• Shared reading- Students will read a poem aloud
with the class.
• Phonics- Students will identify examples of phonics
skills in the poem.
• Focus lessons- Students will be introduced to the
strategies readers use to decode words and
• Reading Conferences and small groups-
Individualized instruction with the teacher to
practice reading strategies
• Break the word into pieces.
• Skip the word, read to the period and go back to the
• Read the sentence again.
• Think about what makes sense.
• Look at the picture.
• Look for a little word in the big word.
• Try the long and short sound for the vowels.
Students will be given opportunities to
participate in numerous writing activities.
• Letter formation/spacing
• Punctuation, capitalization
• Writing Process:
prewriting, draft, revise, edit, publish
• Students will become problem solvers.
• Students will learn to communicate
their mathematical thinking using
words, pictures and numbers.
• Students will learn to reason
• Students will become confident in their
• Students will use a variety of
strategies to problem solve.
Discovery hands-on-activities, research projects,
and field trips for science and social studies
Social Studies Units
• Past and Present
• Human Body
• Reading-Reading at home with your children is
– Students should bring home 2 books each night to read.
– Poem Practice- Practice each week’s poem every night to build
fluency. Also, identify each week’s phonics skill in the poem.
– Sight Words- Read sight words every night.
• Math- Fluency games from 1st Grade Math Packet
• Daily Review- Please review your child’s papers
daily and talk with them about what they learned
Shades Mountain Rules
7 Habits of Happy First Graders
• We are respectful
• We are responsible
• We are safe.
• Theater- “Junie B. Jones First Grader At Last”-
• American Village-November
• Miss Annie (on going)
• First Grade Planting Day- April
• Community Tour- May
• Conferences –We will have a fall and a spring
conference. If at any time, you would like to schedule
additional meetings, please email me at school or send
a note with your child. Telephone conferences can
also be arranged.
• Parent/Teacher Communication – Take-home folders
will come home every day. Please check these for
any important information concerning your child.
The easiest way to get in touch with me is by email. I
encourage you to communicate with me via e-mail at:
• Snack Calendar
• Snack choices – individual packs of
crackers, pretzels or goldfish or
individual packs of apple slices or grapes
• Please place fresh fruit in small snack
size Ziplock bags
• You may send a special snack with your child
to celebrate his/her birthday.
• Please bring something that is individually
sliced. (No cakes that need cutting.)
• Summer birthdays will be celebrated in May.
• Please email me if you are sending a birthday