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1st Grade

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The first grade curriculum is a natural progression from kindergarten. We cover topics in reading, language arts, math, science, social studies and writing.  All of our curriculum is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  Below are the programs we use to help us teach the Core.  In addition, daily use of our 1:1 devices (iPads) help us support the I´╗┐nternational Society for Technology Education (ISTE) Standards´╗┐.

Daily math maintenance and practice of calendar skills, place value concepts and structuring numbers take place each morning during Number Corner. Daily math lessons come from the Bridges in Mathematics series, and  focuses on developing students’ deep understandings of mathematical concepts, proficiency with key skills, and ability to solve complex and novel problems. Bridges blends direct instruction, structured investigation, and open exploration.

At Oak Grove, teachers use the Workshop Model to deliver reading and writing instruction. Based on each child's needs, teachers remediate, reinforce or enrich with a variety of other materials as well, which may include homework. Daily writing lessons come from the Units of Study Writing by Lucy Calkins. New in the 2017-2018 school year, we will use the Reading Horizons. Discovery program to logically and sequentially teach the framework of phonics, including instruction of the 42 sounds of the alphabet, five phonetic skills and two decoding skills. Zaner Bloser printing is taught and embedded within this program as well. Grammer lessons from the Reading Horizons program will be enhanced with Schoolwide program. In addition, some classes may use the Accelerated Reader computer program as a supplement to encourage careful comprehension of independently read text and to motivate our young readers.

Our science units this year are Waves, Light and Sound, Space Systems-Patterns and Systems, and Animal Diversity and Ecosystems.  In social studies, first grade will cover the Civics Standards of roles and rules in a community, Economic Standards of goods and services, Geography Standards of constructing and interpreting maps, and History Standards of describing individuals and groups who have shaped a significant historical change.

Your child will be exposed to a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts and writing opportunities as part of all of these experiences. Several published writing pieces will also be completed throughout the year.

First graders attend PE four times a week and have health class once a week. Twice a week, they have lessons in Spanish. Our students also have music, drama, library, art and Second Steps once a week each during their afternoon rotation time. The Second Steps program addresses a requirement for social-emotional learning and teaches skills for social and academic success with lessons on Skills for Learning, Empathy, Emotion Management and Problem Solving.