1st Grade

We have seven traditional first grade classrooms this year.  

1st Grade Teaching Staff

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

Each child is individually assessed using the BAS (Benchmark Assessment System) multiple times throughout the year. Using the Benchmark Assessment System to determine student’s independent and instructional reading levels, our first grade teachers are able to observe student reading behaviors one-on-one, engage in comprehension conversations that go beyond retelling, and make informed decisions that connect assessment to instruction. The results of the BAS will allow teachers to group students into “Just Right” groups and lead them to learn to choose “Just Right” books so that they can continue to grow as readers.

It is important to know that our reading assessment documents 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 (Stamina!).


BAS levels correspond to levels of the alphabet with level A being our beginning readers. The end of first grade expectation is a level I.  The following list tells you where your child should be reading at the end of each of the trimesters in order to be considered at grade level.

·       End of Kindergarten: Level C

·       End of First Trimester (1st grade): Level D

·       End of Second Trimester (1st grade): Level F

·       End of Third Trimester (End of 1st grade): Level I


While your child will have multiple opportunities to grow as a reader in school, reading at home is incredibly important. First grade teachers encourage their students to read at home every night!

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