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First Grade offers an exciting learning environment! Our focus is English/Language Arts and Math Skills. In ELA, we will develop foundation skills, read informational text and literature, writing, and speaking and listening.  Math Skills consist of operations and algebraic thinking, numbers and operations in base ten, measurement and data, and geometry. We look forward to watching your child flourish!
Throughout the school year, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns please email me at anytime. 
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Goals for the First Marking Period
This is what we will be working on this marking period. 
Classroom Expectations
We will be working on 5 rules in our classroom this year. 
  • Listen
  • Follow directions quickly
  • Keep hands and feet to self
  • Make smart choices
  • Be safe, honest and kind
Each rule has a coordinating color.  When a student needs to work on specific rule, the corresponding color will be placed into their "Star Chart".  For the first marking period, students will receive 5 minutes off of recess if they have 3 sticks in their chart and 10 minutes off of recess if they have more than 3 sticks in their chart.  During this time students will be able to reflect on what they need to work on and fill out a communication sheet to go home and be signed so parents are also aware.  At the conclusion of the day students without sticks in their chart will get a stamp on their card.  Students can also receive "stars" for demonstrating outstanding understanding of the classroom rules. Each star will earn the student 2 stamps on their card.  When students complete their card they will be able to move up on our "Mr. Potato Head Super Improvers" wall and choose a reward coupon.  You will know when your child moves up on the super improvers wall because we will celebrate their accomplishment with a sticker party and their shirt will be covered in stickers.  Throughout the year as the classroom expectations are understood, the number of sticks for loss of recess will decrease.  
Homework Menu
I like to utilize a homework menu for each ELA lesson.  This homework menu will go home on the first day of a new lesson, along with an accompanying Newsletter.  It will be due the first day of the following lesson.  Typically students will have 8 days to complete the homework menu given weekends and sometimes more due to holidays and weather days. This menu allows for flexible activities and schedules based on your child's interests and out of school activities.  Students will be required to practice their spelling, high frequency words (HFW), vocabulary words, read the story of the week from their Storytown book, practice math skills and writing with each lesson.  Every day 5 of the lesson the Storytown book will go home, however, students can also access their Storytown book on the ThinkCentral website.   
We will be working through 12 math chapters that accompany the GOMath! series in first grade.  To notify you of the beginning of new chapter, I will send home a letter to introduce the skills that we will be working on and also activities that can be done at home to help your child master these skills.  Throughout the chapter your child will bring home work to show you what we are learning.  Please only practice skills that have been taugh so far. Please don't go ahead of what we are working on in school.  Math tests will be given at the completion of a chapter and following at least one day of review.  Test dates will also be announced on the Newsletters.  
It takes 6 days of instruction and assessing for each lesson.
Day 1: Introduce spelling words, getting started story, grammar and briefly vocabulary words
Day 2: Introduce HFW (High Frequency Words), main story selection, 3 vocabulary words
Day 3: Introduce comprehension skill, 3 vocabulary words
Day 4: Review spelling words, HFW, grammar, comprehension skills and stories, 6 vocabulary words
Day 5: Assess spelling words and HFW
Day 6: Assess comprehension skills and stories and vocabulary words
First Grade Links

Our specials schedule works on a four day rotation.


                        Art & Library
                        Gym & Computer
Please see the News & Notes that goes home from your child's teacher for a more detailed schedule for each lesson.  
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Blackhawk School District:
500 Blackhawk Road, Beaver Falls, PA 15010

Phone: (724) 846-6600
Fax: (724) 846-2021
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