• girl reading Our literacy program is a "balanced" one, including many different components.  Our goal is to instill a love for reading that will last a lifetime.  The following units will be taught: 

    • Launching
    • Fiction
    • Light & Sound (optional)
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry

    Guided Reading and Strategy Lessons

    Shared Reading

    Independent Reading

    Read Alouds


  • student doing phonics Phonics First Reading and Spelling program is a multisensory, systematic, structured, sequential, phonics-based, direct-instruction approach to teaching beginning, at-risk, struggling, learning disabled, dyslexic and ELL readers.  It is rooted in the Orton-Gillingham principles of instruction.  Phonics First uses scientifically research-based learning strategies to teach students systematic processes for decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling).  Students who use the Phonics First system make signifcant gains in reading and spelling while building lifelong understanding of the structure of language.


  • boy writing The goal in first grade is for children to become independent writers.  The children will publish several writing pieces over the year and will develop a love for writing and sharing their work.  The following units will be taught:

    • How Writer's Work (Launching)
    • Author Study:  Mem Fox
    • Realistic Fiction
    • All About
    • Poetry



  • boy with addition fact The mathematics program we use is called Everyday Mathematics.  This unique program involves a of spiraling of many mathematical concepts that are introduced and reintroduced throughout the year.  This program allows children to learn new skills and concepts, provides thinking practice and develops problem-solving skills.  All of the activities and assignments are hands-on and involve various manipulatives to enhance the children's learning.  The lessons are often designed to relate to what is happening in the children's lives outside of school, tying mathematics to the real world.  The following concepts will be taught this year:

    • Unit 1:  Counting
    • Unit 2:  Introducing Addition
    • Unit 3:  Number Stories
    • Unit 4:  Length and Addition Facts
    • Unit 5:  Place Value and Comparisons
    • Unit 6:  Addition Fact Strategies
    • Unit 7:  Subtraction Fact Strategies and Attributes of Shapes
    • Unit 8:  Geometry
    • Unit 9:  Two-Digit Addition and Subtraction and Review


  • girl scientist Space and Beyond:  Students will learn about the difference between an astronomer and an astronaut.  They will learn about the components of the solar system.  They will study the sun, stars, and the planets.  They will learn the cause of patterns seen on Earth, such as phases of the moon and changes of seasons.

    Light and Sound:  Students will learn about the different properties of light and sound through many hands-on activities.

    Animal Adaptation:  The Tenafly Nature Center will be visiting our classroom in May to teach the students some material from this unit.  The students will learn about how animals have adapted to survive in their habitats.

    Chick Hatching:  Students will learn about the life cycle of a chicken.  They will become familiar with other types of oviparous animals and their characteristics.

Social Studies

  • boy holding earth Me on a Map:  Students complete activities that will help them understand who they are, help them appreciate their strengths and weaknesses.  We will discuss their roles in their families, the classroom, school, and Tenafly community.  We will learn about each other's similarities and differences and how to work with and accept others.

    Citizenship:  Students will learn that our membership in the American community is represented by symbols, holidays, and rituals which reflect the cultural heritage of our country.  We will learn about our government and how we all play an important part in our country.

    Global Citizenship:  Students will learn what it means to be a global citizen.  We will discuss how our actions impact others globally.  Students will learn about supply and demand, goods, services, natural resources, and how they are transported throughout the world.

Student Assessment

  • The students are assessed utilizing a variety of methods in first grade.  They are assessed both formatively and summatively, with three report cards distributed in December, March, and June.  The rubrics used for assessment may be found here:  Report Card Rubrics

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