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Lakeview Elementary - Academic Programs - First Grade

First Grade Teachers

  • Betsy Brown
  • Amy Ewald
  • Hilary Gerk
  • Beth Kappmeyer
  • Jen O'Hare


In first grade we believe that all students should be nurtured in order for them to reach their true potential. We provide quality, hands-on experiences to challenge each student.

One of our main goals in first grade is to help students become independent learners and problem solvers. We use the 6 pillars of Character to help students contribute positively to the classroom, school, and community environments. These pillars are Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship. 


In first grade we use the Houghton-Mifflin reading program. This balanced literacy program builds on what each child knows, and through teacher guidance, allows the child to become a confident, independent reader and writer. Students are provided with whole group instruction, small-guided reading groups, and individual practice time. We work on phonics, decoding skills, vocabulary, comprehension skills, fluency, spelling, grammar, writing, and many different reading strategies.


Many stages in writing development are prevalent in first grade. We use the 6+1 Traits writing program, along with the Houghton-Mifflin series. In first grade we explore the following traits: ideas, organization, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation.


Children learn to read and spell high-frequency words, (100 Dolch Words for First Grade). They learn about spelling patterns, which allow them to decode unknown words and serve as a base for more challenging words. Our spelling curriculum is part of the Houghton-Mifflin reading series.


Research confirms that good handwriting opens the door to communications. The Zaner-Bloser handwriting program uses a step-by-step approach to teaching, so that students develop a solid foundation that encourages and supports all of their writing, reading, and assessment efforts.


Students will approach problems with flexibility and confidence, use varied materials and strategies to solve problems, develop reasoning to evaluate solutions, and learn to communicate mathematical thinking through activities in:

  • Addition, Subtraction, and the Number System: count and compare quantities; compose and decompose numbers; develop strategies for solving addition and subtraction problems; develop fluency with addition and subtraction facts to ten
  • 2-D Geometry: compose and decompose geometric shapes
  • Patterns and Functions: create, extend, and analyze repeating patterns; investigate number sequences
  • Data Analysis and Probability: collect represent, describe, and interpret data
  • Measurement: length and how it is measured using non-standard units


Students will use exploration and inquiry in the development of science concepts when learning about:

  • Pebbles, Sand, and Silt
  • Balls and Ramps
  • Weather

Students will engage in discussions and activities related to health, relationships, safety, nutrition, and the environment.

Social Studies

Students will explore geography, people, and cultures through the following themes:

  • My School and Family
  • School Helpers
  • Maps
  • Holiday Traditions
  • Countries Around the World

Lakeview Elementary School
111 North Chabal Street , Solon, IA 52333

319-624-3401 • 319-624-4176 (fax)

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