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1st Grade

1st Grade Curriculum Overview

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go”- Dr Seuss

First grade is all about developing the whole child the day they enter the classroom.  It is a year where some of the most growth, both socially and academically, will happen.  It is the year where reading takes the forefront in a child’s learning experience. First grade begins with learning to read and ends with reading to learn.

Much of first grade focuses on skills and fundamentals.  In math, the emphasis is on number sense. Students are asked to show how numbers are broken apart, how answers can be shown in more than one way, and how numbers apply to real world.  Students are also taught to read clocks, count money, measure, and write on story problems. Science and Social studies are woven into the curriculum throughout the year. Some of the large topics include studying Famous Americans and the concept of past, present, and future,  economics, and map skills. Science includes studying the different parts of the Scientific Investigation, animal adaptations, and plants. A large piece of instruction focuses on Reading and Writing. Each student leaves first grade loving to read for enjoyment and to learn through reading nonfiction.

The first grade team has designed and implemented numerous hands on and authentic learning opportunities.  Some of these include a First Grade store where students create and sell their own class products to learn about economics through a real life experience.  First grade also has their own garden here at the school to give the students opportunities to plant seeds, learn about how plants grow and develop, and learn how to care for nature and the environment.

Meet the 1st Grade Team

Mrs. Jennifer Eberts, 1st Grade Teacher

Mrs. Jennifer Eberts


Mrs. Sarah Flowers


Jennifer Freedman

Mrs. Jennifer Freedman


Ms. Casey Kyle, 1st Grade Teacher

Ms. Casey Kyle


Ms. Kaley Remme, 1st Grade Teacher

Ms. Kaley Remme


Mrs. Kate Heavenrich, Instructional Assistant

Mrs. Kate Heavenrich, IA, K & 1st Grades