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1st Grade

Welcome to the First Grade at Indian Hollow Primary School! We Look forward to an exciting year filled with learning and making new friends.

Reading in first grade takes place throughout the day in a variety of ways. The students are immersed in a rich literature and language environment. The children learn to read, using an assortment of genres, such as picture books, fiction and non-fiction, as well as poetry. The first graders are taught many strategies through teacher demonstration, peer modeling, small group instruction, and daily independent reading opportunities. The children are taught to effectively utilize these strategies in order to read for meaning. Our main goal in first grade is to provide the students with the skills necessary to become lifelong readers, as well as foster a love of reading.

The first graders enjoy the time they spend as writers. Each classroom has Writer's Workshop built into its busy day. The children are introduced to many different genres of writing throughout the year. Some of the writing that occurs in our classrooms includes poetry, non-fiction, book reviews, biographies, journal writing, letter writing, and story writing. Literature is incorporated into lessons and activities to encourage creativity. Writer's Workshop begins with a mini-lesson that is based on the needs and interests of the class. Topics include phonics, spelling, content, and organization. The students have the opportunity to write independently for a set period of time. As the year progresses, it is evident that the students grow as writers. First graders learn about the writing process and the difficulties that many writers go through in putting the finishing touches on their work!

The students in first grade use a multi-sensory approach in science. The children work as scientists as they investigate topics such as weather, magnets, the comparison of living and non-living things, and the classification of objects by their properties. Each lesson begins with a problem, and the children follow the Scientific Method to reach a conclusion based on the results of an experiment. The children learn to explore and ask those wonderful "why" and "how" questions.

Our first graders continue their work in addition and subtraction. The children concentrate on place value, numbers to 100, measurement, time, and money. The students develop mathematical proficiency and reasoning through problem solving. Additionally, first graders learn to use problem-solving strategies with single and then multi-step problems. The children utilize concrete materials and pictorial models to help understand mathematical concepts. By combining these strategies with computational and procedural skills, the children develop proficiency in mathematical reasoning and all children can experience success.

First graders are immersed in a variety of lessons and activities that promote social-emotional growth and physical wellness. The children participate in the "Second Step" program which focuses on Empathy, Impulse Control and Problem Solving, and Anger Management. In addition, the students take part in the "Great Body Shop" program that highlights age-appropriate health and safety lessons. Lastly, all first graders learn about and discuss the character traits that are emphasized in the district's "Character Education" program. Our goal is for students to become independent problem solvers who can make mindful decisions about their own health and safety.
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By Mail:  151 Kings Park Road Commack, NY 11725
By Phone:  631-858-3590
By Email: [email protected]
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Within the context of a caring community of learners, our primary mission is to provide an exemplary
learning experience that will allow each child to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, attitudes, and
values to become a successful, contributing member within our school community and greater society.
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