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1st Grade

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. Dr. Seuss
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The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. Dr. Seuss
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"The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you know, the more places you'll go."
~Dr. Seuss
"Why fit in when you were born to stand out?"
~Dr. Seuss
Welcome to 1st Grade at MHS!  I am Jamie Taunton.  I have taught the past eleven years in Concordia parish and this starts and my third year at MHS.  I am excited to have the opportunity to have your child in my class this year. 1st Grade is a BIG adventure and a lot of hard work and fun too.  If you have not connected with me and our class on Classdojo, I encourage you to do so.  This is my primary way of communicating with parents. It is a free interactive app that allows you to stay connected with what is happening in our class. Your child's classdojo code will be sent home at the beginning of school so that you can connect with our classroom. 
Daily Homework
Monday:  write spelling words 3xs each
Tuesday:  write a rhyming word / ABC order
Wednesday:  write 5 sentences
Thursday:  spelling pre-test
Your child not only needs to be able to spell the words but be able to read them as well.  
Eureka Math
Addition and subtraction – concepts, skills, and problem-solving; place value:  Add/subtract within 10
Lessons are taught daily and nightly homework that goes with the lesson will be sent home.
Number bonds should be practiced at home too.  This will help build fluency. 
In English language arts (ELA), students must learn to read, understand, and write and speak about grade-level texts independently. In grades K-2 specifically, reading foundations, writing, and language development are essential.
Reading words for the week are sent home on Monday on the study guide inside the planner. Reading words need to be practiced nightly in addition to the spelling homework.  It is so IMPORTANT that your child can read both spelling words and reading words.  
I encourage a nightly reading of a book with your child.  Also, we have a reading club, just send in the title of the book that your child has read and your child's name.  Your child will then get to add a sticker to the chart. 
Social Living
Social Studies:   

Grade 1 Content Focus

Grade 1 Claims

·      Rules,  communities, and citizenship

·      Holidays and local culture/environment

·      Meeting basic needs

·      What role do I play in my school and community?

·      How do people and the environment impact my world?

·      What do I need, and how can I get it?

Students in first grade are beginning to explore the world around them and how they fit into that world. Each strand of social studies is centered on this theme as they begin to investigate and apply their learning through historical thinking.
Students explain how society, the environment, the political and economic landscape, and historical events influence perspectives, values, traditions, and ideas. To accomplish this, they:
  •      Use key questions to build understanding of content through multiple sources
  •      Corroborate sources and evaluate evidence by considering author, occasion, and purpose
The Louisiana Student Standards for Science represent the knowledge and skills needed for students to successfully transition to
postsecondary educations and the workplace. The standards call for students to:
• Apply content knowledge
• Investigate, evaluate, and reason scientifically
• Connect ideas across disciplines
The Louisiana Student Standards do not dictate curriculum or teaching methods. Decisions about how to teach these expectations are left to local districts, schools, and teachers.