• Expectations for Incoming First Graders: 


    • Understand that letters represent sounds (phonics)
    • Know the short and long sound for each vowel, and all the consonants’ sounds
    • Identify the beginning, middle (vowel) and ending sounds in words
    • Identify rhyming words orally and in context
    • Decode simple words using letter-sound knowledge
    • Possess beginning reading skills (read from top to bottom, left to right, ability to read or decode words)
    • Read all Kindergarten-level sight words
    • Be able to read books with 5-10 words per page
    • Retell the important events, facts, and characters of a story


    • Write each letter of the alphabet (upper and lower case)
    • Write first and last name correctly using capital and lower case letters
    • Form simple complete sentences on paper using phonetic spelling (ie: journal and story writing)
    • Generate sentences for a given topic
    • Begin applying writing conventions of print (left to right progression, spacing between words, correct use of capital and lower case, ending punctuation
    • Correctly spell simple, short vowel ‘cvc’ words (i.e. pig, dot, hug, cat)


    • Solve simple addition and subtraction sentences to 10 (use of manipulatives is acceptable)
    • Identify the number of objects in a group
    • Use one-to-one correspondence
    • Count to 100
    • Identify and write numbers to 100
    • Count by 10’s to 100, by 2’s to 20, by 5’s to 100
    • Sort and classify by color, shape, and size
    • Predict and extend patterns
    • Identify basic and 3-D shapes
    • Interpret and fill-in data on a graph
    • Measure lengths using non-standard measurement

    Classroom Study Habits

    • Follow 2-3 step directions
    • Stay on task for at least 15 minutes at student desk
    • Maintain attention during a 10-15 lesson or story
    • Carry out classroom responsibilities independently
    • Work cooperatively in small groups and with partners
    • Communicate clearly and in complete sentences


    30-45 minutes of homework will be assigned Monday through Thursday.  Please use the homework menu to choose a READING, SPELLING, and a MATH activity to do with your child EVERY NIGHT!

    Any written homework is optional, it does not have to be turned in.  Periodically, I will send home extra practice worksheets and the textbook so questions can be answered.  These extra practice resources are not required to be completed but are for you to know what we are working on in class.  I would recommend reviewing this extra practice material with your child even if you do not make your child complete it.  If your child completes any written work it can be turned in on Fridays for a reward.  I offer ClassDojo points, Golden Tickets, and sometimes BONUS POINTS for completed written work!


    Nightly Reading/Accelerated Reader

    Students should be reading something every single night.  I will send home a leveled reader weekly which is a good practice reader for your child.  Students should read this leveled reader every night.   

    Starting in first grade, students are able to take reading comprehension tests on the computer on the AR books they have read.   They are allowed to take tests everyday on as many books as they would like.

    Students are  allowed to check out books from my classroom library and from the school library to bring home every day.  These books must be returned before any others may be taken home. The public library also has AR books for checkout.  Most library books are Accelerated Reader books.

    Every 9 weeks students who meet their AR goals will be rewarded with a Book-it Pizza certificate.  If students earn 10, 15, 20, 25, 50, 75, 100, 500 AR points, they will be recognized at the Awards program.  Students can read their AR books by themselves, have an adult read to them, or read with an adult.  Students should read their AR book at least 3 times before taking an AR test.  





    Ways to help your child:

    • Celebrate successes, no matter how small they may seem
    • Check your child's binder everyday.  There will be information for the week, homework, and spelling words in your child's binder.
    • Read with your child everyday!  The more your child is exposed to language, the easier it will be for him/her to incorporate new skills in reading and writing in the classroom. 


     Expectations for the end of the year:



    • Grammar: Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives
    • how to put words in ABC order
    • how to write a 4 focused sentences
    • consistently uses proper punctuation (capital at the beginning of the sentence, question mark, exclamation mark and period at the end)
    • can recognize a different type of sentence based on their punctuation.
    • is able to use and apply new vocabulary in their speaking and writing
    • is able to use and apply their spelling words (Harcourt Brace) in their writing
    • is able to use and apply their Dolch sight words (through 1st grade) in their writing
    • intentionally and methodically tries to form their letters correctly according to their handwriting book -applies good handwriting in other format besides handwriting time.


    • Letters of the alphabet both upper and lower case and their correlating sounds
    • Identifies vowels and consonants
    • can identify and say the correlating long vowel sound
    • CVC words -has an understanding of long vowel words and the rules
    • Dolch sight word reading fluency through 1st grade words
    • Read at a 1.5-2.0 level by the end of First grade (as determined by their star reading tests)
    • has an understanding of “r” controlled words
    • Sequencing, compare and contrast, prediction, character traits, setting, problem solution, is able to recognize and independently apply to a story
    • Reads aloud with the beginnings of expression, showing an understanding of punctuation inflection and the words that they are reading.
    • Determines the number of syllables in any given word


    • reads and writes their numbers 1-200
    • basic addition and subtraction of numbers 1-10
    • can identify 1 and 10 more/less than a given number
    • beginning to learn addition and subtraction of double digit numbers
    • can read a calendar, date and distinguish between its different parts (month, day, year)
    • can tell time (hour and half hour)
    • understands the basic concepts of length, measurement, weight, and fractions
    • can count by 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s to 100 and by 2’s to 20 -solves fact family problems -identifies and names money
    • can make equivalent combinations of money -can sort a number into a place value chart ones, ten, and hundreds
    • interprets and records data on a graph (picture, bar)
    • solves word problems