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First Grade Staff, 2014-15

Shonda Betts, Room 313, extension 3970.  Website
Robin Hutchinson, Team Leader, Room 309, ext. 3940. Website
Linda Madala, Room 314, ext. 369. Website
Monyca Harper, Room 312, ext. 3941. Website
Katherine Shupe, Room 310, ext. 3943. Website

Suggested supplies for Classroom, 2014-15

First Grade Georgia Performance Standards
The Georgia Department of Education specifies the learning standards that we teach. Click on these links to see summaries of the standards for four subjects.

English Language Arts (Common Core GPS)
Mathematics  (Common Core GPS; 1st grade begins on page 13)
  Mathematics Pacing Guide for Glynn County Schools, 2013-14, First Grade
  Help for First Graders Who Are Preparing for AIMS math tests
Social Studies
National PTA's Brochure for First Grade Parents -- Common Core English and Math
C. B. Greer's IB Programme of Inquiry, all grades, with stand-alone units


Our current Transdisciplinary Unit (April 2014) is How We Express Ourselves

An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs, and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

Central Idea

People discover and express themselves through the arts.


    • Form - features of poetry, dance, music, etc.  Related concepts:  Structure, pattern
    • Perspective - consider the points of view of others
    • Reflection - begins to acquaint them with what it means to know in different disciplines (art, music, dance, and writing)

Lines of Inquiry  - an inquiry into

    • Different ways stories are presented through drama, music, dance, writing, poetry, and art (form)
    • Communicating through poetry and prose (reflection)
    • Expressing uniqueness through the arts. (perspective)

Some of the Common Core/Georgia Performance Standards in English Language Arts that are addressed in this unit are:

Reading – Literary - Key Ideas and Details
ELACC1RL1. Ask and answer questions about key details in a [literary] text.

ELACC1RL2. Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

ELACC1RL3. Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

Reading – Literary - Craft and Structure
ELACC1RL4. Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

Reading – Literary -Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
ELACC1RL10: With prompting and support, read prose and poetry of appropriate complexity for grade 1.

Reading – Foundational (continued work on all standards, 1 – 4)


Writing - Text Types and Purposes
ELACC1W3: Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.

Speaking and Listening - Comprehension and Collaboration
ELACC1SL2: Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

Speaking and Listening -Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

ELACC1SL4: Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.

To see all reading and language arts standards, click here.















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