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1st Grade Classroom Lessons

1st Grade Unit 1
Self-Awareness & Self-Management 

Questions 1. How are thoughts and feelings connected? 2. What is a strategy?

Students will know
1. Thoughts are quiet words or pictures in your head 2. We illustrate thoughts using a thought bubble 3. Thoughts impact our feelings


Materials
Thought - Feeling Connection.pdf



Books

On Monday

  In simple, straightforward text and marvelously expressive pictures, the author and photographer have captured the thoughts and feelings of one small boy. Whether he is proud or scared, lonely or excited, the boy’s face mirrors his emotion with the wonderful directness of childhood.









Grouchies

  What can you do when the grouchies take hold? How can you keep your bad mood at bay? With funny rhymes and a silly chant, 'The Grouchies' shows children simple and fun ways to turn around grouchy moods.
Frustrated    From The WorryWoo Monsters Series: Why me? and It s not fair! are favorite phrases used by Twitch, The Monster of Frustration. Though Twitch tries very hard to get everything right, he quickly gets upset when things don't go his way. If you've ever had a day when everything seems to go wrong, this adventure will tickle your funny bone and put life's little setbacks in a proper perspective. Once again, Andi Green has created a memorable character that will appeal to kids of all ages.

 Lonely Monster   From The WorryWoo Monsters Series: The Lonely Little Monster by Andi Green is the premiere storybook from Green's new series The WorryWoo Monsters. Nola has a problem...she doesn't have any friends. Join The Lonely Little Monster on an imaginative tale which deals with the importance of seeing the world in a different way. Through the use of whimsical illustrations we follow the main character as she ponders her plight. The heartwarming ending puts a positive spin on a common situation and proves that things can change, especially if you open your eyes! 




1st Grade Unit 2
Responsible Decision Making

Questions
1. What is a problem? 2. What is a decision? 3. What is a consequence?

 

Students will know
1. How to identify a problem 2. There are multiple possible decisions when there is a problem 3. Consequences can be good or bad


Materials



Books

 Peter's Chair            Peter has a problem: a new baby sister. Because of her, he’s not allowed to make noise in the house, and his baby furniture has been repainted pink. He decides to grab his little blue chair and run away with his dog, Willie. Once he discovers that he’s too big for the chair, he starts to think it’s all right to give it up. At lunchtime, Peter’s mother sees his sneakers under the curtains, but he isn’t hiding there—it’s a trick! In the end, Peter meets his parents on his terms, not as the baby of the family but as a boy who can make his own decisions, and outwit his mother, too. Now he’s ready to help his father paint the chair that used to be his.       
Angry Octopus
   Angry Octopus is a story that teaches children how to use progressive muscle relaxation and breathing techniques to calm down, lower stress, and control anger. Children relate to the angry octopus in this story as the sea child shows the octopus how to take a deep breath, calm down, and manage his anger.  Children learn to unwind, relax, and control anger with this fun exercise known as progressive muscle relaxation. Children relate to the angry octopus in this story as the sea child shows him how to take a deep breath, calm down, and manage his anger. These effective stress and anger management techniques for children focus awareness on various muscle groups to create a complete resting of the mind and body. Progressive muscle relaxation can be used to lower stress, decrease pain, and manage anger.  




1st Grade Unit 3
Social Awareness

Questions
1.  Who is different? 2.  What makes us different? 

Students will know
1. Traits are words that describe a person 2. Basic character traits

 

Books

Being Wendy   In this delightful picture book, we meet Wendy, a girl who lives in an odd town where everyone has to wear a box. These boxes are labeled with what each person does. The teacher wears a TEACHER box. The baker wears a BAKER box. Even the doctor wears a DOCTOR box! These boxes are worn for life and Wendy has to choose hers soon. How will she ever decide on just one box? She's interested in so many things! Wendy's moxie makes her break out of her box . . . And she sets the whole town on end when she does!     

Being Wendy Lesson.pdf              
 Red  

A blue crayon mistakenly labeled as "red" suffers an identity crisis in this picture book by the New York Times–bestselling creator of My Heart Is Like a Zoo and It's an Orange Aardvark! Funny, insightful, and colorful, Red: A Crayon's Story, by Michael Hall, is about being true to your inner self and following your own path despite obstacles that may come your way. Red will appeal to fans of Lois Ehlert, Eric Carle, and The Day the Crayons Quit, and makes a great gift for readers of any age!

Red has a bright red label, but he is, in fact, blue. His teacher tries to help him be red (let's draw strawberries!), his mother tries to help him be red by sending him out on a playdate with a yellow classmate (go draw a nice orange!), and the scissors try to help him be red by snipping his label so that he has room to breathe. But Red is miserable. He just can't be red, no matter how hard he tries! Finally, a brand-new friend offers a brand-new perspective, and Red discovers what readers have known all along. He's blue! This funny, heartwarming, colorful picture book about finding the courage to be true to your inner self can be read on multiple levels, and it offers something for everyone.

Red, A Crayon’s Story Lesson.pdf

 I am Jazz   The story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for transkids everywhere

From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl's brain in a boy's body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn't feel like herself in boys' clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. Jazz's story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers. 

I am Jazz Lesson.pdf


1st Grade Unit 4 
Relationship Skills 

Questions
1. What is a good friend?

Students will know
1. Participating in expected behavior will give people good thoughts, and increase your likelihood to make a friend. 2. Frequent unexpected behavior will give people uncomfortable thoughts, and impacts your ability to make friends. 3. Communicating includes a greeting, picking a topic, and knowing when to start talking 4. Behavior impacts interpersonal relationships

Books

Bug and a Wish
  When Tyler is teased by the other boys, his good friend, Danae, encourages him to give the boys A Bug and a Wish. When Tyler finds a ladybug and a dandelion seed, he is convinced that this is what Danae means. As his friend helps him learn the true meaning of her advice, Tyler soon discovers the solution to his problem.

 Making Friends    Meet Brown the least used pencil in the box. He s tall, geeky and lonely. Brown envies Red, Purple, Blue and all the other pencils who have fun coloring and playing together. Dark Green is trustworthy, Pink listens well, Orange has fun, and everybody likes Red! Brown doesn't smile very often because he doesn't get used much and hardly ever needs sharpening. When Brown asks the other pencils why no one likes him, he discovers that to have friends, he needs to be a good friend. If Brown learns to use all of the friendship skills the other pencils have, he can make friends and have fun too! In her trademark humorous fashion, author Julia Cook teaches kids of all ages (and adults too!) how to practice the art of friendship and getting along with others. This title is the first in a Building Relationships series of books focusing on relationship-building skills for children. Included in the book are tips for parents and teachers on how to help children who feel left out and have trouble making friends.