First Grade

Welcome to Alhambra 1st Grade
Please take a moment to look at the subject guidelines below

Hi! My name is Susie Kronk.  I teach first grade at Alhambra Primary.  Not only do I teach in the center schools, my own children come here too.  I love teaching, gardening, and sports.  I am National Board Certified, have specializations in early childhood development, special education, and speech and language impairments.  I believe all children need time to grow in the early years of school.

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Hi! My name is Joanne Snyder. I have been teaching first grade at Alhambra Primary for 9 years. Before coming to the Highland School District I taught first grade in Naperville, Illinois. My husband and I moved to Highland so our children could grow up around family and in a small community. This was a great move for us. Our children are happy and I have comfort knowing they are getting the best education. My first grade teacher was my inspiration to become a teacher. I still see her today and thank her for beginning my education with confidence and knowledge. I hope that my students feel the love I have for them just like my teacher did for me. I love coming to my job knowing that what I'm doing is making a difference for a lifetime.

Mrs. Snyder's Classroom Handbook

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Language Arts and Math Subject Guidelines



  • Ask and answer questions about a story!
  • Retell a story!
  • Identify character, settings, and events in a story!
  • Identify words and phrases that suggest feelings!
  • Explain major differences between fiction and non-fiction books!
  • Identify who is telling the story in different parts of the text!
  • Use illustrations and details to describe characters, settings, and events! 
  • Compare/contrast adventures and experiences of characters!
  • Read prose and poetry!
  • Ask and answer questions about key details of a story!
  • Identify the main idea and recall key details!
  • Describe the connection between people, events, ideas, or information in a story! 
  • Determine and clarify the meaning of words and phrases in a story!
  • Use text features to find new information in a text!
  • Distinguish between information given by illustrations and information given by the written text!
  • Use the illustrations and details to describe key ideas!
  • Identify the reasons an author gives to support the text!
  • Identify similarities and differences between two texts that are about the same topic!
  • Read informational texts!
  • Recognize the features of a sentence!
  • Distinguish long and short vowels!
  • Produce single syllable words by blending sounds!
  • Isolate and produce initial, medial and ending sounds!
  • Break a word into individual sounds!
  • Recognize common consonant digraphs!
  • Decode one-syllable words!
  • Use final e and common vowel teams for long vowel sounds!
  • Understand that every syllable must contain a vowel!
  • Decode two-syllable words!
  • Read words with inflectional endings!
  • Recognize and read irregularly spelled words!
  • Read with accuracy and fluency!


  • Write about an opinion!
  • Write about a topic!
  • Write a narrative!
  • Work with others to strengthen my writing!
  • Work with others and use digital tools to create writing projects!
  • Work with others to research for writing projects!
  • Answer questions from what I know or from new resources!
  • Work in a group following proper listening and speaking rules!
  • Ask and answer questions about important details!
  • Ask and answer questions when I don't understand!
  • Describe people, places, things and ideas!
  • Use pictures to help my description!
  • Speak clearly to express my thoughts!

Oral Language

  • Print all uppercase and lowercase letters!
  • Use common, proper and possessive nouns!
  • Use personal, possessive and indefinite pronouns!
  • Use past, present and future tense verbs!
  • Use frequently occurring adjectives!
  • Use determiners!
  • Use frequently occurring prepositions!
  • Write complete simple sentences!
  • Write complete compound sentences!
  • Capitalize dates and names of people!
  • Use commas in dates and to separate a series of words!
  • Spell words correctly!
  • Spell unknown words phonetically!
  • Determine and clarify the meaning of unknown words!
  • Understand figurative language, word relationships and nuances in word meanings!
  • Use new words and phrases that I have learned from listening and reading! 


  • Answer word problems.
  • Answer word problems that add three numbers.
  • Understand how addition and subtraction is related.
  • Use subtraction to answer an addition problem.
  • Count on to any number.
  • Solve addition problems.
  • Solve subtraction problems.
  • Say my addition facts to 10.
  • Say my subtraction facts to 10.
  • Explain what an equal sign means.
  • Recognize true and false equations.
  • Find the unknown number.
  • Count to 120 beginning from any number my teacher says.
  • Compare numbers to answer greater than, less than, and equal to questions. 
  • Understand place value. (Tens and Ones)
  • Add tens and ones.
  • Find 10 more.
  • Find 10 less.
  • Explain and subtract multiples of 10.
  • Compare objects by length.
  • Measure lengths of objects using other smaller objects.
  • Write the time. (digital)
  • Write the time. (analog)
  • Read a graph.
  • Create a graph.
  • Describe shapes.
  • Build shapes.
  • Draw shapes.
  • Create 2-dimensional shapes.
  • Create 3-dimensional shapes.
  • Divide shapes into equal parts.
  • Understand and explain halves.
  • Understand and explain fourths.
  • Understand and explain quarters.

First Grade Resources

Science, Social Science, and Health Subject Guidelines


Life Science


  • Identify the parts of seeds and plants.
  • Distinguish between living and nonliving things.


  • Identify the four stages of butterfly development.
  • Discuss animal habitats.

Physical Science

  • Force and Magnets
  • Experiment with how things move and work.
  • Investigate how magnets push and pull.

Earth Science

Weather and Seasons

  • Investigate the effects of weathering on air, land, and water.
  • Identify how weather changes from season to season.



Political Systems

  • Basic principles of the U.S. government.
  • Election processes and responsibility of citizens, elected officials, civic leaders.


  • Needs vs. wants.
  • Roles of consumers and producers.


  • Significance of historical events in community, country, and world.
  • Effects of change in the economy and environment.


  • Use maps, globes, charts, pictures to understand information.
  • Physical components of the Earth's ecosystems.

Social Systems

  • Relationships of groups in society (employer/employee, student, community member).
  • Apply PeaceBuilder skills to contribute to society.



Growing Up Well

  • Healthy practices
  • Recognition of healthy foods
  • Making good choices
  • Feelings
  • Accepting differences
  • Self-esteem
  • Learning to say "no"
  • Peer pressure
  • Dental health
  • Personal hygiene