First Grade represents a wide developmental range. This is an important year in which students are learning to function as positive, respectful members of our community and continuing to master skills that form a foundation for learning. We guide students by providing engaging learning experiences while building foundational skills.
Grade 1 units of study include: Interdependence, Geography, Then and Now, Responsible Communication, and Global Awareness.
In Grade 1 we work on the following skills:
Contributing to class activities and discussions
Building number sense
Working with school materials
Developing a love of books
Click on an item below to see a summary of Grade 1 work in that subject area. Please note: Each subject includes a guiding question or questions, some of the topics we address in that area, and an overview of some of the skills we work to build through this subject.
How am I developing my skills to become a more proficient reader and writer?
Topics of Study: Writing: Mechanics of writing • Grammar • Personal narratives • Procedural writing • Letter writing • Persuasive writing Reading: Poetry • Realistic fiction • Mystery • Nonfiction • Fantasy
Skills We Teach: Phonemic Awareness: Mastering consonant sounds • Differentiating short vowel sounds • Differentiating syllable types • Building sight word vocabulary for spelling and reading • Applying rules for conventional spelling • Writing in complete sentences Literacy Skills: Writing responses to literature • Listening and contributing to classroom discussions • Creating story maps • Anticipating story events • Making personal connections • Following written and verbal directions
Topics of Study: Patterns • Measurement • Time • Money sense • Classification • Attributes • Geometry • Symmetry • Counting • Creating and reading graphs • Data collection and interpretation • Word problems • Place value • Number sense and operations • Logic • Problem Solving
Skills We Teach: Estimating, predicting, measuring time and weight • Recording and interpreting data • Reading and writing numbers • Adding • Subtracting • Recognizing place value • Money: recording, counting, and making change • Sorting groups by attributes • Developing and communicating problem-solving strategies • Identifying and constructing plane and solid shapes
What is musical expression? What is a musical theme?
Topics of Study: Making a music video • Melody • Rhythm • Expression • Musical themes • Form • How does music relate to poetry? • Instruments of the orchestra • Japanese folk tales • Part singing • Performing at the Grade 3 Graduation
Skills We Teach: The voice as an instrument • Developing singing techniques • Using rhythmic and melodic notation • Improvisation, movement coordination, and sequencing • Performing at the Grade 3 Graduation • Ensemble musicianship
How can I build and maintain my relationships with my classmates?
Topics of Study: Class routines to establish community • Independent work and play time • Social learning • Conflict resolution • Classroom responsibilities • Service learning
Skills We Teach: Feeling a connection to the class community • Feeling safe, accepted, and appreciated at School • Beginning to take responsibility for learning • Taking responsibility for appropriate behavior • Managing social relations with cooperation, self-advocacy, and empathy • Appreciating peers and treating them respectfully • Working productively and supportively with partners or in groups • Developing respect for diversity • Celebrating differences
How can I communicate and express myself in Spanish on a basic level? How can I be respectful and understanding of people who come from a different cultural background?
Topics of Study: Introductions and basic conversation • Colors • Communication strategies • Animals • Emotions • Days of the week • Movement • Commands • Body parts • What is language? • Cultural explorations • Storytelling
Skills We Teach: Pronunciation • Ability to take risks • Using pictures or visual stimuli to communicate when language is not accessible • Basic Spanish vocabulary • Mimicking and repeating sounds and words • Beginning to independently produce words and sentences in Spanish • Being a respectful and kind group member • Listening to and following directions • Linking movement, sounds, and images with words • Cultural responsiveness
How do we meaningfully integrate technology to support and enhance student learning?
Skills We Teach:
Demonstrating responsible use of devices with increased independence • Expanding on problem solving skills • Building technology-related vocabulary • Locating, opening, and closing apps • Incorporating drawing, pictures, text, and audio into digital work • Beginning to use screencasting and videoing to demonstrate curriculum content skills • Learning basic graphic design concepts • Logging-in to classroom accounts • Beginning exposure to word processing • Using Beebots with increased independence to develop sequencing, planning, directionality, and early programming skills
How can we add depth to our work? How can we learn from one another in the art studio?
Topics of Study: Self-concept and community building • Mark-making • Pattern • Color • Composition • Drawing • Printing • Cray-Pas • Tempera and watercolor paint • Sculpture • Clay • Sketchbooks
Skills We Teach: Making aesthetic choices • Developing designs and adding detail to compositions • Sharing ideas and learning from one another • Working independently • Color mixing and theory • Drawing techniques • Identifying lines and shapes • Building strong and balanced structures • Using unexpected materials • Handling and shaping clay • Developing listening skills • Learning appropriate studio behavior • Visual thinking strategies
First graders work to build on the essential skills they have acquired and make sense of the world around them. They are starting to show specific learning strengths.