Grade 1


The first grade school day begins at 8:15am and concludes at 2:55pm, with the time between scheduled to influence learning in the most positive way for each child.  The first grade classrooms are self-contained, and this is the year that the students add desks and chairs to the range of configurations for working space.  An integrated plan, consistent with national standards in the respective areas, connects multiple disciplines to cultivate lifelong learners. The emphasis is as follows:


English and Language Arts

In the first grade, students experience structured lessons involving reading, language, writing, and speaking.  Students are introduced to several genres of literature: poetry, folk tales, plays, fiction, and non-fiction.  Our goal is to build confidence in reading and promote an interest in, and appreciation for, the written word.  Weekly spelling lists help expand students' knowledge and develop and awareness of phonetically based words, patters, and sight words.  Manuscript letter formation is reinforced through daily exercises and instruction.  First grade writing focuses on the writing process as the primary tool to help students become independent writers.  Students are taught to use each phase of the process: pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.



The first grade math curriculum provides all students with an opportunity to become mathematically literate.  The mathematics curriculum includes a variety of instructional activities and teaching methodologies that incorporate all learning styles.

The focus in first grade centers on numeration, ordering, and patterning and includes an introduction to computation, measurement, fractions, time, and money.  Math skills are reinforced through an integrated approach where children work in cooperative groups to share strategies in order to solve open-ended mathematical problems both orally and in writing.



The first grade science curriculum focuses on the introduction and development of scientific concepts and skills necessary for students to investigate, discover, and understand their world.  In life science, students compare living and non-living things; and learn about the characteristics, need and habitats of plants and animals.  Experiments with movement and machines set the stage for understanding in the realm of physical science.  The Earth science unit helps students discover that they are part of a universe that has moving objects and that our planet is shared with many living things with similar needs, characteristics, and functions.  Weather, seasons, land, and water forms are explored as well.  Overall, students begin to develop an understanding of the world, respect for all life on the planet, and learn to make healthy choices in their own lives.


Social Studies

First grade social studies includes an introduction to the lives of American leaders and their contributions to the United States.  Students learn to recognize basic map symbols and construct a simple map of a familiar area.  The students study the economic concepts of goods and services, buyers and sellers, and making economic choices.  Students also apply the traits of a good citizen, including following rules and laws.  First grade students expand their knowledge of family and community through explorations in history, geography, and economics and learn about their role as a citizen in their home, school, and community.


Special Areas

The Anne MacGregor Jenkins Lower School believes learning experiences outside of the traditional academic areas are equally important.  To this end, all students from preschool through grade 5 are scheduled for various special area classes including Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, physical education, general music, choir, art, computer, and media.

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