- In First Grade, children come in all shapes, sizes, and learning styles. They vary greatly in their literacy levels. To meet the needs of all these diverse needs, students are taught Reading using a combination of McGraw-Hill Wonders Reading Series, The Daily Five to foster independent literacy skills and Guided Reading.
- Reading Skills include phonemic awareness, phonics, spelling, comprehension strategies, and fluency.
- In Writing, students are practicing correct letter and number formations and are beginning sentence writing. The students will write using a variety of writing styles including stories, poetry, narrative, and descriptive writing.
- When doing word work, students are given approximately 5 words each week to read and write. These words are high-frequency words that occur in almost everything that students read and write.
- During Self-Selected Reading, students are given an opportunity to choose books of their own interest and ability. Emphasis is placed on reading “just right” books, books that are neither too hard nor too easy.
- Luverne students use the Everyday Math series. This series supports and aligns with the National Council for Teaching Mathematics standards. Standards include Number and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, Data Analysis and Probability, Problem Solving, Reasoning and Proof, Communication, Connections, and Representation.
- First graders are prepared knowing about people and places in their world through the MacMillan/McGraw-Hill series. The students learn about history, geography, culture, citizenship, economics, government, and technology that help to shape our world. Weekly Readers are supplemental materials that offer discussion in current events.
- First graders learn about science through the four sciences: Life Science, Earth Science, Physical Science, and Space and Technology. Students are encouraged to use scientific methods (question, hypothesize, plan, experiment, collect and record data, and communicate) to better understand their world.
- These curriculums are not necessarily taught as separate subjects, but are incorporated and imbedded into the other subject areas.