1st Grade

We have seven traditional first grade classrooms this year.  

1st Grade Teaching Staff

Name
Phone
Erin Barton
517-223-6403
Monica Burke
517-223-6401
Teri Devota
517-223-6412
Andrea Grafstein
517-223-6408
Andrea Hart
517-223-6421
Christina See
517-223-6426
Krystal Sweet
517-223-6399

Math Links and Information

External LinkAddition - Ghost Blasters - Two students play against each other to complete addition problems.
External LinkAddition Hidden Picture - Solve math problems to reveal a hidden picture.
External LinkFun Brain Kid Center - Lots of Math and other games.
External LinkSpacey Math - Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication & Division Practice.
External LinkTest The Toad - Addition & Subtraction Practice
External LinkWho wants to be a Mathionaire - Who wants to be a Millionaire at MATH??
External Link1st Grade Knowledge Adventure - Lots of age appropriate games!

English Language Arts

Reading

Our reading program is based on Developmental Reading and Assessments (DRA).  Each child is individually assessed using specific stories based on reading levels.  Since the number one goal of any reading program should be to help students become proficient, enthusiastic readers, this program was developed to achieve these goals by providing a method for assessing and documenting primary students' development as readers over time within a literature based instructional reading program.

We use running records to document oral reading achievements as well as comprehension skills including sequencing, main idea, and other specific skills.  While many children can read numerous words and have a good reading vocabulary, some do not have the comprehension skills necessary for advancing to another level.  Our goals are to teach your student the following:

  1. Good readers read aloud quickly and smoothly.
  2. Good readers preview a book before reading and predict what might happen or identify topics included in nonfiction texts.
  3. Good readers use a variety of strategies to problem solve.
  4. Good readers read for meaning.
  5. Good readers read and sustain their reading for longer periods of time.

The following level are included in the DRA (A, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18-44).  First grade teachers have been given guidelines to test first grade students to level 16, which is the expected achievement for the end of first grade.  The following list tells you where your child should be reading at the end of each nine weeks in order to be considered at grade level.

  • First marking period--level 4
  • Second marking period--level 8
  • Third marking period--level 12
  • Fourth marking period--level 16

Teachers use many different types of books to help students achieve these goals.  We use leveled books from our literacy library and A to Z books. 

Writing

First graders are developing their beginning writing skills in writing workshops inspired by Lucy Calkins and Katy Wood Ray.  First grade students will learn where ideas come from, how to read like writers, how to use authors as mentors, write non-fiction, write personal narratives, and write poetry.  The principals behind the writing workshop are designed to:

  • Develop a love of writing
  • Use authors as mentors to learn the craft of writing
  • Take a developmentally appropriate approach to teach young writers
  • Give children an opportunity to approximate the writing/spelling found in our language