First Grade

first gradeThe first grade program at Caze centers on a core curriculum of Language Arts and Math, but also includes Science, Social Studies, Music, Art, Media, and P.E. First grade is an exciting and fun year for students and their families! Our first grade teachers work hard to. ensure that all students have a great year of learning and discovering. The instruction in first grade is driven by a dedication to Indiana Academic Standards, as well as EVSC curriculum maps. The first grade teachers work together to plan units of instruction, activities, and common assessments.

First graders learn to read through Readers Workshop, small-group instructions, reading notebooks, technology, and reading centers. First graders spend at least 90 minutes a day on reading instruction everyday. Students get to pick books at their own level to read daily. By the end of the year, students need to be able to read over 100 sight words, re-tell a story from beginning to end, read challenging texts, and write a story with several paragraphs.

First graders work throughout the year on many math topics. The most important things we learn all year are addition and subtraction. First graders also learn telling time, counting money, making fractions, and counting to 120. Math is taught through small group instruction, hands-on activities, mini-lessons, and Rocket Math.

First graders at Caze work on other fun units throughout the year, such as worms and soil, history and geography, farms, holidays, and healthy eating. The first grade group enjoys several field trips yearly. Recent field trips have included Mayse Farm, the Evansville Otters baseball game, and the Evansville Icemen hockey game.

To stay up to date on what your student is doing in first grade, please check with your homeroom teacher for information regarding Class Dojo, a way to track behavior in a positive way and to communicate between teachers and families. You can also follow Caze Elementary School on Facebook for frequent updates about events and information. It is also
very important that you read with your student every night. Reading at home is a great way to build a love of reading with your student. Students also have homework Monday through Thursday. Please check your student's folder nightly for notes from the teacher and to help with homework as needed.

Useful websites for first graders at home are: 

Useful apps for smart phones and tablets are: Hungry Fish, Math Ninja, ABCYA

If you have any questions, please contact your homeroom teacher by clicking on the "Staff Directory" link on the left.

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