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1st Grade

First grade marks an important milestone for young children. First graders use the social skills they developed in preschool and kindergarten in more mature ways. Having your own desk and your own school books for the first time is very exciting! But the true “magic” of first grade happens as children develop the ability to read.

For many years to come they will be “reading to learn” but as first graders they are immersed in “learning to read.” Skills taught range from word families to short and long vowel sounds, consonant blends and digraphs, and expanding vocabulary.  This is accomplished through shared reading (whole group), guided reading (leveled readers/small group), and differentiated word study instruction.  First graders develop the skills needed to break the code of reading.

Along with reading, first graders also become “accomplished” writers. They apply the mechanics and skills needed to write stories complete with good ideas and interesting details. Students begin by sounding out words and using available resources, such as the Sight Word board, anchor charts, and student dictionaries. The progress made from fall to the end of the year is amazing!

First graders engage in learning multiple mathematical concepts ranging from developing number sense, patterning, graphing, early addition and subtraction facts, counting coins, measurement, and telling time. Hands-on activities and manipulatives are utilized in teaching math.

Science and Social Studies offer a wide range of information. First graders discover how to be scientists through the powers of investigation and observation. They also broaden their understanding of citizenship beginning with the study of family and communities and building to their place in our country and the world.

First grade presents a huge change in student growth… academically, socially, and emotionally. We foster these traits through our annual Grandparent Gala, PBL (Project Based Learning), Service Learning opportunities, field trips, and our patriotic performance of “A Salute to America.” Engagement in our curriculum is full of adventure for all first graders!