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            Ms. Comfort                 Mrs. Jackson                  Mrs. Murrell                     Mrs. Nava  

    Welcome to Ramsey Magnet School of
    Science First Grade!

    In First Grade, your child will acquire essential skills that will set the foundation for their future. This is an exciting year of growth socially, emotionally, and academically. We look forward to partnering with you and your child as they embark on their educational journey. Listed below are the major areas of study in First Grade.


    Texts: Foss Science 

    Units of Study:

    1. Air/Weather

    2. Sound/Light

    3. Plants/Animals


    Using Idaho Core instruction, science will be integrated across curricular areas. Lessons will teach students scientific vocabulary, allow them to engage in hands-on centers, challenge them to think critically and problem-solve using the scientific process.  Along with classroom instruction, students experience a weekly Science Lab. Students will participate in a classroom Science Fair in January and then have the opportunity to participate in their own project for our School-Wide Science Fair in March. 

    Social Studies
    Text: Time and Place, Scott Foresman

    1. Know and understand rights and
    responsibilities of citizenship.
    2. Develop awareness of changes in
    families and society.

    3. Compare beliefs/customs of the U.S.
    and other countries

    4. Study traditions of the United States.

    Social studies lessons will teach vocabulary from each unit. Hands-on projects will allow students to experience and help them to process and more fully understand what they are reading. Social development is also emphasized as we stress the importance of making good choices and treating others with respect. We work on creating a sense of community within the
    classroom and also focus on taking responsibility for possessions, words, and actions.

    Language Arts/ Reading

    Texts: Reading, Houghton Mifflin

    In 1st grade, your child will become a more independent reader and writer. Your child will continue to learn and practice rules for recognizing the sounds that makeup words and will be able to sound out more complex words. Such foundational skills are necessary and important components of developing proficient readers with the capacity to comprehend a wide range of materials. Students will learn to think about what they read and talk about the main ideas of simple stories. As they write and speak, 1st graders will learn to use language appropriately; this includes using complete sentences and spelling words with increasing accuracy.

    A Sample of What Your
    Child Will Be Working on in 1st Grade English

    ·Using phonics (matching letters and sounds) and word analysis skills to figure out unfamiliar words when reading and writing

    ·Describing characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details

    ·Getting facts and information from different writings

    ·Writing about a topic, supplying some facts and providing some sense of opening and closing

    ·Participating in shared research and writing projects (e.g., exploring a number of “how-to” books and using them to write a sequence of instructions)

    ·Taking part in conversations about topics and texts being studied by responding to the comments of other students and asking questions to clear up any confusion

    ·Describing people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly and with complete sentences


    ·Producing and expanding complete simple and compound statements, questions, commands, and exclamations


    ·Identifying the correct meaning for a word with multiple meanings, based on the sentence or paragraph in which the word is
    used (e.g. deciding whether the word bat means a flying mammal or a club used in baseball)


    ·Learning to think about finer distinctions in the meanings of near-synonyms e.g., marching, prancing, strutting, strolling, walking)


    Excerpt taken from http://pta.org/files/1st%20Grade_B-W.pdf

    In 1st grade, your child will build on last year’s work and gain important new skills. One of the most important outcomes for the year is to improve speed and accuracy adding with a sum of 20 or less and subtracting from a number 20 or less (e.g., 17 – 8). Another important goal in 1st grade is adding with a sum of 100 or less; this will rely on understanding what the digits mean in a number such as 63 (namely, 63 is six tens and three ones). Working with multi-digit addition this year will set the stage for 2nd grade when your child will be working with three-digit numbers and adding and subtracting with larger numbers.

    A Sample of What Your Child Will Be Working on in 1st Grade

    ·Solving addition and subtraction word problems in situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing (e.g., taking from the situation would be: “Five apples were on the table. I ate some apples. Then there were three apples. How many apples did I eat?”)

    ·Adding with a sum of 20 or less, and subtracting from a number 20 or less; for example by using strategies based around the number 10 (e.g.) solve 13 – 4, one can start with 13, subtract 3 to reach 10, and then subtract 1 more to reach 9)

    ·Quickly and accurately adding with a sum of 10 or less and quickly and accurately subtracting from a number 10 or less (e.g., 2 + 5, 7 – 5)

    ·Understanding what the digits mean in two-digit numbers (place value)

    ·Using understanding of place value to add and subtract (e.g., 38 + 5, 29 + 20, 64 + 27, 80 – 50)

    · Measuring lengths of objects by using a shorter object as a unit of length

    · Making composite shapes by joining shapes together and dividing circles and rectangles into halves or fourths

    Computer/ Technology

    Throughout the year students will go to the computer lab and do various projects related to our current theme, writing lessons, or math concepts. They will use programs such as Kidpix, Kidspiration, and Ramsey Sight words.

    Art, P.E., Music, Science
    Exploration, and Library: Once a
     week students will go to these specialists.

    We are excited for a great year!