My name is Mrs. Graham. Welcome to first grade! I am so excited to be back in the classroom. I have been teaching small reading groups and 1 on 1 reading instruction for the past 7 years. I have taught 2nd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade and special education as well. First grade is such an important year! Much of our time will be spent becoming better readers. We will begin our day with reading. Students will be involved in small reading groups and literacy stations for an hour and a half each morning. In math, we will begin by learning to add and subtract from 1 to 10. In spelling, we will be using a program called Words their Way. Students will be grouped based on their needs for spelling. We will also be doing writing each morning. Our first unit will be learning how writers work. Mrs. Mooney our Title One reading teacher will be in our classroom each day. To begin the year, we will be doing some team teaching. Eventually, I will be teaching reading recovery to 1 student while she teaches our science and social studies. We will be planning together and making sure that it is a smooth transition for that hour of the day.