FIRST GRADE CURRICULUM

BIBLICAL CONNECTION & BIBLE

Our students study the bible each day in their classrooms and in Chapel.   More than just simply learning to recall bible stories, students are called to think deeper about the stories they learn by making connections to real world examples, evaluating ways they can add to their character, and putting into practice a service minded attitude. Students are also taught a love for scripture by learning weekly memory verses that are recited orally or written each week. Students are taught to be spiritual leaders by leading songs and prayers in the classroom and in chapel. Prayer requests are a wonderful way that students are able to build a sense of family in the classroom while developing communication skills.

Teachers diligently work each day to be a biblical role model inside and outside the classroom. Biblical connections are encouraged throughout the day whether planned or spontaneous.

First Grade uses The Beginner’s Bible by Zondervan to learn about the stories in the Old and New Testament.

Math

enVisionmath2.0

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IXL Math and Language


IXL is not just about helping your children learn math or language arts, it is also about helping them enjoy learning. That means encouraging them to have fun! Unlike traditional workbooks and exercises, IXL offers hours of intrigue for students—without distracting them from grasping key concepts.

One of the ways IXL accomplishes this is through hundreds of virtual awards that reflect kids' favorite animals, foods, places, and hobbies. On IXL Math and Language, each grade level has its own themed game board, filled with hidden prizes, so practicing math is like one big treasure hunt. Kids can wander through a winter wonderland in fourth grade, enjoy the great outdoors in sixth grade, or discover the mysteries of outer space when practicing Geometry. A square with a question mark tells them a prize is just around the corner. If they hover over it, they can see what they need to do to collect their award—just the nudge they need to keep practicing!  As students work for hours to compete with their friends and uncover new prizes on their game boards, they're sure to gain new math skills and confidence along the way.

SPELLING/PHONICS

Benchmark Phonics Program

Benchmark Phonics from Benchmark Education contains lessons that explicitly teach short vowels, blends, long vowels, diagraphs, and variant vowels. Each five day unit focuses on a phonetic element and its sound. These lessons promote knowledge of regular sound patterns along with learning a core of high-frequency words and practicing with decodable books. 

Word Journeys, Ganske, Kathy A

Word Journeys  presents a highly practical approach to assessing children's spelling and word knowledge abilities and offering effective, appropriate instruction. Included is the Developmental Spelling Analysis (DSA), a dictated word inventory that enables teachers to quickly and easily evaluate students' stages of spelling development and their knowledge of important orthographic features. Detailed guidelines are set forth for engaging students in hands-on word study that is tailored to their specific strengths and weaknesses. Validated and field-tested, the instructional techniques described here reflect the author's many years of classroom experience.

READING

Learning A-Z

The Learning A-Z family of websites began in Tucson, AZ, in 2002 at the hands of two entrepreneurs with years of experience in the education industry, Bob Holl and Francis Morgan.  Holl and Morgan believed every child should have developmentally appropriate books and activities - at school and at home.  

Today, Learning A-Z, which is now part of Cambium Learning Technologies, provides a number of dynamic curriculum delivery websites with hundreds of thousands of teaching and learning resources for PreK-6 educators and students.  Learning A-Z is now used in more than half of the districts in the US and Canada and 155+ countries worldwide.

RAZ-KIDS / Reading A-Z

RAZ-KIDS lets you access eBooks and e Quizzes for the 300+ titles on Raz-Kids, all on a tablet.  Raz-Kids.com gives you hundreds of interactive, leveled books spanning 27 levels of difficulty, covering a wide range of subjects.  In addition to engaging kids at their reading level and in their area of interest, this award-winning website gives kids 24/7 Web access to the practice they need to become better, more confident readers.  At the same time, teachers can customize assignments, view reports, and track student progress every step of the way.  All Student activity in the app is captured and reported to teachers at Raz-Kids.com, thus helping teachers monitor student progress and determine the instruction needed for each student.

