First Grade Overview

First grade is where students build upon their academic skills from Kindergarten and apply them to the real world. We learn through exploration and asking quality questions to help us better understand our world. We work daily on incorporating R.O.C.K.S. values into everything we do grow as individuals and as a school community.

First graders love to learn. This past month our first graders have been deeply involved in learning about about communities. Children are making huge discoveries as they learn all about our communities, community workers, the differences between communities and how we can take care of our community. We will be taking a field trip to the Museum of the City of New York to deepen our understanding of a community.

First Grade At-A-Glance

P.S. 207 Content Literacy & Math

At P.S. 207, we believe that our students need to develop what we refer to as advanced literacies in order to be academically and personally successful in today’s literacy and knowledge-based society. Advanced literacies refers to the skills and competencies that enable communication, spoken and written, in increasingly diverse ways and with increasingly diverse audiences. Our content-based units of study and lessons embed the Hallmarks of Advanced Literacy, as well as the Next Generation Standards which provide the foundation for the acquisition of new content through general literacy skills, content-specific literacy skills (such as map reading in the social studies,) and prior knowledge of content. These experiences are scaffolded in the early grades with a focus on Learning to Read and Write to prepare our students for Reading and Writing to Learn, preparing our student. Likewise, they make way for participation in academic, civic, and professional communities, where knowledge is shared and generated.

Sources: http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/nov-8-nys_brief-1-of-8_summer_2017_adv_lit_final_2.pdf-a.pdf , http://contentliteracy101.weebly.com/what-is-content-literacy.htm

First Grade Resources

First Grade Curriculum Overview Map

Field Trip Links

First Grade Author Study: Cynthia Rylant

At P.S. 207, each grade levels across our school engages in a weekly, year-long author study designed to spark students' life-long interest in reading. The author becomes a "writing mentor" for readers as they read and study his/her work and respond to it through a variety of writing while comparing and contrasting themes, analyzing text and illustrations, and making connections between an author's life, the books and the reader's own life and work. The author study promotes deeper understanding, and supports our focus on continuously building the advanced literacy skills of all of our students through daily experiences with engaging texts, vocabulary, writing and discussions.