Grade 1 Team

Grade Leader – Emily Lattin lattine@weston.org

Tel: 781-786-5400

Teachers –Ashley English, Lauren Gaca

Grade 1 Curriculum

Reading:  In first grade, children are immersed in literacy concepts. Through Guided Reading, the foundation of grade one classroom literacy, children are taught reading strategies. Children use picture clues, semantics and word structure to decode and understand the meaning of text. Shared reading, small group instruction and independent reading are also used to develop reading skills. Children work collaboratively and independently in differentiated literacy centers to increase word knowledge and decoding skills.

Writing Writing: Students will engage in the writing process during writer’s workshop. When
writing words, children are encouraged to say the word slowly and record the sounds
they hear. Throughout the process, children learn how to make revisions, edit and
publish books. Writing units include: personal narratives, opinion pieces, and
informational.

Handwriting:  Letter formation is taught and reinforced throughout the year. Children learn to use lower case letters and spacing in their writing and use the lines on the page as a guide.

Math:  Children develop number sense through daily math explorations. Our math curriculum connects children in a meaningful way to mathematical thinking. Children use manipulatives to explore problems in depth. They find more than one solution to a problem, create strategies and approaches to solve problems and express their mathematical thinking through numbers, pictures and words. First grade math topics include building number sense, solving story problems, numbers and operations in base ten, algebraic thinking, fractions, money, time, measurement and data collection, and geometry.

Science:  Children learn to become scientists through observation and data collection.  They make predictions as they explore their environment. Science topics include A Tree Study Through
the Seasons, Weather Patterns and their effect on trees, and Engineering and Design.

Social Studies:  Open Circle is a social competency program that fosters the development  of social relationships in a safe, caring and respectful  learning environment. Children learn skills and language to articulate and solve problems.  Other Social Studies topics include Family Life and a study of Japan.

Grade 1 Homework:

Homework begins the first week of November.  Homework in first grade is designed to foster responsibility and encourage children to share what is going on in the classroom. Homework activities include math games to reinforce concepts taught in the classroom.  Children may also work on Word Wall activities or share a book read during Guided Reading instruction.  Homework is distributed on Monday and is due back to school by Wednesday.