WELCOME to NOTTINGHAM COUNTRY ELEMENTARY’S FIRST GRADE!!!
Parents will find important information on this page to help keep them informed of what is going on in First Grade. This page will be updated every six weeks.
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The First Grade Curriculum for the ”Sixth Six Weeks” will include:
Fantasy and Reality
Inflectional ending -ing
Study skills; reference sources and library
Preview and Predicting
Cause and Effect
Diagraphs -sh, -th, -ch
Subjects, Predicates, Pronouns,
Decoding -ou, -ow
2 Digit Addition without regrouping
2 Digit Subtraction without regrouping
Formal Weekly Spelling Test
Responding and Revising
SOCIAL STUDIES / SCIENCE
Eggs/Egg Bearing Animals
Cinco de Mayo
DATES TO TAKE NOTE OF:
4/9 - 6th six weeks begins
4/12 - first grade field trip to zoo
4/13 - holiday
4/16 - holiday
4/17 - report cards go home
4/20 - lice check
5/2 - progress reports
5/11 - last day for library
5/18 - 1st grade celebration/picnic
5/24 - last day of school
1. Please make sure to check your child’s Time Tracker and daily folder each night.
2. Spelling homework should only be done when assigned by the teacher. Please do not go ahead
in the spelling book.
3. Don’t forget to sign in at the front desk and get a name tag when you visit. When coming for
lunch, please wait for your child’s class at the windows right outside of the cafeteria.
4. READ nightly! Read to your child and have your child read to you. Home readers, first grade
story booklets and library books will help reinforce vocabulary skills.
First Grade Information Guide
FIRST GRADE CURRICULUM
LANGUAGE ARTS - The Language Arts Curriculum for First Grade has many components. When books, cards and lists come home, referring to this handout should help.
1. Phonics - The students will learn the sounds of each phonogram and the proper formation of the letters. Papers with newly introduced phonograms usually come home daily. You have received a packet of phonogram cards and a phonics pamphlet. As your child learns new sounds you can cut out those phonogram cards and practice the sound . It is best not to work on the phonograms until they have been introduced at school. Extra practice at home on letter formation is helpful. The phonics pamphlet has directions on the proper formation of the letters as well as other information about the program. We have weekly phonogram dictation tests.
2. Spelling - We will begin formal Spelling in mid September. The students have a Spelling Book that will be sent home each day. Homework will be assigned and the tests are on Friday. We will send a note with more details on Spelling when we get ready to start.
3. Reading - Your child will complete six readers this school year. The following materials will come home as we begin a new reader and/or story:
High Frequency Word Cards - These cards are sent home when we begin a new reader. The High Frequency Card Packet will contain all the vocabulary to be introduced in that book. They are run on paper. You can make flash cards by writing them or gluing them to index cards.
Take Home Readers - These xeroxed books are very important. Your child will bring them home each week. They go along with the story and reinforce vocabulary and phonics introduced that week. Your child will be expected to read these books a minimum of three (3) times to an adult at home. Their ability to read these stories fluently gives a good indication of their reading progress. Reading to more than one family member or friend builds confidence in their reading ability. You may want to store these in a special box or bag for frequent readings.
Home Readers - We will check out additional books to your child for reading at home. We will begin this sometime the second six weeks.
MATHEMATICS - Along with our textbook, Math Advantage, we use many additional materials and programs to teach mathematical concepts, as well as differentiate the curriculum to meet the needs of all students. They include:
Everyday Counts Calendar Activities
Marcy Cook Tiles and Activities
Box-it and Bag-it Games and Activities
Minds on Math
Our focus in first grade is on Addition and Subtraction. In the second semester we will start weekly Fact Tests.
SOCIAL STUDIES AND SCIENCE - These subjects are integrated in to the Language Arts Block. We use our textbooks, laser discs, films, and hands on experiences to teach concepts. We have a few research projects that we assign during the year.
HOMEWORK - We give homework in first grade. Along with completing the homework assignment, your child is expected to read or be read to 15-20 minutes each day. Homework assignments are written in the Tracker each day.
TRACKERS - We use the Tracker and Daily Home Folder to communicate to you each day. Check the folder for the notes and papers. Behavior for the day is also noted. Please initial the tracker in the space provided.
COMMUNICATION FOLDERS - These folders are sent home on Wednesday. Most of the office and/or PTA communication will be sent in this folder. Graded work from the previous week will be sent home on Wednesdays.
LUNCH - Students may bring their lunch or buy lunch at school. Prepaying at the beginning of the week is helpful for the younger students. The students have a pin number assigned. We ask that you please help your child memorize that number. Before sending your child to school please go over the lunch menu daily. Your child should have his/her entree choice decided before coming to school.
SNACK TIME - We have a daily working snack. Please send a small nutritious snack for your child. Some suggestions are: crackers, fruit, pretzels, etc. Sweet treats are discouraged. Water is the only drink permitted in the classroom except for special occasions.
GOING HOME - If your child will be going home a different way than usual, please notify the teacher in writing. For your child’s safety, we will have to send him/her home the usual way, unless notified in writing by you. If you have an appointment, please remember that your child must be checked out prior to 3:15 p.m. per school policy.
TOYS - Students are not permitted to bring toys to school. We do not have show-and-tell. Novelty pencil tops, erasers, and jewelry can become toys for some children. We will ask that these be kept at home if they become distracting. We are asking that you remove key chain toys from the backpacks. They are easily lost or taken by curious hands.
Thank you so much for your cooperation and support. Please let us know if we can help you with anything.
First Grade Teachers