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1st Grade

Important Dates

12/20-1/8 Winter Recess

1/9 School Reconvenes

1/21 Martin Luther King Day (Pupil Free Day)

2/18 President’s Day (Pupil Free Day)

3/25-3/29 Spring Recess

4/19 Local Holiday (Good Friday)

5/27 Memorial Day

6/7 Last Day of School

First Grade "I Can" Statements

NGSS Science

Light and Sound

Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles

Structures and Functions of Organisms

Comprehension Questions

Fiction Texts: Click Here

Nonfiction Texts: Click Here

Reading List Suggestions


Academic Vocabulary

Words of Focus


  • ask
  • category
  • classify
  • combine
  • comment
  • communicate
  • decide
  • discuss
  • find
  • investigate
  • notice
  • organize
  • plan
  • predict
  • reason
  • respond
  • retell
  • review
  • select
  • sequence

No Excuse Words

All first grade students are expected to spell these words correctly in their daily writing by the end of the year. 


a, do, he, is, of, said, they we, and for, here, me, on see, to, what, are, go I, my one, she, too, who, because have in, not, play, the, was, you.

Report Card Info. for Parents

Common Core Standards with "I Can" Statements:  Click here


First Grade Teachers


Mrs. Brianna Guzzo



Mrs. Kylie Donlon





This Quarter, our first graders proofread as a whole class and help to "correct" our many capitalization, spelling, and punctuation errors in a morning message. Students are learning to demonstrate command of English Language conventions in grammar and usage when writing and speaking.   At home, please encourage your child to proofread their writing, and read every night together. 


In math, we are asking students to grasp more abstract math concepts.  January to March is often called the "sweet spot of the year" where we build upon the foundations laid in the fall. First graders are working with time, money, and the meaning of numbers greater than they can count. We are counting by 2s, 5s, 10s which will help them later with math equations. We are also working with two and three dimensional shapes.


We are excited about several of our upcoming STEAM  activities to teach science, technology, art, and engineering connections.








Garden Grove IMPACT Academy has been recognized with a 2016 Gold Ribbon Award from the California Department of Education. Tom Torlakson, Superintendent of Public Instruction, announced the list of California’s 2016 Gold Ribbon Schools recently. "These schools shine as bright beacons for others, putting forth an exemplary effort to ensure that every student is ready for 21st century college and careers," Torlakson said. "California teachers are developing an education model for the nation, training the students of today to be the problem-solvers, inventors, and pioneers of tomorrow." 

 The Gold Ribbon Award celebrates the teamwork, positive school culture, and focus on student success that are Garden Grove IMPACt Academy traditions.

Links and Helpful Resources

coding with Mr. Shuster: http://bit.ly/simicode



What is a "Just Right Book?" Click Here

Earth Day Books Click Here

Compound Words Click Here

Book Suggestions 

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IXL Math Practice


Math Games: Click here




Grade 1 Online Science Textbook: click here

Reading and Writing in Science click here

Science Summaries and Games: click here

Science E-Word Game: Click Here

Habitat Match Up Click Here

FOSS Science


Online Science  Textbook: click here