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Grade 1

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Grade 1
George Marshall

First-graders (ages 6 – 7) delight in exploring all sorts of aspects of the world around them. In first grade, learning can almost look like the children are just having fun. But they are definitely learning, as they practice counting, adding, and subtraction skills using a fun math game. Reading to themselves or a classmate, they grow their reading skills daily. And teaming up with partners, they learn how to give and receive feedback on their work. First-graders bloom into increasingly independent learners, eager to know more about the world and their place in it. 

Super Units

Understanding Ourselves - Target practice 
In the first Super Unit of the year, the children reflect on their personal growth as individuals, as students living the Core Values of SSIS, and as members of their classroom community. They learn about making healthy and safe choices, and they explore the concept of having a growth mindset. 

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Understanding Others - Under the Weather
Students learn about different kinds of weather in Vietnam and around the world by studying weather patterns in Hokkaido, Japan, and Ho Chi Minh City. The students compare and contrast the data to learn about how weather affects different places around the world. 

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Understanding Our Environment - Campus Rangers
This Super Unit focuses on understanding our natural environment. The students explore the SSIS campus and learn to identify many different living organisms. They also study concepts of habitats, organisms, and adaptations. Rangers learn how their choices affect our environment and how they can be advocates for all living things, on campus, and in the world. 

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Understanding Our World - All Systems Go!
In this unit, the students learn about simple and complex machines and how they make work easier. They also learn about systems thinking, how humans interact in systems, and what makes a system effective. The students build simple machines and explain what they do. Finally, the students use the vocabulary they have learned about simple and complex machines to describe their own constructions. 

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