Curriculum

Art

Students in first grade attend art classes once each week. In these classes they explore line, shape, color, balance and pattern. They try out a variety of media and techniques. Students begin to explore what makes a piece of art effective, think about their responses to various works, and learn about a few artists.

Health

Safety: Children learn to recognize inappropriate touching and what to do (say no, go, tell), become aware of the dangers of sharing foods, and report name, address, and phone number.
Substance Use/Abuse: Children learn to identify harmful substances and to take medicine only when given by a responsible adult.
Social Emotional:  Children learn to recognize and respect individual strengths and differences, interact appropriately with other children, practice appropriate coping skills for good and bad feelings.
Healthy Body:  Children relate to food as fuel and learn about the importance of a variety of foods as well as the need for exercise, water, and sleep.
Disease Prevention: Children develop personal hygiene, tell an adult when they see a problem, and practice dental health.

Growth and Development
:  Children recognize that all animal life begins as eggs – some are outside the body (like a bird) and some are inside the body (such as a cat).

Information Literacy

Gather Information for a Specific Purpose: Children ask questions about a topic, look for information in teacher selected materials, and state information learned in their own words.
Analyze and Evaluate Information: Children sort information into assigned categories and share information with others. Children identify the title, author, and illustrator of a book.
Evaluate both the Process and the Product: Children look to see if all requirements are included and think of ways to improve future products with teacher guidance.

Mathematics

Algebraic Reasoning: Patterns and Functions: Children learn to recognize, copy, and extend patterns, including counting patterns on the 100s chart. They begin to learn about equivalence using real life situations that involve addition and subtraction.
Numerical and Proportional Reasoning:  Children explore patterns with shapes, numbers, skip counting, doubles, and repeated addends. They represent two-digit number using place value models, develop a variety of counting and estimation strategies to build number sense, and begin to learn the basic facts in addition. They explore the fractions ½, 1/3, and ¼.
Geometry and Measurement
: Children draw, sort, and build two and three-dimensional objects, explore symmetry, use positional language to describe the direction and position of objects. They use the calendar to identify days, dates, weeks, months, and to plan and sequence events. They tell time to the hour and explore time to the ½ hour. They use common objects or body parts(fingers, feet) to make reasonable answers to measurement problems.
Working With Data: Children pose questions, collect, organize and record data using tallies, tables, real graphs, picture graphs, and bar graphs. They begin to learn vocabulary to describe the likelihood of various events.

Music

Children become aware of their singing voices, discriminate pitch and sing rhythmically together a varied repertoire of songs representing genres and styles from diverse cultures and songs using varying dynamics and tempi.

Physical Education

Children develop physical fitness and motor skills, learn to play responsibly and respectfully with other people and develop awareness of the positive aspects of physical activity.

Reading

Read for Information and Understanding: Children learn to extract relevant information from text, retell stories including story elements (character, setting, events, theme) and the language of the story, use background knowledge to identify cause and effect, note similarities and differences in text, and discuss the theme or message of a story.
Read for Critical Analysis and Evaluation
: Children learn to sort statements by fact and opinion, begin to talk about author’s bias, begin to compare and contrast different points of view, and give their opinions about a book or character supported with a reason why they said it.
Read for Aesthetic and Personal Response
:  Children express personal feeling about stories and illustrations andmn make personal connections to the text. They also begin to recognize unique cultural aspects represented in texts.
Read Strategically: Children learn to apply strategies to construct meaning, develop phonological awareness, learn and use sound/symbol correspondence, learn many high frequency words, learn to use meaning and structure as a cue, expand their vocabulary, and choose a variety of materials to read for pleasure and purpose. They reflect on how they have changed as a reader.

Science

Children study forces and motion – pushing and pulling, the movement of the sun across the sky, the structure and function of plants, how animals obtain water, food, and move around, and about changes in organisms and life cycles.

Social Studies

Children study their family and compare it to families in other cultures.

Technology

Children learn to use and respect computer equipment, use the computer to support their learning, and make simple documents using technology (and software such as Kid Pix).

Writing

Technical Practical Writing:  Children learn to gather information and sort it into categories as well as using words, pictures, or numbers as evidence to support ideas.
Range and Versatility of Writing:  Children begin to write for a variety of audiences, using authors as models for writing. They learn to elaborate ideas with specific and descriptive language.
Reflective Writing:  Children look at their work at designated intervals throughout the year, note their progress, and set personal goals for improvement.
Writing Strategically: Children write daily to communicate ideas, learn how to generate ideas, and polish some pieces for publication.
Mechanics/Conventions of Print: Children learn to leave spaces between words and to proofread and correct introduced spelling words, capital letters at the beginning of sentences, and end punctuation.