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First Grade

First Grade

First grade marks a more structured approach to academics compared to kindergarten. Students begin to delve deeper into foundational subjects, including language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. First grade places an emphasis on improving reading comprehension and fluency. Students are exposed to a variety of reading materials, including fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

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Curriculum

Literacy

Open court reading uses strong emphasis on foundational skills including:

  • Spelling

  • Phonics

  • Decoding

  • Reading and responding

  • Building background knowledge

Students will participate in read alouds and class discussions. Open court reading also includes various language arts skills include:

  • Vocabulary

  • Fluency

  • Comprehension

  • Critical Thinking

  • Development of Writing

  • Penmanship

  • Grammar Usage

Social Emotional

  • Peer interactions

  • Responding to stressors

  • Processing their thoughts and feelings both in and out of the classroom

Mathematics

In the first-grade math curriculum, it is divided and organized in a way that allows the foundational skills to be fully developed before moving on to the next lesson. Students will be guided by the teacher as well as inquiry-based instruction where students will be free to openly ask questions and carry class discussions to develop their own critical thinking.

Social Studies
Impact social studies helps students gain building blocks for critical thinking, develop strong reading and writing foundation and learn what it means to be a responsible and active citizen. There are 3 resources for the students to utilize while going through the social studies curriculum such as the inquiry journal which allows students to analyze images, use closed reading strategies to evaluate sources, and write opinions citing evidence siting their investigations, the research companions that allows students to deepen their knowledge and understand the chapter content guided by essential questions and the explorer magazine which helps students dig deeper into chapter content.

Science
Students in kindergarten through fourth grade have the opportunity to utilize project-based learning techniques in designing toys, solving real-world problems,building robots, and learning programming using technology like kodable, and Wonder robots. TWIG science taps into the exploratory nature of students, engages them in learning that feels like play, and encourages them to keep discovering. Twig science uses hands on investigations and experiments. Twig science ensures all students develop and understanding in science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and cross cutting concepts such as cause and effect, structure understanding and patterns.

Specials

Art
Students use elements and principles of art, observation and prior knowledge, art
vocabulary, ideas from culture and history, learn about artists and their famous
artwork, to convey meaning and awareness in their own works of art.


Robotics
Students explore robotics using Dash robots. Coding, movement, obstacles,
constructing, teamwork.

 
Physical Education:
Movement, safety rules and procedures, protecting body, warm-up and cool-down techniques, hydration importance, offensive and defensive tactics, muscle strength during specific movements, stretching, service size, physical goals and accomplishments, technology, mental/emotional, physical, and social health.

Library
Provide access to a broad range of literature and informational reading
materials. Strategies and skills are reinforced to meet the needs of learners at
each developmental stage. Skills and concepts taught in the classroom are
reinforced during this time. Students select accelerated reader books to read at
home and read during library time.

Media
Students gain access to computer skills. Practice using a keyboard, mouse, and
learn to navigate computer resources. Students in 4th grade are also introduced
to creating a yearbook, learn design and photography skills.

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