First Grade

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Toothless smiles and untied shoelaces best describe first grade.  It is a year of amazing growth!  First graders are excited about any and all learning.  They are so anxious to be like "the big kids" that they even ask for homework!  As they adjust to all-day school, instead of asking "Is it time to go home yet?"  they exclaim, "Is it already time to go home?"

Throughout the year we piece together the reading and writing puzzle to create a literate community.  Students show much pride as they figure how to read and write.  Numbers and math words are also a regular part of each day.   Students learn how to do mental math through games and learning materials.  

First graders begin the year being very dependent on their teachers.  As the year progresses, they are able to move throughout the room, choose their own activities and work with learning materials more independently.  By June, the students have grown into more confident learners, ready to move on to second grade.  

First grade highlights throughout the year include a daily read at home program that begins in the fall and continues until May.  First graders and parents share a special gingerbread house making afternoon in December.  Students typically go on two field trips during the school year, often a play and the Minnesota Zoo.  

 Student Links
 Language Arts:                      
Learn to Read at Starfall   
Teach Your Monster to Read
                                     Picture Match
Word Maker                          
Spelling City                            
Kids National Geographic        
Super Why                               
Magic School Bus
Story Line Online
Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check

Jan Brett
Marc Brown
David LaRochelle
Barbara Park
Shel Silverstein
Robert Munsch

Fun Brain
Greg Tang Math
Math K/1
Johnnie's Math Page
Math Playground
Bead Rack
Cool Math 4 Kids
Toy Theater
Place the Penguin
Strike It Out
Magic Vs Poster
Estimation 180
Which One Doesn’t Belong?

Pebble Go
Mr. Roger's Penguin Video
Kidzone Penguins
Sea World Penguins
King Penguins Video
Let's Talk About Insects
Butterfly Discovery Game
Butterfly Activities
Facts and Fun About Insects
Rockhound Kids
Neighborhood Rocks
Just for Kids Rocks
Earth Science for Kids

Social Studies:
Scholastic News
Minnesota Zoo
Google Maps

Colgate Bright Smiles
Music in Motion

Leader in Me:
The Leader in Me for Students

 Parent Links

2015-2016 Supply List: Grades 1-5
First Grade Curriculum
Important First Grade Dates