First grade students continue with the Lucy Calkins’ Units of Study program in reading and writing. A daily mini-lesson introduces a skill to help develop strategies and build good habits. Students read independently during Reader’s Workshop to improve their stamina and fluency. Ability based reading partnerships also allow peers to work together to explore fiction and non-fiction books. In Writer’s Workshop, students write narratives, fiction and non-fiction stories. Explicit and sequenced instruction helps students progress along a learning continuum. Sentence structure and punctuation are emphasized throughout the process. Students have multiple opportunities to examine words and their features in and out of contexts through our Words Their Way word study program. Students learn to look at and analyze words, as well as gain a deeper understanding of how spelling works to represent sounds and meaning. They build their spelling skills through hands-on activities, organizing words by patterns, sorting, and identifying high frequency sight words.
Whole numbers to 100; (+) and (-) numbers within 10 by memory; (+) and (-) and compare numbers within 100; counting by 2’s, 3’s, 5’s,10’s; recognize evens and odds; combine coins to 100 cents; read time to the hour and half hour; build on concepts for measuring length, weight and capacity
While learning how scientists work, first grade students study animals, environments, weather, objects in the sky, forces and energy, the Earth’s resources, and plants.
Students make personal connections and historical interpretations when exploring how traditions and cultures influence our communities. They also investigate our national community and the historical significance of national symbols and historical figures. They begin to develop an understanding of their responsibilities as global citizens. Each student learns comparing and contrasting skills and participates in public speaking.
The first grade program is a review and refinement of all of the art skills and concepts introduced in K, with a strong emphasis on color relationships and composition. Three-dimensional modeling is introduced in mammal models, and monoprints introduce the idea of print making.
First grade students use visual coding to solve problems. Using professional tools, they create digital art for class projects. Continuing their training in keyboarding, they begin researching online.
Students develop an appreciation for a wide variety of literature and find pleasure in reading and hearing stories across genres. Librarians introduce library organization and the skills necessary to locate a book on the shelf. Students begin to utilize research skills including the need to create an ageappropriate bibliography.
First graders discover playground games and start learning introductory skills for sports including volleyball, baseball, soccer, and basketball. Students build on skills introduced the previous year. They practice motor skills, such as skipping, hopping, and galloping and learn rhythms with the hula hoop and jump rope. Eye, hand, and foot coordination continues to be sharpened.
While students enhance basic-intermediate level dance skills, they show movement towards proficiency in skips, chassés, jetés, and turns. First grade students memorize choreography in a variety of dance styles, such as jazz, hip hop, folk/world dance, musical theater, and yoga. The movement program promotes self-discipline, musicality, rhythm, and artistic expression through dance.
First grade music includes singing, playing song flutes and reading the notes G, A, B using correct rhythmic notation. They begin playing keyboards with individualized instruction, learn beginning drumming with African drums, and compose in 4/4 meter. While listening to music of varied genres, students discuss similarities and differences, furthering the learning of the fundamentals of music.