In many ways, 1st grade is a year of important transitions — children leave behind much of the play of preschool and kindergarten and dive into developing deeper academic skills. First graders progress from having beginner reading and writing skills to becoming beginning readers and writers, as they not only read and write more often, but with greater comprehension and ability, too.
First grade is a crucial year for building reading skills. In 1st grade, students begin to define themselves with respect to what kind of readers they are. More specifically, research has shown that the most effective and successful 1st grade classrooms are those which are very positive places, encourage reading and writing, and convey the message “You can be a reader” to students. While this is already being done in the classroom, it can certainly be done at home too. - Scholastic
1st Grade Domains:
CC.1.CC: Counting & Cardinality
CC.1.OA: Operations and Algebraic Thinking
CC.1.NBT: Number and Operation in Base Ten
CC.1.MD: Measurement and Data
1st Grade Mathematical Practices:
CC.1 - 12.MP.1: Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
CC.1 - 12.MP.2: Reason abstractly and quantitatively
CC.1 - 12.MP.3: Construct viable arguments and critique reasoning of others
CC.1 - 12.MP.4: Model with mathematics
CC.1 - 12.MP.5: Use appropriate tools strategically
CC.1 - 12.MP.6: Attend to precision
CC.1 - 12.MP.7: Look for and make use of structure
CC.1 - 12.MP.8: Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning
The Sound and Light Module provides experiences that help students develop an understanding of how to observe and manipulate the phenomena of sound and light. They explore these dimensions of the natural world using simple tools and musical instruments. The driving question for the module is how do sound and light interact with objects?
Students learn that sound comes from vibrating objects. They explore how to change sound volume and pitch, and develop simple models for how sound travels from a source to a receiver. With light, students also work with sources and receivers. They find out what happens when materials with different properties are placed in a beam of light, and explore how to create and change shadows and reflections. Students explore how to use sound and light devices to communicate information and compare the ways that animals use their senses (ears and eyes) to gather information about their environment.
In the Air and Weather Module, young students turn their focus upward. The anchor phenomena are the air that surrounds us and the natural objects that we see in the sky. Students explore the phenomenon that objects in the sky change position in predictable ways. They explore the natural world by using simple instruments and calendars to observe and monitor change. They use new tools and methods to build on their understanding of the weather and to find out about properties of air by exploring how objects interact with air. The driving question for the module is what is all around us and what do we observe in the sky above us?
Students observe daily changes in air temperature and connect them to the daily movement of the Sun in the sky. They monitor changes in hours of daylight over the seasons and connect them to changing weather conditions. And they find the Moon in the day and night skies and monitor its movement over the month.
In the Life Science Module students will study the behavior of Lady Bugs.
Engineering & Technology