Welcome to First Grade!

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  • Ms. Kraus, Ms. Yang and Ms. Knezovich welcome you to Chelsea Heights Elementary!  We have an exciting year ahead of us.  Please read through the general first grade information below or visit our classroom pages.  To leave a voicemail message for any of us, call 651.293.8790 and follow the prompts.  Here's to a great year in First Grade!

    First Grade Curriculum Overview
    In the 1st Grade classroom, we teach using the curriculum and framework provided by Saint Paul Public Schools.  This includes Reader’s Workshop (with Mondo Bookshop materials), Fountas and Pinnell, Math Workshop (using Basic Facts, Math Review and Everyday Math), and Writer’s Workshop.  Social Studies is woven into our core curriculum.  Students also attend a specialist class each day (arts, science or physical education) rotating on a weekly basis. 

    First Grade Homework
    1.  Optional First Grade homework will come home periodically- normally twice a month.  You and your child may do as many of the listed activities as you are able.

    2.  Your child should READ daily at his or her level!  Baggie Books are useful for this reading.  Your child can check out a different Baggie Books each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

    3.  Spelling tests are on most Fridays.  Although we do practice our words at school, practice at home is valuable! 


Our Daily Schedule:

  • 7:15 Breakfast-To-Go
    7:30 Morning Meeting
    8:00 Reader’s Workshop
    9:00 Phonics/Skills
    9:30 Everyday Math

    10:30 recess

    10:50 Lunch
    11:20 Read Aloud
    11:35 Math (cont.)
    12:05 Specialists (Music, Art, Science, Phy. Ed.)
    1:00 Writer’s Workshop
    1:30 Choice

    2:00 Dismissal