Welcome to First Grade

  • Welcome to Home Learning

    Due to COVID-19 closures, the remainder of learning for the year will take place online. 


    We will be posting a schedule each week under the Online learning tab to the left. From there you will the links and lessons for your child to complete.

    These can be completed at any time of day and are due by end of the week, make sure to try to log in by Friday.

    Reach out to your child's teacher through class Dojo, with questions. 

    We will have Virtual Class Meetings Monday-Thursday from 10:00-10:30 and 2:00-2:30 via Zoom. Links can be found in your Dojo messages.


    Our teachers have created at home learning opportunities for Art, Music, and PE as well.


    • Make a space for learning. Create a place in your home where your student can get comfortable and focus on their learning. 
    • Create a schedule that works for you and your students. Designate 2 hours each day to spend on online learning. 
    • Stay in contact. All of our first grade teachers love using Class Dojo, please send us any questions that come up!
    • Take breaks!
    • Keep on eye on dvusd.org/covid19 for the most current district updates about COVID-19 closures and online learning. This link has a lot of helpful information about food and nutrition services, picking up technology for students, as well as frequently asked questions about the closure. 


    What an adventure your first graders have in front of them!  Now that your sons and daughters know all their letters and sounds and are reading simple sentences, they will progress to reading more and more sight words, complex sentences and stories. They will be able to tell you all about the fiction and nonfiction stories we read in class and will think deeply about the characters, setting, plot and ideas. Ask them about the stories they are reading and the skills they are learning in our Reading Street reading series.

    In addition, students will be doing lots of writing and will share their ideas and writing with the rest of class. Not only will they be writing narratives and informative pieces, students will also be doing research. Watch for their finished products in publication form.

    First graders will be adding and subtracting and reasoning through math word problems. They will also work on measurement and geometry. First graders will participate in RTI so that they can brush up on skills with their peers in small groups. Throughout the day, the students will have the opportunity to work independently, as a whole group and in small groups.

    Each classroom uses a clip chart to monitor student behavior. Students will have the opportunity to clip up for behaviors such as following directions right away, staying on task, being kind and respectful, and accountable. Students may clip down for behaviors that include being disruptive, off task, and not following directions. We also use the behavior program "BoysTown" to allow students the opportunity to learn new skills that build relationships with peers and adults, communication techniques, and self-regulation. 

    We are sure you saw your sons and daughters grow so much in kindergarten.  We can't wait until you see more growth this year.  We are looking forward to a great year!

    Look for specific information to be sent home from each teacher in the take-home folders and on Class Dojo.

Teacher Phone Number EMAIL
Jennifer Spencer 602-467-6174 jennifer.spencer@dvusd.org
Ailen Canizales 602-467-6172 ailen.canizales@dvusd.org
Abbey Johnson 602-467-6175 Abbey.Johnson@dvusd.org
Shaelie Young 602 467-6173 shaelie.young@dvusd.org
1st Grade