• In first grade, students build foundational literacy and math skills through hands-on and innovative learning techniques. In addition, through our STEM program, we implement engineering and scientific practices to improve problem solving skills.

    Language Arts:

    • read grade level text fluently
    • Use taught comprehension skills to improve understanding when reading
    • Accurately identify 250 frequently used words in the English language
    • "Keep a phonics journal" to manipulate highlighted word reading skills
    • Work cooperatively with peers in small reading work stations
    • Build knowledge of past american heroes and our community through nonfiction text
    • Choose and read "right fit" books
    • independently write narrative, informative, and opinion pieces

    Math:

    • add and subtract fluently within 20 using taught strategies
    • Add and subtract double-digit numbers using regrouping strategy
    • Identify and manipulate 2-digit numbers as tens and ones
    • Tell time to the hour and half hour
    • Use problem solving strategies to solve story problems
    • Identify 2D and 3D shapes
    • "Keep a math journal" to manipulate highlighted problem solving skills
    • Work cooperatively with peers in small reading work station
    • Read and write numbers to 120.

    STEM:

    • Follow the engineering design process to ask questions and solve problems
    • Create a class science fair project using the scientific method
    • Every Thursday is devoted to building science/engineering/technology/math problem solving skills
    • Effectively use various forms of technology to enhance learning and create products
    • Solve EXEMPLAR inquiry based investigations of real-world math problems
    • Engage in solvong real world math problems that devleop critical thinking and reasoning skills

     

    Student expecations:

    • Arrive at school on time, every day ready to learn
    • Return folder  and homework every day
    • Read for 20 minutes each night
    • Independently complete daily homework, about 10 minutes
    • Set and work toward appropriate goals
    • Respect peers and teachers by demonstrating kindness, in and outside of the classroom
    • Always Try your best!

    Parent Expectations:

    • Check your child's folder every night (this will help build their organizational skills)
    • Provide your child with help when they need, but allow them to try independently first
    • Share the Magic of Books! by reading with your child every night, this builds confidence and fluency,
    • Open and honest communication with teacher 
    • Encourage your child to do their best and tell them how wonderful they are!