First Grade

List of 11 items.

  • Reading & Literature

    • Strengthen decoding and comprehension through guided reading
    • Study phonics: short and long vowels, blends, and digraphs
    • Build class word wall: sight words, spelling patterns, and word families
    • Read independently for sustained periods
    • Discuss books shared through read alouds
    • Build stamina with daily independent silent reading
    • Use evidence to support responses to literature
  • Writing & Language Arts

    • Produce personal narrative, informational, and persuasive writing
    • Use Writer's Workshop: introduction to the writing process
    • Read and write poetry
    • Practice print letter formation: upper and lower case letters
    • Learn writing conventions: sentences and punctuation
    • Study spelling patterns and frequently used words
    • Read and discuss own written work with peers
  • Social Studies

    • Community building: self, family, and community
    • People Power Skills
    • Conflict resolution and friendship
    • Multicultural studies: language, celebrations, literature, holidays, and food
    • Maps
    • Neighborhoods
  • Mathematics

    • Number formation and number sense to 100
    • Identify odd and even numbers
    • Addition and subtraction to 20
    • Measurement: non-standard and standard
    • Estimation and prediction
    • Money: identifying and counting coins
    • Telling time to the hour and half hour
    • Identifying 2D and 3D shapes
    • Problem solving
  • Science

    • Human body
    • Insects: life cycles, habitats, and pollination
    • Magnetism
    • Buddy projects with seventh grade: the five senses and terrariums
  • Spanish

    The K-2 Spanish program engages students through high-quality, active and fun lessons that include: original songs for vocabulary development (colors, shapes, feelings, animals, and more), pronunciation practice, speaking, and comprehension practice. Students acquire language through the effective and joyful methods of music, movement, yoga, and role play.

    Spanish class aims to spark student’s desire to become multilingual and learn about cultures in our increasingly transnational society.
  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math)

    • Symmetry and design: insect anatomy
    • Spectrometer and the visible light spectrum
    • Pollination: combining art and science
    • Material and structure through textiles
    • Printmaking and food nutrition
    • iPad use - unique passwords/passkeys and intellectual property
  • Fine Arts

    • Line, shape, texture, and color
    • Watercolor and Tempera painting
    • Decoupage
    • Papier-mâché
    • Oil pastels
    • Weaving
    • Collage
    • Drawing
    • Cross-curricular projects
  • Music

    • Kindergarten, first, and second grade chorus
    • Rhythm work with hand percussion and movement games
    • Introduction to world folk music
    • Performing arts program, including dance and drama
  • Physical Education

    • Traveling and changing direction quickly
    • Engaging in sustained physical activity to increase heart and breathing rates
    • Swimming: exploration and confidence
  • Service Learning

    • Pollinator Posse: grow habitat and care for monarch caterpillars and butterflies with fifth grade buddies
St. Paul's Episcopal School
116 Montecito Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610