1st Grade Specials

NFS Curriculum Update :: December, 2014


First grade artists are continuing their study of Horace Pippen throughout December. After reviewing the book A Splash of Red and taking about his work "Giving Thanks," students began to design an interior space. They are learning different painting techniques and actually using a real canvas, just like artists do. We learned how combining basic shapes could make things like furniture and a few lines could make a room. Later we will use collage techniques and mixed materials to create family members doing something that students are thankful for.


First grade will listen to seasonal stories including It’s a Miracle, and a Christmas draw story: In search of Yazoo Yak. During Hour of Code Week first grade will be working on computer coding during their library class.


First grade students will continue to sing, dance and play instruments utilizing the philosophies of Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze. We will be reading some holiday themed books and singing many holiday themed songs. Students will continue to focus on steady beat, quarter notes and rests, eighth notes and half notes. Our December composer of the month is Peter Tchaikovsky.


In P.E. we will continue to develop our physical fitness and work on muscular strength with a focus on the core. This month our new fitness exercise will be jogging. December is the start of our basketball unit and many of the classes will focus on various basketball skills, drills and activities. We will practice the skills of dribbling, passing and shooting. The class will participate in activities like Dribble Mania and Red/Light Green Light Dribble. Fun non-basketball activities include Fire Chief and What Time Is It Mr. Fox. The month will end with holiday games and activities.


First graders are in the full swing of their dental unit. Children are eager and enthusiastic to tell about their losses and how their mouths are changing. Students will learn about what is inside their teeth and why we lose our baby teeth. With the help of our puppet friend, Choppers, students learn their teeth are made of calcium and when the enamel is lost, cavities can easily be formed. They will learn that saliva breaks down food, and that saliva, like vinegar, will eat away at the enamel. Students will watch an egg in vinegar over a week and see how the shell deteriorates over time. They will see a demonstration with red paint about how plaque sticks between your teeth when you don’t floss. This will lead to re-learning how to brush teeth properly. Then we will use dissolved disclosing tablets, which will show in pink any areas they missed when brushing.


In December we will wrap up our unit on shapes and colors. Students will play some partner games that will require them to ask and answer the questions: ¿De qué color es? and ¿De qué forma es? (What color is it? What shape is it?) We will also continue to do activities that require reading and writing in Spanish along with practicing vocabulary and expressions we have already learned. We will also explore holiday traditions in the Spanish-speaking world before leaving for break.