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Plane English. Eye halve a spelling chequer It came with my pea sea. It plainly marques four my revue Miss steaks eye kin knot sea. Eye strike a key and type a word And wieght four it two say Weather eye am wrong oar write It shows me strait a weigh. As soon as a mist ache is maid

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Plane english
Plane English

Eye halve a spelling chequer

It came with my pea sea.

It plainly marques four my revue

Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

Eye strike a key and type a word

And wieght four it two say

Weather eye am wrong oar write

It shows me strait a weigh.

As soon as a mist ache is maid

It nose bee fore two long

And eye can put the error rite

Its rare lea ever wrong.

Eye have run this poem threw it

I am shore your pleased two no

Its letter perfect awl the weigh

My chequer tolled me sew.

- Sauce Unknown


  • First Grade is all about connections!

  • We will be making connections all year long

    • Reading

    • Writing

    • Math

    • Community / World

    • Social Studies / Science

    • Friendships

A typical day in first grade
A typical day in first grade..

8:15 School Begins

8:20 Morning Meeting

8:30 Spelling

9:00 Math

9:50 Recess

10:05 Writing

11:00 Recess and Lunch

11:40 Reading

12:40 Specials

1:10 Science/Social Studies/Art

1:40 Reading

2:40 Home

Our schedule is flexible and subject to change!

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Our daily 4
Our Daily 4

  • Read To Self

  • Work on Writing

  • Word Work

  • Listen To Reading

  • Read To Someone

Ways to support your reader at home
Ways to Support your Reader at Home:

  • Read with your child every night for at least 15 minutes.

    • Record the book that they read and sign your name on their reading log found in their red reading folder.

    • Return red reading folder and book every day (M – F).

  • When they come to a word that they don’t know, encourage them to use their reading strategies to figure it out.

    • Point to the word

    • Look at the picture –ask what would make sense?

    • Look at the first and last letter – ask what would make sense?

    • Sound out the word

    • Skip the word, and then come back to it later

    • Give them time! 

  • Read to your child

  • Talk about the book that they are reading, to check for understanding.

Investigations math
Investigations: Math

  • Units of Study include:

    • Basic Algebra and Number Concepts

    • Geometry

    • Measurement

    • Problem Solving

A typical math lesson looks like
A typical math lesson looks like:

Morning Calendar Routines

  • Weather

  • Estimation

  • Patterning

  • Place Value

  • Counting by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and 10’s

  • Graphing

  • Number Sense

  • Addition and Subtraction

    Whole Group Lesson

    Math Workshop and Daily Practice

    Closure and Reflection

Ways to support your mathematician at home
Ways to Support your Mathematician at Home:

  • Addition and Subtraction flash cards every night

  • Everyday math problem solving

  • Counting money and telling time

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  • Word Wall Words

    • 110 most frequently used words

    • 5 per week – practice every night

    • Challenge them by:

      • Adding word endings

      • Using the words in a sentence, poem or story

      • Finding words that rhyme

      • Alphabetizing

  • Word Sorts

    • Allows students to recognize common spelling patterns

  • Word Families

    • Allows students to find the relationship among words

Invented spelling
Invented Spelling?

  • Encourage your child to stretch out sounds when spelling an unknown word.

  • As students learn spelling patterns, their invented spelling will change and develop.

  • Common for this age

    • Jrp = drop

    • Pld = played

    • Skl = school

    • Fn = fun

Ways to support your speller at home
Ways to Support your Speller at Home:

  • Practice word wall words every night

  • Encourage invented spelling

  • Help them stretch out sounds in the word, and write a letter down for each sound.

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  • Writer’s Workshop

  • Units of Study

    • Personal Narratives

    • Authors as Mentors

    • All Abouts

    • How To’s

    • Poetry

How to help your writer at home
How to Help your Writer at Home:

  • When something fun, memorable or exciting happens, encourage your child to write about it the next day at school.

  • Encourage them to write

    • Stories

    • Letters

    • Postcards

    • Recipes

Pencil grasp
Pencil Grasp

  • Inefficient pencil grasps

  • The tripod grasp – a helpful rhyme:

    • Pinch it, twist it, tilt it, rest it!

Science social studies topics


Bus, Playground, and Personal Safety

Properties of Matter



Life on the Farm

Social Studies

All About Me



Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fire Safety

Current Events through Scholastic News Magazine

Science & Social Studies Topics

Second steps a social curriculum
Second Steps – A Social Curriculum

3 units of study


Impulse Control

Anger Management

Home folders
Home Folders

  • Bobcat Folder

    • Newsletters

    • Notes home

    • Homework

    • School Work

  • Red Reading Folder

    • One or two books at your child’s independent reading level

    • Reading log

  • Please return every day

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Sent home weekly on Monday

Return on Friday

Can be found on my blog:

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  • Every afternoon there is a time for children to eat a snack if they bring one.

  • It should be in their backpack (not lunchbox)

  • Please, no nuts

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  • Every child is a star their special day.

  • You will receive a notice in advance

  • A whole week celebrating your child!

    • On Monday, our “star” will be introduced. We will spend time sharing the pictures that he/she has brought. The photographs will be displayed on our bulletin board and will be returned to you the following Monday. Please help your child complete the sheets that are attached to this note. These will be shared and displayed too.

    • On Tuesday, please send one of your child’s favorite books to share with the class.

    • On Wednesday, your child may bring a favorite item to share with the class for a special “sharing” time.

    • On Thursday, the class will write comments and compliments on what they like and appreciate about your child. These will be collected and sent home with your child at the end of the week.

    • During the last week of the month, all the “Stars” for that month will be invited to eat lunch with me in our classroom.

Pta classroom fund
PTA Classroom Fund their special day.

  • Thank you for your $15.00 contribution to our classroom fund! This helps us buy extra supplies, and fun things like Scholastic News.

  • If you haven’t already contributed, there is still time!

Dismissal their special day.

  • Change in dismissal plans – please let office know or send a note in their Bobcat folder.

  • Give me a wave when taking your child from our end of the day line. 

Upcoming events
Upcoming Events their special day.

  • Fun Run – Oct. 1

  • Conferences – Oct. 4, 5, 6.

  • No school – Oct. 6, 7, 8.

  • Pumpkin Patch Field Trip – Oct. 14

Go home and give your first grader a hug
Go home and give your first grader a hug! their special day.

Thank you for coming!