A Day In The Life Of A First Grader

A Day In The Life Of A First Grader

Morning Work Time

This is when the students return their Communication Folders to me, do their lunch count, and complete their morning work.

* Please remember the Communication Folder every day.


Reading Workshop

What are the Daily Structures of Reading Workshop?

  • Minilesson – teacher quickly shares a powerful reading skill or strategy to be added to students’ repertoire, often through demonstration
  • Independent Reading – children engage in ongoing reading work; teacher engages in conferring and small group work
  • Mid-Workshop Teaching Point – when needed, teachers “pause” the group briefly, in order to remind students of a skill that some may have forgotten, or to spotlight one that some readers are using well
  • Resume Independent Reading, Conferring and Small Group Work – many teachers use this half of reading workshop to engage children with reading partners and book clubs 
  • Writing About Reading – depending on grade level, children reflect upon their reading in developmentally appropriate ways – using post-it notes, and/or (in the upper grades) reading notebooks
  • Teaching Share – After readers work with partners and book clubs, teachers celebrate the work of a few readers, as this work can apply to other readers
  • Read-Aloud Time – Teachers lead interactive read-alouds at various times of day, briefly during minilessons, at a designated read aloud time, and/or in the content areas. Often read-alouds lead to whole class conversations about texts, during which students learn and practice both comprehension and conversation skills.

Shared Reading and Read Alouds

I share different genres of books on grade level for reading comprehension, modeling/think-alouds, fluency, and, of course, fun! The children are invited to read along and share ideas. 


Spelling Workshop

Time to work on spelling! We use many different spelling games and strategies. We will focus on different sounds, patterns, vowel word families and sight words. 


Writing Workshop

I love this time of day. We can explore the writing process through interactive lessons, quiet writing time, great literature, and peer interactions. My goal is that every child can create their best piece of writing and feel proud as they share it with friends and family.

Bridges Math

Exploring math is fun. The children work individually, in pairs or in groups. They learn to problem solve and communicate mathematically. We use many fun, hands-on activities during our math centers. We meet as a whole group to discuss and model different strategies and skills that enable us to build computational fluency. Check out our math link for more information. 


Science/Social Studies

We use authentic experiences to teach science and social studies. The children solve problems, explore, experiment, discuss and record observations. Everyone is involved and busy. Our science and social studies content is also integrated throughout the day during various literacy and math activities.