All About First Grade

at Smithfield Elementary

Welcome!

Thank you for visiting our grade level website! Here you will have access to important information; such as class information, homework, and helpful websites! We are looking forward to a wonderful school year!

Classroom Schedule

Below you will find the first grade schedule, please note that the lunch time for each class is different.


Student may start arriving at 7:15am.


7:15 to 7:45 Sensory Centers

7:45 to 8:05 Morning Meeting

8:05 to 8:50 Writer's Workshop and Handwriting

8:55 to 9:45 Specials

9:50 to 10:10 Shared Reading

10:10-11:00 Reader's Workshop

11:00-11:20 Read Aloud

Lunch

11:55-12:25 Physical Activity Time

12:30-1:00 Word Study

1:00-2:00 Math Workshop

2:00-2:35 Science/Social Studies

2:35 Pack-up

2:45 Dismissal


Below you will find the lunch time for your child's classroom.

Miss Berry: 11:30

Miss Donahue- 11:25

Miss Moore- 11:25

Miss Rowan- 11:20

Miss Brown- 11:20

A Note From the Teachers

First grade is a critical milestone in a child's reading development. We build off of the beginning reading work learned in kindergarten. In kindergarten, students learned to use strategies like checking the first sound with the picture to help with solving unknown words.


In first grade students will expand their strategies and learn how to blend sounds together to decode words and find word parts inside of unknown words to help with decoding. Students will learn the spellings for digraphs, blends and common long vowel patterns to help them with decoding and spelling. Sight word vocabulary will move from 100 sight words to 200 sight words. These words make up for a large part of the words in the early stages of reading in first grade.


By the end of first grade, students should be decoding multi syllabic words and reading most words by sight. When students use their decoding strategies and sight words it will help them build their fluency. Reading fluency is important because the more fluent we are with our reading, then the more we can focus on comprehending the text.


In first grade, it is critical that students not only build fluency but also build comprehension of text alongside fluency. Students will learn how to orally retell stories with details, answer right there questions in complete sentences and learn how to identify character feelings and the big lesson in the story.


We look forward to partnering with you this year to help your child become a lifelong reader. Students will be bringing home just right books that they choose each week. These books will be on their independent level. Please have your child read these books each night. Repeated reading of these texts over the week both at home and school will help students build fluency and comprehension.


Thank you for supporting your child's learning.

Meet the Team!

Miss Berry

If you wish to donate an item to Miss Berry’s classroom please visit her amazon wishlist using the website link. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support!

Miss Rowan

If you wish to donate an item to Miss Rowan’s classroom please visit her amazon wishlist using the website link. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support!

Miss Moore

If you wish to donate an item to Miss Moore's classroom please visit her amazon wishlist using the website link. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support!

Miss Brown

If you wish to donate an item to Miss Rowan’s classroom please visit her amazon wishlist using the website link. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support!

Miss Donahue

If you wish to donate an item to Miss Rowan’s classroom please visit her amazon wishlist using the website link. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support!

Helpful Websites

Reading A-Z

To access your child's Kids A-Z account enter the teacher username and select your child's name. Below you will find the teacher usernames! Miss Moore: cmoore25 Miss Berry: eberry18 Miss Rowan: erowanb Miss Donahue: kdonahue Miss Brown: mbrown15