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1st Grade

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FIRST GRADE INFORMATION

Language Arts

First grade students continue to build phonemic awareness and phonics skills as they increase sound/symbol relationships. Instruction incorporates phonemic awareness and sound/symbol lessons from Open Court and McGraw-Hill Education programs.  Shared reading and guided reading lessons in both small and large groups expose students to a variety of reading strategies. Reading vocabulary is built in a way that will also foster a love of good literature.   Guided reading groups allow students to work with other students that have similar reading needs as they move toward greater independence in reading.

In addition to various leveled and decodable books,  avariety of materials are used from the McGraw-Hill Wonders reading series. Students develop independence with nightly home reading which is at each student’s individual reading level.

Students learn to read for understanding while using various comprehension strategies:

• Main idea

• Details

• Drawing conclusions,

• Inference,

• Analytical and evaluation skills

Writing instruction focuses on writing clear, complete sentences and logical stories that have a good beginning, middle and end.

Math

Math instruction begins at the concrete level using manipulatives.  Students then move gradually to the connecting level. At this level, students begin to make the transition from concrete to abstract math symbols. Finally, students work with abstract paper/pencil tasks.

Instructional units include:

• Patterning and sorting

• Estimating

• Graphing

• Addition and subtraction facts to 20(with the goal of committing these to memory by the end of the year) place value (adding and subtracting two place numbers)

• Time

• Geometric shapes

• Measurement

• Fractions

• Problem solving

• Three addends

• Beginning algebraic thinking

Social Studies

First grade students study their place in the family, community, country, and world, with special emphasis upon North America. Additional lessons include: maps and globes; environmental awareness; patriotism; the Arctic and the Antarctic.

Science

Students will be exploring science through the Next Generation Science Standards. They will focus on sound and light waves; structure, function, and information processing; space systems; and the engineering design process. 

Homework

A weekly homework packet is assigned on Friday, which is to be completed, and returned on the following Friday. Students are also assigned nightly math and reading at their independent level.

Pepper Tree First Grade Information
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