Curriculum – First Grade

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Reading Workshop

Unit 1 Reader Build Good Habits/Author Study
Unit 2 Word Detectives
Unit 3 Nonfiction: Learn about the world
Unit 4 Get to know characters by performing books
Unit 5 Poetry
Unit 6 Readers have jobs to do
Unit 7 Reading Nonfiction cover to cover: NF book clubs

As a Teachers College Reading and Writing Project school, readers at PS 199 participate in:

  • Reading Workshop
  • Read Alouds
  • Shared Reading
  • Small Group Instruction
  • Guided Reading
  • Independent Reading
  • Book Clubs

Our goal is to create lifelong, confident readers who display agency and independence.

Our teachers assess student progress through a variety of formal and informal methods and tools, including TCRWP Running Records, which determine each student’s Independent Guided Reading Level. These benchmarks are based on the expectation that students will enter kindergarten as emergent readers and finish eighth grade reading at level Z.

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Writing Workshop

Unit 1 Launch: Small Moments
Unit 2 How-to books
Unit 3 Informational books
Unit 4 Persuasive Writing: Review, Stories, Opinions
Unit 5 Poetry
Unit 6 Science Informational Writing
Unit 7 Realistic Fiction

Teachers College Writing Workshop encourages young writers to emulate the work of professional authors. Students are exposed to authentic mentor texts and receive instruction to navigate through the writing process. Utilizing various writing tools, writers create different genres throughout the year.

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Unit 1 Counting
Unit 2 Introducing Addition
Unit 3 Number Stories
Unit 4 Length and Addition Facts
Unit 5 Place Value and Comparisons
Unit 6 Addition Fact Strategies
Unit 7 Subtraction Fact Strategies and Attributes of Shapes
Unit 8 Geometry
Unit 9 Two-Digit Addition and Subtraction and Review

Everyday Mathematics is a research-based and field-tested curriculum that focuses on developing our young mathematician’s understandings and skills in ways that produce lifelong mathematical power.

  • Use of concrete, real-life examples that are meaningful and memorable as an introduction to key mathematical concepts.
  • Repeated exposures to mathematical concepts and skills to develop children’s ability to recall knowledge from long-term memory.
  • Frequent practice of basic computation skills to build mastery of procedures and quick recall of facts, often through games and verbal exercises.
  • Use of multiple methods and problem-solving strategies to foster true proficiency and accommodate different learning styles.

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Social Studies

Unit 1 Families are Important
Unit 2 Families Now and Long Ago
Unit 3 Community Economics
Unit 4 The Community

The Passport to Social Studies curriculum was developed by a team of DOE staff and teachers, in collaboration with Social scientists and cultural partners.

The passport curriculum provides students with the tools to build the necessary skills for critical thinking, geographical reasoning and persuasive writing.

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Word Study

Wilson Fundations provides all students in K-2 classrooms with a systemic program in the foundational skills for:

  • Reading and spelling
  • Emphasizing phonemic awareness
  • Phonics-word study
  • High frequency word study
  • Fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Handwriting
  • Spelling

Fundations uses an integrated approach to teaching skills so that a daily lesson teaches and then reinforces corresponding skills.

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Unit 1 Animal and Plant Defenses
Unit 2 Light and Sound

Welcome to the Next Generation of Science Learning.

New York State adapted a new set of standards in 2017. New York City then created the current Science Scope and Sequence and, using NGSS aligned tools, selected Amplify as the new curriculum.

This curriculum is phenomena based and places the student in the role of scientists and engineers. This curriculum embodies all the tenants of Three-Dimensional Learning which has proven to be the most effective way for students to learn science.

Animal and Plant Defenses: Spikes, Shells, and Camouflage

  • Students advise an aquarium director by helping answer young visitors’ questions about Spruce the Sea Turtle, who will soon be released back into the ocean. They investigate how Spruce and her offspring can survive in the ocean, particularly since sharks live in the area.
  • Students obtain information from videos and science books about how plants and animals survive and about parents and offspring.
  • Students make physical models and write explanations to show what they learn about the structure and function of animal defenses.

Light and Sound: Puppet-Theater Engineers

  • Students act as light and sound engineers to design and create a scene for a puppet show.
  • Students ask questions and work to define the design problems they are asked to solve. They figure out cause-and-effect patterns related to light, shadows, and sound by conducting hands-on investigations and reading science books.
  • Students use both firsthand evidence and evidence from books to support their ideas.

Enrichment Programs

PS 199 provides a variety of grade-based enrichment programs.

National Dance Institute

RULER (Social-Emotional Curriculum)

Unit 1 Charter
Unit 2 Mood Meter
Unit 3 Meta-Moments
Unit 4 Blueprint

The RULER Approach to Social and Emotional Learning is a school-wide initiative to teach social and emotional learning to our school community members.

The Anchors of Emotional Intelligence is based on developing our five key RULER skills.

There are four anchor tools that we use:

  1. The Charter
  2. Mood Meter
  3. Meta-Moment
  4. Blueprint

These anchor tools allows a common language and strategies that incorporates learning at school and at home.

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