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California Tamil Academy Grade-1 Syllabus

Books: 1. 2. 3. 4. CTA (Text Book) (TB) CTA (Exercise Book) (EB) CTA (Handwriting Book) (HWB) Story Books - () ()

Materials for Teaching: 1. Flash cards: o o o o o o o o o Fruits Colors Vowels Consonants Farm animals Wild animals Pet animals Vegetables Birds

2. Blocks: o For all the letters

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3. DVD/CD: o Pebbles- o DVD:Pebbles- o Use Basic 3 CTA CD for stories and songs

Objective: 1. Be able to tell all the letters and classifications 2. Not be afraid to read the books 3. Form simple sentences on any topic independently. Skill Set: Entire Tamil alphabet set Words and simple sentences/phrases/paragraphs. Basic set of vocabulary. Differentiate long/short sounds; start to differentiate hard and soft sounds in letters. Read sentences and phrases. Comprehend what is read Entire alphabet, Words, Sentences, Ability to spell words. Common terms used at home (plate, cup, food, brush, bath, etc), taste (sweet, spicy, sour, salty, etc), Seasons, colors, Vegetables, fruits, flowers, house animals, wild animals, Farm animals, Directions, Sounds Narrate incidents and stories, talk about an animal/bird/festival (given a few questions prompting the narration).

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Week

Lessons

Homework

Week 1 Practice Write (vowels) & (vowels) & (consonants) (consonants) and + = ... + = .. Revise + = ... once + = .. Do Pg 1 in HWB Week 2 Revise + = .. + = .. Write + = .. + = .. once. Learn balloon song -Pg Teach Balloon song 9 TB from TB-Pg 9. Do pg 19.b (second Show Basic 3 CTA CD part) in EB. for this song Do pg 2 in HWB Do Pg 1 & 19(1) (Rearrange the Vowels in sequence) in EB Do Dic words 1 - 4 from list1 Do Reading list 1 Do only the top part in Pg 3 HWB Write dictation words two times. Prep for Test 1-Project 1 (20 Marks) Due on Week 4

Week 3 Teach - Pg Prep for Test 1 33 TB Use flash cards Project 1 (20 Marks) Pg 57 TB Due next week Revise + = .. + = .. Write + = .. + = .. once
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Do Dict. Words 5, 6 from list 1 Do Reading list 2

Write dictation words two times. Do Pg 3 bottom part in HWB Do pg 2 in EB

Test 1 - Project 1 (20 marks): Print a copy of Reading list 1 & 2 and follow these directions. 1) Write the series (like , , , ...) in order without looking. 2) In Reading List 1, draw a rectangle around the words, , , , 3) In the sixth sentence in Reading list 1, circle all the (consonants). 4) In Reading list 2, underline the words that start with (vowels) 5) In Reading list 1 and 2 circle all the series letters ( for ex- ) with green color 6) In Reading list 1 and 2 draw a blue square around all the series letters ( for ex - ). 7) Practice Reading List 1 & Reading List 2 (Teachers could ask kids to read the list 1 & 2 for marks) Dictation Word List 1 - - cheek - lesson - fan
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- blue color - door - thread

Reading List 1 ? . ? . . . . .

Reading List 2 . . ? . . . . . .

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Suggestions: ** On Week 3 for Classwork, teachers can bring real vegetables or wax vegetables to the class. Kids learn with more interest. OR The kids can bring pictures about vegetables & talk about their favorite vegetables.

Week 4 Test 1 - PROJECT1 Learn 5 sentences about Teach Pg 65 Do Pg 4 in EB TB Teach + = .. Do {only .. parts} in Pg 4 - 20 in HWB Use flash cards Read Pgs 3,4,5,6 with Write Dic words 2 times students in TB each Do Pg 3 & 35 (1) in Revise Pg 3,4,5,6 in TB EB Teach Dic.words 1 & 2 Prep for PROJECT 2 Due on week 6. from list 2

PROJECT 2 - Due on week 6: On a sheet of paper, draw pictures of their family members & write their relations in tamil (like , ) Tell 3 sentences about the picture.

