First Grade Curriculum

Your student will learn many new things in first grade. Here is an overview of the curriculum and procedures:

Reading – This will be our first year for Benchmark Literacy! Through the program students will learn phonics skills, reading and comprehension strategies, reading fluency, writing and grammar skills, vocabulary, and high frequency words by participating in whole and small group instruction. We will also use a class management system called The Daily 5/Café.

Math – We will be teaching common core concepts through enVision Math.  The concepts include addition, subtraction, place value, word problems, graphing, measurement and time.

Social Studies and Science – We will explore animals, solids and liquids, plants, citizenship, government, economics, and geography.

Rocket Math – Beginning in January/February students will begin to take part in the Rocket Math Program. This program assists students in mastering their addition and subtraction facts through repeated practice and daily timed tests. You will receive more information about Rocket Math in January/February.

Anchor Words – We will work on an anchor word a day, which will be put on their homework sheet. Practice each night and review previous words. Anchor words are formally assessed three times a year. If your child has not mastered their kindergarten words, please continue practicing those words each night.

Handwriting will also be taught. The proper letter formation will be reviewed. Neat handwriting will be expected on all work.

Writing: In first grade, we teach writing using the six traits of writing. They are conventions, ideas, sentence fluency, organization, voice and word choice. We often use songs and mentor texts to teach them. Conventions include the use of punctuation, spelling and capitalization. Sentence fluency is when the writing flows smoothly, including the use of short and long sentences. It should sound as if someone were talking. Sentences should be complete and fragments used only when it adds to the meaning. Using good word choices enables the reader to get a clear and accurate picture. Strong action verbs and descriptive adjectives help to convey meaning. The writing should be appealing and fresh. Voice shows the writer’s personality. Emotions are conveyed appropriately through voice. Organization includes a bold beginning, mighty middle and an excellent ending. The beginning should hook the reader and the middle should provide details in correct sequential order. Endings wrap up the idea of the paragraph. Ideas are the message the author wants to convey to the reader. The writing should hold the reader’s attention throughout the complete piece.

Take Home Folder and Homework Sheet

Each student will receive a Take Home Folder and a Homework Sheet on the first day of school. The Take Home Folder and Homework Sheet will go home daily and will be our means of communication. Please initial it everyday so that we know you saw it.


Homework will be given Monday through Thursday. Homework will include W.E.B., math practice, and other activities related to our curriculum.


On the first day of school the class will be introduced to the procedures/rules through the acronym SHARKS-safe, honest, accountable, role model, kindness, and supportive. Reinforcement of these behaviors will consistently be taught and expected in our classrooms.


You must notify the school office if your student is going to be absent. The absentee call in number is 938-6567. Calls will be accepted between the hours of 5:00 pm and 8:00 am. Please remember to send a note to school with your student when he or she returns, stating the reason for their absence. Also, please send in a note when your student is tardy (arrives after 8:45 am).


Please remember to keep us informed of any changes in schedules before or after school. You must inform us in writing each day that there will be a change. We will pass these notes to the office in the morning.

Breakfast and Lunch at School

Breakfast is available to all students prior to the start of school each day. Attached to this packet is a permission slip for breakfast. A copy of the breakfast and lunch menu will be sent home monthly and can be found on the district website as well as prices and account information. Please send lunch money to school in an envelope marked with your child’s name and their teacher’s name.

Water Bottles and Snack

Please send a nutritious, easy to eat snack for your student daily. Contributions of individually packed group snacks are greatly appreciated. If you don’t wish for your student to receive group snack please let us know. Also, if your student has any food allergies, please let us know.

Students are invited to bring water bottles to class if they wish. We encourage water bottles with easy to open and close lids that do not spill easily. Your student will be encouraged to take home the bottles each night to be cleaned properly. Students who do not bring water bottles will be given opportunities throughout the day to get drinks from the water fountain.

Birthday Celebrations

Students are invited to celebrate their birthday at school. Please limit birthday celebration treats to cupcakes or cookies or ready to serve items. If you would like to celebrate your child’s birthday, please let me know when your child’s birthday approaches. 

Classroom Volunteers

Please let your child’s teacher know if you will be able to assist with WEB reading or other activities throughout the year. All volunteers must have the appropriate clearances and a current TB test on file.

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