Family One Curriculum

First & Second Grade

Mrs. Sarah Jary

Mrs. Brandy Rost

Mrs. Sherrie Coon

Family 1

First and Second Grades

Family One is composed of two multiage classrooms.  Our curriculum is developed with consideration for the developmental needs of our young learners.  It is integrated and taught at a faster pace and with more depth.  We differentiate by using a hands-on approach to learning, tiered lessons, and flexible groupings.  We also include choice, movement and complexity.

Language arts is taught using a workshop approach. In Reader’s Workshop we study comprehension strategies for both narrative and expository text.  In Writer’s Workshop we use a notebook to collect ideas and write about them.  We study the craft of writing by looking at favorite authors and genres.  We practice four types of writing: technical, narrative, informational and response.  Word study rounds out our curriculum.

Mathematics is taught using Everyday Mathematics, a curriculum developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project, and published by Wright Group/McGraw-Hill.  Students are assessed in the fall and then either put into their grade level or a grade level above based on the assessment.  Beyond our daily experience with Everyday Mathematics, we provide opportunities for additional problem solving and logic activities.  Mathematical concepts are also integrated into our science and social studies units. 

Social Studies is taught on a two-year rotation.  Year one is American History.  We compare life in Colonial and Pioneer times with our lives today.  This is done through activities and teacher directed lessons.  During year two we study Ancient Egypt and Medieval Times.  Geography and biomes are explored.  During both years, we teach what it means to live in a community.  Beginning with our Webster community, we focus on respect for each other, ourselves, and our environment.

Science topics are based on the district requirements and enriched with topics of high student interest. Typically these would include:  the human body, simple machines, deserts and forests, magnets, insects, sea life, birds, plants and animals.



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