• First Grade Curriculum

    In first grade, we follow the Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards. 
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    Reading is the most important and perhaps the most challenging skill first graders acquire.  We understand that students have varying levels of ability and learn in a variety of ways.  One approach to reading may not be successful in every situation.  Our reading instruction will be eclectic in its approach.


    The primary focus of our reading instruction is to teach students the process of reading through the use of good reading strategies.  These include:


    To recognize words:

    ·         Use Decoding/Phonics

    ·         Look for Word Bits and Parts or “Word Chunks”

    To gain meaning:

    ·         Self-Correct

    ·         Read Ahead

    ·         Reread

    ·         Reread Aloud

    ·         Use Picture Clues to Confirm Meaning

    ·         Make and Confirm Predictions

    ·         Sequence Events/Summarize

    ·         Create Mental Images

    ·         Make Inferences


    The following are other valuable components of our reading instruction: 

    ·         Phonemic Awareness  

    ·         Phonics

    ·         Fluency

    ·         Vocabulary

    ·         Text Comprehension

    ·         Teacher Read Alouds

    ·         Sight Word/Phrase/High-Frequency/Word Family Practice

    ·         Paired Reading

    ·         Independent Reading

    ·         Chants and Songs

    ·         Writing Activities (Including Literature Responses)

    ·         Listening and Speaking

    ·         Assessments


    Reading instruction will take place through whole group, small group, and individually, as needed.  We will use the district adopted Pearson Reading Street reading series for whole group instruction, as well as, a variety of teacher read alouds, and leveled reading books for small group reading instruction.


    Link for DVUSD K-3 HFW:  https://goo.gl/ZJZ7kb    
    Link for DVUSD K-3 HFW Flashcards:  https://goo.gl/BqpZTU
    The students will be writing every day.  Reading and writing go hand-in-hand.  During the year, students will continue to transfer their developing reading skills to writing conventions by using their knowledge of word structure and phonics to spell new words.  They will learn and apply the fundamentals of grammar, mechanics, and sentence structure through our district adopted Write from the Beginning (WFTB) writing curriculum.  Students will also learn about and practice the process skills that good writers use.  Good writers plan, revise, rewrite, and rethink during the process of writing.  The teacher’s modeling of effective prewriting, drafting, revising, proofreading/editing, and publishing techniques will build upon this understanding.  Included among the writing your child will do during the year are journaling, mapping, literature responses, personal narratives, writing to explain why, creative writing, and friendly letters. 
    Our school has adopted “Thinking Maps” to provide a common visual language from kindergarten through sixth grade.  Thinking Maps utilize eight visual patterns each based on a fundamental thinking process.  Research supports the belief that our ability to learn visually is greater than any of our other senses --- 80% of all information that comes into our brain is visual.  By connecting dynamic visual design (Thinking Maps) with a specific thought process, students create mental visual patterns for thinking based on eight cognitive skills.  These eight cognitive skills are defining in context, describing qualities, comparing and contrasting, classifying, part-whole, sequencing, cause and effect, and seeing analogies.  Thinking Maps will be used across the curriculum (reading, writing, math, science, social studies). 

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    MATH - (Please click on the Module for printable Parent Notes)
    First grade will be implementing Engage New York math curriculum this year.  We will have 6 Modules of focus.  Each Module will be broken up into topics and then broken down further into lessons. 


    Module 1:  Sums and Differences to 10

    Module 2:  Introduction to Place Value Through Addition and Subtraction Within 20

    Module 3:  Ordering and Comparing Length Measurement as Numbers

    Module 4:  Place Value, Comparison, Addition and Subtraction to 40

    Module 5:  Identifying, Composing and Partitioning Shapes

    Module 6:  Place Value, Comparison, Addition and Subtraction to 100


    Math Homework will be copied on light yellow and should be completed at home with an adult for accuracy and guidance.


    Eureka Website Homework Helpers:

    LEARNZILLION (Video Library)  K-8 Grades

    https://learnzillion.com/common_core/math/k-8  (click on the desired grade level to find videos aligned to the standards;  choose a video that supports the students daily learning and use the Quick Code provided on the video or the URL for that video to post on websites or send to parents)


    http://commoncore.org/parents  (Tips for Parents:  scroll down to find 2 page handouts that support most K-5 modules.)


    We encourage all families to work with their child on mastering

    basic addition and subtraction math facts.



    Science (district adopted Foss program) includes the study of plants, balance and motion, and pebbles, sand, and silt.  Social Studies (district adopted Harcourt program) will focus on a variety of topics including rules and laws, where people live, our country, our changing world, meeting people, and the marketplace.
                                Social Stuies



    We will visit the computer lab throughout the year.  These visits will provide the students with computer skills practice, software programs, and supervised internet instruction.  Each classroom uses iPads and is equipped with student computers to extend their technology experience.