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Welcome to First Grade. Mrs. Wierl. Classroom Procedures. Independent Reading The children will be assigned 15 minutes of sustained reading each night for homework. The student may read independently, or with/to someone else. Please sign and return Reading Log. Homework

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classroom procedures
Classroom Procedures
  • Independent Reading

The children will be assigned 15 minutes of sustained reading each night for homework. The student may read independently, or with/to someone else. Please sign and return Reading Log.

  • Homework

Homework will be given Monday – Thursday nights. Occasionally weekend assignments will be given, i.e. test preparation and special assignments. PLEASE SIGN ALL HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS.

  • Snacks

Students may bring a snack to school to eat at their desks. Please send in only healthy snacks with your child. Candy, cupcakes, chocolate and soda are not allowed in class as a snack. Please sign up to contribute healthy snacks to our classroom , since our morning snack is a donated one. Bottled water with a spout is encouraged.

classroom procedures cont
Classroom Procedures Cont.
  • Birthdays

You are welcome to send in a simple treat (cookies, ice-pops, cupcakes, etc.) for your child’s birthday. If their birthday falls on a weekend, we will celebrate on either Friday or Monday, depending on what is most convenient for you. Please let us know in advance if you are sending in treats. As a reminder birthday invitations can be distributed in class if invites include either all boys, all girls or the entire class. We are a peanut free class. There are 24 students in our class.

  • Behavior – Choices Clip Chart - A Simple Discipline Strategy

for Promoting Positive Behavior

A student’s clothespin travels up and down the chart based upon his behavior. If he’s making good choices, it’s going to be moving up. If not, it’s going down.

common core standards
Common Core Standards
  • The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) is an effort designed to improve educational outcomes for students by developing a set of common, voluntary, internationally-benchmarked academic standards in mathematics and English language arts.
  • Common standards are good for students because:
  • They help prepare students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college and careers.
  • They help make transitions smoother for students moving to different states or districts because the learning goals remain consistent.
  • Clearer standards help students understand what is expected of them and allow them to engage in more self-directed learning.

Parent information


literacy collaborative reading
Literacy Collaborative Reading
  • Guided Reading
    • Reading instruction in small groups at their instructional reading level
  • Interactive Read-Alouds

(Fiction and Non Fiction)

  • Poetry
  • Independent Reading
  • Book Buddy – To begin in February
  • Reading of Grade Appropriate Material
word study
Word Study
  • Phonics
    • Manipulating word parts and recognizing sounds to build reading fluency
  • Spelling – ( To begin in January)
    • Individualized weekly spelling list
  • Learning Centers
    • Reinforcement of skills during guided reading time
  • Introducing the 6+1 Writing Traits

(Ideas, Organization, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency and Voice)

  • Narrative, Informational and Opinion pieces
  • Journal
  • Handwriting
  • Grammar
common core math
Common Core -Math
  • Addition and Subtraction of numbers to 20 with Fluency
  • Place Value
  • Measurements
  • Geometry
  • Time and Reading Data
  • Counting to 120
social studies
Social Studies
  • All About Me
    • Family, community, traditions/customs, multicultural differences
  • Geography
    • Landforms, bodies of water, continents
  • Map Skills
    • Compass rose, following routes, symbols on a map
  • Holidays
  • Famous Americans
more social studies
More Social Studies
  • U.S. History
    • Brief introduction to each period starting with Exploration
  • Government
    • The President, Washington D.C., laws
  • Citizenship
    • Our flag, voting, solving community problems
  • Economics
    • Needs & wants, community services
  • Animals
    • Mammals, reptiles, amphibians, preserving wildlife, habitats, life cycles, food chains
  • Weather – Water Cycle
    • Clouds, storms, precipitation, temperature
  • How Plants Grow & Change
    • Seeds, Earth’s Natural Resources
  • How People Grow & Change
    • Our Bodies, Nutrition, Dental Health
more science
More Science
  • Solar System / Seasons
  • Safety
  • Energy / Sound
  • Magnets
  • Matter
    • Solid, liquid, gas
  • Observation Survey ( 3x a year)
  • Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark (3x a year)
  • NWEA (3x a year)
  • End of the Year Math Exam