START OF THE DAY
Every morning, distance learning begins for 1st graders with a greeting from their teacher and a read-aloud. Books are typically chapter books and novels, such as Magic Tree House, My Father’s Dragon, and Charlotte’s Web. Daily work for 1st grade includes phonics, vocabulary, writing, reading for comprehension and fluency, and math.
To measure the grasp of phonics concepts, weekly spelling lists are used and tests are given by parents or by their teacher via Google Meet.
Fluency and comprehension assignments occur daily to build reading-for-meaning skills. Students are asked to identify the genre of a passage, its main characters, and the setting, problem, and solution. We also work on identifying the story's main idea and drawing conclusions.
Writing activities include detailed journal entries to continue our instruction of story writing. There is an emphasis on having a clear beginning, middle, and end of a story, as well as proper capitalization and punctuation. Grammar lessons help improve 1st graders' editing skills by noting and correcting sentences with errors.
Math instruction occurs via lessons with independent practice. The emphasis is developing solid number sense by understanding place value, strategies for problem-solving, and building other math skills. Quality math websites offer supplemental practice of math facts and other skills.
To develop a sense of community and to meet the needs of our students, 1st grade teachers schedule 1:1, small-group, and sometimes whole-group meetings to provide instruction throughout the week to practice reading fluency and comprehension, as well as math. Instruction is tailored to meet individual needs. These meetings provide an opportunity for students to work and learn with their peers, as well an opportunity for special teachers and administrators to pop in and connect with the students they miss!