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    Your child is required to
    complete homework assignments in First Grade. Assignments are sent home every day in the BEE binder. This homework must be completed and returned each day, along with the binder. If your child is absent, they must return the assignments on the day of their return. The homework will always include math, spelling activity with the current weeks words, and reading for 15 min. Remember: The homework will get subsequently more difficult as we learn more!

    Set aside a special, well lit area to complete homework, and try to have all necessary items handy to help your child complete the homework.  (crayons, pencil, scissors, and glue)

       1st Grade Curriculum

    Language and Spalding

    The language component in 1st grade correlates with the National Geographic Reach for Reading series. We learn different phonics skills, comprehension, sentence structure, parts of speech and, research and information skills which relate to the weekly story in the Reach for Reading Anthology books.

    Spalding is a method I use to teach speech, spelling, writing and reading. Each week we enter 10 words into our composition books based on handwriting, phonemic pattern and correct spelling.  We use these 10 words throughout the week in various activities. We also use these words for our weekly spelling tests. The real test is on Friday. A list of the weeks words will be sent home every Monday in the homework folder, and on my weekly newsletter.


    At Sechrist, we use the  Engage NY math program. During math time, students will participate in activities that cover a variety of math standards.
    In our classroom, we have math centers that rotate consisting of:


    Teacher Feature: Meeting 1-1,  in small groups to learn our objective of the day.
    Math Journal/Notebook nook: Individually working on a math question, math facts or word problem in our math journal.
    Tech Time: Utilizing the iPad to work on IXL, Zearn or Front Row apps.
    Elation Stations (Centers): 6 different individual centers to practice previous math lessons, counting or word problems. 
    Expert Tub: Students may go to this center if they have mastered their job at the aforementioned centers
    First Grade math involves concrete experiences and opportunities to understand numbers. Initially we count, create patterns, extend patterns and design simple graphs. As we build on our knowledge, our understanding extends to numerical and mathematical symbols.

    Young children need time to explore and practice new concepts. We allow time each day for math activities and centers. Students benefit from repetition and practice in order to solidify logical- mathematical thinking.

    Students will work on calendar concepts (day of the week/date/month/year) as well as working with:
    numbers, number words, patterns, time, weather, number bonds, decomposing numbers, number lines,
    tally marks, money (recognition, counting, adding, subtraction)
    skip counting(by 2's, 5's, 10's, and odd and even numbers) addition, and subtraction.
    I am very excited to have completed another Donor's Choose project, which will bring more math manipulatives and supplies into our classroom! 


    Sechrist uses the National Geographic Reach for Reading series. The students will read a new story every week.  During the week we rotate into centers in which we:
    Meet with the Teacher: read out loud, listen on tape, read with a partner, answer comprehension questions
    Tech Time: Utilizing iPads, and computers to practice spelling words, phonics, or reading fluency and taking AR tests
    Centers: 5-6 different activities related to the story. (Phonics, decodable books, crossword puzzles, rainbow words etc.) 
    Students will also be bringing home copies of decodable stories to read in the BEE binder. The stories help students practice the phonics skill being practiced that week.

    Students in first grade also work on learning the first 250 words of the Fry's Word List.

    Here is a list of 100 books great for 1st grade students compiled by New York University.


    The first grade science standards are covered through inquiry based investigations using science kits. Most of our science kits come from FOSS. Students will work with at least one kit from each concept area. The concepts covered in first grade include:
    New Plants - Life Science
    Students care for plants to learn what they need to grow and develop. They observe structures of flowering plants.

    Solids and Liquids - Physical Science
    Students explore the behavior and characteristics of solids and liquids by comparing and sorting on the basis of a variety of properties.

    Balance and Motion - Physical Science
    Students put the world into motion in this module. 

    Pebbles, Sand and Silt - Earth Science

    Students explore places where earth materials are found and ways in which they are used in people’s daily lives.

    Ladybugs - Supplemental  Kit
    Children learn about the ladybug's anatomy, life cycle, behavior and favorite foods.
    I also incorporate different themes in Science, based on the monthly theme. We investigate apples and taste test apple products in September, pumpkins and candy corn in October, ect.

    We will also have several STEM & STEAM-Science Technology Engineering and (Art) Math projects.


    Social Studies

    We will focus on building citizenship, community, kind kids club, exploring our world (past & present), cultural diversity and basic geography skills.
    Social Emotional Learning

    The mind + heart Social Emotional Learning Curriculum I implement includes character education lessons filled with TONS of hands-on and mindful activities that encourage children to express themselves and build important social-emotional and social responsibility skills.

    The important lessons they are learning when they need it the most with units and activities on emotions, self-regulation, growth mindset, empathy and social awareness, friendship, kindness, respect, and responsibility.

    I am aiming to build a peaceful classroom filled with respectful, confident, and kind children that can build relationships and communicate effectively!


    We will be writing each day using personal reflection journals, science, reading and vocabulary journals.  I will model write and then allow the students sufficient time to do their own writing, as well as time to share their writing with others. We will focus on the Six Traits of writing this year, and explore how to develop proper writing skills in the following six areas: Ideas, Sentence Fluency, Conventions, Voice, Word Choice, and Organization. The students will also work as authors to get to know themselves through creating different types of poetry and various text including exploring how-to writing, opinion, informative, and narrative. This year we hope to continue to incorporate a pen pal for each student to practice letter writing. 

    Fun Food Friday-
    Every Friday we will be cooking! All recipes and ingredients will be sent to you the week prior to check for food allergies, and provide alternatives- if needed. We complete a task analysis of the recipe together for the first time (typically Thursday). Right before we make the food (Friday), we go over the steps using the words "First", "Then", "Next", and "Finally"- which also correlates directly with our procedural writing. The $5.00 you provide will help to purchase the ingredients for the entire year! No need to send any of the items in! The recipes will also be sent home so you can see the independence of your student and the joy of cooking!


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