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This 9 weeks...

We are focusing on

  • Language Arts - Researching - Asking questions, gathering evidence, and searching for answers.
  • Social Studies - Economics
  • Math - Fraction, time, measuring length, number conceprts up to 120.
  • Science  - Life Science: Life cycles and charactersitcs, movement, and habitat of a frog, fish, and chick.  Food chains and interdependence 

First Grade

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What Do We Learn and Do in First Grade?

(En Español)

In first grade, students take learning into their own hands through the workshop approach and individualized instruction. We believe in hands-on learning, small group instruction and cooperative learning groups, as well as whole group instruction. These teaching strategies allow for us to best meet the needs of each child.

The step from kindergarten to first grade is significant. New responsibilities are expected from each child. Some responsibilities the children learn include:

  • demonstrating self control
  • demonstrating respect for others
  • managing class time effectively
  • managing a home folder
  • being responsible for library books and home readers
  • maintaining a clean work area and managing school supplies

 

Management of self and respect for others is a year-long goal. We believe the Lifeskills are extremely important in the social development of all children, and they are stressed continuously throughout the year.

Language Arts
First Grade’s approach to reading and writing is though a balanced literacy program. A daily routine in language arts consists of the following:

  • shared reading and poetry
  • guided reading
  • independent reading
  • shared writing
  • interactive writing
  • journals/writer’s workshop
  • handwriting
  • spelling
  • literacy work stations

 

We have a spelling test every Friday. A list of spelling words is sent home on Monday on homeork sheet. Please help your child prepare for the test by practicing every night. It is also very important for your child to read 20 minutes every day. This will help to build fluency. After reading, ask your child questions about the book to monitor comprehension.

Math
Six strands are taught in SBISD. In first grade math, problem solving, graphing, and patterning is taught throughout the day. The key word in math is “concepts” which makes concrete learning with manipulatives vital in first grade. Concrete learning allows a student to experience true understanding and build strategic problem solving skills for math to become internalized. The following strands are taught in a logical way, building concepts for further learning:

  • whole numbers
  • measurement
  • probability & statistics
  • fractions & decimals
  • geometry
  • algebraic thinking

 

Science & Social Studies

We integrate science and social studies into our language arts curriculum. The following are themes taught during the year:

  • Citizenship and Community
  • Maps and Globes
  • Soil
  • Native Americans and Pilgrims
  • Friends Near and Far
  • Liquids and Solids
  • America the Beautiful
  • Home Sweet Home (Texas)
  • Penny For Your Thoughts (Needs & Wants) 
  • Cycles (animal life cycles, seasons)

 

Volunteers

We need volunteers.  Volunteer opportunities include field trip chaperoning, room parent for parties, teacher's aid (copying, laminating, cut/paste...) Please visit the SBISD volunteers page for application forms.

Parents - We need your help!
We will have the opportunity to go on some amazing field trips this year and WE WANT YOU TO BE THERE.  But first, you need to fill out a VOLUNTEER form and be cleared.  So be sure to do that and WE WOULD LOVE YOU TO JOIN US!!  Or you can go the SBISD volunteer page and sign up there!  JOIN SOON!

Supplies

This year our supply list left off some important items. If you can send any of the following to school we would appreciate your help. We nee

 

  • Ziploc bags (gallon size)
  • hand sanitizer

 

Behavior
Each day your child will receive a behavior grade (E,S,N, or U) on the homework packet.

  • E- Excellent
  • S - Satisfactory
  • N -  Needs Improvement 
  • U - Unsatisfactory "parent notification/conference or office referral"

 

Please check on your child’s behavior everyday.

Homework Policy

Homework will start coming home next week. Each Monday your child will receive a homework sheet. A parent should sign the homework sheet each day. Homework will be checked everyday for completion. Homework will mostly be review so it should not be hard for your child. You may help your child with directions or anything they don’t understand. All homework (spelling, reading book, and daily homework paper) should be returned to school everyday in the take-home folder.

Take Home Folder
All students were given a take-home folder. This folder should be taken home everyday by the student and returned to school the next morning. All flyers and important notes and papers will be sent in this folder. Also, homework will be sent in this folder. If the folder is lost or damaged another one may be purchased in the office for $1.

Lunch
Our class goes to lunch from 11:15 - 11:45 every day. New state laws have come into effect that prohibit any carbonated beverages, hard candy (including cough drops), gum, chewy candies (like licorice, starbursts, caramel, etc), no marshmallow candies, and no candy coated popcorn. These items are not allowed to be brought to school in lunches or for snacks! Please be sure not to send any of those things to school with your child because we will have to take it away. Cupcakes are allowed for birthdays but they must be store bought. Please send them to school in the morning and the teacher will pass them out after lunch.

 

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Contact Your Child's Teacher

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 NameRoleEmailTelephoneTelephone 2
Alejandra Farias1st grade Bilingual Teacher 713-251-2100 
Irene Herrera1st grade Bilingual Teacher 713-251-2100 
Laurie Cerda1st Grade ESL 713-251-2100 
Morella Revollar1st Grade Bilingual Teacher 713-251-2100 
Olga Alvarado1st Grade Bilingual Teacher 713-251-2100 
Rebecca Elliott1st Grade ESL 713-251-2100 
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