FIRST GRADE CURRICULA
FIRST GRADE GUIDED READING
Each child will be given a reading assessment to determine his/her current placement on a Guided Reading level. The books we read are structured to support a beginning reader’s skills. The story to be read is introduced, and unfamiliar or difficult words are pointed out. The children are asked to preview the book and then the group reads the story together aloud. The next day the children have the opportunity to re-read the book by themselves. The teacher then guides the discussion of the story. I meet with each group of 3-5 children four days a week. But we read everyday. On Fridays, we have a dictation lesson, Weekly Reader, and work on grammar skills
SKILLS/CONCEPTS THAT MAY BE REINFORCED TO ENSURE FLUENCY AND COMPREHENSION INCLUDE:
Pointing to the first letter of each word as they read
Finger spelling and sounding out the words they do not know
Using picture clues
Identification of characters, setting and plot
Sequencing the events of the story
Identifying what happened in the beginning, middle and end of the story
Re-telling of the story
Making inferences about the characters
Summarize the story in a few sentences
THE ABOVE SKILLS ARE DEVELOPED AND BUILT UPON THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.
First Grade is responsible for learning 150 high frequency sight words.
A list of 5 words will be introduced on Monday, the test on theses words will be the following Monday.
I use Project Read, a phonics program to introduce the children to the sounds of the consonants, vowels, digraphs, beginning and ending blends. The program uses a multi-sensory approach to engage all learning styles--auditory, visual, kinesthetic and tactile. The vowels and consonants are introduced in a particular order. There is a key word for each letter to help the children remember the sound the letter makes. We skywrite and write the letters in salt trays and on felt paper for tactile/kinesthetic reinforcement. We sound out and fingerspell the letter of each word. Words that are unable to be sounded out are called RED WORDS. These words are tapped out on our arms for the tactile/kinesthetic learning style.
When you are reading at home with your child and they come to a word they do not know, they should attempt to sound out each letter and finger spell the word. On Fridays we have a dictation lesson. The children are to write the letter that corresponds to the sound I make. I use a word in a sentence. They are to fingerspell the word and then write it. I will give them a short sentence, I repeat it several times and then they write it.
In addition to the letters we have learned, your child should be able to recite these sentences:
EVERY WORD HAS A VOWEL.
EVERY SENTENCE STARTS WITH A CAPITAL LETTER AND END WITH A STOP SIGN. (Stop signs are . ? and ! )
Throughout the year your child will bring home flash cards for practice at home.
Our first grade spelling words are based on our phonics program. A test will be given every Friday. The test will consist of 10 words that can be finger spelled and incorporates the sounds presented thus far.
We have a new math program, enVision Math. This program will be used in conjunction with Addison-Wesley, Math Their Way,
Touch Math and Touch Money programs. These programs are activity-based and use a hands-on approach. We have bins and bins of various manipulatives that are used in the concrete exploration of math concepts.
Concepts/Skills introduced in first grade are:
Creating and interpreting graphs
One to one correspondence
Problem solving Time- hour and half hour
Geometric solids and figures
Measurement in standard and non-standard units
Reading the calendar, ordering the days and months
Adding and subtracting to 20
First Grade Science
The 4 units of science are :
The Five Senses
Our Planet Earth
Color, Light and Shadow
There is 1 unit per marking period, therefore science grades are not cumulative .
First Grade Social Studies