Grade 1 Announcements

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Grade 1 Curriculum: Fourth Week of September

Reading: Continuing to discuss how to build good reading habits
September Read Aloud: The Velveteen Rabbit (or How Toys Become Real) by: Margery Williams
AR Books: Sun and Moon

Writer's Workshop: Learning how to write a "small moment" story

Bible: Tower of Babel

Social Studies: Types of Communities - rural, suburban, urban

Science: All about the Sun

  • What do we wonder?
  • What do we know?
  • How can we find out about the moon?
Grade 1 Offline Learning Day on September 30

Grade 1 students' Offline Learning Day is Wednesday, September 30. Please check your child's classroom Teams files for a checklist of independent learning activities, along with the usual weekly overview. Attending specialists classes on Teams that day is still encouraged.

Accelerated Reader

We have enabled Accelerated Reader (AR) testing to continue at home through this period of the Step Start and Bear Creek Choice plan. Please read through the following rules with your children before you begin AR at home testing.

The following rules apply to AR at home testing:

  1. Students may not refer to the book in question when taking an AR test. The book must remain closed for the entirety of the test.
  2. Students may not ask for help on any questions of an AR test.
  3. If a student is a beginning reader, an adult may read the test questions and answer choices aloud. No other assistance may be given.
  4. AR tests taken from home will not be deleted due to a low score. 
  5. Non-compliance with any of the rules of AR testing may result in the following actions: blockage of remote AR testing, removal of points from a student’s account, and/or disqualification from higher AR point clubs.
Grade 1 Coming Assignments Overview

On Friday afternoons, next week’s math assignments and any special instructions (i.e. bring a favorite stuffie to class on Wednesday) will be posted in the "Files" tab of our class Team. We would recommend over the weekend, you help your child rip their assigned Math pages out of their workbook and use their red/blue math folder to organize the coming week’s assignments.  

Lower School Curriculum Night on October 1

Lower School teachers will present an overview of our curriculum for the 2020 – 2021 school year on Thursday, October 1. Most parents say that Curriculum Night is one of the most valuable events of the school year. Teachers will share information about the curriculum, schedules, activities, and expectations to assist you in supporting your child this year. 

Join grade-level curriculum presentation, then break out into an individual classroom connection meeting with your child's teacher. Break-out meeting links will be provided during the grade-level sessions.

Learn how to join a Teams meeting without affecting your child's remote learning experience.

Grade 1 Curriculum: Fifth Week of September

Reading: Good habits for solving hard words
September Read Aloud: The Vanderbeekers by: Karina Yan Glaser
AR Books: Two Bad Ants 

Writer's Workshop: Learning how to bring stories to life

Bible: Son of Laughter

Social Studies: Communities wrap-up

Science: All about Earth

  • What do we wonder?
  • What do we know?
  • How can we find out about Earth?

Memory Verse



By: Dennis Lee

Alligator pie, alligator pie,
If I don’t get some I think I’m gonna cry.
Give away the green grass, give away the sky,
But don’t give away my alligator pie.

Alligator stew, alligator stew,
If I don’t get some I don’t know what I’ll do.
Give away my furry hat, give away my shoe,
But don’t give away my alligator stew.

Alligator soup, alligator soup,
If I don’t get some I think I’m gonna droop.
Give away my hockey-stick, give away my hoop,
But don’t give away my alligator soup.

Stanza 1 due Friday, September 11
Stanza 2 due Friday, September 18
All stanzas due Friday, September 25

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