First Grade

    December: What is Grade 1 studying?

    ELA: Unit of Study: The Local Community

    Essential Question: What are the characteristics of a community?

    Big Idea: Students will understand that a community consists of different areas, communities have natural and built features and provide services that help meet the needs of people who live and work there.


    Where do Animals Live? (Mondo)


    Franklin’s Neighborhood by Paulette Bourgeois

    Mice (Mondo)  

    Natural and Built Resources


    Zoo-Looking (Mondo)

    Community Helper

    Penguins are Waterbirds (Mondo)

    Where Does the Wind Go? (Mondo)

    Helping Out is Cool by Ellen Feinman Moss

    Be the Change in Your Community by Megan Kopp

    When the King Rides by (Mondo)

    Cat (Mondo)


    Writing: Informative Writing

    Students will learn:

    • how to introduce their topic
    • include facts and details about their topic
    • provide a sense of closure.
    • They will continue to use the writing process and 6+1 Traits of Writing.

    Go Math!: 

    Go Math!:

    Chapter 4: Students will apply strategies for subtracting.

    • Use count back to subtract
    • Use addition as a strategy to subtract numbers
    • Solve subtraction problems using act it out and make a model
    • Subtract by breaking apart


    Chapter 5: Students will understand addition and subtraction relationships.

    • Identify related addition and subtraction facts
    • Use addition to check subtraction
    • Recognize equal and not equal


    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.4 - Understand subtraction as an unknown-addend problem. For example, subtract 10 - 8 by finding the number that makes 10 when added to 8.

    1.OA.C.5 - Relate counting to addition and subtraction (e.g., by counting on 2 to add 2).

    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).

    1.OA.AD.7 - Understand the meaning of the equal sign, and determine if equations involving addition and subtraction are true or false. For example, which of the following equations are true and which are false? 6 = 6, 7 = 8 - 1, 5 + 2 = 2 + 5, 4 + 1 = 5 + 2.

    1.OA.D.8 - Determine the unknown whole number in an addition or subtraction equation relating three whole numbers. For example, determine the unknown number that makes the equation true in each of the equations 8 + ? = 11, 5 = _ - 3, 6 + 6 = _.


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    First Grade, 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. 

    Weekly Spelling Schedule:

    • Monday -- Write each word 3 times each.
    • Tuesday -- Write sentences for words 1-5.
    • Wednesday -- Write sentences for words 6-10.
    • Thursday -- Write the words in ABC order. 
    • Friday -- Make a Word Pyramid for each word: Write the spelling word, adding one letter at a time to create a pyramid. Start with one letter on top then progress to two, three, and so on until the word is spelled down like a pyramid. Here is an example for the word about: about







    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.
    • Daily reading practice on RAZ Kids.
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