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Our First Grade Teachers:

Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Shevenock, & Mrs. Scott


Student Expectations




    The first grade standards introduce the idea of fractions and continue the development of sorting and patterning skills.  In first grade, students will learn the basic addition facts through the fives table and the corresponding subtraction facts.  Students also will draw and describe certain two-dimensional figures and use nonstandard units to measure length and weight.  While learning mathematics, students will be actively engaged , using concrete materials and appropriate technologies such as calculators and computers.  However, facility in the use of technology shall not be regarded as a substitute for a student's understanding of quantitative concepts and relationships or for proficiency in basic computations.
    Mathematics has its own language, and the acquisition of specialized vocabulary and language patterns is crucial to a student's understanding and appreciation of the subject.  Students should be encouraged to use correctly the concepts, skills, symbols, and vocabulary identified in the following set of standards.
    Problem solving has been integrated throughout the six content strands.   The development of problem-solving skills should be a major goal of the mathematics program at every grade level.  Instruction in the process of problem solving will need to be integrated early and continuously into each student's mathematical education.   Students must be helped to develop a wide range of skills and strategies for solving a variety of problems.

 Social Studies:

   The standards for first-grade students include comparisons of everyday life and traditions in different places and times.  First-grade students should construct simple maps and globes to identify continents and locate places in Virginia and around the world related to their comparative studies of life and culture.  First graders should also construct time lines; study economic concepts of scarcity, productive resources, and consumption; learn the value of rights and responsibilities; and help to make and enforce class rules.  The student should be encouraged to develop good character through stories that teach such virtues as honesty, truthfulness, kindness, self-discipline, and responsibility.






   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 also will begin to develop an understanding of moving objects, simple solutions, and important natural resources.


     One of the main objectives for our first grade teachers is to help students become independent readers by the end of the school year.  In order to meet this goal, the teachers will use a variety of skills and strategies in order to promote reading development. 
    First grade students will be immersed in a literature-rich environment  to help them develop an awareness of print materials as sources of information.  Listening and speaking skills will be practiced in the classroom as students participate in classroom discussions.  Each student will be shown a variety of strategies to help him/her read new words and will read familiar selections aloud with fluency and expression.  Students will continue to develop an understanding of character, setting, theme, and story sequence in a variety of classic and contemporary storybooks.  Understanding the main idea and sequence of events in a story are important comprehension skills.  Comprehension skills will be applied in math, science, and history and social science as well.  Students will complete number patterns to follow directions for simple experiments and will study people, cultures, and important traditions of our country and other countries. The student will demonstrate comprehension of fiction and nonfiction through classroom discussion and will begin to communicate ideas in writing.


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