Grade 1

Reading: 135 minutes daily

Students are instructed using McGraw Hill’s Treasures reading series which teaches them to story structure, comprehension, main idea and details, visualizing, retelling, and summarizing. Teachers use the Daily 5 framework to engage students in a balanced literacy block. Through Daily 5 students have the opportunity to: Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listening, Word Work, and Writing. During the Daily 5, teachers use this time to work with small groups with leveled readers in both fiction and non-fiction. Students work with individualized spelling patterns based on their needs in the Words Their Way spelling program.

Writing: 30 minutes daily

Teachers use the Lucy Calkins Common Core Writing Workshop model to teach the different genres of writing. In first grade students are introduced to narrative writing, persuasive writing and informational writing. Students learn to write through effective modeling and mentor texts. Writing is taught across all transdisciplinary subjects. 

Mathematics: 60 minutes daily

The Everyday Math program is an inquiry based, hands-on curriculum that teaches students time, money, number facts, and measurement. Students are able to use real life situations to make math meaningful. They are able to use games to reinforce skills that have been taught and to make math fun!

Science/Social Studies: 75 minutes daily

Teachers use FOSS Modules Solids and Liquids, Balance and Motion, and New Plants to provide students with inquiry based hands-on learning opportunities. Science and Social Studies are integrated into each IB unit of inquiry. In the IB unit of Who We Are students learn about responsibility at home, at school and in the community. During this unit, students plan and organize a school wide food drive to benefit a local food bank.  Through Where We Are in Place and Time students learn about their personal histories. Teamwork is the focus of How We Organize Ourselves and students are able apply teamwork in all aspects of their lives. Students visit the York Revolution Baseball field to see the different aspects of teamwork. We connect this unit to our next unit of inquiry, How We Express Ourselves, by visiting the Whitaker Center where students creatively work together. We also visit the community art gallery to observe a variety of displays of creative works. Students participate in a creative activity led by local artists, as well. First graders then learn about importance of the “3 R’s” (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) in the unit Sharing the Planet. To wrap up the year, we use the IB unit of inquiry How the World Works to learn about the interconnectedness of living things, focusing on the parts and functions of plants. The students plant a variety of seeds which allows them to participate in each step of a plant’s life cycle.