Reading A-Z gives you 1,100+ e Books and e Quizzes from the “On Your Own” area of Raz-Kids!  That’s nearly four times the number of reading resources   when compared to what you get with just Raz-Kids!  Reading A-Z.com is the CODIE Award-winning website that teachers use to get thousands of reading resources, including printable and projectable leveled books, quizzes, lesson plans, worksheets, phonics resources, as well as resources for implementing Common Core, and much more.  When combined with Raz-Kids, Reading A-Z provides teachers and students with the ultimate blended reading solution.

CAFE / DAILY FIVE

The CAFE Menu helps students understand and master different strategies used by successful readers. CAFE is an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding Vocabulary, and the system includes goal-setting with students in individual conferences, posting of goals on a whole-class board, developing small group instruction based on clusters of students with similar goals, and targeting whole-class instruction based on emerging student needs and fine tuning one on one conferring.

     Daily Five is more than a management system or a curriculum framework - it
    is a structure that helps students develop the daily habits of reading, writing,
    and working independently that will lead to a lifetime of literacy independence.

     Classrooms will be filled with many new experiences for Jackson Christian children using

      the CAFE and Daily Five. Each day children will be actively engaged in learning.  This is
     the reading and writing program implemented in classrooms.

Daily 5 is the structure Jackson Christian will use to plan the morning for first - third.   Fourth and Fifth grade will use it in their blocks.  Children will be busy completing meaningful literacy tasks. The choices will be:

Read to self

Work on writing

Word Work

Listen to reading

Read to Someone

Classes are  focusing on increasing  stamina to work independently during Read to Self. Within the next few months, the other choices will be introduced. While the students are completing their literacy tasks, the teacher will be meeting with small groups and conferencing with individual students.

CAFÉ is an acronym for the four major components of reading. They are:

C for Comprehension

A for Accuracy

F for Fluency

E for Expanding Vocabulary

The children will learn reading strategies within each category. These strategies will become tools for the children to use to help themselves become better readers and writers.  New strategies are introduced throughout the quarter.  When you read with your child at home, you will be able to reinforce these concepts.

strategies will become tools for the children to use to help themselves become better readers and writers.  New strategies are introduced throughout the quarter.  When you read with your child at home, you will be able to reinforce these concepts.

SCIENCE

Science A-Z is an award-winning product that provides comprehensive science units containing an extensive collection of multi level texts, engaging lessons, and hands-on science experiments for kids. Science A-Z blends the core ideas and practices of science with reading instruction to allow seamless integration of science and literacy into daily curriculum. Reading resources are offered at three developmental levels (low, mid, high) within each grade range (K-2, 3-4, 5-6).  

First grade will study these units:  Sun and the Night Sky, Magnets, Weather, Light,, Animal Life Cycles, Plants, Simple Machines, States of Matter, Senses, Animals, Habitats, Insects, and Living/Non-Living.

WRITING

In the beginning of first grade, the students will write a complete thought in a sentence. Students will learn the mechanics of a sentence, such as correct capitalization and punctuation.  They will then move on to a Writer’s Workshop model.  They will write an opinion piece, a personal narrative, a friendly and persuasive letter, a “how-to” instructional piece, a fairy tale, and at least two informational pieces.

SOCIAL STUDIES

The Social Studies Curriculum Standards include the Process Standards, Content Standards, Learning Expectations and Accomplishments necessary to insure that our students develop the social studies skills needed to succeed in school, in the workplace, and in their lives.

The foundation of the curriculum standards includes the four process standards: communication, data analysis, historical awareness, and acquiring information and six content standards: culture, economics, geography, government and civics, history and individual, groups and interactions.

First Grade

First Grade students will build upon knowledge of major historical events, holidays symbols, and individuals associated with Tennessee and the United States.  Students will listen to and read folktales and non-fiction texts from across the United States to gain a better understanding of the importance of these historical concepts.  They will also discuss cultures and human patterns of places and regions in Tennessee.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of how individuals, families, and communities live and work together in Tennessee, the United States, and around the world.  An emphasis will be placed on goods and services that originate in Tennessee.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of how people interact with the environment locally and globally, which will be accomplished by building on previously learned geographic skills and concepts.  This will include identifying major cities and physical features in Tennessee and the rest of the United States.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of how the state and federal government functions and how government affects families.