First Grade 101

Welcome to Room 101!

Ms. Avila & Ms. Val


I’m very excited to be working with your children! I cannot wait to see their growth throughout the year! In this class we will go on many adventures through read alouds; from sailing the seas with pirates, swimming in the ocean with sharks, traveling to different parts of the world (and even space!), and reading books to gain information. We will also be meeting an array of characters through these stories; characters that will teach us lessons or simply entertain us. Please continue to take your children on adventures by participating in the reading process at home!

The following websites are great resources to read books for free online! Sometimes children are greatly motivated when they are able to read literature on a screen

“Epic! is the only kids’ eBook subscription service that offers thousands of high-quality books from well known publishers like Harper Collins, National Geographic and many others.”

“Developed by The Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Storyline Online features accomplished actors and actresses reading some of their favorite children’s books.  Each story comes with a free Activity Guide and can be viewed on YouTube or SchoolTube.  Rainbow Fish, Wilfrid Gordon Macdonald Partridge, and To Be a Drum are just a few of the books available.”

“National Geographic Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for kindergarten and first grade students.  Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text.  It is a great way to bring interesting non-fiction stories into reading center time.”

 Accelerated Reader Program

Use the following link to check if your child can test on the books being read at home. Choosing books that are too hard for your children can frustrate them and turn them away from reading. However, if you read these aloud to them as they follow along, it provides a great scaffold for them. Students need DAILY practice in order for their fluency to increase and their comprehension skills to expand.


When ordering books on Scholastic, use our class code!

Class Code: PCLRX

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Our bilingual/Spanish only families can use the following website as a resource.

“Colorín Colorado is a national multimedia project that offers a wealth of bilingual, research-based information, activities, and advice for educators and families of English language learners (ELLs).”