Grade 1 Team

Team Leader: Melanie Zimmerman

Tel: 781-786-5328

Teachers: Elaine Caramanica, Cindy Flory, Melanie Zimmerman,Kyle Hawk

Welcome to first grade and the beginning of an exciting year at Woodland School. First grade is a time to experience important transitions and acquire new skills. It is a time to get reacquainted with old friends and make new friends. During the month of September, our goal will be to create a classroom community that focuses on safety, kindness and learning. Please join us for Back to School Night. This is an opportunity to become acquainted with your child’s teacher and learn how we can work together to help our students succeed.


Reading:  In first grade, students are immersed in literacy concepts.  Through Guided Reading, students work in small groups to learn reading strategies.  Students use picture clues, semantics and word structure to decode and understand the meaning of text.  Focus will be on fluency and automaticity, inferential thinking and vocabulary development and background knowledge.  Shared reading, small group instruction and independent reading are also used to develop reading skills.  Students work collaboratively and independently in differentiated literacy centers to increase word knowledge and decoding skills.

Writing Process:  Students will engage in narrative, opinion/persuasive, and expository writing.  Through an interdisciplinary approach to writer’s workshop, students will learn to draft, revise, edit and publish pieces of writing.

Handwriting:  Letter and number formation is taught and reinforced throughout the year utilizing the Zaner-Bloser handwriting program.

Math:  Students will develop number sense through daily math lessons using Think Math.  Think Math balances skill practice with developing conceptual understanding in the five Common Core domains:  operations and algebraic thinking, number and operations in base 10, number and operations – fractions, measurement and data; and geometry.

Science:  Students learn to become scientists using habits of mind.  They will engage in hands-on exploration, data collection, observation and analysis.  Topics of study include Becoming an Arborist:  A Tree Study, Engineering and Design, Solids and Liquids, and Soil.

Social Studies:   Topics of study include Family Life and Japan; where the focus is on similarities and differences.