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SW 1st Grade eLearning Resources

Remote Learning Resources



These are printable graphic organizers that can be used in conjunction with the READing and WRITEing BINGO board.  These activities can also be found on your Seesaw activity tab.  A printable version is being provided here should you find it easier to work on a pencil paper version of each activity.

Writing Lesson Plan


Work on the Mother's Day Choice Board posted on Seesaw.




Complete a page of the COVID-19 Time Capsule 


Make a Journal Page: Option 1 or Option 2


Make a book on Book Creator and upload it to Seesaw.

Math Lesson Plan

1. Practice your math facts to 10.  (Flashcards, Xtra Math, etc.) 
2. Work in your Go Math Workbooks or on Splash Math or Happy Numbers
3. Create a "Mother's Day" themed Math Story Problem and post it on Seesaw.  Show your thinking (pictures, labels, number sentences/equations, answer statement).
Optional Activities for Enrichment/Remediation
Please reach out to your child’s teacher for recommendations on which of these activities would most benefit your child.
Sight Word Practice
Sight word practice is recommended for students that are not reading fluently or for students that are reading below grade level (G or lower) .  View our Jolly Grammar Tricky "Sight" Word List here. Practice sight words with these digital Sight Word Flash Cards

Phonemic Awareness & Phonics Practice

We practice phonemic awareness on a daily basis using the Heggerty program.  We have linked sample lessons for you to try at home. Here is a Parent's Guide to our Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Program.


Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Lessons 15-17 

Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Lessons 26-28


Here is an assessment you can use to determine phonemic awareness skills your child may need to practice while learning from home:

Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Assessment


We recommend that all children engage in phonemic awareness activities each week.  You can get your whole family involved by turning the activities into family games like phonemic awareness charades (with sound), Blurt, Guess My Word (Much like Guess Who), and more.


We study phonics as a daily basis using the Jolly Phonics program.  Students apply their phonics skills in their reading, writing and spelling. 


Here are some Jolly Phonics letter sounds resources:

Jolly Phonics: Sounds and Songs

Jolly Phonics: Sounds and Actions


Fine Motor Skills

Handwriting practice is recommended for children that are not consistently using the lines of their paper or for children who are forming letters incorrectly.  Additionally, some children need to work on proper pencil grasp. Many times, children will drastically improve their handwriting with the cue to SLOW down.


Use this link Create Handwriting Worksheets tailored to your child’s needs. 

Use this link to access the Handwriting Without Tears program for FREE.

Use this link to access Eye Strengthening Activities an important skill for school success.

Use this link to help your child Learn to Type.


Monitor your child’s success when completing art projects and support when needed.  Some students need support learning how to fold (matching up corner to fold in half), glue (using an appropriate amount in the correct locations) and use scissors (holding them correctly and staying on/near the lines). Create art projects that incorporate folding, cutting and gluing. Building with play-dough, legos, etc. helps to develop fine motor skills (strength and dexterity).



Use this link to access Cosmic Kids Yoga.

Use this link to access Go Noodle.

Use sidewalk chalk to make a Sensory Path in your driveway or gather items to make an obstacle course. 


Self Help Skills

Practice the Following:

  • Tying Shoes
  • Important Phone numbers
  • Address (Including City and State)

Help With the Following:

  • Household Chores (dishes, laundry, dusting, sweeping, etc.)
  • Meal Prep (mixing, measuring, direction following)
  • Making a Daily Schedule
A number of parents have asked how to help their child “level up”.  We find that oftentimes our students are able to read books at a much higher level than they are able to comprehend.  For this reason, we recommend focusing on comprehension.


Make time for sharing stories as a family.  Please use this link to learn about Dialogic Reading: An Effective Way to Read Aloud with Young Children.  Here is a link to assist you in focusing on Reading Comprehension


Consider logging into or signing up for one of the following programs:


ABC Mouse/Learning Academy

Storyline Online


Accelerated Reader

Raz-Kids (Kids A-Z)


A great way to inspire young children to become authors is to create mini books.  Use the provided link to find creative ways to Make Books. Make a book on Book Creator and upload it as a “video” to Seesaw.We would love to see and hear your creations.  Feel free to share them on Seesaw.



