First Grade

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Welcome to 1st Grade!

Home Is Where The Heart Is:

Picture of a house

A Yearlong Study of Our Local Habitats & Habitats Around the World

Being a Good Community Member
Many Kinds of Characters
Plants and Animals Grow and Change 
Stories Have a Narrator
Technology at Work
Stories Teach Many Lessons
Past, Present and Future
Observing the Sky
We Use Good and Services
Exploring Sound and Light

Math

Envision Math Common Core Program

Grade 1 Domains:

  • Operations & Algebraic Thinking
  • Number and Operations in Base Ten
  • Measurement and Data
  • Geometry

Language Arts

Reading

Benchmark Advance Common Core ELA Program

Grade 1 units of Study:

Print Concepts
  • Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print
  • Recognize the distinguishing features of a sentence (e.g., first word, capitalization, ending punctuation).
Phonological Awareness
  • Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).

  • Distinguish long from short vowel sounds in spoken single-syllable words.

  • Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonant blends.

  • Isolate and pronounce initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in spoken single-syllable words.

  • Segment spoken single-syllable words into their complete sequence of individual sounds (phonemes).

Phonics and Word Recognition
  • Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
  • Know the spelling-sound correspondences for common consonant digraphs.
  • Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.
  • Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.
  • Use knowledge that every syllable must have a vowel sound to determine the number of syllables in a printed word.
  • Decode two-syllable words following basic patterns by breaking the words into syllables.
  • Read words with inflectional endings.
  • Recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.
Fluency
  • Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
  • Read grade-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
  • Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.

Writing

  1. Narrative
  2. Expository
  3. Opinion

Social Studies

• Individual role and responsibility in the classroom, community, and the world
• U.S. symbols, traditions, holidays, songs
• Geographic concepts (Maps and globes)

Science

FOSS

 1. Air and Weather

 2. Light and Sound

 3. Plants and Animals

Visual and Performing Arts

·         Art in Action
·         Music for Minors
·         First Grade Spring Play

Study Trips and Special Activities


·         Community Speakers (School Principal, SM Librarian, SMPD, SMFD etc.)
·         Palo Alto Children's Theatre Musical
·         Hidden Villa
·         Playing with Science (Theatre works Company)
·         San Jose Discovery Museum
·         CuriOdyssey

Class Parties

4 Parties - Will include seasonal arts, crafts and games revolving around 1st grade literature:

  • Halloween (Oct.)
  • Friendship Gathering (Nov.)
  • Holiday (Dec.)
  • Valentine's (Feb.)
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teachers


Teresa Rajaratnam -
trajaratnam@smfcsd.net

Daniel Bird -
dbird@smfcsd.net

Bernadette Christensen -
bchristensen@smfcsd.net

Shelli Fernandez -
sfernandez@smfcsd.net

Christie Leonardini -
cleonardini@smfcsd.net