1st Grade Curriculum
For the 2020-2021 school year, our first grade students will once again participate in the Pearson ReadyGEN reading series. This program is an integrated reading and literacy series designed to accelerate learning by presenting modeled authentic text reading with lessons that include a Close Reading routine allowing students to learn how to approach complex texts by citing evidence from the text, exploring key ideas and details, and analyzes text structure. In addition, we will focus on rich vocabulary and phonics-based spelling. ReadyGEN's goal is to build strong readers and writers through lessons structured in an understanding of big ideas in social studies and science topics through conceptually coherent text sets which are purposely organized around these 1st grade topics.
At the foundation of ReadyGEN is the reciprocated relationship between reading and writing to help student begin to think and comprehend text through citation of text-based evidence. Students will continue to write everyday and instruction is closely linked to reading, using their text as the model. Students will learn and practice informative, narrative, and opinion writing pieces in response to their text. The way ReadyGEN lessons are designed helps to build independent readers and writers through rich and meaningful discussions and daily writing exercises using a range of teacher-driven instruction and small group differentiated learning opportunities.
Homework will involve a reading at home and daily sight word practice where students will read books at home record the number of times read.
Our Math program is called EveryDay Math. Students will be studying number sense, addition, and subtraction strategies to help master facts through 20, place value, measurement, time, interpreting data, and 2D and 3D shapes. Throughout the year, you will receive family letters to keep you informed of the mathematical content that you child will be studying in each unit. Each letter includes a math vocabulary list, suggested Do-Anytime Activities for you and your child to reinforce skills, and an answer key to selected Home Link (homework) pages. Home Links will come home at the end of every lesson. They are a great way to review with your child what was taught that day in class. All Home Links also have a family note explaining any new math concept taught. Home Links should be returned completed back to class the following day.
Our Social Studies series is by TCI and closely connected with our ReadyGEN curriculum. We will study maps, directions, the community, our country, and our world. The series places emphasis on geography, citizenship, and history.
Our Science series is derived from the NGSS (New Generation Science Standards). Some topics we cover are Living and NonLiving Things, Life Cycles, Food Chains, Weather, Energy, and Engineering. First grade participates in an on-site Lego field trip to design windmills, as well as construct and design pinball machines.