Welcome to First Grade

with Mrs. Reed

Learning in first grade:

During the first trimester, we teach how to form letters and numbers correctly. How to write words and then sentences. In Phonics, we review all the letters and letter sounds. We introduce digraphs and blends. We teach word families and start to introduce vowel blends. We work on phonemic awareness in order to learn how to spell words.
We use the Harcourt, Brace and Co. for directed whole group lessons and phonics. In the first trimester, we complete the first two books call “All Ears” and “Whisper a Song”. Other books and poems are use for whole language activities and leveled reading.
We start writing sentences on our own in our journals learning the basic grammar rules.

We use the math series call “Big Ideas” by Ron Larson and Laurie Boswell. The first trimester we work on different strategies for doing addition and subtraction equations within 10.

Our science book is called Science Fusion by Houghton Mifflin, & Hartcourt. In the first trimester, we work on How Scientist Work with the five senses and what inquiry skills are. We also work on our Animal unit. Studying living vs non-living, what animals need, how are animals different and how can we group them.

Social Studies are thematic units that go along with the months: Johnny Appleseed, Christopher Columbus and the Pilgrims.

For Religion, we have the Sadlier "We Believe" text.  For the first trimester, we do Unit 1 which teaches about how Jesus teaches us about God's Love.  It teaches that God is our Father, that we believe in the Blessed Trinity, Jesus grew up in a family, Jesus works among the people and that Jesus teaches us all about love