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1st Grade

Toothless smiles and untied shoelaces best describe first grade. It is a year of amazing growth!

First graders are excited about any and all learning. They are so anxious to be like "the big kids" that they even ask for homework!

Throughout the year we piece together the reading and writing puzzle to create a literate community. Students show much pride as they figure how to read and write. Numbers and math words are also a regular part of each day. Students learn how to do mental math through games and learning materials.

First graders begin the year being very dependent on their teachers. As the year progresses, they are able to move throughout the room, choose their own activities and work with learning materials more independently. By June, the students have grown into more confident learners, ready to move on to second grade.

First grade highlights throughout the year include a daily read at home program that begins in the fall and continues until May. First graders and parents share a special gingerbread house making afternoon in December. Students typically go on two field trips during the school year, often Crayola Experience and the Minnesota Zoo.

Grade1

Meet Your Teachers

Jennifer Essen

Jennifer Essen

Grade 1 Teacher
Southview Elementary
Bobbie Kunkel

Bobbie Kunkel

Grade 1 Teacher
Southview Elementary

Emily Dalsin

Grade 1 Teacher
Southview Elementary
Christine Gile

Christine Gile

Grade 1 Teacher
Southview Elementary
Kristy Gutierrez

Kristy Gutierrez

Grade 1 Teacher
Southview Elementary

1st Grade Resources