Welcome to First Grade!
First Grade, where fun and learning go hand in hand!
Teachers College Readers Workshop is the literacy curriculum we use to help our students learn reading strategies to become better readers. Reader's Workshop begins with a 10 minute whole group mini lesson focusing on a reading strategy followed by an activity on the focus and 30 minutes of independent reading. Students are given the opportuity to apply what they just learn and demonstrate independent growth by responsibly selecting appropriate reading level books.
We also use Teachers College curriculum, Writers Workshop, for writing instruction. It follows the large group mini lesson and independent writing time detailed above. We start the school year with the small moments personal narrative unit where students will explore who they are as writers.
We will be using the EVERYDAY MATH curriculum which was developed by the University of Chicago School of Mathematics project. Everyday Math uses a broad, rich, and balanced approach in giving our students the skills needed to be successful in math. This year we will also be doing a daily math review using the Five Easy Steps Curriculum. We augment the Everyday Math curriculum with a Math Facts program. Our Math Facts program focuses on assuring students reach automaticity with basic addition and subtraction facts.
Social Studies and Science: These subjects are integrated into our daily PYP units of study.
Students are expected to read to an adult, or older sibling, each night for 20-30 minutes. Students recieve a reading log every month, through the Pizza Hut Book It program, to be filled out each night.
The reason behind reading to an adult is so they can check for comprehension. Each student has been given a book bag to take between school and home each day. Students check their book bag in with the teacher and then change out books in the leveled library so they are reading books at their specific reading level.