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First Grade Schedule 

1st Grade Schedule:


  • 8/13- first day of school

First Grade Staff
Rowena Angeles Email
Aimee Hauptman Email
Helena Lee Email
Nusheen Saadat Email
Blaire Wyatt Email


Important Reminders...


  • First Grade desires to be NUT FREE!  Please do not send any nut products to school for snack or lunch.
  • Please send your child with a healthy snack each day!  The days are longer and students need a snack to stay focused on learning!
  • Snacks, lunches, water bottles, backpacks and all belongings should be marked with your child's name.
  • All snacks and drinks should be in a ziploc or plastic container, absolutely no glass!
  • Please be sure your child wears appropriate clothing and shoes for recess and especially PE.

What we are Learning this Semester

Math - Module 1:  We are exploring numbers- reading, writing, counting, adding, subtracting and solving word problems.  Students will be practicing fluency of addition and subtraction facts to 10 (and beyond).  Students will be using number bonds and using labeled math drawings to show their mathematical thinking. Module 2:  Students will also learn about place value through addition and subtraction within 20.  Students will learn strategies such as:  counting on or making ten to solve; counting on or taking from ten to solve, solving word problems with unknown addends, decomposition of teen numbers as 1 ten and some ones.  Module 3:  Ordering and comparing length measurements as numbers.  Examples include:  indirect comparison in length, standard length units, non-standard length units, and data interpretation. 

Phonics-  Unit 1: Talking and Thinking About Letters!  In this unit, students will: use their name (and other students’ names) to learn about phonics, study high-frequency words, use snap words and word parts to make and read more new words.  Students will study short vowels, digraphs, and blends. They will be using everything they know about words, letters and sounds to write.  Unit 2:  Students will be investigating the silent e.  They will be word detectives and look closely to find patterns in words, use patterns they’ve learned to write new words, and more!  They will also become familiar with long vowels, compound words and contractions.  Students will test their theories to learn more about vowels and use words they know to solve new mysteries.  

Reading - Students will learn how Readers Build Good Habits.  Some of the readers good habits include:  taking a sneak peek at the beginning of the story, they reread to smooth out their voice, they look at all parts of the word, try out a word two ways (short vowel & long vowel), never give up, and readers do something at the end (share their favorite part of the story; retell- beginning, middle, end; tell someone if he/she would recommend the book (why or why not) and more!  You can help your student at home by practicing sounding out words (look at all of the parts of the word and trying it two ways), rereading the story with a smooth voice (not sound like a robot- choppy), and doing something at the end of each story:  such as retelling the story elements:  characters, setting, problem and solution(s).  Our second focus will be about being Word Detectives!  Students will learn strategies for reading high-frequency words and for decoding.  They will look closely at words, check their words slowly, read words in a snap, use clues to think about what makes sense, turn new words into snap words, break words into parts, watch out for word endings, look out for unusual words and more!

Writing - We are focusing on Small Moments (personal narrative writing).  Students will learn how to identify and write about ONE event in his/her life and write about it.  Examples of small moment stories:  their field trip in kindergarten to the zoo; his/her 5th birthday party; his/her first day of first grade; when he/she earned a trophy from his/her soccer team.  Information, Non-fiction, How To Writing: Students will write How To and Information books that teach their readers about their topic.  Students will learn strategies to teach their readers by including: size, shape & color words, pictures with labels, comparisons, giving examples, twin sentences and including information like: who, what, when, where, why and how.


Social Studies-  Students will be learning about map skills!  Students will learn about their city, state, country and continent.  Students will also learn the seven continents and four oceans around the world, how to use a legend and read a map.

Field Trip Update -  We will be doing a walking field trip around our Quail Run Community as students put their map skills into practice!  Stay tuned in for volunteer updates and permission slip information from your child’s first grade teacher!


Welcome to First Grade! We are very excited to make this a positive, fun and educational year for your child. A typical day in first grade consists of Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. It may also include Art, Music, Library, Technology and Physical Education. Our curriculum has an emphasis on building reading and writing skills and strategies with the New York Reading and Writing Project. Wherever possible we attempt to use a thematic approach to integrate the skills in these areas.  Curriculum content is guided by the Common Core State Standards and our district benchmarks for each subject area.  

Welcome to First Grade!!!
Parent Resources
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Below are links for access to Dreambox Learning Math for Students to use at home. It can be accessed via a computer with the Student Portal or iPad with the Clever app. 

Student Portal

Dreambox Parent Info

Many Thanks to:


  • All families who purchased or donated money towards school supplies and additional learning experiences, thank you!!
  • Special thanks for your donations to the Quail Run Learning Fund and other programs at our school!






California State Standard


The FAIR Act

The California Education Code has been updated over time to make sure that the role and
contributions of members of underrepresented racial, ethnic and cultural groups to the economic,
political, and social development of California and the United States are included in history and
social studies lessons. The FAIR Education Act amends the Education Code by mandating
California schools to also include the contributions of people with disabilities and members of the
LGBT community in the curriculum.

For more information click below

About FAIR.pdf (PDF)

LGBT & Disability Framework Handout.pdf (PDF)

Sample Lessons