First Grade -- Mrs. Fisher

 

Welcome to our first grade classroom website. This site’s purpose is to keep you informed about what is happening in our classroom and our school. Here you will find our class schedule, as well as our specials schedule, and other important information. I encourage you to visit this site often for current information.

 

Click here to learn more about Mrs. Fisher.

img_2802

Mrs. Fisher’s 1st graders!

 

 

Newsletters

April 21 

April 7

March 20

March 3 

Feb 17 

Feb 9 

Jan 20 

Jan.9

Dec 9

Dec 2 

Nov 10

oct 28

october 11

september 30

september 16

September 6

Augusr 26 


Science

Matter

  • What is matter?
  • Where can matter be found?
  • What are solids, liquids, and gases?
  • What are the physical properties that classify something as a solid, a liquid, or a gas?
  • What causes a state of matter to change?These are some of the essential questions the first graders will be able to answer at the close of this unit!

We’ve been having great fun changing the state of matter while using the scientific process. We changed a solid (ice cube) to a liquid, and a liquid to a gas (water vapor), and a liquid back to a solid!

Social Studies

Learning all about communities is our first unit in social studies. We begin with urban communities, learning through pictures of what defines this type of community. We then move on to suburban, recognizing the differences between these two communities and their location in relation to each other. Finally, we add rural communities for a third comparison. Our hallway is adorned with pictures of all 3 communities in a gigantic mural in the first grade hallway! In addition, we learn all about community helpers. Each student chooses a community helper to research and report on to the rest of the class!


Math

Unit 3 – student mastery of key number facts and fact strategies for single-digit and subtraction problems are encouraged. Students use their number rack to see number combinations, find the sum for two numbers, and compare two numbers to find the difference between them. Place value understanding is developed along with solving addition combinations to 20. Lastly, students use cubes to compare the difference and to form a subtraction equation to represent this model.

Unit 2 – focus is on addition and subtraction strategies and solving for an unknown. Students explore the commutative property and the relationship between addition and subtraction. They create fact families and story problems. Finally, in this unit students come to understand that the equal sign indicates the relationship between two quantities rather than “the answer.”

Unit 1 – focused on quick recognition of a quantity within 5 and how many more are needed to make 5. The same concept was extended to 10 and solving for how many more are needed to make 10. Students need to be able to anchor their thinking to 5 and 10 in order to quickly compute addition and subtraction problems. The goal is for students to be able to add and subtract large numbers without needing a pencil and paper, also referred to as mental math.

 


Writer’s Workshop

Nonfiction

The first graders are learning how to write “all about” a topic of their choice. After choosing a topic, the next step is planning. We can use our fingers to think of 5 different things to say about our topic, or we can touch the pages of our book and tell our writing plans to our writing partner. Then we sketching quickly so as not to forget our plans! To make our writing more interesting, we are learning to write a twin sentence – to tell more about our topic. We also know that writers of nonfiction are like teachers and can add details to  the pictures as well as the words. The next step is writing…

CHAPTER BOOKS!!

Last week we created a table of contents for our chapter books! Now, we are planning out what we will say for our very first chapter!

 

 

Narratives

The first graders are working hard this trimester to use all the tools they have learned in our mini-lessons about writing a great narrative. It all begins with a little seed of an idea – a small moment. We give the reader a sneak peek into that moment by adding details that make the characters come alive! That can be done with both pictures and words! Adding dialogue also makes our writing more interesting.


Reading

How parents can help their children become life-long readers

reading-log1

what are sight words

Sight Words for Week 1

Sight Words for Week 2

Sight Words for Week 3

sight words for week 4

sight words for week 5

sight words for week 6

sight words for week 7

sight words for week 8

sight words for week 9

sight words for week 10

sight words or week 11

Sight Words for Week 12

Sight Words for Week 13

Sight Words for Week 14

Sight Words for Week 15

Sight Words for Week 16

Sight Words for Week 17

Sight Words for Week 18

Sight Words for Week 19

 

 

 

 


Important Updates

 Open-House-Packet-First-Grade-2016