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Daniel Nicklay, Coeur d'Alene Charter School Principal
 

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LAM firsT GRADE CLASS

  • Tuesday through Friday 8:30am - 3:30pm
  • Rigorous academic curriculum with an emphasis on reading, writing, and mathematics
  • Interactive science program
  • Beginning Spanish or Latin
  • Drama and public speaking required
  • Weekly Chapel, music, art, and PE
  • 20 students per class

CURRICULUM

MATHEMATICS

  • Make addition and subtraction stories
  • Use various methods to add and subtract
  • Add and subtract within 100, and identify common shapes
  • Use Ordinal numbers and Compare numbers
  • Compare and measure length, weight and capacity
  • Apply place value and count by 2s
  • Make 'equal group' (multiplication) stories
  • Make 'sharing' (division) stories using halves and fourths
  • Tell time, use estimation, and use bills and coins

 

SCIENCE

  • The nature of science
  • The design process
  • Living things and their environments, plants and animals
  • Earth and sky, weather, matter, energy and movement

 

HISTORY

  • Use basic map skills, including cardinal directions, reading map keys, and identifying boundaries.
  • Identify the components of neighborhoods, communities, cities, states, countries, and continents.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the geography of Idaho.
  • Demonstrate understanding of state symbols and facts of Idaho.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the history of Idaho. Topics include ancient native people, Lewis and Clark, missions, and statehood.

 

READING

Students are arranged into small, leveled groups according to their reading abilities. Textbook introduces students to a variety of genres with pervasively Christian content. Groups rotate through three stations:

  • Instructional group with teacher where students are guided through the textbook. Students use graphic organizers to build comprehension, to analyze character, plot, setting, and to examine their own thoughts as they read. Graphic organizers also teach how to infer meaning of new words by context.
  • BJU Press Reading Workbook group where students complete exercises related to the text passages. Workbooks reinforce comprehension and build language skills.
  • Scholastic Weekly Readers and Saxon Phonics books provide extra reading practice during the rotation. Additionally, students practice their weekly spelling list in this group.

 

ENGLISH (GRAMMAR/WRITING)

  • Utilize language mechanics such as past, present, and future tense, superlatives (-er, -est)
  • Sentence structure
  • Friendly letter format
  • Identify types of sentences
  • Complete writing assignments that demonstrate main idea and supporting sentences, using proper language mechanics.
  • Identify subject and predicates, use capital letters properly
  • Use punctuation properly, alphabetize to the second letter
  • Identify nouns, verbs, abbreviations
  • Use the steps of the writing process such as planning, revising, editing, drafting, and publishing
  • Writing a personal narrative, expository and "how to" paragraph
  • Use a thesaurus, dictionary, and telephone directory
  • Complete weekly Book Pocket Assignments, which is a self-directed program to develop early response to literature.

 

PHONICS

  • Study phonemes (sounds), vowel patterns, plurals, prefixes, and suffixes of words to increase reading fluency and to augment spelling
  • 'Code' words using a system of symbols to demonstrate understanding of spelling rules
  • Blend, and, conversely, segment words during phoneme activities
  • Apply phonics and spelling rules to study weekly spelling list. List also includes sight words to spell

 

ADDITIONAL SUBJECTS

  • Spanish
  • Bible Education
  • Music/Drama
  • Art
  • PE
  • Cursive
  • Participates in Speech Meet and Spelling Bee
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