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


Envision Math Common Core Program

Grade 1 Domains:

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

Language Arts


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.
  • 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.


  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)



 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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Bernadette Christensen

Christie Leonardini

Laura Laguna

Stephanie McClymond

Nicolette Zamora