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1 First Grade Curriculum Welcome to first grade! We would like to give you a brief overview of the curriculum we will cover during this school year. Literacy Balanced Literacy: Shared reading: Together the class reads a story working on phonic skills, reading strategies and comprehension skills. Word Study: Work on letter sounds, blending, spelling, and high frequency words. Guided reading: The teacher works with small groups using leveled books. Read aloud: The teacher demonstrates proficient reading in a variety of genres. Independent reading: Students read texts at his or her independent level. Shared writing: Together the class writes a story using the writing process. Independent writing: Students practice at his or her independent level. Reader s Workshop: Mini-lesson: The teaching point or lesson is taught in a 10-minute lesson. Sometimes it is a new lesson and other times we deepen our understanding of a past skill. Within the units, students learn about: making connections, inferring, questioning, synthesizing and more! Independent reading: Students are reading books at their level. We build our reading time up to 45 minutes. Conferring and guided reading: The teacher is working with individual students or small groups while other students are independently reading.

2 Share: The teacher or students may share what they have read about in connection to the mini-lesson. Partner reading: Students read with partners and talk about their books. Units we cover: o Readers build good habits using strategies o Word detectives use all they know to solve words o Learning about the world by reading o Readers get to know the characters in books o Readers can be their own teachers: working hard to figure out the tricky words and parts in books o Reading across genres to learn about a topic: informational books, stories, poems o Dramatizing characters and deepening our comprehension in reading clubs Writer s Workshop: Mini-lesson: The teaching point is taught in a 10-minute lesson. Sometimes it is a new lesson and other times we deepen our understanding of a past skill. Independent writing: Students work on multiple writing components at their own pace: writing a new story, adding illustrations, continuing to work on an old story, or editing their stories. Conferring and guided reading: The teacher is working with individual students or small groups while students are working independently. Share: The teacher or students may share what they are writing in connection to the mini-lesson. Author Celebration: We have a celebration at the end of each unit. This includes sharing our published stories with each other and with others in the building. Units we cover: o Small moments o Non-fiction chapter books

3 Assessments: o Writing reviews o From scene to series Benchmark Assessment System (BAS): Students read one-on-one with the teacher to determine the level of books students should read independently and during instructional time. Observations taken from whole group and one-on-one. Records from guided reading groups and conferring with students. Writing work samples. Words Their Way Students independently write the words the instructor reads to them. Letter ID/Letter Sound Fluency and Oral Reading Fluency: using FAST Performance based assessments Home Expectations: Math Students should be reading from their take-home book bags every night for 15 minutes. Encourage your child to practice reading independently using their reading strategies. Practice weekly sight words. Encourage your child to write stories, books, poems, letter, etc. Our district uses a math curriculum titled Math Expressions. The first few units are designed to review and strengthen concepts taught in Kindergarten. Math Units: Early number activities Operations and simple equations Story problem strategies

4 Basic ten-structured concepts Ten-structured applications Comparisons and data formats Fractions, circle graphs, and clocks Money and 2-digit addition Analyze story problems Measurement, rounding, and shapes Assessments: Unit tests Quick Quizzes throughout each unit. Observations taken from whole group and one-on-one. Home expectations: Students should be completing their daily homework sheets and returning them to school. Watch for family letters that will be coming home throughout each unit explaining what your child is learning. Health Units we cover: Fire prevention Feelings Germs/Medicine Ways to stay healthy Dental Health Anatomy Science Our science curriculum is hands on inquiry using FOSS kits. Units we teach:

5 Air and Weather Solids and Liquids Plants StarLab Social Studies Units we teach: My school, my community Work in the community Looking at our world Traditions we share Our past, our present Art Skills we practice: Lines Color mixing Tints and shades Drawing Water coloring Cutting

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