Reading: Pratt's reading program is Pearson's Good Habits, Great Readers. The overall goal of this program is to develop in students the seven research-driven habits that great readers manifest: Seeing Themselves as Readers, Making Sense of the Text, Using What They Know, Understanding How Stories Work, Reading to Learn, Monitoring and Organizing What They Read, Being Critical. Additionally, daily small group instruction ensures that students progress from their own level and at their own pace. Regardless of where your child is on the reading spectrum - first grade is an exciting time for reading!
Spelling: Pratt's spelling program is Words Their Way - Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction. The program teaches students how to look at words so that they can construct a deep understanding of how spelling works to represent sound and meaning. "Word sorts" will be part of your first grader's homework. Ask your child how it works!
Writing: Lucy Calkin's Units of Study For Primary Writing: A Yearlong Curriculum is a rigorous and engaging program that celebrates children as writers, while teaching them specific strategies that improve, extend and enhance students' writing.
Math: First Grade uses Pearson/Scott Foresman's Investigations program to meet the Minnesota Math Standards. Investigations is designed to provide first graders with substantive work in the important areas of mathematics - rational numbers, geometry, measurement, data, and early algebra - and the connections among them. Computational fluency is emphasized (addition and subtraction facts to 10) as well as reasoning, explaining and communicating how an answer is reached. This is a key focus of this program. Students are encouraged to "think about their thinking" in order to form successful strategies for problem-solving. Children come into first grade with many different mathematical strengths. Every effort is made to meet each child at their level.
Science: First graders are natural scientists! Using the FOSS curriculum created by scientists at University of California at Berkley, students have experiences in three major areas of science: Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Science. Throughout these explorations, the science process skills are emphasized: observing, describing, predicting, and recording.
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