First Grade reading includes daily independent reading, partner reading, and teacher read-alouds. Students conference with teachers to choose appropriate books and learn strategies to develop decoding, fluency and comprehension skills based on individual needs. Students learn phonics and spelling through the Orton-Gillingham approach. They are exposed to a variety of genres of writing and learn to communicate through the writing process.
Through games, hands-on exploration, group discussion and independent practice, First Graders are learning to look for patterns, make connections, organize information and persist in solving problems. They learn to extend the counting sequence, understand place value, tell time to the half hour on an analog clock, measure with standard and nonstandard units, determine the value of coin combinations, and identify attributes of 2- and 3-dimensional shapes. They learn that mistakes are a necessary part of growth and learning. Time to reflect, question, share, and listen to others deepens understanding.
In First Grade, students are exposed to scientific process skills. They will use their senses and tools to make both qualitative and quantitative observations and will begin to sort and classify based on those observations. Through hands-on experiences and the use of models, First Graders will learn about a healthy body, including germs, nutrition and the five major systems. Students will also explore properties of matter such as balancing and weighing. Additionally, to support the students’ study of Georgia in social studies, they will learn about ecosystems, topography and human impact on the environment.
First Grade Social Studies lays the foundation for children to begin their journey as confident, empathetic citizens of an ever-evolving global community. They learn to see themselves as problem-solvers with unique gifts, as well as community members who collaborate in cooperative group activities. The curriculum focuses on our home state of Georgia, and, through direct experience and the study of history and geography, children develop an appreciation for the land, and the people and animals who make it their home. Through the study of geography and history, First Graders celebrate personal family traditions while learning from their classmates about the diversity of cultures represented by our school and our global community.
Discovery is the word for first grade music. Building on the skills acquired in Kindergarten, our first graders delve deeper into their repertoire of songs, games, and dances to discover rhythmic and melodic elements that lay the groundwork for music literacy. Applying this new knowledge by playing handbells and resonator bars is so much fun! Singing games and folk dancing are still enjoyed by all as is a mini unit on the various instruments of the orchestra.
1st Grade Students create projects that reinforce the major elements and principles of art previously learned and artists that practice these concepts. The also begin to use their previous knowledge to express ideas through their artwork and identify the various mediums.
First Grade students are taught the basic technique of various skills including catching, throwing, kicking, dribbling, and jump rope. They are provided the opportunity to incorporate their skills in a variety of games. An understanding of lifelong fitness is reinforced. Each class students participate in a variety of stretches and exercises, focusing on flexibility, strength, and endurance. First Grade students participate in several 5-minute runs throughout the school year focusing on running efficiency.
First grade students continue with storytime and coordinating curriculum activities. Literature and award books are still a part of this focus. At this point students are more comfortable independently going to the shelves to browse for books to check out. Students are introduced to our online database, Destiny, how it helps locate information and check out materials. Library terms are reinforced.
Student explore topics such as internet safety, digital citizenship, mousing skills, mapping skills, and basic coding. In addition to these skills classroom teachers are supported by adding supplemental resources in the idea lab based on the current unit of study.