First Grade Curriculum
Scott Foresman Reading Street is a comprehensive Reading and Language Arts series for the 21st century first grader. Reading Street delivers classic literature, scientifically research-based instruction, and a wealth of online experiences for student engagement and collaboration. The architecture of Understanding by Design accelerates all learners toward greater proficiency with a sustained unit of focus on concepts and targeted skills.
Fundations is a multisensory phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics and spelling program for the general education classroom. Lessons focus on carefully sequenced skills. Stay tuned for more details!
EnVision Math is a program that engages your child as he or she strengthens their understanding of first grade skills and strategies. EnVision math uses problem-based interactive learning and visual learning to deepen conceptual understanding. It incorporates visual tools to promote problem-solving skills and effective understanding, and it provides data-driven differentiated instruction to ensure success for all learners.
The Empowering Writers program recognizes that the reading-writing connection is an ongoing process of exposing students to specific elements that “real” authors consider. Children use their AUTHOR’S EYES to see stories from the perspective of author’s craft. After building a foundation of awareness through reading experiences, actual story writing begins. The teacher models a skill with the whole class, articulating the thought processes of an author for all to hear. This allows children to experience, first hand, the writing process–the thoughts, the written words, editing and revising, and finally a completed segment of writing. Students then practice the modeled skill and, depending on their developmental level, come away with a greater awareness of story and/or produce a segment of writing.
In first grade Science, we learn about Life Science (living and nonliving, habitats,how plants and animals live, life cycles,and food chains), Earth Science (land, water, and air, weather, Physical Science (observing matter, movement and sounds, and learning about energy), Space and Technology (learning about energy).
In first grade Social Studies, we learn about rules, then and now, communities, people at work, maps and globes, and even patriotic symbols! All American...me and you! Students also discuss citizenship and social skills through our character education program, Second Step.
Handwriting Without Tears
In first grade, we will be using the Handwriting Without Tears program for printing. This developmentally appropriate program uses hands-on multi-sensory techniques to teach letter formation, legibility, and proper sentence spacing. The goal is to make handwriting a natural and automatic skill.