First Grade

    September: What is Grade 1 studying?

    ELA: Building Classroom Community

    Essential Question: How does an individual contribute to the classroom community?

    Big Ideas: 

    • Students understand rules, drills, and other routines are necessary to help classroom community members learn and keep them safe and contribute to the atmosphere of the tone of the room. 
    • Students understand that readers need to think about what a reader looks like, sounds like, and feels like when they are reading and use a range of strategies to make sense of a text. 


    The Night Before First Grade by Natasha Wing

    No David! by David Shannon

    First Grade, Here I Come! by Nancy Carlson

    Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard

    The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill

    Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

    Jessica by Kevin Henkes

    Rules and Laws (Non-Fiction)


    Writing: Narrative Writing

    • Students will begin brainstorming ideas for writing personal narratives by generating seed ideas. 
    • Students will craft small moments by generating ideas, writing LOTS of details, and crafting powerful endings. 
    • Students will begin to explore the writing process by recognizing and understanding the five steps. (Prewriting, Drafting, Revising, Editing, and Publishing)


    Go Math!: 

    Chapter 1:  Addition Concepts

    Students will:

    • Use pictures to “add to” and find sums
    • Solve “add to” and “put together” word problems using make a model
    • Understand and apply the Additive Identify Property 
    • Explore the Commutative Property
    • Build fluency for addition within 10

    Common Core Learning Standards:

    1.OA.A.1 - Use addition and subtraction within 20 to solve word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.

    1.OA.B.3 - Apply properties of operations as strategies to add and subtract.3 Examples: If 8 + 3 = 11 is known, then 3 + 8 = 11 is also known. (Commutative property of addition.) To add 2 + 6 + 4, the second two numbers can be added to make a ten, so 2 + 6 + 4 = 2 + 10 = 12. (Associative property of addition.)

    1.OA.C.6 - Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Use strategies such as counting on; making ten (e.g., 8 + 6 = 8 + 2 + 4 = 10 + 4 = 14); decomposing a number leading to a ten (e.g., 13 – 4 = 13 – 3 – 1 = 10 – 1 = 9); using the relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., knowing that 8 + 4 = 12, one knows 12 – 8 = 4); and creating equivalent but easier or known sums (e.g., adding 6 + 7 by creating the known equivalent 6 + 6 + 1 = 12 + 1 = 13).

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    First Grade Homework, what to expect?

    Homework is a crucial part of your child's active learning process and essential to their academic progress. Please make sure that all homework is completed daily. 

    Please remember spelling homework is the same every week:

    • Monday -- Write words 3 times each.
    • Tuesday -- Sentences and ABC Order for words 1 -5.
    • Wednesday -- Sentences and ABC Order for words 6 - 10.
    • Thursday -- Study for spelling test.
    Remember to read with your child every night for at least 20 minutes and talk with your child about the story.
    • Math homework will be given every night in math workbook.
    • Homework will vary between all first grade classes.
    • Spelling Test are given every Friday!
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