Please keep in mind that enrichment can easily be accomplished by challenging your child to explain his/her thinking using words and pictures when solving math story problems.  Your child should be able to:

  1. Identify what the story problem is about.
  2. Draw and label a picture of the story.
  3. Make a number bond or tape diagram to match the story.
  4. Write a number sentence to solve the problem.  (15-10=5)
  5. Write an answer statement (ex. There are 5 cookies left.)


Additionally, numbers in problems can be changed to make the problem more or less challenging depending on the needs of your child. Complete one lesson a day from your math book. It is perfectly acceptable for you to decrease the number of problems your child is completing so that he/she is spending about 15 minutes on workbook pages.


Consider Logging into or signing up for some of these math programs:


Tang Math

Happy Numbers

Splash Math



Here are links to print Addition Worksheets or Subtraction Worksheets.


Have your child practice reading, writing, representing (drawing tens and ones) and count numbers up to 120.  Practice counting by 1’s (ex. 37, 38, 39, 40, 41) and 10’s (ex. 13, 23, 33, 43, etc…) from any number up to 120.  


Science and Social Studies

Learning about various science topics is a great way to provide your child with enrichment.  Consider completing reading, writing and math tasks while learning about science. There are a variety of lessons and mini-lessons with engaging activities found on Mystery Science website.

Log into Clever and click on BrainPop Jr. to learn about various topics.  There are quizzes and activities to go along with each topic that is selected.


Here is a link to a COVID-19 Coloring Book.

An Optional BEAN SPROUT Activity:
I'm encouraging everyone to get involved in this fun Science activity.  I've created a clickable activity page with directions for growing a bean sprout, links to fun printable resources as well as links to a few of my favorite "BEAN" inspired picture books.  I've also included a "Bean Plant Observations" book for students to draw and write observations as their beans sprout.  Additionally, you could transfer your sprouts into a cup of soil and continue to record observations with the "Plant Observation" book attached.  Please remember to share your experience with growing a bean sprout on Seesaw.
An Optional GRATITUDE Activity:
Let's take time to see the beauty in the world around us and to show gratitude as we all "shelter in place" due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  
A MOTHER'S DAY Activity:
2020-2021 Remote Learning Resources
Dear Parents,
My name is Mrs. Alison O'Connor.  I am honored to be teaching 1st grade at Southwest School this year.  I am truly passionate about teaching young children.  The first goal I have at the start of each school year is to develop a culture in our classroom in which each child feels loved, accepted and celebrated.
LOVE: My students feel loved when I show interest in what they are doing both inside and outside of the classroom.  Students are frequently taught in small groups throughout the school day.  One benefit to small group instruction is that my students and I connect on a deeper level.  When we're not at school, I hope to see your little dancer, gymnast, athlete, artist, musician, or park enthusiast at a local sporting event, recital or neighborhood park.  
ACCEPTANCE: My students feel accepted when they are given frequent positive praise with our sparkly pom-pom "Warm Fuzzies".  Students collect their warm fuzzies and trade them in for fun incentive coupons at the end of each week.  When a mistake is made, students say, "It's cool" with a thumbs up gesture.  "It's cool" lets students know they are accepted in the classroom regardless of correct or incorrect answers.
CELEBRATION: My students celebrate each other throughout the day with fun cheers.  Don't be surprised if you start hearing your child singing and dancing to some of our favorite cheers at home like the Mirror Cheer: "Mm, mm, mm!  Looking good!" (Cheered while we draw a pretend mirror in the air) and the Disco Cheer: "That's the way, uh-huh, uh-hu, we like it!" (Sung while we disco of course!)
Mrs. Alison O'Connor