Amanda West

Amanda West

First Grade Teacher



Welcome to First Grade 2021


Daily Schedule


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Learning Website Links

  • I-Ready. This is a standards-based program that we use in class for reading and math. This program is diagnostic in nature meaning it places students in lessons that are right at their level and adjusts the level based on correct and incorrect student responses. Parent instructions for getting started.
  • Epic! Books. This is an app we use in class for students to listen to books. Epic! gives students access to a huge online library of books, including audiobooks and “read to me” books.
  • RAZ Kids Raz-Kids provides just-fit leveled books for kids to read. Students should listen, read, and answer the comprehension questions for each story at their level.
  • Prodigy– Prodigy is a math site/app that teaches math in a fun game-like way.
  • Park City Library The Park City Library has a list of resources for kids, including online read alouds from their librarians.

Fundations is the phonics curriculum that we use daily in class to teach students letter-sound patterns.

Unit 1-letters and handwriting

Unit 2-CVC

Unit 3-Digraphs

Unit 4-Bonus letters– Bonus Letters: f, l, s, and sometimes z. Glued sound -all.

Unit 5- Glued Sounds: -am. -an. Trick words: from, have, do, does.

Leveled Book reading list– here is a link to a book list that has been leveled by letter code. If you would like to know what level your child can read independently, feel free to email me!

“Easy Reader” Publisher Books– this list helps correlate different publishers leveled books to the levels we use at school. Books listed range from a guided reading level “C” (1st grade) all the way to a “W” (5th grade) and include fiction and nonfiction.

Early Chapter Books– this is a link to a list of early chapter books, starting at level J.

When helping your child read at home, these are the prompts you should be using. This is how students are taught to figure out words during our reading instruction at school (it’s called decoding). They are also taught never to guess (very common!) or skip words when reading. Students also should not use pictures to figure out a word (also very common!). Pictures are used to help with comprehension of the text, not decode words.

If your child is stuck on a word and cannot sound it out, that’s ok! Just read the word for them and move on! Keep reading at home easy and fun!

What is phonological awareness?– Along with phonics instruction, students receive daily explicit instruction in phonemic awareness. In class, I call this instruction “word puzzles”. Phonemic Awareness is the building block to reading and this is a a great quick article to explain what it is and why it’s important.

Reading calendar instructions

September reading calendar

October reading calendar

November reading calendar

Home Letters

Lesson 1– Counting On to Add

Lesson 2- Double and Near Doubles

Lesson 3– Add in Any Order

Lesson 4– Understand missing Addends

Lesson 5– Number Partners of 10

Lesson 7– Addition and Subtraction word problems