Mrs. Shannon Doughtie, Teacher
Liz Dopson, Teacher Assistant
First Grade is an important foundational year! First grade students enjoy a variety of activities throughout each day including small group instruction, limited large group instruction, and many hands-on center activities that reinforce the particular skills being taught.
-Uses Reading Street curriculum
-Emphasis on reading, phonics, spelling, and writing
-Uses Handwriting Without Tears for handwriting practice
-Uses Accelerated Reader program to reinforce reading comprehension and fluency
-Practices and learns sight words and phrases to build fluency
-Uses Literacy Centers and Guided Reading to reinforce learning
-Uses Everyday Math curriculum which revists concepts regularly and students receive a “home connection” for families to review skills taught at school
-Math games reinforce skills such as number sense, addition, subtraction, and place value
-Tells time to the hour and half hour and begin identifying and counting coins
-Students master math addition facts up to 20
-Studies mammals and their habitats, the weather, life cycles, simple machines, and states of matter, magnetic forces, weather, and balance and motion
-Rice Babies unit focuses on student practice of weighing and measuring
-Unit study on noctural animals gives students an opportunity to dissect owl pellets
-Students learn about the life cycle of butterflies through watching caterpillars grow into butterflies
-Learns about famous Americans, historical inventors, Native Americans, and Pilgrims
-Studies basic map skills and learns timelines
Special First Grade Projects:
Rice Babies – students make ‘babies’ that match their birth weights using sport socks stuffed with rice. This project coincides with weighing and measuring unit studies.
Owl Pellets – students dissect owl pellets and try to determine what animals the owls swallowed. This project coincides with the unit study on nocturnal animals.
Butterflies – students watch caterpillars grow into adult butterflies, then release the butterflies. This project coincides with the unit study on insects.
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