The First Grade bases our scientific explorations and investigations on the FOSS science first grade units of study:
Students learn how to record their observations using both words and pictures and to collect data using graphs and journals.
We extend our learning with time in the school garden as well as field trips to Hiller Aviation Museum, San Francisco Zoo, and CuriOdyssey.
First graders visit the computer lab to explore the Woodside School website and other educational websites and programs. Students are expected to gain a basic understanding of applications, and basic computer skills and vocabulary. Computer skills developed in the computer lab are later transferred to more independent computer time on classroom ipads to supplement math, reading, and writing instruction.
In first grade, we incorporate SEL throughout the academic day, to build class community and to maintain a nurturing learning environment for all. The three tenants we follow are: Know Yourself, Choose Yourself, Give Yourself. We review the use of I Statements, create opportunities for students to check in with themselves and their emotions, teach the children about personal boundaries, practice strategies to help calm us when we are feeling “escalated”, and begin to reflect on ourselves as a learner and member of a larger learning community.