WELCOME TO FIRST
Our 1st Grade Teachers:
Mrs. V. Davis, Mrs. Dickinson, Mrs. Newcomb, and Mrs. Patterson
Reading is the priority in first grade. The student will be immersed in a
print-rich environment to develop oral language skills, phonetic skills,
vocabulary, comprehension, and an awareness of print materials as sources of
information and enjoyment. The student will use listening and speaking
skills to participate in classroom discussions and begin to communicate
ideas in writing. The student will use a variety of strategies to read new
words and will read familiar selections with fluency and expression. The
student will continue to develop an understanding of character, setting,
main idea, and story sequence in a variety of texts. The student will
increase vocabulary and comprehension strategies by reading age-appropriate
fiction and nonfiction materials across the curriculum.
The first-grade standards
place emphasis on counting, sorting, and comparing
sets of up to 100 objects; recognizing and describing simple repeating and
growing patterns; and drawing, sorting, and describing certain
two-dimensional figures. Students’ understanding of numbers is expanded
through learning and applying the basic addition facts through the nines table and the corresponding subtraction facts; using nonstandard units to
measure; and organizing and interpreting data. The idea of fractions is
While learning mathematics, students will be
actively engaged, using concrete materials and appropriate technologies such
as calculators and computers.
Students will acquire specialized vocabulary and
language patterns which are crucial to a student’s understanding and
appreciation of the subject. Students should be encouraged to use correctly
the concepts, skills, symbols, and vocabulary.
Problem solving will also be integrated throughout
the six content strands.
first-grade standards continue to stress basic science skills in
understanding familiar objects and events. Students are expected to begin
conducting simple experiments and be responsible for some of the planning.
Students are introduced to the concept of classifying plants and animals
based on simple characteristics. Emphasis is placed on the relationships
among objects and their interactions with one another. Students are expected
to know the basic relationships between the sun and Earth and between
seasonal changes and plant and animal activities. Students will also begin
to develop an understanding of moving objects, simple solutions, and
important natural resources.
standards for first-grade students include an introduction to the lives of
American leaders and their contributions to the United States. Students
should recognize basic map symbols and construct a simple map of a familiar
area. The students should study the economic concepts of goods and services,
consumers and producers, and making economic choices. Students should learn
to apply the traits of a good citizen and recognize that communities in
Virginia have local governments and include people who have diverse ethnic
origins, customs, and traditions, who make contributions to their
communities, and who are united as Americans by common principles.
Students will have
weekly homework in reading and math. All homework will be sent home on
Monday and is due back by Thursday. Students are also strongly encouraged
to read nightly to a member of their family.
should bring their assignment book, folder, and a healthy snack to school
the school nurse if your child is going to be absent from school. A
doctor’s excuse is required following student absences.
note is required for any student transportation changes, please do not
send notes via email or leave messages on teacher’s classroom voicemail.
These sometimes do not get checked until after the students have left for