1st Grade Classroom Lessons

1st Grade Unit 2
Responsible Decision Making

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


Alexander and the Terrible

  Alexander is not having a great day. He has to endure gum in his hair, sitting in the middle of the backseat, third-best-friend status, no dessert at lunch, lima beans, railroad pajamas, and kissing on TV—all in one day! Maybe he’ll just move to Australia.

 What if Everybody Did That    
If you drop just one soda can out the window, it’s no big deal ... right? But what if everybody did that? What if everybody broke the rules ... and spoke during story time, didn’t wash up, or splashed too much at the pool? Using humorous illustrations rendered in mixed media, these questions are answered in a child-friendly way and show the consequences of unexpected behavior.
 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 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

Thought - Feeling Connection.pdf


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.


  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!