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Week 5 Revise . & Dic words Teach story - Pg 10 TB Teach Dic words 3 & 4 from list 2. Ask the kids to read Pg 7 TB. Do Pg 18 EB Week 6 Split the words into vowels, consonants & vowel consonants. , , , , etc.. Teach - Pg 41 TB. Use the flash cards Teach Dic. Words 5 & 6 from list 2 Do Reading list 3

Learn the story . Dict. Words 3 & 4 - 2 times each. Write pg 21 - only top part in HWB Do Pg 25 in EB PROJECT 2 due on next week Learn Split words into & &
Words

, , , , ,,

Tell the story PROJECT 2 discuss

Split , , , , , Write Pg 21 bottom part in HWB Do Pg 21 in EB Practice Reading list 3

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Week 7 Teach - Pg 58 Learn for Test TB Use the flash cards Prep for Test Do pg 35 (2) in EB Revise Model paper Learn , formation of -, -, -,-, -, -. .., Dict words - list 1 & list 2, story, - 5 sentences, , Reading list 3 & Split words into & &

Dictation Word List 2 - south - mouse - plant - victory - girl - box

Reading List 3 . . .
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WEEK 8

Test 2
Teach - Pg 61 TB - Summer season - fall / autumn - winter - spring Teach + = ... Read Pgs12,13 & 14 TB Do pg 5 in EB

Learn - Pg 61 TB Write + = ... once. Do Pg 6 in EB Do {only .. parts} in Pg 4 - 20 in HWB Prep for PROJECT 3 due next week

PROJECT 3: 3 Due on WEEK 9. In a sheet of paper, write a season in Tamil. Draw & color pictures which shows what you did or will do in that season. Prepare to tell three or more sentences in tamil in the class ex. Summer season- Go to India, Go to beach, swimming....(Tamil) Fall Season - How you will celebrate Halloween, costume, trick or treat. Deepavali - why, or what you will do .....

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Week 9 Teach Pg 17 TB Show Basic 3 CTA CD for this song Ask kids to read Pg 15TB Teach dict words 1, 2 & 3 from list 3 Revise the vowel consonants .. Use the flash cards Do Pg 7 in EB Discuss about PROJECT 3 Week 10 Teach Pg 67 TB Do Dic words 4,5 & 6 from list 3 Do Pg 16 TB Do pg 37 (1) in EB Revise Do Reading list 4 Teach + = ... Read pgs 20,21,22 -TB Teach - Pg 49 in TB Do pg 37 (2) in EB Do pg 8 in EB Revise the model paper

Learn Pg 17 TB Write dic.words 2 times each Do Pg 22 -top part in HWB

Learn 5 sentences about . Write dic.words 2 times each Do Pg 22 - bottom part in HWB Practice Reading list 4
Do {only ... parts} in Pg 4 - 20 in HWB

Week 11

Test Prep
Formation of vowel consonants .. & ... , , , & 5 sentences about , Dic. Words list 3 & Reading List 4

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Dictation Word List 3 - up - down

- question - inside - outside Reading List 4 . . . . . . - rooster

Week 12

Test 3
Teach , pg 46 & 47 in TB. Use the flash cards Read the story book .

Learn pg 46 & 47 in TB Do pg 16 EB Practice reading the story

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Week 13

Teach Learn Pg 48 in TB Pg 48 in TB Use the flash cards Do Pg 26 in Eb Do Pg 23 in TB Do top part pg 23 in Do Dic words 1 & 2 HWB from list 4 Dic words 2 times each Revise ,

Week 14

Teach- Pg 66 TB Learn 5 sentences about Do Reading List 5 Do Pg 9 in EB Dic. Words 2 times Do Dic. Words 3 & 4 each. from list 4 Learn , Do Pg 36(1) in EB Prep for Test 4 PROJECT 4 (20 marks) Practice Reading list 5

PROJECT 4 (Marks 20) - Due on week 16. 16 Choose a part you like the most from the book you read - book . Draw and color it. In the class explain why you like that part in tamil. Marks will be given based on your drawing & coloring (no help from parents for drawing and coloring) and the way you clearly tell that in Tamil. More tamil more marks . Marks will be given based on how fluently the kid can tell the project in Tamil in the class. Kids also should be able to answer in tamil for any questions asked by teachers relating to the topic. Make a title page: Take another page and write the book name on top and your name, class & due date at the bottom. - Every details in Tamil
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Optional : If you want you can decorate the title page.

