Trophies Reading Program: Harcourt School Publishers
Phonics; Modern Curriculum Press, Spelling; Harcourt School Publisher
Students understand the basic features of reading. They become familiar with letter patterns and know how to translate them into the spoken language by using phonics, syllabication and word parts. Students draw conclusion from their readings by responding to essential question, making predictions and comparing information from several forms of reading.
Language; Harcourt School Publishers Handwriting; Zaner-Bloser
Students write and speak with a command of the standard English language appropriate to their grade level. They learn to write and speak in complete coherent sentences. They identify singular and plural nouns. They identify and correctly use contractions in writing and speaking. Students listen critically and respond appropriately by using proper phrasing, descriptive words, pitch and modulation.
Mathematics-California Edition, McGraw Hill Publishers
Students begin to understand and use the concept of ones and tens in the place value number system. They measure with units and describe data and analyze and solve simple word problems. Students identify common geometric figures, classify them by common attributes and describe their relative position in space. Finally, students solve mathematical problems and justify their reasoning to explain and check the validity of the results.
My World – Adventures in Time and Place McGraw Hill Publishers
Students continue to understand the broad concepts of rights and responsibilities. They explore the varied background of American citizens and learn about symbols, icons and songs that reflect our common heritage. Students understand basic economic concepts and the role of individual choices in a free market economy. They locate on maps and globes their local community, California, the United States, the seven continents and the four oceans.
Science, Macmillan/McGraw Hill Publishers
Students compare and understand the properties of solids, liquids and gases. They comprehend that plants and and animals inhabit different environments and have features that assist them in thriving in different kids of places. Weather is observed, measured and described through the use of common tools. (thermometer, wind vanes, etc.) The Scientific Method is used to understand scientific investigations. They are able to describe discrepancies between two objects or phenomenon.
- The visual arts curriculum — Students apply artistic process and skills using a variety to media to communicate meaning and intent in original works of art. Students learn the principles of design.
- Our Music Curriculum — Students read, listen and describe music in terms of music terminology. They compose, arrange and perform musical productions in a developmentally appropriate range.
- Physical Education – Students demonstrate knowledge of movement concepts, principles and strategies that apply to learning and performance of physical activities. Students improve their health and performance through physical activities.
- Spanish instruction is given to our students on a weekly basis. General knowledge of the spoken Language is presented along with an appreciation for other cultures.
- Computers are used to supplement and enhance our overall curriculum. Students learn, basic keyboarding skills and develop an interest in technology through projects using the computer.
- A sense of community is created through our “LifeSkills” curriculum. The five “Lifelong Guidelines” provide consistent parameters and expectations of conduct not only in our classroom, but in our world.
- The development of skills in First Grade is reflected in the year’s collection of: Progress Reports, Weekly folders and Report Cards provided to parents throughout the First Grade year.