First Grade

Welcome to First Grade!

Teacher:  Genie Phipps    

Teacher Assistant: Wendy McCoy


Nightly Reading and Homework

Students in grades K-1 are required to read or be read to each homework night.  Research has shown that the best way to help your child become a successful reader is to read with them every day.  Your child will bring a book home each assigned homework night in his/her student folder.  Please make sure the book is returned to the folder each day. You may also read another book of your choice for the nightly reading assignment.  After reading with your child, you will need to record the title of the book in the appropriate space and initial the parent signature section on the reading log located in the student folder.

The homework assignments will be used to reinforce concepts taught in class.  Your child may also bring home assignments that he/she did not complete in class.  Please guide your child through the homework assignment; however, let him/her do the work.

Parent involvement is so important to the success of your child at school.

Classroom Rules

Your child will be expected to follow these rules and procedures:

Classroom Rules

  • Keep your feet, hands, and objects to yourself.  

  • Use your inside voice

  • Follow directions the first time.

  • Walk, don’t run


Each morning, every child has a green card showing in their pocket. When given a warning, their green card is turned to white. If given a second warning your child’s card is turned to yellow and they will miss break. If it is necessary for your child’s card to be turned to red, a note will be sent home for you to sign and return.

Green Card = Doing great

White Card = First warning

Yellow Card = Loss of break/privileges

Red Card = Note home to parents

Rewards for GOOD behavior

Parent involvement is so important to the success of your child at school.

Daily Praise

Special Treats

Extra Privileges


Thanks for your help and support.

Mid Year First Grade

Developing: Levels 9-12

  • Repetition of 3 or more sentence patterns or varied sentence patterns with repeated phrases

  • Blend of oral and written language structures

  • Fantasy in framework of familiar experiences

  • Illustration which provides moderate support for predicting and   confirming vocabulary

  • Different genres usedI have a growth mindset

  • Knowledge of vowel sounds and letters used

End of Year First Grade

Developing: Levels 13-15

  • Varied sentence patterns

  • Written language structures

  • Oral language used in dialogue

  • Conventional story and literary language

  • Vocabulary which may include specialized, more sophisticated terms

  • Illustrations used to fill in unwritten details and provide low to moderate support

  • Decoding skills used to read unknown, new vocabulary

Book and Print Awareness

  • Knows parts of books and functions of each part

  • Demonstrates understanding of directionality and voice-print match by following print word for word when listening to familiar text read aloud

  • Demonstrates understanding of letters, words, and story

Phonemic Awareness

  • Demonstrates understanding that spoken language is a sequence of identifiable speech sounds

  • Demonstrates understanding that the sequence of letters in the written word represents the sequence of sounds in the spoken word

  • Demonstrates understanding of the sounds of letters and understanding that words begin and end alike

  • Recognizes and names upper and lower case letters of the alphabet

  • Recognizes some words by sight including a few common words, own name, and environmental print such as signs, labels, and trademarks

  • Recognizes most beginning consonant letter-sound associations in one-syllable words

  • Uses new vocabulary and language in own speech

  • Understands and follows oral/graphic directions

  • Demonstrated sense of story (Beginning, middle, end, characters, details)

  • Connects information and events in text to experience

  • Reads or begins to read

  • Demonstrates familiarity with a variety of types of books and selections


Using numbers

  • Model numbers in a variety of ways

  • Read, write and count using whole numbers

  • Use 1-1 correspondence to identify how many

  • Recognize numbers and match to sets 0 -10

  • Write numbers 0 -9 in meaningful contexts

  • Use ordinals first through fifth

  • Create and identify sets with more, less, or equal members by matching

  • Estimate quantities less than 20


  • Combine and remove objects from sets, describe results

  • Share equally between two people, explain solution

Applying Geometric Concepts

  • Recognize basic two-dimensional figures: circle, square, triangle, and rectangle. Describe their likenesses and differences and identify them in the environment

  • Compare and order objects using appropriate vocabulary

  • Model and use directional and positional words

Solving problems

  • Create and solve story problems within a group

  • Complete simple spatial visualization tasks and puzzles

Using Measurement Concepts

  • Use non-standard measurement of length, weight, capacity and time.

  • Name the days of the week

Using patterns/relationships

  • Describe likenesses and differences between and among objects

  • Sort by a given attribute; sort by own rule and explain

  • Identify, copy, continue, and describe patterns

Dealing with data and graphing

Collect data to create concrete and pictorial graphs and describe the results as a group activity