Suggestion: ** Sharing a toy or book. *********************** The kids'll show more enthusiasm in summer, winter / spring breaks. Week 15 Teach - Pg 18 TB Show Basic 3 CTA CD for this story Read half of Pg 24 TB Do pg 23 & Pg 36 (2) in EB Dict words 5 & 6 from list 4 Kids tell 5 sentences about Do bottom part - Pg 23 in HWB Dic. Words 2 times each

the class especially after the

Learn - Pg 18 TB Read next half - Pg 24 TB

Test 4 - PROJECT 4 Due next week

Dictation Word List 4 - boy - umbrella - rain - basket


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- cat

- work Reading List 5 . . . . . .

Week 16

Test 4 - PROJECT 4 Write + =


Teach + = .. Read Pgs 28,29 & 30 Teach pg 55 TB Show Basic 3 CTA CD for this Lesson Revise next half - Pg 24 TB

.. once Learn Do Pg 10 EB Do {only .. parts} in Pg 4 - 20 in HWB

Week 17

Teach Pg 68 TB Do Pg 31 TB Dic. Words 1 & 2 from list 5 Revise Do Pg 11 & 31 in EB

Learn 5 sentences about . Do Pg 24 -top part in HWB Dic. Words 2 times each

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Week 18

Teach Pg 26 TB Show Basic 3 CTA CD for this story Do pg 32 TB Do pg 38 in EB Dic words 3 & 4 from list 5 Do Reading list 6

Learn Dic. Words 2 times each Do Pg 24 -bottom part in HWB Practice Reading list 6

Week 19

Teach - Pg 56 TB Use Flash cards Dic. Words 5 & 6 from list 5 Revise model paper

Test prep
Form. of vowel consonants .., , , , 5 sentences about . Dict words & series- list 4 & 5, & Reading list 6 Write dictation words 5 & 6 from list 5 two times each

Dictation Word List 5 - a food / a festival - second - anklet


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Reading List 6

- language - word / tell - give

. . . . . . Week 20 Learn Write + = Teach + = ....once ... Read Pgs Do {only .. parts} 36,37 & 38 Teach - Pg 62 in Pg 4 - 20 in HWB Write a sentence about TB each direction Read the story book

Test 5

Week 21

Teach Pg 8 TB Show Basic 3 CTA CD for this song Do Pg 39 TB Do Pg 12 EB Teach Dic. Words 1 & 2 from list 6

Learn the first 6 lines from -Pg 8 TB Do pg 24 EB Dic. Words 2 times each Do top part pg 25 HWB

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Week 22

Teach Pg 50 TB Do Pg 40 TB- Ask kids to read them. Do Reading list 7 Teach Dic. Words 3 & 4 from list 6 Prep for Project 5

Learn the next 6 lines from -Pg 8 TB Learn Pg 50 TB Do bottom part pg 25 HWB Dic. Words 2 times each Practice Reading list 7 PROJECT 5 due next week

PROJECT 5 : Project due on Week 23. Write the name of your favorite tamil month. Draw pictures showing why you like that month. (You like it because of festivals, holidays, birthday, going to a place, special foods, etc). Explain your pictures in the class in Tamil fluently. Prepare for telling 3 sentences or more about your project. Week 23 Teach Pg 34 TB Show Basic 3 CTA CD for this story Teach Dic. Words 5 & 6 from list 6 Revise Model paper

Test Prep:
Form. of vowel consonants - , , song, , story, dictation word list 6 & Reading list 7

Dictation Word List 6 - hen - cooked rice - buttermilk - stud


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- garden

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Reading List 7

- line

. . ? . ? . . Week 24 Learn Pg 60 TB Write + = Teach .. once. Pg 60 TB Do Pg 20 EB Teach + = Do only {.. .. Read pg 44, 45 parts} in Pg 4 - 20 in HWB TB Review Teach Pg 53 TB Pg 53 TB

