1st Grade

Rachel Berkhof
Lindsay Bozeday
Hillary Davis
Maureen O'Looney
  Rachel Berkhof  Lindsay Bozeday Hillary Davis  Maureen O'Looney
     Classroom Teacher   
      Classroom Teacher      
     Classroom Teacher      Student Services Teacher 

First grade is a tremendous year of academic and social-emotional growth for our students! During their full school days, they become readers and writers, develop their numeracy and problem-solving strategies, investigate scientific principles, and grow in citizenship and friendship skills.

The first grade literacy program builds upon the Jolly Phonics foundation established in kindergarten with the Jolly Grammar extension. Jolly Grammar exposes children to the conventions of spelling and grammar. These skills help students to apply phonics and word analysis to decoding words. The literacy program guides students at their individual levels to help them read with accuracy and fluency to support comprehension. Writers’ Workshop provides ample opportunity for them to write about their personal experiences and to progress through the developmental stages toward conventional spelling.

The first grade team employs research-based materials (Everyday Mathematics, Number Corner) to extend students’ understanding of numbers and operations in base ten, the operations of addition and subtraction, measurement and data, and geometric shapes and their attributes. Understanding of addition and subtraction within 20, as well as fact fluency within 10 are mastered. Among the math practices fostered in first graders are the abilities to persevere with problems, attend to precision, and construct viable arguments for their answers.

In addition to daily math, reading, and language arts activities, first graders enjoy extensive, hands on science units, student selected areas of small group study, 3rd grade reading buddies, social studies units on American historical figures, class meetings, map activities, three recesses a day, and a variety of iPad projects integrated into the curriculum.

See below for a brief list of favorite activities and curricular materials.

First Grade Highlights
  • Explorers' Club
  • Structure, Function, and Information Processing: 1) Insects 2) Rain Forest
  • Special Weeks
  • Mapping of bodies, the classroom and Northfield
  • Daily Number Corners
  • Everyday Math
  • Jolly Grammar
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Keyboarding Without Tears
  • iPad projects using Keynote, Pages, Drawing Pad and More
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