First grade is centered on creating a lifelong love of learning while building upon academic and social foundations that were introduced in Kindergarten. We foster student independence through engaging, inquiry-based lessons as well as strengthen social-emotional learning skills through collaboration in the classroom.
The first grade math curriculum, aligned with the common core standards, focuses on deconstructing processes in basic operational thinking including addition and subtraction. Students will solidify knowledge in the areas of operations and algebraic thinking, measurement and data, place value, and basic geometry in a whole-class setting as well as small group and individual work periods.
Operations and Algebraic Thinking: representing and solving addition and subtraction problems and increasing fact fluency.
Number and Operations in Base Ten: counting to 120, comparing two-digit numbers, identifying tens and ones.
Measurement and Data: tell and write time, represent and interpret data, measure various objects.
Geometry: distinguish and compose two-dimensional shapes using their respective properties.
Curriculum program: Math Expressions (Houghton Mifflin)
Students will use hands-on activities as well as inquiry-led discussion to explore various concepts in the areas of physical, life, and earth sciences.
States and properties of matter: solid, liquid, gas
Plants and animals
Curriculum program: FOSS Science Kits
The first grade language arts curriculum incorporates a variety of strategies as part of a balanced literacy program to help students to develop into strong readers. There is a central focus on leveled reading groups in order to meet the needs of all students.
Literacy centers (interactive and engaging practice with spelling words, listening to books using ipad technology, and journal writing)
Leveled, guided reading
Curriculum program: Scott Foresman Reading Street (Pearson) and Fountas & Pinnell leveled guided reading books
Through the use of engaging activities and relevant connections to their daily life, first graders will explore the world around them, specifically focusing on their place in time and space.
Rights and responsibilities in relation to citizenship
Different aspects of geography including maps, models, cardinal directions, and knowledge of the seven continents and five oceans.
Symbols, icons, and traditions of the United States
Curriculum program: Reflections (Harcourt)
The first grade religion curriculum has a strong focus on the life and teachings of Jesus as well as how to carry them out in everyday life. Students will also learn basic prayers and participate in activities that teach the foundations of the Catholic Church.