First Grade

Mrs. Been

Mrs. Lewis



Reading 1aReading
We use a comprehensive reading program, which includes a wide range of literacy activities and carefully selected materials. Some components of the reading program would include familiar reading; phonics  and spelling; shared reading; and guided reading and writing. Materials include big books; poems on charts; leveled texts and trade books.

Text: Treasures. The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. 2011

Skills taught: Initial and final consonants; Blends; Long and short vowels; Word families;  Rhymes; Sight words; Decoding and word study; Compound words; Context clues; Picture clues

Teaching methods and resources used: Leveled Readers (C-M); shared reading and shared writing; read alouds; word wall activities; literacy centers; choral reading; phonics series; oral language chants and songs; familiar reading

Language ArtsReading 1a

Text: Treasures. The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. 2011

Primary Units: Action verbs; adding ed; asking sentences; days of the week; describing words; holidays; months of the year; naming parts of a sentence; nouns; punctuation; word order in sentences; contractions; using is and are; using was and were; using has and have; using I and me; synonyms and antonyms; color words; prepositions and phrases; pronouns; adverbs.
Sentences: Statements; questions; exclamations.
Nouns: plural nouns; proper nouns

Reading 1cSpelling

We teach phonological awareness through: listening; rhyme; sentences & words; syllable awareness; phonemes; onset & rime and phoneme analysis  and synthesis.

Text: Treasures. The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. 2011 and Phonetic Connections Benchmark Education Company  2011

Primary Units: short vowels; long vowels; digraphs; blends; compounds; contractions

Teaching methods and resources used: paper/pencil; dictionary; white board; ABC letters/ magnet board; manipulatives; Spelling Bee; write whole word; word shape worksheets; dry erase board with markers in literacy centers; cheering/chanting words with movement; clapping words/syllables; crossword puzzles; word searches

Math 1 2 3Mathematics

Text: Saxon Mathematics Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company 2012

Saxon math uses a hands on approach that works!  New concepts are developed through hands on activities that engage students in the learning process.  Concepts are introduced, reviewed and practiced over time.  Students move from the concrete to the pictorial to the abstract.

Saxon math works because of the daily mixed practice,  frequent assessments, daily homework assignments and opportunities for students to make concrete connections to everyday life.

SS text 1Social Studies

Text:  A Child's View.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company 2009

Primary Units: Rules and Laws; Where People Live; We Love Our Country; Our Changing World; Meeting People; The Marketplace; School Days; At Home with Family; Living in a Community; In and Around the Land; My Country; My Heroes; Watermelons; All about Me; Insects; Apples; Fall; Fire Prevention; Thanksgiving; Christmas; Martin Luther King, Jr. ; Groundhog Day; Earth; Arkansas; Oceans; Dinosaurs; Pets; Space Rockets; Planets; Spring; Butterflies

Skills taught: Seasonal activities; patriotic holidays; cardinal direction; map skills; citizenship skills; geography

Teaching methods and resources used: Text; map; games; books; stories; charts; whiteboard; teacher made materials; thematic units; videos

ScienceScience grade 1

Text: McMillan McGraw-Hill Science 2005

Primary Units: Life Science: Plants Are Living Things; Life Science: Animals Are Living Things; Earth Science: The Sky and Weather; Earth Science: Caring for Earth; Physical Science: Matter; Matter Everywhere; Physical Science: On the Move

Skills taught: Classification; habitats; living/non-living

Teaching methods and resources used: Worksheets; centers; field trips; art supplies; lecture; videos; guest speakers; posters; sentence strips; pocket chart.

ReligionReligion 1

Text: Be My Disciples RCL Benziger: 2014.


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