In first grade, our Five Pillars of Character are the foundation of our curriculum. Our goal is to teach students strategies to use in their daily lives that enable them to solve problems successfully and build positive peer relationships. We have organized lessons, which can include a sharing circle, answering a question, solving a problem, and role-playing. We teach and model examples of mindfulness, including Keeping Calm, and being our B.E.S.T (body language; eye contact; say nice things; tone of voice). Students are encouraged to use these strategies in their daily interactions throughout the school and beyond their FH experiences.
The First Grade Play, incorporates the music and arts curriculum by learning and performing a variety of songs and genres. Students practice public speaking and perform for the first time, as a class, on the stage in the Performing Arts Center.
Our Learning and Design curriculum serves as a foundation for students to organize and create the play. The fully participate in the design thinking process, and collaborate to choose a theme and relay a lesson to the audience. They do research and draft and edit the script.
Swinging Safari: A Day Down Under
Students locate the major physical features, landforms and water forms of a specific location in Australia.
During the course of the project, they learn that each continent is unique and contributes to the needs of the people that live there. They begin to understand how people impact each other and that there are many different cultures and ways of life on our planet.
First-graders use non-fiction sources for research purposes and organize information into a paragraph for their animal research paper. In science class, they build a habitat for that animal and create a clay structure of them in art class.
"Swinging Safari: A Day Down Under" Expo provide first grade students with skills in the following areas:
A Day in the Life...
There's something fun and new to learn each day in first grade! Our exploration of science, math, reading, writing and social studies is complemented by rotating special subjects like design thinking, both Spanish and Chinese language and culture, music and movement and visual arts.
Below is what a sample day could look like in our classrooms: