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1st Grade

The mission of Bettie Weaver Elementary School is to establish and uphold high academic standards in a safe learning environment where all students reach their potential, become life-long learners, and become productive, caring citizens. The mission will be achieved through a partnership composed of staff, students, parents, and members of the school community working together to provide a challenging educational program while promoting respect, integrity, responsibility, and a positive attitude.

First grade marks an important milestone for young children. First graders use the social skills they developed in preschool and kindergarten in more mature ways. Having your own desk and your own school books for the first time is very exciting! But the true “magic” of first grade happens as children develop the ability to read.

For many years to come they will be “reading to learn” but as first graders they are immersed in “learning to read.” From word families to short and long vowel sounds, from consonant blends and digraphs, first graders develop the skills needed to break the code of reading. By the end of the school year, most first graders are able to read and understand easy chapter books and some students can read more advanced literature.

Along with reading, first graders also become “accomplished” writers. They apply the mechanics and skills needed to write stories complete with good ideas and interesting details. Students begin by sounding out words and using available resources, such as the Word Wall Word board, anchor charts, and student dictionaries. The progress made from fall to the end of the year is amazing!

First graders engage in learning multiple mathematic concepts ranging from developing number sense, patterning, graphing, early addition and subtraction facts, counting coins, measurement, and telling time. Hands-on activities and manipulatives are utilized in teaching math.

Science and Social Studies offer a wide range of information. First graders discover how to be scientists through the powers of investigation and observation. They also broaden their understanding of citizenship beginning with the study of family and communities and building to their place in our country and the world.

First grade presents a huge change in student growth… academically, socially, and emotionally. They develop the Chesterfield County core values: respect, responsibility, kindness, and accountability. As teachers, we strive to foster these qualities in each and every child.