Welcome to First Grade!

  • Ms. Lisa Apel-Christianson, Mrs. Meghan Baldwin, and Ms. Ku, are getting ready for an energizing, fun and rewarding first grade year! Sadly, due to the COVID -19 Pandemic still impacting health and safety, we will begin Distance Learning again for the 2020-2021 school year. We will be looking back at what we as teachers, parents and students have all learned from this experience, and build on the positive things that went well, reflect on and modify what we can to make the very best possible learning in this extremely difficult situation. Thank you for your time and support in all that you did last year to help your child continue in their academic journey in kindergarten! Rest assurred, we will all work together to build on the skills your child has been working on, and continue to move them along in their progress and development. We can't wait to meet your child to learn more about them personally. For now, please read this important information about what our achievement goals are for 1st graders.

    First grade is a year full of extraordinary growth and change as children work on building their academic and social selves. We take pride in working with each and every child to help them become a well-rounded inquirer.  

    Our curriculum includes the following:

    Reading: We follow the Reader's Workshop model. Students meet in small groups in addition to core instruction to meet their specific needs. First grade focuses on phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency and comprehension. A big part of fluency and being about to read well is by recognizing whole sight words. Our school uses the Fry Word Lists. First grade uses the first 150 Fry Words. You will find a copy of this in your child's homework folder and ideas for practicing these words.

    Writing: We follow the Writer’s Workshop model. This model encourages all students to write at their own level while building on the foundation skills taught in Kindergarten.  Some of our units include: question and answer books, persuasive writing, and small moment stories.

    Math: Students will explore and begin to understand the relationship numbers have in our everyday lives through Math Expressions.  

    Inquiry: First graders explore and inquire through our six units of inquiry. More information is available by clicking on the Units of Inquiry tab below.

    Specialists:  First graders rotate through Spanish, Art, and Physical Education.

    Ms. Apel-Christianson

    Mrs. Baldwin

    Ms.Crystal Vang Ku

    First Grade School Supply List 2019 - 2020

    First Grade Program of Inquiry

    Handwriting Paper

Websites to Explore

  • ABCya.com logo Abcya.com is a wonderful website for students to work on math and reading skills through games. 


    Tumblebooks logo Tumble books are free books that can be read to students or students can read on their own.  

    login: sppshighelem, password: media.


    storyline online logo Storyline is another book resource sponsored by the Screen Actors Guild foundation.


    dance mat typiing logo Sharpen keyboarding skills with a Scottish goat and many other creative characters.  Have fun while learning correct typing form.  


    Wonderopolis logo Inquiring minds want to know...  A new wonder everyday. Creative questions, child friendly answers, beautiful short video clips.


    National Geographic Kids logo National Geographic for Kids allows us to explore the world!  A great opportunity to learn with your child.


    FAmerican Language Assoication logo eeling adventurous?  The American Library Association put together a great list of websites for kids.  Another a great website to look at with your child.


    starfall.com logo Starfall is a great reading and phonics practice site.