- Students will read fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.
- Reading is integrated throughout the curriculum.
- Students will learn a variety of strategies to decode unknown words, including phonics, structural analysis, and context clues.
- Students will learn a variety of comprehension strategies, including main idea, predicting, and beginning, middle, end.
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- Writing is integrated throughout the curriculum.
- Students write daily journal entries, stories, and informational paragraphs.
- The writing process is taught.
- Writing content focuses on including a beginning, middle, and end
- Correct usage of capitalization, punctuation, and grammar are stressed.
- Listening and speaking skills are strengthened.
- Spelling is integrated throughout the curriculum.
- First grade has 45 priority words along with Harcourt High Frequency words.
- Priority words should be spelled correctly at all times.
- Students may be accelerated beyond the first grade list.
WE WILL INTRODUCE:
- Addition and Subtraction Facts to 18
- Graphs, Tables, and Charts
- Two Digit Addition and Subtraction (No Regrouping)
- Beginning Fractions
- Geometry (Shapes and Symmetry)
- Problem Solving Skills
- Telling Time to the Hour and Half Hour
- Counting Money to 99 Cents
- Scientific Process
- Rocks, Minerals, and Soil
- Magnets and Force
- Rotation of earth - night and day
- Plants and Animals
- Self and Families
- Maps and Globes
- U. S. History and Famous People
- Goods and Services
- Multi-Cultural Awareness
- Technology is integrated throughout the curriculum.
- Software is available in the classroom to enhance all areas of the curriculum.
- Computers are also used for research and publishing a variety of projects.
- Pre-testing and Post-testing
- Learning Contracts
- Learning Centers
- Differentiated Curriculum
- Independent Projects
Grade Level Information
An assignment sheet for weekly homework will be sent home each Monday. Completed homework should be returned on Friday with parent signatures. Students will be rewarded for returning completed homework on time. Students not returning their homework will work during a specially designated task completion period.
Students are expected to complete work on their own and ask for help only after they have given it their best effort. Most of the homework will cover material that the students have already been taught in class. Homework should not take more than 15 to 25 minutes to complete.
Help your child find a quiet place and time to work on homework. Please make homework a priority. If your child cannot complete a homework assignment, please send a note explaining the problem.
Students will be given praise and other incentives when homework is completed properly. If homework is not completed on a regular basis, you will be contacted so we can work together to make sure your child develops the study habits needed in later grades.
Students should be guided to choose books at their reading level for independent reading. Books with a repeating text are excellent choices for beginning readers. A few good authors to look for are Robert Munsch, Marc Brown, Steven Kellogg, Patricia Polocco, Mercer Mayer, Gail Gibbons, and Dr. Seuss.
Curriculum Content and Essential Skills