Welcome to first grade at Rolling
Hills! We believe this is the year
for children to develop as learners, beginning to work more independently while
maintaining the joy of discovering something new about themselves and their
world each day.
In first grade, we emphasize the
values of respect, responsibility, and safety, and work to provide an
environment in which each child can grow and develop along his own unique path.
We believe reading is a critical skill
to be mastered by first graders.
The day is filled with the teacher reading to the students and students
reading together in large group, in small skill-based groups, and independently. Decoding and phonics are practiced with
word families and leveled readers.
Comprehension skills are developed through investigating story
structures and text organization, retelling, and discussing problem and
solution, as well as cause and effect. Reading materials include fiction and non-fiction, prose and
poetry, and books and articles.
First graders write for a variety of
purposes and audiences, such as personal narratives, fiction stories, research
reports, and friendly letters.
Grammar, mechanics, and spelling are taught directly
and incorporated into authentic writing projects.
Bridges In Mathematics provides mathematic instruction in a manner that is rigorous, coherent, engaging, and accessible to all learners. It focuses on developing students' deep understandings of mathematical concepts, proficiency with key skills, and ability to solve complex and novel problems. Our math classrooms feature a combination of whole group, small group, and independent activities that are problem centered. Students engage in three major kinds of activities: Problems & Investigations, Work Places, and Assessments.
Throughout the year, we integrate units focused on our families, maps and globes, patriotic symbols and notable Americans, and personal financial literacy.
Utilizing the FOSS program we introduce students to matter with the unit Solids and Liquids. We teach them about the earth with Pebbles, Sand, and Silt, and the life sciences are explored through the unit Plants and Insects. The hands-on approach is designed around the scientific method.