First Grade

Study Skills and Homework

In first grade, students will begin to develop study habits that they will need throughout the rest of their years in school. Students will learn to take notes in class and they should be able to copy from the board. Homework is given Monday through Thursday in reading, spelling, and math. Students should study spelling words and math facts each night. Also, parents should be reading with their child daily. They will be given additional homework from the Spanish teacher on designated days. Homework should take no longer than 30 minutes with a designated time for casual reading. Parents should supervise homework and help his/her child correct errors when necessary. Parents should also review all work sent home in the blue folders on Tuesday and go over graded papers with his/her child.

Peek into Pre-K, Kindergarten, & First Grade

Peek into Pre-K, Kindergarten, & First Grade - 2020/2021

*This video was shot before the mask mandate was lifted in Illinois.


Students will:

Write legibly and efficiently on lined and unlined paper.

Write a simple paragraph using correct punctuation and grammar.

Understand the basics of the writing process.


Students will:

Identify the number value of a number.

Be able to correctly use “plus”, “minus”, or “take away.”

Order and compare numbers.

Add and subtract with and without regrouping.

Understand basic fractions.

Understand basic linear and volume measurement.

Use a clock and calendar to measure time.

Listening, Viewing, and Speaking

Students will:

Maintain sustained attention for 30 minutes.

Appropriately ask and answer questions.

State a clear main point when speaking to others.

Recite poems and short passages from memory.

Give short oral reports on a book or topic.

Use proper etiquette when speaking.


Students will:

Have a strong sense of phonemic and phonological awareness.

Know all sounds and letters of the alphabet and be able to blend sounds into words and words into sentences with accuracy and fluency.

Understand that words convey messages.

Have a strong sight word vocabulary including all color and number words.

Correctly spell frequently used and common words.

Read sentences with understanding of punctuation.

Comprehend what is read aloud and silently on grade level.


In the first grade classroom students are evaluated by the teacher on a regular basis. The following assessments are given regularly:

Weekly spelling test.

Math assessments are given regularly.

Reading comprehension quizzes are given after each story unit.

Assessments are given after each history and science unit.

Students will be tested over Spanish concepts.


Spanish for 30 minutes, three times per week


Social studies

Physical education for 45 minutes, twice per week


Music for 30 minutes, twice per week

Art for 45 minutes, twice per week

Tips for Parents

The following tips may be helpful as your child transitions into first grade.

Allow your child to take on responsibilities and to accept the rewards and consequences of their actions.

Encourage independence by having your child go into the building in the morning when arriving.

Remind your child that you, as well as the teacher, knows he/she is capable of doing well in school.