2020-2021 First Grade Course Syllabus Term   


    Overview: In first grade, your child will continue to build phonemic awareness with more complicated sounds like blends and digraphs. Students will be taught several strategies for decoding words they don't know or is unable to sound out and start to answer questions about the meaning of what's been read. The teachers will focus on inventive spelling, allowing students to write the sounds they hear in words, while also instructing by using weekly sprlling words. Students will learn how to use punctuation and capitals, but, more importantly, they will start to use writing as a tool for communication.

    Lesson 3: Sequence of events

    Lesson 4: Text and Graphic Features

    Lesson 5:  Characters, Setting, and Plot

    Lesson 6:  Sequence of events

    Math math

    Overview: First grade is a year to explore and introduce the concrete building blocks of math, which include problem-solving, operations, and number sense They will also learn to reason abstractly and quantitatively by creating and solving story problems involving addition and subtraction (e.g. If Jane had one apple and her sister gave her another, how many does she have now?)

    Lesson 0 Review: Review concepts/standards from kindergarten

    Lesson 1: Addition Concepts -1.OA.C.5 Relate counting to addition and subtraction (e.g., by counting on 2 to add 2).

    Lesson 2: Subtraction Concepts-1.OA.C.5 Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10.

    Lesson 3: Addition and Subtract in word problems-1.OA.A.1 Use addition and subtraction within 20 to solve word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions,

    Lesson 4: Understanding Missing Addends- 1.OA.B.4 Understanding subtraction as an unknown addend problem

    Science        science

    Overview: The first-grade curriculum covers weather patterns, how they contribute to the water cycle, and how the water cycle sustains life. Simple tools such as a thermometer and wind vane to measure weather conditions are introduced. Students will learn about plants, insects, and their common characteristics and may even follow the life cycle of a butterfly. And also learn about the external features and environments that help plants and animals thrive.

    -Earth’s Systems and Weather Cycles

    -Weather patterns

    -Analyze and interpret weather data

    -Predict weather and seasonal patterns and changes.

    - Weather patterns and temperature

    -Obtain and communicate information about severe weather conditions to explain why certain safety precautions are necessary.

    Social Studies   social studies

    Overview: Students will discuss cultures within their community and state and how individuals, families, and communities live and work together. Students will compare life today to the past, utilize chronological sequence, identify significant individuals and groups, and understand the impact of national holidays.

    -Describe the cultural aspects of a place, including a student’s community and state.

    -Define multiculturalism as many different cultures living within a community and state.

    -Compare/contrast family traditions and customs

    -Arrange the events from a student’s life in chronological order

    -Order of events and time- past, present, and future.

    -Read timelines.

    -Identify and describe the events or people celebrated during the following national holidays, ● Martin Luther King, Jr. Day ● Presidents’ Day ● Memorial Day ● Independence Day ● Columbus Day ● Veterans’ Day ● Thanksgiving Day

    Important Dates

    Special Projects: TBA

    Special events: Labor Day No School: September 7th

    Students start school: September 8th                                

    Columbus Day: October 12th

    Elearning: October 30th  

    Special Vocabulary: Each content subject area will have a detailed vocabulary and or spelling word list to go with individual lessons. Please check the weekly newsletter of your student’s teacher’s page.

    Classroom Discipline: The rules are posted in the classroom. Each classroom will follow the school-wide code of conduct.

    Homework Policies: Homework will be given Monday-Thursday and due by Friday, unless noted by teacher.

    Grading Policies and scale: A=90-100 B=80-89 C=70-79 D=65-60 F=below 60 

      *Classwork 50% ** Assessments/Projects 40%** Homework- 10%*

    A mid-term progress report and a report card following the end of each term are issued.

    Grading follows the policies of Birmingham City Schools.

    STI: Please regularly check your student’s grades on the IParent (INOW) Grade System on the Birmingham City Schools Website.

    Teacher Comments or notes: For Reading and Math a minimum of 4 tests and 4 activities grade will be given. Social Studies and Science will have a minimum of 3 test and 3activies.

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