I'm just curious how many of you out there in 1st grade land have to give grades? If so, how do you do this? If not, what do you do instead? Our district requires us to give grades in Reading, Language (Grammar & Spelling), Math, Science and Social Studies. I *hate* it!! And my "team members" insist on having spelling test, grammar test, reading test, vocabulary test, 2 math tests (Saxon) and a Science or Social Studies test (alternates every 3 weeks) At the first of this year I tried to suggest that we simplify and don't give tests in Sci. and Soc. St. Instead, I wanted to do class projects and assignments and give a grade for participation---that way every kid who at least tried would have 100 for those two subjects. However I was over-ruled. They said that parents like to study with their kids. Which, if you'd seen my spelling tests from last week, you'd know that's not true at all. And on top of that, they have tests for reading that are totally off the wall. For example, they'll have a 10 question matching test for definitions of words that were in our story but won't have anything for comprehension. This is just my 2nd year in first grade. Last year I just went along with what everyone else did but now it seems a little ridiculous to me. It seems like these babies (and their parents) come from K where they have no tests to 1st where they have a 2 page study guide and 7 tests a week. What do you think?