FIRST GRADE Curricula
Columbia Reading and Writing
Each child was 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 each 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 on the phonics concept and writing 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 Math
Our math program is based on the Pearson's Envision program.
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
Time- hour and half hour
Geometric solids and figures
Measurement in standard and non-standard units
Measuring mass and capacity
Reading the calendar, ordering the days and months
Adding and subtracting to 20