Ms. McConnell


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A Day in First Grade

Morning Meeting


Word Study (Fundations Curriculum)
Writing Workshop

Special (Music and Movement, Gym, Art, Technology)

Social Studies/Science

C.I.R.C.L.E. Meeting/ Builder's Block (Wednesday)

Choice Time


Specials Schedule
Music and Movement: Thursday, Friday
Gym: Monday, Thursday
Art: Tuesday, Friday
Technology: Wednesday

Overview of the Year
(Newsletters during the year will contain more information)


  • Launching Reading: familiarizing with reading strategies and making accurate predictions based on the title and cover of a book, re-reading books, and picture walks
  • Using strategies to figure out unknown words: use sounds and phonics knowledge to decode words.

  • Visualization: rereading texts to understand what is happening, mental pictures, making inferences, creating a picture in your mind

  • Retelling: use specific character names in retell, problem and solution, setting, transition words, sequence of events (beginning, middle, end)

  • Connections: make connections and refer to text, identify important ideas in a story, identify questions to better understand the story

  • Non-fiction: identify and know the purpose of various non-fiction text features, activate prior knowledge when previewing a non-fiction book



  • Small moment writing: develop a personal narrative that retells a specific event from their own life including dialogue, action words, character thought and character feelings

  • Opinion writing: form an opinion, give 3 factual reasons to support their opinion, write an introduction and conclusion in various ways, use transition words

  • How-to writing: write a how-to book, sequence instructions, illustrate their book with pictures that teach, create a “snappy beginning” and end to their books


  • Addition and subtraction: understand that numbers can be broken into parts of a whole, find combinations in numbers up to 10, find 2-addend combinations of a number, joining parts make a whole, two numbers can be added in any order, use addition and subtraction strategies to solve story problems

  • Place Value: numbers can be used to tell how many, numbers can be classified and represented in different ways, base ten numeration system, unitize a group of tens and ones as a whole, compose and decompose numbers by tens and ones, greater than, less than, equal to


  • Light and sound: understanding vibrating materials make sound, objects can be seen when illuminated, sound and light are used for communication  
  • Plant and Animal Traits and Frog Life Cycles: observing inherited traits and behaviors that help living things survive

Social Studies

  • Post Office: operate a post office, locate New Jersey and Jersey City on a map, identify names of each location, write their address, write a letter, address an envelope, create a stamp, make change of a dime