Each morning, students will begin the day together with a Morning Meeting. Through Morning Meeting, students build community. Everyday, students will great each other and will learn more about each other by sharing personal stories, interests, or special items with the class. Students will become confident presenters and listeners and will learn important social skills. Morning Meeting provides and wonderful transition to the day by beginning with a connection to the day’s lessons! Morning Meeting will also include special prayers, math, and sight word warm-ups.
Reading and Writing:
At the beginning of the year, students will review the letters and sounds learned in Kindergarten and will begin working toward the goal of independent reading and writing! Students will participate in a balanced literacy program focusing on the core skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
Each day, students learn phonics skills and will practice sight words. They will also meet in small groups with the teacher to read books at their instructional reading level and strengthen their decoding, fluency, and comprehension. Shared Reading of fiction and non-fiction read alouds will help students read for understanding, acquire vocabulary, and gather meaning from a text. Students will also participate in Buddy Reading and Independent Reading throughout the day.
Here is a list of the reading strategies covered this year and reinforced in every grade:
- Choosing Good Books
- Monitoring & Clarifying
We focus on all aspects of the writing process this year: prewriting (gathering ideas), drafting, revising, editing, publishing, and celebrating! Writing instruction will incorporate skill development in letter formation, grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Students learn how to organize their ideas and illustrations in order to write in several genres: Narrative Writing – Small Moments; Informational Writing – Non-Fiction Chapter Books; Opinion Writing – Reviews. We will end each unit with a writing celebration!
Students work toward mastering many mathematical concepts. Daily practice will help students become confident in their skills and will help them to eventually solve complex problems and explain their mathematical thinking!
Here is a list of many of the concepts we will cover this year:
- Skip Counting (2s, 5s, 10s, 100s,)
- Grouping Objects
- Adding One-Digit and Two-Digit Numbers
- Subtracting One-Digit and Two Digit Numbers
- Place Value
- Telling Time
- Adding Coins
- Bar Graphs and Pictographs
- Basic Fractions
- Basic Geometry: 2D Shapes, 3D Shapes, Lines of Symmetry
- Measurement: Centimeters, Inches, Feet + Weight and Volume