Reading: Facilitating Growth Towards Richer Literacy
In Grade One, students continue to explore reading through the “Reading Workshop” model. Components of reading instruction include phonemic awareness, phonics, word study, fluency, and comprehension. Skills, strategies, good reading habits, and a love for reading are reinforced through a daily direct instruction lesson, individual teacher/student conferences, student reading time, and lesson reflections.
Following the course of a variety of reading units, Grade 1 students acquire content knowledge and begin to answer some of the following questions:
Writing: Strengthening the Writing Base
- What is a reading life, and how do we develop it?
- Why is it important to share and talk about our reading experiences?
- What resources are available to make our reading experience richer?
- How can tech tools improve our spelling, phonics, and reading life?
Components of writing instruction in Grade One include journaling, handwriting, & documentation of individual student work in a portfolio. Skills, strategies & good writing habits are reinforced through direct instruction lessons, individual teacher/student conferences, & regular sharing of student writing samples.
Through the study of diverse writing units, students acquire content knowledge and begin to answer some of the following questions:
Mathematics: Learning From the Mathematics That Surrounds Us
- How can we connect our handwriting practice to our everyday writing?
- Why is it important to communicate our thoughts and ideas through writing?
- Who is our audience? For whom are we writing?
- What resources are available to make our writing experience richer?
- Why is learning to write on a screen important?
Mathematics in Grade One reinforces and extends prior learning to develop concepts such as a calendar, estimation, money, place value to 100, addition and subtraction, telling time, volume, mass, and area. In addition, online learning promotes personalized learning for each child.
Grade 1 students acquire content knowledge and begin to answer some of the following questions:
Social Studies: The Art of Being a Whole Person in an Interconnected World
- What can numbers show better than words?
- How does creating our math problems extend our thinking?
- Why is mat an essential part of our everyday life?
- Who are our critical helpers in building a math life?
- How can we play the role of a teacher in our online math learning?
Grade One supports each child's curiosity about groups outside their own family. For example, students research our school mascot, the Timber Wolf, celebrate diversity in a festival of lights unit, play a core role in our school's litter initiative, and study the fundamental concepts of maps, gloves, and graphs.
Through the study of various Social Studies units, students acquire content knowledge and begin to answer some of the following questions:
Social Emotional Learning: Meeting the Emotional Needs of the First Grader
- Why is it important to have guidelines as a society/classroom member?
- How do map skills help us navigate through everyday life?
- What are some common themes throughout multiple cultures' celebrations?
- How can we work together to get involved and make a difference?
- How can we contribute to our class community so that we all feel safe and can learn?
Through whole-class meetings, selected read-aloud, and a plethora of self-regulation tools, Grade One strives to meet the emotional needs of each child. We are intentional in our morning meeting time to set a tone of acceptance and well-being for our students as their day progresses.
We become accustomed to hearing these questions daily, woven into each subject:
- How can I help a friend who is upset?
- Why am I an essential member of our classroom community?
- Who are my 'go-to' adults when my heart is feeling hurt?
- What tools do I need to find success in a given activity?