Test 6

week 25

Teach - conversion Pg 51 & 52 TB

Give some words for - conversion. , , , Teach Pg 63 TB , , , , , , . Teach Dic. Words 1 & 2 Learn 5 sentences about from list 7 Pg 63 TB Do top part pg 26 HWB Do Pg 17 EB Dic. Words 2 times each Do Pg 33(1) EB

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Week 26

Teach Pg 59 TB Teach I - , We - You - , They - He - She - It - , Teach Pg 25 TB Show Basic 3 CTA CD for this song Teach Dic. Words 3 & 4 from list 7 Do pg 15 EB Do Pg 33(2) EB

Learn Pg 25 TB Revise Pg 59 TB Do Pg 15 EB Do bottom part pg 26 HWB Dic. Words 2 times each

Week 27

Teach Pg 54 TB Do Reading list 8 Revise Model paper

Test Prep
.. formation & dic words list 7, conversion and vice versa. , , , , , & Reading List 8

Dictation Word List 7 - famous Tamil poet - full moon


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- bat

- well being Reading List 8: . . . ? ! . Week 28 Learn 5 sentences about Teach Pg 64 TB Do bottom part pg 27 Teach words like , , , HWB Do Pg 28 in HWB , , , & their In a sheet of paper meanings draw picture of rain & label atleast 3 of these Do Pg 22 in EB words. , , Do Pg 29 EB Do top part pg 27 HWB , , , , . Due for next week

Test 7

Week 29

Teach story Pg 42 TB Show Basic 3 CTA CD for this story Do Pg 14, 27, 28, 32, 34(1) EB. Do top part pg 29 HWB

Learn the story Pg 42 TB Do Pg 30, 34(2) EB Do bottom part pg 29 HWB

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Practice writing the words in .. order ((Refer pg 28 & 30 in EB).

Week 30

Revision

Week 31

Revision Revision

Week 32

Test 8 Final Exam

Dictation Words List 1 List 2 List 3 List 4 List 5 List 6 List 7

Reading lists Reading List 1 ? .


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? . . . . . Reading List 2 . . ? . . . . . . Reading List 3 . . . . . . Reading List 4 . . .


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. . . Reading List 5 . . . . . . Reading List 6 . . . . . Reading List 7 . . ? . ? .

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Reading List 8 . . . ? ! . ************************************* This is a chart of the combination of and to form


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Suggestions: Conversation ideas: What type of things the kids like? Why is it their favorite? Eg : Books, stories, eatables, animals, days in a week, festivals, holidays etc More topics for conversation: Using the following topics/word groups: -> who, what, why, where, when, how, how many, which -> food items with numbers (idly, dosai, chapatti, rice, sambar, rasam, kuruma, chutney) -> sports - like super bowl (new set of words: team, first/second half, trophy, winner/looser, leading, ads, opponents, players, pop-corn, chips, cookies)
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-> Favorite book, author, movie, actor, actress, comedian, hobby, game, subject, teacher,TV program, Radio program -> Day today activities of mom, dad, kids, grand parents Games : -> Each kid can prepare a list of 5 to 10 words starting with - as home work & discuss it in the class next day. It'll be fun & challenging for the kids & they learn words. Parents can help a little bit

Memory Game: Identify the tamil word that starts / ends with -. (or any vowel consonants ) _______________ X ____________________ Kids could learn the Lessons from CD instead of Text book, since it'll make learning fun _______________ X ____________________

Basic 3 Letters - , ,

Language Basics Stories - small stories, makes learning fun when doing it in different ways like drama & also kids learn morals from the story. Learning comprehension. Songs - Exposure to literature & also increase their memorising capability & fun
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Lessons - like fruits, vegetables - exposure to real world things in Tamil Topics - Family, school.. Helps them to create their own topic & discuss about it. For eg. When we talk about school, the kids will talk about friends, teachers, parents, playtime etc.... Independent thinking & expression

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