Reading:  This year we have worked on making connections, main idea of a nonfiction story, nonfiction text features (caption, illustration, heading, and charts), asking and answering questions, making predictions, self-correcting when reading, story elements, making inferences, retelling (orally or by drawing pictures).
   *Questions to ask - Who are the characters and what do you know about them?  What is the setting?  When did the story take place?  How are the characters feeling?  Do their feelings change throughout the story?  What does the character learn?  The character did/said this so they must feel...?  What happened at the beginning, middle, and end of the story.

Writing:  You can have your child start a journal.  We were working on researching animals, people, etc before school let out.  PebbleGo has a lot of information on Science and Social Studies topics.  Our students loved finding new information about different topics.  Then, they created posters.  They can create their own story about Humpback Whales, Owls, Gerbils :), etc.  

        First Grade Focus for Elementary Language Arts Units

First Grade

Unit 1

6-8 weeks

August 26, 2019 - October 18, 2019

Unit 2

4-6 weeks

October 21, 2019 - November 29, 2019

Unit 3

4-6 weeks

December 2, 2019 - January 24, 2020

Reading

Getting Ready: Launching the Reading Workshop

Exploring Fiction Through Characters and Storytelling

Talking About Books: Book Discussions, Book Talks and Book Clubs

Metacognitive Strategies

Make Connections

Monitor/Fix Up

Visualize

Monitor/Fix Up

Ask and Answer Questions

Make Inferences

Ask and Answer Questions

Determine Importance

Make Inferences

Writing

Getting Ready: Launching the Writing Workshop

Exploring Narrative Writing

Expressing an Opinion in Writing

First Grade

Unit 4

6-8 weeks

January 27, 2020 - March 20, 2020

Unit 5

3-4 weeks

March 23, 2020 - April 24, 2020

Unit 6

4-6 weeks

April 27, 2020 - June 5, 2020

Reading

Exploring Informational Text

Poetry

Pulling It All Together: A Celebration of Reading Through Author Study

Metacognitive Strategies

Summarize/Synthesize

Ask and Answer Questions

Determine Importance

Visualize

Monitor/Fix Up

Make Inferences

Determine Importance

Make Connections

Summarize/ Synthesize

Writing

Research Writing

Descriptive Writing

Pulling It All Together: A Celebration of Writing


Math:  One of the most important things to practice in Math is their facts.  In first grade we only expect them to be able to add up to 18 or subtract from 18 (9+9 =18, 18-7=11).  We have worked on making ten (7+3=10, 2+8=10, etc) and doubles (7+7=14, 2+2=4) to help with fluency.  We have also discussed coins (penny, nickel, dime, and quarter), missing addends (3+___=5), skip counting (by 2's, 5's, and 10's), telling time to the hour and half hour, and using a calendar.