- First Grade Academic Overview
Wildwood Elementary uses Read Well as its K-2 primary level core Reading program with the focus of instilling the foundational reading skills, determined by the National Reading panel Report (2000), that move students from “learning to read” to “reading to learn”
The National Reading Panel Report (2000)
The panel determined that effective instruction includes teaching children to break apart and manipulate the sounds in words (phonemic awareness), teaching that these sounds are represented by letters that can be blended (phonics), having children read aloud while providing guidance, teaching word meanings, and providing comprehension strategies
· Phonemic Awareness: the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate individual sounds (phonemes) in spoken words
· Phonics: the relationship between the letters of written language and the sounds of spoken language. For example, learning that the letter ‘b’ represents the /b/ sound
· Fluency: the capacity to read text accurately and quickly
· Vocabulary: the words students must know to communicate effectively through listening, speaking, reading and writing
· Comprehension: the ability to understand and gain meaning from what has been read
WRITING: Wildwood Elementary uses “Being a Writer” writing curriculum. The Being a Writer program is a yearlong writing curriculum for grades K–6 that combines two decades of research in the areas of writing, motivation, and learning theory with social development.
The program has two goals: to develop the creativity and skills of a writer, and to develop the social and values of a responsible person. It uses high-quality trade books for genre immersion and author studies, and easy-to-teach mini-lessons to reinforce the skills and conventions taught in the program. Writing instruction, regular community-building elements, and guided partner work are integrated to develop in students a sense of autonomy, belonging, and competence.
First Grade implements the Math Expressions program. It is organized into mathematical content strands that cover a number of skills and concepts. These concepts are:
The Math Expressions program uses hands-on manipulatives, games and "Homework & Remembering" to ensure mastery of the concepts that are taught. By completing "Homework & Remembering" with your child daily and working with flashcards, math games or computer games you can build a strong mathematical foundation for your child.
- Early Numbers
- Place Value & Number Sense
- Operations and Simple Equations
- Story Problem Strategies
- Basic Ten-Structured Concepts and Applications
- Comparisons & Data Formats
- Fractions, Circle Graphs, & Clocks
- 2-Digit Addition
- Analyzing Story Problems
- Measurement, Rounding, & Shapes
First Grade students are instructed in the Zaner-Bloser method of handwriting.
First Grade uses both the FOSS and Engineering is Elementary. These programs emphasize discovery learning and focus on the skills of observation, comparing, and communicating information learned. Our units of study include: Pebbles, Sand, & Silt, The Great Wall, & Insects (butterflies & mealworms).
The Great Body Shop curriculum is a comprehensive health and substance abuse prevention curriculum. Each month students receive The Great Body Shop magazine. The issues present an appropriate level of knowledge about the topic to develop critical thinking skills and promote behaviors that relate to health goals. Topics include: Decision Making, “Look Out” (safety), “Why Do We Eat?”, “All About Medicine”, Dental Health, and “Drugs Are Trouble”.
First Graders use periodicals, an extensive unit on the Wampanoag Indians and their encounter with early European settlers, and a locally created unit that emphasizes George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. The topics covered follow the Minnesota State Standards.