What to Expect at Abia Judd In: First Grade

Character educationFirst grade at Abia Judd is a time for exploration! Children have the opportunity to build on their curiosity of the world through project based learning in several high-interest thematic units throughout the year. We begin the year with an assessment of each child’s current ability level in reading, writing, and mathematics. Our first grade teachers collaborate to meet the needs of each child. Together, we teach engaging units on spiders and insects, colonial America, gingerbread, penguins, and habitats. Children have the opportunity to rotate as a class once a week to visit the expert teacher on each topic.


In Reading, teachers will assess children’s individual reading level and children will bring home a leveled book each night. First grade teachers will meet with each child in a small group to work on targeted reading skills. In addition, children will go to a reading class 3 times per week based on their reading level for differentiated instruction. Any child who is reading below grade level will also receive extra assistance from a reading specialist a few times per week.


In Mathematics, children have the opportunity to engage in hands- on math lessons. Students are expected to:
1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
4. Model with mathematics.
5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
6. Attend to precision.
7. Look for and make use of structure.
8. Continually check their work by asking themselves, “Does this make sense?”


In Writing, children will apply content from mini-lessons to independent writing in a writer’s workshop. They will refer to word walls for spelling high–frequency words. The children will write on self–selected topics as well as teacher directed topics for sustained periods of time. Throughout the year, they will work in various stages of the writing process and support one another with their writing.

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