The Houghton Mifflin Reading program focuses on:
Scholastic guided reading leveled books help supplement the language arts program. The program promotes effective oral and written communication. Students learn the writing process with all grammar, usage, and mechanics, with spelling skills introduced, practiced and reviewed in the context of writing. Writing reinforcement is provided through pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing activities. Daily formal and informal speaking opportunities are provided to develop oral language skills. Manuscript (printing) skills are introduced with emphasis on legibility and consistency of letter formation and spacing.
First graders move from the concrete to the symbolic level of basic math concepts and operations. Everyday Mathematics is supplemented to build upon these concepts. Keys of study include:
Problem-solving strategies include sorting, patterning, grouping, and simulating daily life, such as solving problems involving play money and telling time to the half hour.
The science program places special emphasis on the research process in all grade levels. While using FOSS Kits, teachers and students do hands-on active learning science together. FOSS investigations are inquiry based. The three modules of interest in grade one are: Insects, Solids and Liquids, and Air and Weather.
Using Social Studies Alive! My School and Family, grade one students learn the social structures of schools and families as well as map skills. Students learn how to get along with their classmates, follow school rules, and identify people who work at school. They learn about family traditions and the ways in which family members interact and change. They apply their learning in hands-on activities such as categorizing photographs of family members and acting out the roles of school staff.
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