First Grade

Welcome to First Grade!  At Mars, first graders will be experiencing a year full of growth and development, not just academically, but socially and emotionally as well.  Students will be engaged in Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop daily, as well as receiving multi-sensory phonics instruction and hands-on math exploration.  Click to see a more detailed description of the Common Core State Standards that your child needs to master.


The first grade schedule may vary from day to day and from classroom to classroom, but generally follows a structure similar to this:

  • 8:30 Teacher start time
  • 8:35-8:40 Student arrival to rooms/Breakfast
  • 8:40-11:50 AM Core Academic Block
  • 11:50-12:10 Lunch
  • 12:10-12:15 Passing time
  • 12:15-12:35 Recess
  • 12:35-2:05 PM Core Academic Block
  • 2:05-2:45 Specials
  • 3:00-3:20 Afternoon recess
  • 3:20-3:35 PM Core Academic Block
  • 3:35 Announcements
  • 3:42 Students Dismissed