Welcome to 1st Grade at Noah Webster Schools!
Get ready for a fun and exciting year! Your child will have a blast as they continue to grow and learn each and every week. Students will begin developing their own methods of learning and familiarizing themselves with the 1st grade environment. From our STEM curriculum to our fine arts specials, students will enjoy coming to school every day, seeing their teachers and friends, and working hands-on with some of the latest technologies. Although they may seem like beginners, our 1st grade students are expected to work diligently to prepare for a smooth transition into the next grade, while having fun in the classroom and working with others! Each school year, the 1st graders at Noah Webster Schools will venture outside of the classroom and away from campus to attend scheduled field trips. All field trips will align with the curriculum and complement a specific subject, topic or course the students are learning at that time. While field trips often vary from year to year, some past 1st grade field trips have included trips to the Phoenix Zoo, Phoenix Children’s Museum, and Vertuccio’s Pizza Farm.
1st Grade Curriculum
In 1st grade math, students will begin learning more complex arithmetic such as addition and subtraction in word problems (eventually including three whole numbers), adding and subtracting numbers 0-20, subtracting numbers in groups of 10, and double digit addition. Students will also learn how to find 10 more and 10 less of a number, place value, fractions, true/false equations, and solve greater than, less than, and equal to equations. This is the year when your child will begin to learn a variety of new mathematical subjects, including:
- Properties of operation
- Fact families
- AB patterns
- Expressing the length of an object and ordering three objects by length
- Composing two or three dimensional shapes and composing new shapes
- Defining attributes of a shape
Our 1st grade students will also learn to count all the way up to, and backwards from, 200.
This year, your child’s language arts studies will focus on reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary and spelling.
In 1st grade, students will work on their reading comprehension and learn to define story elements, grasping the main idea of a story, drawing conclusions, sequencing, and summarizing the stories they read. They will learn to define the problem and solution within a story, make inferences, predict, and form generalizations. By reading both types of stories throughout the school year, students will learn the difference between fiction and non-fiction. Finally, 1st grade language arts at Noah Webster Schools will teach students cause and effect, how to compare and contrast story elements, and identify the author’s perspective and point of view within a story.
Students will develop their writing skills through “Write from the Beginning,” which teaches students the various traits of effective writing. Your child will complete exercises in which they are required to write personal narratives, expository writing, and persuasive writing.
1st grade students will learn to form sentences, edit sentences and combine sentences. They will also learn the following:
- Subjects and predicates
- Nouns, adjectives, pronouns, verbs and adverbs
Vocabulary and Spelling
Vocabulary and spelling are both extremely important topics within Language Arts at Noah Webster Schools. Your child will learn phonetic sounds, as well as work on vocabulary words in which they will be tested on the words’ spelling and meaning.
1st grade social studies will teach students about current events happening in the United States through Studies Weekly, United Streaming media, the Discovery Channel, and other related videos.
In Science, a core subject that makes up our STEM curriculum at Noah Webster Schools, students will be introduced to science tools, learn the importance of science safety, and read Science Weekly. They will learn about a variety topics, including:
- The Sun
- Living organisms
- Human body
Another key element in our STEM curriculum is technology. At Noah Webster Schools, we understand the importance of a technologically balanced education, which is why our 1st grade students will have the ability to work with advanced technologies. Our Mesa campus provides students and teachers with Polyvision Smartboards, class set laptops, Fuse document cameras, and Qwizdom remotes. Each classroom at our Pima campus is equipped with Samsung School, a student-centric classroom environment that empowers students through a 1:1 learning experience. Students are provided with Samsung Galaxy tablets, while each classroom receives an interactive whiteboard display. All students will also have access to A , an advanced interactive program.
All students participate in physical education classes at least once a week. Classes focus on competency of motor skills and performance of physical activities in order to achieve and maintain health-enhancing levels of fitness. Positive social interaction is embedded into instruction while promoting the value of physical activity.
All students participate in music classes at least once a week. Students create meaning and expression through the use of listening, performing and improvisational skills. Students are introduced to the elements and theory of music and musical instruments.
Noah Webster offers an online cataloging system. Destiny Quest allows students to browse Noah Webster Schools Library’s entire collection and place a hold on their final selection. The book will then be delivered to the student’s classroom within 3-4 business days. Reference materials are also available.
Noah Webster Schools has implemented Art Masterpiece to introduce artists and styles from diverse cultures and time periods. Students are taught to use classic and modern techniques in order to create artwork to communicate ideas, meanings, and/or purposes.
1st Grade Supply List
Welcome to First Grade! Remember to label all of your student’s belongings (jacket, water bottle, backpack, and lunch box) with first and last name. This will help locate them should personal items become lost.
All classroom supply items will be community property in the classroom and must be labeled non-toxic. All community items that you are able to purchase at this time may be dropped off at Open House or sent in with your student during the first week of school. If you are unable to fulfill the entire list, please feel free to send classrooms supplies throughout the year.
• 2 large packages of #2 wooden pencils (Ticonderoga preferred)
• 3 boxes of crayons (24 count)
• 3-4 packages of thick tip dry erase markers (Expo preferred)
• Boys- 1 box baby wipes and 1 large box of tissues (we go through these quickly)
• Girls - 1 roll of paper towels and a ream of white printer paper
Personal Supplies (Need to be labeled with child's first and last name)
• 2 Composition Notebooks
• 2 plastic bendable 2-pocket folders
• Pencil box
• Earbuds for laptop computers
• A friendly smile
If your teacher needs additional items, you will receive a list at Open House. Please note that additional items brought from home may be sent home at the teacher's discretion.
Noah Webster Schoolsdoes not accept bottles of hand sanitizer; however, we will be collecting a $2.00 donationfor hand sanitizer.
1st Grade Teaching Team
Noah Webster Schools
Our daughter absolutely loves that she gets to use a laptop in class. We're amazed at how quickly she is learning.
An excerpt from a 6th grade alumni to his 6th grade teacher: "I just wanted to thank you for pushing me and my classmates as hard as you did. I recently took a math test to determine whether or not I should be placed in an advanced seventh grade class. Just yesterday, the results were received, my work was dubbed exceptional and they wish to place me in a freshman algebra class in high school! Of course I wasn't the only one to do so, but one of the few. Thank you so much for everything, you will never be forgotten."
On the first day of school, while I was walking down the hall, I was kind of nervous because it was a new school. But when I walked in the classroom, I recognized some people I already knew, and that made me feel a bit better. I have learned so many things this year, such as integers, Ancient Greece, and oxymorons. I have also learned things that will help me be a better person. I learned that respect is one of the most important qualities to have in life. My teacher is wonderful. She has empathy (most of the time) for us. She knows what it’s like to be in different kinds of situations, she knows how to cheer someone up, or make them feel regretful (when we misbehave). She understands our problems and gives us advice on how to solve them, whether it’s from personal problems to math or reading problems. We went on a lot of field trips this year. My favorite one was the Water Day field trip at the Mesa Campus! We got to go on different water slides. I had so much fun sliding down the 40 foot tall Rhino slide and high-fiving everyone when I reached the bottom! Everyday has been a different day, which I enjoy. I will always remember my experience in 6th grade here at Noah Webster Schools.