Welcome to the First Grade Online Learning Page!
For the final two months of the 2019/2020 school year, teachers and family members at MSES worked together to provide students with a web-based education. The first grade teachers have used this page to stay in touch with our kids and families. We have shared information, links, and videos to continue with our first grade curriculum. While online learning is no substitute for the human interactions and adventures of the classroom, this has been a way to connect with kids and families, to keep everyone informed, and to have some fun with the kids!
Now that the 2020/2021 school year has begun, we have updated this website to act as a resource page for parents, family members, and kids to use. In our hybrid learning model, the information on this page can be used during at-home learning days. But more importantly, kids' at-home learning should be focused on playing, creating, exploring, inventing, and adventuring. Curiosity and imagination should lead the way!
We always welcome suggestions and ideas to improve our e-learning page. Thanks for letting us be a part of your children's lives!
With Much Love,
Mrs. Carter, Miss Carley, Mr. Pletsch
Daily Checklist for Online Learning
Here is a checklist to follow for the days that your cohort is working from home! We would like you and your child to complete step 1 (attendance form) every schoolday that your child is home. Use you own judgment when it comes to the rest of options. Please consider the amount of work, the difficulty level, and the pacing, as we want these kids to enjoy their online learning days. Have fun and please don't overdo it! And as always, contact your teacher with questions or concerns anytime.
1. Complete the attendance form below to check in for the day.
2. Work on unfinished papers that came home with your child on a previous school day.
3. Practice pages from the Unit 10 kindergarten skills workbook that was sent home with your child.
4. Read! This can be done independently or with a family member. An adult reading to a child is just as valuable for first graders as the child reading on his/her own.
5. Draw a picture and write words or a sentence about the picture.
6. Practice handwriting (a handwriting book will be sent home with your child soon).
7. Practice math in your own fun and creative ways by following along with the same learning concepts that are on the worksheets sent home with students. Basic counting, showing numbers in different ways, and discussing concepts of more and less are perfect for the first two weeks of school.
At-Home Learning Resources
Here are ideas and resources for ongoing fun and learning at home. Enjoy!
Mrs. Dunlap created this awesome interactive grid for first grade artists.
If you created one last school year, you can continue using your personal Artsonia portfolio!
Artsonia school access code: PNZX-SKNN
The kids love doing the activities on GoNoodle! We use it a whole lot in first grade.
Click here to access GoNoodle at home for your kiddo!
Keeping the body and the mind calm and balanced is more important than ever during these complicated times. We suggest setting aside a few minutes each day for your child to sit quietly, with a mindful body, with eyes closed, and focus on breathing. We have used different breathing strategies, including belly breathing (hands on the belly while taking deep breaths), soup breathing (smell the soup, blow on the soup). and five finger breathing (trace the outline of the hand with a finger from the other hand, breathing in as the finger goes up, breathing out as the finger goes down).
While you don't need anything but your own body to practice mindfulness, there are some good resources our there to support your child with this practice. Click here for a free mindfulness app from innner explorer. Click here to do some mindyeti lessons with your child. Click here to sign up for free online mindfulness classes for kids from mindfulschools.org.
And of course, mindfulness can be applied in everything you do during the day! Here is a fun video about eating mindfully.
While there are lots of online resources for yoga, Cosmic Kids is one of our favorites!
The kids LOVE Annie and Moby! Click here to sign up for free home access. Trust us, your kids will thank you for this!
Rocky Mountain PBS Reading Program!
Click here to check out this great "Read With Me At Home" series from Rocky Mountain PBS.
First graders use a math program called Freckle to practice their math facts.
Follow the instructions below to access Freckle online.
1. Click right here.
2. Input your class code.
Mr. Pletsch's class code: PLETSZ
Mrs. Carter's class code: D6GZKC
Miss Carley's class code: CARLEX
3. Select student's name. Click the green arrow. Select "MATH." Select "NUMBER FACTS." Click the green arrow.
4. Have fun!
Email your teacher with any questions or technical difficulties.
Read! Read! Read! Read! Read! Read!
Keep a diary, a journal, or a travel log.
Write letters to friends and families.
Create a family tree book with pictures and biographies.
Write stories, fiction or nonfiction, using lots of imagination and creativity. Remember the steps in the writing process...
Use your own paper or have an adult download and print this paper for you...
Sight words, or tricky words, are words that cannot be sounded out using basic decoding skills. They are rule breakers.
Therefore, it is important that first graders learn to automatically recognize sight words from memory.
Click the links below to view important sight words and tricky words. First graders should learn all of these words.
We practice these skills at school, but additional work at home will always support the development of these young readers!
Our weekly spelling assessments consist of seven decodable words and one tricky word.
Click the link below to view all of our spelling words for the year!
Resources! Resources! Resources!
Click here for more online educational resources than you could ever imagine!
Many of them are extending free memberships due to our current educational circumstances.