Ms. Russo


Hi! My name is Ms. Russo. I teach first grade here at LCCS. This is my 5th year teaching first grade. I am so excited to begin this journey with you! We are going to have so much fun learning new things, getting to know our friends and growing throughout the year!



A Day in First Grade

Morning Meeting


Reading Workshop

Word Study

Math Workshop

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



Writing Workshop

Social Studies/Science

C.I.R.C.L.E. Meeting

Choice Time



  • Launching Reading Workshop: familiarizing with Reading Workshop model (Daily Five) , choosing “just right” books, make accurate predictions based on the title and cover of a book, re-read books, picture walks

  • Using strategies to figure out unknown words: use pictures, beginning sounds, ending sounds, little words in big words, skip and return strategy, decode nonsense words, bold and large sized words, explanation/question marks (expression)

  • 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


  • Engineering: brainstorm using engineer design plan, use questions and observations to develop ideas, sketch, reflect

  • Light and sound: create sound instruments understanding vibrating materials make sound, objects can be seen when illuminated, sound and light are used for communication

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