One Blue (1B)

What is a 1B Reader?

1B readers take a huge jump forward in reading. Not only do they have a sight word bank of 200-300 high frequency words, they are now able to use these known words, and knowledge of regular vowel patterns, to figure out unknown words (e.g., ride/pride). 1B readers have their fingers out, covering parts of unfamiliar words to find something they know inside them. Once they find a chunk that looks familiar, they have to recall what known word it is part of, take off the first letter of the known word in their mind, vocalize the isolated chunk, add the beginning sound of the new word to the chunk, and see if it works out to be a sensible word. If it doesn’t work out they have to start all over again. The phonological awareness skills required for this level are tremendous.

Key Common Core State Standards

Foundational Skills
Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words
Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.
Recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.

Major Characteristics of a 1B Book

Very difficult to find in bookstores and libraries. Most of these books are written to teach reading. Simple sentences, first 250 sight words, and basic one-syllable word family words (bat, Matt, flat; bike, Mike).

Formative Assessment for Teaching and Learning

The IRLA includes every Common Core State Standard for Reading, both in literature and informational text, as well as those Language standards key to reading success

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