Welcome to First Grade!
Ms. Lisa Apel-Christianson, Mrs. Meghan Baldwin, and Ms. Cassandra Jannett are ready for an energizing, fun and rewarding first grade year!
First grade is a year full of extraordinary growth and change as children work on building their academic and social selves. We take pride in working with each and every child to help them become a well-rounded inquirer.
Our curriculum includes the following:
Reading: We follow the Reader's Workshop model. Students meet in small groups in addition to core instruction to meet their specific needs. First grade focuses on phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency and comprehension. A big part of fluency and being about to read well is by recognizing whole sight words. Our school uses the Fry Word Lists. First grade uses the first 150 Fry Words. You will find a copy of this in your child's homework folder and ideas for practicing these words.
Writing: We follow the Writer’s Workshop model. This model encourages all students to write at their own level while building on the foundation skills taught in Kindergarten. Some of our units include: question and answer books, persuasive writing, and small moment stories.
Math: Students will explore and begin to understand the relationship numbers have in our everyday lives through Math Expressions.
Inquiry: First graders explore and inquire through our six units of inquiry. More information is available by clicking on the Units of Inquiry tab below.
Specialists: First graders rotate through Chinese, Art, and Physical Education.