First Grade Teachers
First Grade Program Description First grade classes are heterogeneously grouped with the assigned classroom teacher responsible for language arts, (reading, English, spelling, writing), social studies, science, and math. Instruction in all areas is based upon common core standards. Please refer to detailed curriculum descriptions below.
Delivery of instruction in first grade includes teacher directed lessons in whole class or small group settings with individual progress closely monitored. While instruction is quite often teacher directed, students' application of skills and concepts is demonstrated in projects and work in learning centers.
Instruction in curriculum areas include:
- READING - Harcourt Brace is the adopted basal reading textbook used for instruction to ensure students' exposure to a wide range of comprehension levels and literary skills such as decoding and vocabulary development.
- SOCIAL STUDIES - The core curriculum, designed by the district, includes materials to support the social studies standards and a unit of study titled, "Everyone is Special".
- SPELLING and PHONICS - Harcourt Brace emphasizes word structure and application of spelling rules.
- WRITING is an important integrated component of the first grade curriculum. The writing elements include: ideas; organization; voice; word choice; sentence fluency; conventions; and presentation.
- MATHEMATICS - McGraw-Hill series is used in instruction along with supplementary materials, technology and manipulatives.
- SCIENCE core curriculum includes five science units developed by the school district and designed to meet the district and state science curriculum objectives. The units are: Habitats; Solids and Liquids; Sorting; Sky Watchers; Rocks, Soil and Water.
- SUPPORT PROGRAMS offer students regular instruction in the computer lab and in the Media Center. Primary students receive instruction in vocal music and physical education. In addition, the students participate in field trips, assemblies, and grade level activities designed to support the curriculum.
Homework is assigned to reinforce skills taught and is considered an important facet of the student's learning experience. Each student's progress is reported quarterly on a report card. Conferences, phone calls, and notes are means of communicating students' progress to parents. Parents are considered vital to the child's success in school and are encouraged to volunteer and contribute.