First Grade
  • January: What is Grade 1 studying?


    Unit of Study: In the 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

    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.


    Eureka Math:

    Module 2: Introduction to Place Value Through Addition and Subtraction Within 20 

    Students will...…

    • solve word problems with three addends
    • use the associative and commutative property 
    • make a ten 
    • compare efficiency of counting on 
    • model subtraction from teen numbers


    Module 3: Ordering and Comparing Length Measurements as Numbers

    Students will…

    • order, measure, and compare length
    • collect, sort, and organize data

    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.A.2 - Solve word problems that call for addition of three whole numbers whose sum is less than or equal to 20, 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.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.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.NBT.B.2 - Understand that the two digits of a two-digit number represent amounts of tens and ones. 

    1.MD.A.1 - Order three objects by length; compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object.

     1.MD.A.2 - Express the length of an object as a whole number of length units, by laying multiple copies of a shorter object (the length unit) end to end; understand that the length measurement of an object is the number of same-size length units that span it with no gaps or overlaps. Limit to contexts where the object being measured is spanned by a whole number of length units with no gaps or overlaps.

    1.MD.C.4 - Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories; ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and how many more or less are in one category than in another.


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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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