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Mrs. Giannetta

1st Grade - Spencer Pointe
cgiannetta@nlsd122.org

1st Grade Curriculum

Reading/Spelling/Language Arts: This year First Grade will be using Pearson ReadyGen reading series which is an integrated literacy program that accelerates learning for students by presenting modeled reading with authentic text. Lessons include a Close Reading routine where students will learn how to approach complex texts by citing evidence from the text, exploring key ideas and details, and analyzing text structure.  The goal of ReadyGen is to build strong readers and writers through a lesson structure that develops an understanding of big ideas in social studies and science concepts through conceptually coherent text sets. Text sets are a collection of texts deliberately organized around these topics. 

At the core of ReadyGen is reciprocity between reading and writing to promote student thinking and understanding through citation of text-based evidence. Students write every day, and instruction is closely linked to reading, using the text as the model. Students will practice informative, narrative, and opinion writing in response to text.   

The lesson design in ReadyGen builds independent readers and writers through rich discussion of text and daily writing using a range of teacher-driven instruction and opportunities for small group differentiated instruction.

Math: Our math program is called Every Day Math.  Students will be studying number sense, addition and subtraction strategies to help master facts through 20, place value, measurement, time, interpreting data, and shapes.  Throughout the year, you will receive Family Letters to keep you informed of the mathematical content that your child will be studying in each unit.  Each letter includes a vocabulary list, suggested Do-Anytime Activities for you and your child, and an answer guide to selected Home Link (homework) activities. Home Links will come home at the end of every lesson. They are a great way to review with your child what was taught during Math that day.  All Home Links also have a family note to explain any new math concepts taught. 

Social Studies: Our social studies series is by TCI. It is a digital based program that is new to our district this year. We study maps, directions, the community, our country, and our world. The series places emphasis on geography, citizenship, and history.

Science: Our Science program is by TCI and aligned with NGSS science standards. The curriculum is broken down into 3 units to emphasize these main sections

  • Unit 1 – Plant and Animal Parts- Students will learn about the similarities and differences of plants and animals, the types of parts plants and animals have, how plants and animals ‘sense’ things, how they take in nature’s resources, and more.
  • Unit 2 – Light and Sound- Students will learn the fundamentals of how light and sound work in the world. How does light help you see? How does light travel? How is sound made? How do we use light and sound to send messages to people?
  • Unit 3 – Sky Patterns- Students will learn to recognize patterns by observing the occurrences in the sky, both during the day and at night. They will analyze and interpret the data that they gather by observing the sun, moon, and stars.