words, segmenting them, and hearing initial, middle, final sounds. Students will also work on learning and using high frequency words, coming to own those words as only a writer can, using those words to write with far more fluency and confidence.

3. Building Blocks: High Frequency Words, Phonological Awareness & Letter Formation, Rising Grade 1 
5 PA units with 10 videos each, 39 HFW videos, 26 letter formation videos

  • We recommend that each day of Summer School include research-based warm-up activities that will help support kids’ phonological awareness, their knowledge of high frequency words, and their phonics skills, including solidifying their command of letters and sounds, short vowels, blends, and digraphs. Support for phonological awareness, for high frequency words, and for alphabet knowledge have been made available across the 2020–21 school year in the Online Resources, so some children may have already experienced these supports. We recommend revisiting them to solidify knowledge. 

For more information about the Units of Study Summer School curriculum, visit UnitsofStudy.com/SummerSchool.

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