Curriculum News

Curriculum News 

Language Arts

We have 110 spelling words that all first graders must know by the end of the year. This list can be found in the Spelling link from the homepage. The students will be tested slowly throughout the year on these words and will be asked to practice using them in sentences as well! Please view the list and feel free to start practicing at home!


During our Reading Workshop time, the students are learning to build stamina. They become passionate about trying to be the best readers they can be by increasing the

minutes of quite "I Read" independent reading time! During this time children have the opportunity to read books that are a "just right" fit for them. 

During our Language Arts block time (one hour daily Monday through Thursday) the students meet in small reading groups according to their reading level and participate in literacy centers. Some also meet with a reading tutor during this time for extra reading support. Thanks to classroom helpers, the students also have the chance during this time to practice sight words that have been organized into a special leveled system.

 Also, each child has a book bag that goes home and must be brought back with the homework folder on a daily basis. These bags contain familiar reading (what we call "just right" books) that the kids chose as well as books I have given them as part of reading instruction. 

The students should pratice reading these books daily.

Please also take time to read with and to your child. The more reading you do the more familiar your child will be with the reading process. 

We can support the kids love for reading with the reading workshop time done in school and the reading they do at home. 

See the home page for some reading strategies that includes helpful information to use when reading with your child.


 My emphasis has been to support their thinking of themselves as readers as well as writers. We will share what we know and what we hope to learn. Just like we have independent reading time daily, we also have a time to write independently during a time called Writing Workshop. The students write about "small moments" and will work on stretching their stories across more than one page using capital letters, end marks, finger space, and some sort of beginning, middle, and end. We also use a grammar book and integrate our "Storytown" reading series with phonics, editing, and writing techniques.


Our calendar activities involve a great deal of math that focuses on number sense. We also do a lot of counting activities and number order games throughout the day. Our first unit of study will be addition and subtraction within 10. Please help your child by practicing their math facts at home.


This year we will be learning about animals, life cycles, and shadows. We will also explore other scientific themes that may evolve from our shared reading. Students will be guided as they explore and discover the scientific world. 

 Social Studies 

Social Studies units this year will include: communities, national symbols (i.e. Statue of Liberty, eagle, flag), map skills and the concept of money exchange for goods and service.