Ms. Taylor

Ms. Taylor

[email protected]
434-946-9704 (ext. 102)

Welcome to Ms. Taylor's Class

I am very happy your children are in my class. We are having a wonderful year!

I am a native of Amherst County and received my M.Ed. from Liberty University in 1999.  This is my 24th year of teaching.  I began my teaching career at Madison Heights Elementary School as a first grade teacher.  I have also taught at Temperance Elementary School in fourth grade.


*Listed below are some first grade SOLs that are covered during the course of the school year. 

Communication/Multimodal Literacies

1.1 Develop Oral Communication Skills (practice); 1.1a listen actively and speak using agreed upon rules for discussion (practice); 1.1b initiation conversation with peers & adults (practice); 1.1f follow rules for conversation (practice); 1.1g Ask & Respond (practice); 1.1k work respectfully with others (practice).


1.4 Apply Knowledge of How Print is Organized and Read (practice); a) read left to right, top to bottom (practice); b) match spoken words with print (practice); c) letters, words, sentences, ending punctuation (practice;

1.5Apply phonetic principles; a) use initial/final consonants to decode/spell one syllable words (practice); h) read/spell common sight words (practice);

1.7 Expand vocabulary & word meanings; a) discuss word meanings in content (practice);

1.9 Read & demonstrate comprehension of fictional texts1.10 Read & demonstrate comprehension of a variety of nonfiction text (practice);

1.10 Read & demonstrate comprehension of non fictional text

1.9l/1.10h Read & reread familiar stories, poems


1.11 Print legibly (practice), a forms letters accurately (practice); b) space between words & sentences (practice);

1.12write in a variety of forms including narrative, descriptive, opinion (practice); b) use prewriting activities to generate ideas (practice);

1.13 edit writing for capitalization, punctuation, spelling (practice);b) Begin each sentence with a capital letter, end with punctuation (practice)


1.1 Number Sense-a) count by ones from 0-110 (practice); b) write numerals 0-110 (practice); c) count 30-0 (practice); d) count by ones, twos, fives, tens to determine a total of 110 objects (). (on-going)

1.2 Place Value-Group collection into tens and ones and write number (); 1.2b greater than/less than (); 1.2c order three or fewer sets from least to greatest (). (on-going)

1.3 Ordinal Numbers-indicate ordinal position of objects first through tenth.(practice) (on-going)()On-going)

1.4 Fractions-a)represent problems with two or four sharers; b) represent and name fractions for halves and fourths ()

1.5 Magnitude-a)select a reasonable order of 3 objects 5,50,500; b) explain reasonableness of choice. Practice () ()

1.6 Addition, Subtraction, Story Problem-Create and solve one step story and picture problems using addition facts with sums to 20 and corresponding subtraction problems. () (on-going)

1.7 Fact Family-a)recognize and describe with fluency part whole relationships for numbers up to 10; b) demonstrate fluency with addition and subtraction within 10 () (on-going)

1.8 Money-Determine a collection of like coins (pennies, nickels, dimes) whose total value is 100 cents or less. ()

1.9 Calendar and Time-Investigate the passage of time and a)tell time to the hour and half hours, using analog and digital clock (practice); b) read and interpret a calendar (practice). (on-going)

1.10 Measurement-Use nonstandard units to measure and compare length, weight, and volume ().

1.11 Shapes-a) identify, trace, describe, and sort plane figures (triangle, squares, rectangles, and circles) according to number of sides, vertices, and angles;(mastered) b) identify and describe representations of circles, squares, rectangles, triangles in different environments, regardless of orientation and explain reasoning.()

1.12 Graphs-a) collect, organize, represent various forms of data using tables, picture graphs, object graphs (mastered); b) read and interpret data displayed as more, less, fewer, greater than, less than, and equal to ().

1.13 Attributes-Sort and classify concrete objects according to one or two attributes ()

1.14 Patterns-Identify, describe, extend, create, transfer growing and repeating patterns. () (on-going)

1.15 Equality-Demonstrate an understanding of equality through the use of the equal symbol.()

The above SOLs will utilize the Math U See Program in the instruction when applicable.


1.1 Scientific reasoning, logic and the nature of science by planning and conducting investigations ().

1.2 Investigate and understanding that moving objects exhibit different kinds of motion (), 1.2a straight, circular, back and forth motions (); 1.2b vibrate and produce sound (mastered); 1.2c pushes or pulls can change the movement of an object ().

1.3 Investigate and understand how different common materials interact with water (practice); 1.3a liquids will separate when mixed with water, others will not (); 1.3b solids will dissolve in water (mastered), others will not (). 1.3c some substances will dissolve more readily in hot water than in cold water ().

1.4 Investigate and understand that plants have basic life needs and functional parts and can be classified according to certain characteristics (); 1.4a plants need nutrients, air, water, light, place to grow (); 1.4b basic parts of plants (seeds, roots, stems, leaves, blossoms, flowers, and fruits (); 1.4c plants can be classified based on a variety of characteristics (edible/nonedible, flower/nonflowering, evergreen/deciduous ().

1.5 Investigate and understand that animals, including humans, have basic (life) needs and certain distinguishing characteristics ().

1.6 Investigate and understand the basic relationships between the sun and Earth () (on-going).

1.7 Investigate and understand weather and seasonal changes ().

1.8 Investigate and understand that natural resources are limited; 1.8a identification of natural resources (plants and animals, water, air, land, minerals, forests, and soil (practice); 1.8b factors that affect air and water quality; (); 1.8c recycling, reusing and reducing consumption of natural resources ().

Social Studies

1.1 Skills for Historical Thinking

1.2 Describe lives of American leaders and and their contribution to with an emphasis to our country with an emphasis on G. Washington, B. Franklin, A. Lincoln, T. Jefferson, JP Jones, A Ashe, ().

1.3 Discuss lives of people associated with President's Day, Columbus Day, Independence Day ().

1.5 Recognized basic map symbols, land water, cities, roads (mastered); 1.4b cardinal directions (); 1.4c identify shape of US and VA (); 1.4d locate Washington DC as US capital, Richmond as Va capital ().

1.6 Describe how location of community, climate, physical surroundings affect people's lives ().

1.7 Differences between goods and services; Describe people as consumers of goods and services or producers of goods ()

1.8 Explain people can make choices because they can't have everything they want ().

1.9 Recognize people save money for future purchases of goods and services ().

1.10 Citizenship 1.10a fair play (practice); 1.10b rules, self control (practice); 1.10c work hard in school (practice); 1.10d take responsibility for one's own actions (practice); 1.10e value honesty and truthfulness (practice); 1.10f participate in classroom decision making by voting (practice).

1.11 Patriotism (practice)

1.12 Recognize communities of Virginia 1.12a local government (); 1.12b benefit from volunteers (); 1.12c diverse ethnic origins make contributions ().

Word Study Homework:

Monday - Cut out the word study words and sort them under the correct feature. Read the words to someone. Put the words in a zip-loc bag and keep them at home for tomorrow night.

Tuesday- Sort the words. Write the words under the correct feature (and bring the written words to school tomorrow). Read the words to someone.

Wednesday - Sort the words. Write the words under the correct feature (and bring the written words to school tomorrow). Read the words to someone.

Thursday - Sort the words. Glue the words under the correct feature on a sheet of paper (and bring the glued words to school tomorrow). Read the words to someone.

We have a time for snack each afternoon. If you would like for your child to participate in snack time, please send a snack with them the school.