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FIRST GRADE PARENTS’ GUIDE Welcome to the First Grade! Thank you for taking an interest in your child’s education ~ it will be time well spent! First Grade, like all grades, is an important step in your child’s future. Everything they learn will be a building block for next year and so on. Let’s work together to make sure your child will have the best year possible.

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READING Reading is an important part of our day! We will be using this reading program, the Harcourt-Brace Basal Series. This is an exciting program that involves Reading, Phonics, Spelling, and Writing. Enclosed in this packet is a reading standards checklist which lists the skills your student will need to master by the end of first grade. This checklist will be sent home during each parent teacher conference and with the last report card of the year.


This is part of our reading program. It consists of the alphabet sounds and putting them together to form words. In addition to the Harcourt-Brace Phonics, we also will be using a component of another program called Animated Literacy. This program is a phonemic awareness component.


Each week there is a list of ten spelling words that your child is to learn. Although we will work on their spelling words at school, your child will also need to work on them at home. They will need to practice their spelling words each night. They will have a pretest on Wednesday. If they get a 100% on Wednesday’s pretest, they will not have to take the test on Friday.


We use a math program called Saxon Math. In this program, we use a lot of hands-on activities. We will be learning a lot using numbers such as counting, writing, adding, subtracting, etc. Some of the other things we will learn about are money, time, fractions, place values, measurement, geometry, and calendars. It is a good idea to buy a set of addition and subtraction flash cards 1-12 to practice with at home. Homework will be sent home daily (except on Friday). Please check over your child’s work, and then return it the following day. The

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homework is usually Side B of a Guided Practice page. Homework Side B is very similar to the Guided Practice Side A, which we did that day in class. When we begin learning our facts, near the end of the first nine weeks, your child will also have Fact Practice Side B that they also need to do for homework. We will have a math test almost every Friday, so that means that your child will not have math homework on the day of the tests. Grades are taken from assessments taken in class.


Each nine weeks your child needs to read 50 books at home. I will require 10 books a week which equals 2 books a day. I will check the log on Friday to make sure this is complete. If you read more than the required amount that is great. Your child and you are responsible for recording the books that are read. A reading log will be placed in your child’s homework folder to record the books. When the log is filled, I will replace it with a new log. I will keep a file of your child’s reading log. This reading log is a requirement and is part of their reading grade. Incompleteness and lateness will affect the reading grade. As students complete their assignments, they will be rewarded. There are many types of reading materials that can be written down on their reading log. They are:  Paper books I send home  School and public library books  Comic books  Magazines, etc. As students start reading chapter books, I will count two chapters as one book. **Every 25 books read they will receive a certificate from Sonic. We will also be doing the Book-It Program from October to March.


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This is a wonderful program in which the students read books and then take a test on them on the computer at school. You can use Accelerated Reader books from school and public libraries. They are marked with yellow tags on the binding. Have the child read the book more than once, then discuss any pictures and ask any questions for comprehension. Mark on the reading log if the book read is an Accelerated Reader and I will make sure the child is able to take the test sometime during the day.


My goal is to send home Fridge Facts every Friday. This will keep you informed about what is going on in our classroom. Sometimes I may have a section that says, “Now accepting Donations for….” I will list any materials that are needed at school for different projects. Many of these may be art projects. If you would like to furnish any of these items, please send them with your child. I thank you for you continued support.


It is very important that your child stays on task, listens, follows directions, and follows the rules at school. We have five rules in our classroom. They are: 1. Listen when others are talking. 2. Raise your hand to speak. 3. Follow directions the first time they are given. 4. Keep hands, feet, and all objects to yourself. 5. Show respect for people and property. To keep you child accountable for their actions, your child has a pocket chart with cards in it. After receiving a verbal warning, if the child is still not doing what he/she should be doing, they will Green ….Having a Good Day!! Blue ….Warning

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Yellow….Lose 5 minutes of recess Red ….Lose 10 minutes of recess Orange …. Lose 15 minutes of recess. Talk to parents and principal.

OTHER INFORMATION GRADES: We give grades of E (Excellent), S (Satisfactory), and N (Needs Improvement) in Reading, Spelling, and Math. LUNCH: Lunch is at 11:00. If you would like to eat with your child for a special occasion, please let the office know. You can meet us by the cafeteria. LIBRARY: I will allow students to go to the library throughout the day, as needed. Students will be able to have 2 books checked out at a time. Please take care of these books and return them so other books can be checked out. BOOK ORDERS: I send book orders home monthly for those who wish to buy. These are a great, inexpensive way to interest your child in reading. Please return the form and payment in the homework folder by the date due. If paying by check, please make it out to Scholastic BIRTHDAY PARTIES: Birthday parties are best at the end of the day. If you would like to come/send something, please call to plan ahead! If your child has a summer birthday, we will be celebrating their half birthday. (Example: If your child’s birthday is on June 6th, we will celebrate it on December 6th). HOLIDAY PARTIES: We will sign up for these parties at Parent Teacher Conferences.

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Reading Rewards

AR Points


5 points

Fruit Snack

10 points

Treasure Chest

15 points


20 points

Free 100 tickets

25 points

Lunch with Mrs. Cornelsen

30 points

Read to the Principal

35 points

Free Homework Ticket

40 points

Lunch with the Principal

45 points

Read a Book to Our Class

50 points


60 points 70 points 80 points

Extra 10 minutes of Recess with a Friend Play Playstation for 2 days during Centers Sit a Mrs. Cornelsen’s Desk for a Day

300 Books

90 points

Read a Book to Another Class

500 Books

100 points

Happy Meal and drink with Mrs. Cornelsen

600 Books

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Books Read

100 Books

200 Books

400 Books

Mrs. Cornelsen’s Class Schedule 8:10-8:20 Begin Day: Turn in Homework Folders, Lunch Count Etc. Calendar 8:25-10:00 Guided Reading 9:45-10:00 Recess 10:00-10:05 Restroom break 10:05-11:00 Animated Literacy/Shared Reading/Word Wall 11:00-11:45 Lunch/Recess 11:50-12:15 Journal/Writing 12:15-12:35 P.E. 12:35-12:40 Pit Stop 12:40-2:00 Math 2:00-2:15 Recess 2:15-2:20 Pit Stop 2:20-2:40 Music 2:45-3:00 S.S.R/Get Ready to go Home 3:00-3:28 Team Time 3:30 Time to Go Home

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Cornelsen First Grade Handbook  

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