First Grade

Goals and Expectations
girl readingIn the first grade a variety of activities are provided to afford all children the opportunity to feel successful. Students are encouraged to be active participants in their own learning as they explore, question, take risks, and seek out knowledge. Much time is devoted to teaching children to become independent and responsible members of a caring community of learners. The social curriculum supports and makes possible the successful implementation of the academic curriculum.

Each grade at the Morse School also includes a Basic Academics/Services classroom for students who have moderate to severe disabilities across various domains. Students are included with their general education peers to the maximum amount possible as deemed appropriate by the IEP team.

Class Activities and Special Programs
At the Morse School, we look to extend our children’s learning by providing them with enriching learning experiences outside of the classroom. For example, to support our science curriculum, we visit the Harvard Museum of Natural History and Drumlin Farm. These visits also complement our English Language Arts curriculum by giving our children an opportunity to develop their expository writing and research skills, as they focus in on the attributes and habitats of specific animals. To support our social studies curriculum, with its focus on communities, we visit Cambridge City Hall and the Massachusetts State House. We also look for opportunities to celebrate our students’ learning by inviting family and community members to enjoy our student’s writing and projects.

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