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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
  • Graphing
  • Time
  • Money
  • 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.

Reading

Phonics is the foundation to reading so students will spend time mastering their foundational phonics skills such as beginning, middle, end sounds, long and short vowel sounds, vowel teams, consonant blends, and digraphs. Then they will apply those skills in their reading.  In 1st grade, students will work on their overall reading comprehension as well as learning to:

  • Define story elements
  • Find main idea of a story
  • Draw conclusions
  • Sequence
  • Summarize
  • Identify fiction and non-fiction

Writing

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.  Students will be writing between 3-5 sentences to include a topic sentence and closing sentence.  They will also begin to use transition words to help their writing flow.  Students will also use text and form a written response.

In 1st grade Social Studies, students use Studies Weekly to learn about how a community functions and how each member contributes to the community though a variety of topics including being a responsible citizen.  They also learn about American symbols, monuments, and traditions.

In Science, students will be introduced to science tools and learn the importance of science safety. The class will also partake in the science fair where they will learn about the scientific method.  They will learn about a variety topics including Earth and weather, living organisms (plant and animal), and space.

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.

Physical Education

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.

Music

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.

Library

Students will have scheduled library visits.  In addition, 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.

Art

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

Dear Parents,

Welcome back! The first-grade teaching team would like to welcome you to first grade.   We look forward to meeting you virtually at Open House on Saturday, August 15, 2020.  More information about Open House will be coming soon.

We are doing things a little differently from previous years to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff. First, we are no longer having shared classroom supplies. Each child will have his or her own materials and supplies. Secondly, we are attempting to maximize space in the classroom, therefore we are sending out a minimal list of supplies your child will need. Teachers may request some additional supplies throughout the year as the need arises.

Please, remember to label all of your student’s belongings (jacket, water bottle, backpack, and lunch box) in addition to their supplies, with first and last name.  This will help locate them should items become lost.

If your child will not be attending Noah Webster Schools, please contact the front office at 480.291.6900 (Pima) or 480.986.2335 (Mesa).

2020-2021 SUPPLY LIST 

  • Pencil box
  • Backpack
  • 2 composition notebooks
  • 2 plastic bendable 2-pocket poly folders
  • 1 pair of earbuds/headphones for laptops/tablets
  • 1 package of #2 wooden pencils
  • 1 box of crayons (24 count)
  • 1 package of thick tip dry erase markers
  • 1 package of highlighters
  • 1 package of pink erasers
  • 1 package of blue pens
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 package of glue sticks

Parents will be responsible for sending their child to school each day with:

  • 2 clean face coverings
  • A full refillable water bottle.

**OPTIONAL** – 1 travel size bottle of hand sanitizer for personal use to be kept in backpack

Sincerely,

1st Grade Teaching Team
Noah Webster Schools

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Testimonials

I just wanted to take a moment to say how much we appreciate Noah Webster School. Our daughter is in Miss Tice’s Kindergarten class and talk about one amazing teacher! I never could have expected to have such a warm, energetic and compassionate teacher for our daughter. She puts so much energy and time into each day of learning, and my daughter literally cries if she is sick and cannot go to school. We look forward to our school adventure with Noah Webster. You all are a blessing to our family.
Rebecca E.
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.”
Brady W.
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.
Annika T.
I’ve made so many memories this year and I will always remember them. The best memory I have is just coming to Noah Webster Schools; knowing that I really enjoy going to school and not complaining about it in the morning. We had a lot of field trips and they were all amazing! This is the best school I’ve ever been too! I’ve learned so much more than at any other school. The students here are all friends; there isn’t anyone who doesn’t feel welcomed. Everyone is nice to each other and treats each other the same. No one is different. The teachers are amazing and I just have to say “Thank You” to my teacher as she’s helped me out a lot and I know she will keep doing so. This year was amazing and I will never forget it!
Chloe J.
I am very impressed with my daughter’s improvement with all her academics and challenges of different schoolwork. I’ve seen an enormous difference in her and it has inspired her to love school. Thank you!
Grace M.
Our son was in Kindergarten this year and he loved it and loved the teacher & assistant teacher. He learned so much through the school year. I am very pleased to have started him at this school. To end this great school year with such a fun water day he so much enjoyed and talked about the whole day.
Catherine N.
Thank you to the staff at Noah Webster for making my child feel so comfortable. Starting school mid-year is never easy but he has really come out of his shell this year.
Brandon C.
Our daughter absolutely loves that she gets to use a laptop in class. We’re amazed at how quickly she is learning.
Shelly C.
My son attends Noah Webster and loves school. He’s always so excited when he gets home and ready to share what he’s learned each day.
Sara M.