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1st Grade

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Expedition 1: Tools and Work

Students build their literacy and citizenship skills as they engage in a study of tools and work. Students first learn about how tools help to do a job. They then extend their understanding of what it takes to do a job when they learn how the “habits of character” of initiative, collaboration, perseverance, and responsibility help them do work.

Guiding Questions & Big Ideas:

  • Why do we need tools?
      Tools make our lives easier by helping us do work.
      Tools help us create things.
  • How do habits of character help us do work?
      Habits of character are behaviors that help us learn and do our work.
  • How do we create a magnificent thing?
      People use tools and habits of character to create magnificent things.

Expedition 2: What’s Up in the Sky?

Students build their literacy and science skills as they engage in a study of the sun, moon, and stars.

Guiding Questions & Big Ideas:

  • Why do authors write about the sun, moon, and stars?
      Authors write books to describe, imagine, and explain the objects we see in the sky.
  • What patterns can we observe in the sky?
      The sun and moon appear in different places in the sky during different times of day and of the year.
      Stars are visible during the night, but not during the day.
      Patterns of motion of objects in the sky can be described and predicted.
      Scientists use a process of inquiry in order to understand patterns and make predictions and comparisons.
  • How do authors use their knowledge and observations to write a story?
      Authors select a topic and observe and study it.
      Authors plan out what they want to write by talking about it and trying it out.
      Authors use beautiful language to show, not tell, about the topic of their choice.
      Authors write a narrative with a beginning, middle, and end.

Expedition 3: Birds’ Amazing Bodies

Students build their literacy skills as they engage in an in-depth study of birds’ bodies.

Guiding Questions & Big Ideas:

  • What makes a bird a bird?
      Birds are animals with beaks, feathers, wings, and feet.
      There are many different types of birds, and they use their body parts to help them survive.
      Despite their differences, there are key features that all birds have in common.
  • How do birds use their body parts to survive?
      Birds have specially designed body parts that help them survive.
  • How do specific birds use their body parts to survive?
      Some birds have unique and specially designed body parts that help them survive.
  • How do we build our research skills and share our learning?
      To write informative texts, writers must read, collect evidence, and discuss their knowledge.

Math Units:

  • Unit 1: Getting to know my Mathematicians
  • Unit 2: Building with and talking about shapes
  • Unit 3: Tens and ones are useful ways to organize
  • Unit 4: Represent and model joining and separating situations
  • Unit 5: Using data to describe and wonder about the world
  • Unit 6: Equal means the same
  • Unit 7: Building with numbers within 20
  • Unit 8: Finding patterns in numbers
  • Unit 9: Using place value to add and subtract
  • Unit 10: Using units to measure world
  • Unit 11: Partition shapes into equal parts

Our Mission: Achieving breakthroughs in academic excellence and character development by inspiring passion for inquiry and lifelong learning – utilizing hands-on discovery, real world application, collaboration and community; preparing each student for engagement in productive, thoughtful citizenship.