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 First Grade                                                 




Our 1st Grade Teachers:
Mrs. V. Davis, Mrs. Dickinson, Mrs. Newcomb, and Mrs. Patterson


Language Arts

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 expanded. 

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.


The 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.

Social Studies

The 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.

Homework  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.

Students should bring their assignment book, folder, and a healthy snack to school daily. 

Please call the school nurse if your child is going to be absent from school.  A doctor’s excuse is required following student absences.  

A parent 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 the day.



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