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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. 


The literacy curriculum provides students with opportunities to develop and enhance skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking through a balanced literacy approach:

Units of Study in Writing (Teacher College)

Balanced Literacy (Fountas & Pinnell)

  • Interactive Read-Aloud
  • Shared Reading
  • Writing About Reading
  • Phonics & Word Study
  • Guided Reading


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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This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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