About First Grade

Children in our full day kindergarten begin the process of becoming lifelong learners and friends. Immersed in a print-rich environment, our youngest students are presented with an authentic purpose for literacy through expeditions. They engage in reading groups, experience literacy through songs, drama and art, and work on letter study and phonics concepts. Expedition work naturally encourages our kindergarteners to learn to work with their peers and solve conflicts peacefully.

As our kindergarteners transition into first grade, teachers continue to develop literacy skills through reading and writing workshop, songs, drama, and art. During expedition time, expectations increase as children apply their developing literacy skills to research and writing. Students begin to develop their number sense through a variety of experiences, daily practice, and finding math in the world around them.

First Grade


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Welcome to First Grade!

We have P.E. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. On P.E. days, please make sure your child brings sneakers and comfortable clothes that stretch easily (jeans are discouraged).

Please make sure to send in a set of labeled clothing for your child in a plastic bag. We keep these in the classroom in case of spills or accidents.




First Grade Classroom Expeditions

Season: Winter School Year: 2017-2018

With the help of the Great Stone, first graders will continue to piece together the story of the earth. Students will wonder: Who were the first people to live in the area we now call Rochester? Through visits to the RMSC, informational texts, and oral stories, students will learn about the lives of these early people and how they relied on the natural world around them for food, clothing, and shelter. Students will also hear traditional stories passed down through generations and consider the role stories play in culture. The theme of gratitude will be woven throughout the expedition as students reflect on how expressing thanks for the earth can impact the way people interact with the natural world.


First Grade
Keri Gonzalez - Teacher

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Jolene Walter - Teacher

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Sarah David - Teaching Assistant

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