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Spencer Pointe
Elementary School
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Mrs. O'Leary
1st Grade - Spencer Pointe
koleary@nlsd122.org


1st Grade Curriculum

Reading/Spelling/Language Arts: 

This year I will be piloting the Pearson ReadyGEN reading series which is an integrated literacy program that accelerates learning for students by presenting modeled reading with authentic text. Lessons include a Close Reading routine where students will learn how to approach complex texts by citing evidence from the text, exploring key ideas and details, and analyzing text structure.  The goal of ReadyGen is to build strong readers and writers through a lesson structure that develops an understanding of big ideas in social studies and science concepts through conceptually coherent text sets. Text sets are a collection of texts deliberately organized around these topics. 

At the core of ReadyGen is reciprocity between reading and writing to promote student thinking and understanding through citation of text-based evidence. Students write every day, and instruction is closely linked to reading, using the text as the model. Students will practice informative, narrative, and opinion writing in response to text.   

The lesson design in ReadyGen builds independent readers and writers through rich discussion of text and daily writing using a range of teacher-driven instruction and opportunities for small group differentiated instruction.

Math: Our math program is called Every Day Math.  Students will be studying number sense, addition and subtraction strategies to help master facts through 20, place value, measurement, time, interpreting data, and shapes.  Throughout the year, you will receive Family Letters to keep you informed of the mathematical content that your child will be studying in each unit.  Each letter includes a vocabulary list, suggested Do-Anytime Activities for you and your child, and an answer guide to selected Home Link (homework) activities. Home Links will come home at the end of every lesson. They are a great way to review with your child what was taught during Math that day.  All Home Links also have a family note to explain any new math concepts taught. 

Social Studies: Our social studies series is by Pearson.  We study maps, directions, the community, our country, and our world. The series places emphasis on geography, citizenship, and history.

Science: We are addressing the NGSS (New Generation Science Standards).  Some Topics we cover are Living and Nonliving Things, Life Cycles, Food Chains, Weather, Energy, and Engineering.