The first grade year is one of significant growth in so many ways. First graders soak up new information and show a great excitement for learning. We get the opportunity to watch them take off as readers, develop friendships with each other, and mature in their relationship with the Lord. The amount of growth that occurs in a first grader from the beginning of the year to the end of the year is one of the best things about being a first grade teacher!
- Thanksgiving Feast
- Christmas Around the World
- Field Trip to the Library
- End of year picnic at the park
Reading is an important part of first grade. There are a variety of ways that we approach reading. Within the large group, we do many read alouds which we use to talk about the structure of a book, the elements of a story, and to develop comprehension skills. Daily 5 is a framework that we use to support first graders in their reading. This component involves 5 main areas of literacy: Read to Self, Work on Writing, Read to Someone, Word Work, and Listen to Reading. During the Daily 5 time while students are working independently, the first grade teacher is working with small groups who are all reading similar texts. We also use poetry to introduce and learn new words, develop phonetic skills, and practice fluency and expression. In addition, we add new sight words to our word wall on a regular basis in order to make sure the first graders have a strong foundation for recognizing common words in their reading.
Each day students are given a short task to complete on paper involving appropriate grammar and English skills. There is a strong focus on using correct ending punctuation, using capital letters in the correct place, and following rules for grammar. First graders are then held accountable for using these skills in their daily writing.
Mini-lessons on specific areas of writing occur almost daily. These lesson are taught whole class and focus on the different genres or writing and how to become effective writers. First graders learn about the 6 Traits of Writing and how they can incorporate these into their own writing. Examples of writing that first graders complete throughout the year include a biography, a nonfiction report, a “how-to” story, poetry, and a personal narrative. First graders also learn about the writing process – drafting, editing and revising, and publishing.
Topics covered in social studies include communities, continents, the Pilgrims, and Christmas Around the World. We incorporate these topics into our daily reading and writing as we teach them throughout the year.
Walking with God and His People (Christian Schools International)
The first grade curriculum presents students with a study of individual Old Testament Bible characters to see how God’s people and their leaders were interlinked in the plan for the salvation of His people. Students learn of the covenants God made with His people and how He kept them despite their unfaithfulness. The curriculum starts with the study of a New Testament epistle, 1 John, that challenges students to find ways they can apply their faith in Jesus Christ.
In First Grade, Everyday Mathematics focuses on procedures, concepts, and applications in four critical areas:
- Understanding addition, subtraction, and strategies within 20.
- Understanding whole number relationships and place value, including grouping by tens and ones.
- Understanding linear measurement as iterating length units.
- Composing and decomposing geometric shapes and reasoning about the attributes of shapes.
Operations & Computation
- Create and solve number stories
- Solve addition and subtraction problems
- Develop readiness for learning basic addition and subtraction facts
Data & Chance
- Collect, order, record, and display data
- Explore equal-chance events and predict outcomes
Measurement & Reference Frames
- Tell time to the quarter hour
- Measure to the nearest inch
- Identify and describe 2- and 3-D shapes
- Identify and complete line-symmetric shapes
Patterns, Functions, & Algebra
- Create numeric, visual, and concrete patterns
- Solve number grid puzzles
- Use expressions and number sentences
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Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles
Students make observations of patterns of objects in the sky and they seem to move. Students use patterns in data to predict some movements of objects in the sky.
Plant and Animal Traits
Students explore some ways plants and animals meet their needs to survive and grow.
Waves: Light and Sound
Students explore the relationship between vibrations and sound and design instruments or sound makers. Students explore light in terms of light traveling in a straight path from on place to another and placing different objects in the path of light.