First graders are enthusiastic, curious, and joyful individuals. The first grade at Saint Andrew's provides a developmentally appropriate approach to teaching this special age-group that considers their social, emotional, and cognitive capabilities. The first grade program is heavily differentiated and meets students where they are to ensure that all students make progress throughout the year.
Saint Andrews supports the development of the whole child and offers a robust collection of enrichment classes in first grade, these include Physical Education, Spanish, Music, Religion, Science, and Art. First grade is committed to helping all students learn and practice Social Thinking skills as well as following the six pillars of character from CHARACTER COUNTS! We are committed to Responsive Classroom and start our day with an inclusive Morning Meeting. Overall, first grade is a year in which students experience tremendous growth in a safe and exciting learning community.
- Explore and expand phonemic awareness and vocabulary development through differentiated Word Study
- Become a stronger reader by increasing accuracy through word-attack strategies and utilizing various comprehension strategies for understanding fiction and nonfiction texts
- Become an author by writing autobiographies, personal narrative stories, nonfiction/informational animal texts, and mom-biographies.
- Think like a mathematician: learn from mistakes, solve problems using more than one strategy, and collaborate with others.
- Explore numbers up to 1,000
- Use addition and subtraction to accurately calculate and compare sums and differences
- Analyze and interpret data
- Develop mathematical vocabulary
- Students will study States of Matter, Air and Weather, Growth and Survival of Plants and Animals
- Formulate answers to questions such as: How are materials similar and different from one another? How do molecules move inside an object? What is air made of and how does it affect our world? How can you find patterns in weather and use them to make predictions?
- Use class discussions to explore various big questions including: How can you strengthen your own pillar of character? Where do animals live? How can you be an everyday hero? How do you show responsibility? What do you want to do when you grow up? What is a goal you hope to accomplish?
- Develop and apply map-skills