FIRST GRADE

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  • LANGUAGE ARTS

    Writing - First graders work on writing mechanics, grammar, spelling, and continue with Writer’s Workshop practicing on-demand writing, narrative, informational, and opinion writing.

    Reading - Reading in first grade focuses on phonetic awareness, comprehension, guided reading, story mapping, word families, and poetry.

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  • SPANISH

    Combining TPR/TPRS and our Descubre curriculum, first graders learn high frequency vocabulary and are exposed to short written stories - two fairy tales, The Boy Who Cried Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood. Students also begin to navigate verbs in the third, first and second person.

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  • SERVICE LEARNING

    Service learning in first grade focuses sponsoring food drives and coordinating donations to food banks and homeless shelters.

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  • LIBRARY

    The Lower School library curriculum encourages students to be information literate, to become independent learners, and to engage in social responsibility. They read; are read to; make connections between the class curriculum and library resources; share their stories; learn to be inclusive and open minded through an array of literature; and find joy in reading. First graders learn about the parts (structure) of a book, explore books/stories tied to Hispanic Heritage and Ally Week, and are introduced to catalog search and nonfiction texts.

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  • SOCIAL STUDIES

    Our first grade students explore families, cultures, continents, classroom and world communities, and their individual heritage.

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  • MUSIC

    First graders continue to work on their general ability for music through lessons that introduce and reinforce a wide range of musical concepts, including iconic music notations. They work on pitch and practice singing alone and with others  through call-and-response, echo songs, and singing games from different cultures. First graders also do movement.

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  • INNOVATION & DESIGN

    The mantra, “one’s failures are ultimately one’s greatest opportunity” is the foundation to innovation and design at Redwood Day. Younger students start with tinkering and ultimately become self-aware makers. Special emphasis is also placed on gross motor coordination as students engage in activities and projects that are extensions of the curriculum covered in their classrooms.

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  • MATHEMATICS

    Math in Focus - First grade math focuses on number sense, place value, operations, addition, subtraction, graphing, geometry, patterns, comparisons, time & money, multiplication & division through grouping.

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  • ART

    Lower School art is where students explore and express their creativity through a variety of mediums. The art teacher collaborates closely with core teachers to create interdisciplinary projects that complement what students are studying in the classroom. The program is fluid and philosophically rooted in the idea that art inspires us to cherish the past, enjoy the present, and create the future.First graders read the book Owl Moon and paint beautiful owls using watercolor; they use construction paper pieces to create collage robots, and complete various projects associated with their core curriculum.

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  • GARDEN

    In first grade, gardening at Redwood Day is about learning to respect the creatures that live in the garden and helping to keep our plants healthy. Students observe the life cycles of all sorts of animals and provide habitat for them to nurture their young. In half classes, first graders roll up their sleeves and apply their learning from the classroom in a variety of activities in the garden.

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  • SCIENCE

    Science in first grade focuses on the exploration of sound and light, air and weather, and the study of insects, the rainforest, penguins, and spiders. They learn to use observations to describe patterns and/or relationships in order to answer scientific questions.

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  • PHYSICAL EDUCATION

    First graders practice hopping, galloping, jogging, sliding, curling and stretching, twisting and bending, and catching. They dance, practice throwing under and overhand, and learn basic passing in soccer and rugby. Students also do tumbling - combining balance, weight transfer, and rolling.

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  • TECHNOLOGY

    First grade continues building on the kindergarten skill set, with increased attention to collaboration. Students skills expand into choosing and differentiating various tools from applications, and basic file navigation, including opening and closing programs. First graders visit pre-opened sites online to inform their drawings and labeling.