ANN ARBOR STEAM

Ann Arbor Public Schools

  • 1st Grade Class Site

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    1st Grade Teachers

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    Ms. Madson

    Mrs. Pierce

    Ms. Semrau

     

    1st Grade Curriculum Information

    Language Arts: STEAM @ Northside (along with AAPS) has adopted the Common Core State Standards.
    This is an updated set of standards and objectives for language arts and mathematics that is used
    nationally. This means that all students nationwide will be learning the same things at the same time,
    particularly helpful if your family needs to move or switch schools in the middle of the school year. In
    order to reach the goals of the Common Core, we will be using a variety of methods for Language Arts
    instruction: Guided Reading, Reading Workshop, phonics, word families, and The Daily 5. The Daily 5
    is a structure to help students develop the daily habits of reading, writing, and working with
    classmates independently. To do this, we will work on the five components in our literacy block: Read
    to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Work on Writing and Word Work. We are very excited to be
    teaching using the Daily 5 and the Common Core State Standards this year, and I'm sure your
    son/daughter will be talking about it too!

    Math: We will be using Everyday Math 4 in our classroom this year. This is a hands-on approach to
    learning mathematics that incorporates daily class routines (where we work on counting, calendar,
    weather, patterns, and problem solving), math activities, number recognition and math facts practice,
    and lots of math games (either through centers or iPads). Your child will have homework daily with this
    program, but it is a spiraling curriculum to best meet the needs of all students. In addition to the Whole
    Class lessons, we will also meet with small groups of students (for differentiation & interventions), while
    others will be writing in math journals, playing cooperative learning games, practicing math skills, and
    utilizing technology applications.

    Writing: We will be writing each day! We will be "conferencing" with each student throughout the week
    to work on their writing skills and habits during Writer's Workshop. The students will all become authors
    throughout the year by creating individual and class books! The students will primarily focus on
    narratives ("small moment" stories), informational ("how to"), and persuasive/opinion writing, but also
    have additional "free choice" writing during Daily 5.

    Spelling: Dolch Words (Sight Words), Word Families, and phonics will be our focus in spelling. We will
    begin doing these in class during Guided Reading groups and Daily 5 activities.

    Science and Social Studies: With the implementation of the Common Core and the piloting of Project
    Lead the Way (PLTW), we will be integrating science and social studies through project-based learning!
    We will begin the year with a science unit on Weather and a social studies unit on our Families. As the
    year progresses, so will the depth of our projects, as our young students will need time to learn to work
    together, follow procedures, and think critically. Detailed information will be sent home as we begin
    working on new topics and projects in class. For science and social studies standards, we will pull from
    the Next Generation Science Standards and the Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs).

    Here are some links for more information regarding the various aforementioned standards:

    Next Generation Science Standards (Grade 1 see p. 10-14)
    Science Michigan GLCEs (Grade 1 see p. 9-17)
    Social Studies Michigan GLCEs (Grade 1 see p. 14-17)
    Common Core State Standards - Language Arts & Mathematics

    If you have any questions or concerns, as always, please feel free to contact us.

    Thank you,
    The 1st Grade STEAM Team
    Brooke Stidham, Elizabeth Pierce, and Sarah Lindsay

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