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.


In Reading, teachers will assess children’s individual reading level and children will bring home a leveled book Monday through Thursday. First grade teachers will meet with each child in a small group to work on targeted reading skills. Any child who is reading below grade level will also receive extra assistance from a reading specialist.


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.


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?”


  • Life Science – Animals and Plant cycles
  • Physical Science – Push and Pull, Sound, Light and Heat
  • Earth and Space Science – properties of Earth materials and investigate how humans use natural resources in everyday life.

Social Studies

  • Community
  • Rules/Laws
  • Pilgrims/Native Americans
  • American Symbols
  • Maps
  • Major Holidays

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