K/1 Hailemicael

Content Overview

Below are the major units of study in English Language Arts (ELA), Math, Social Studies, and Science. 

English Language Arts

Reading Units

  • American Heroes
  • Changes in Nature
  • Conservation
  • All About Money

Writing Units

  • Handwriting
  • Informational Writing
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Narrative Writing

Math

Kindergarten

  • Number to 10
  • 2D and 3D Shapes
  • Comparison of Length, Width, and Capacity
  • Addition and Subtraction to 10
  • Numbers to 100
  • Analyzing, Comparing and Composing Shapes

First Grade

  • Sums and Differences 1-20
  • Place Value strategies for addition and subtraction to 100
  • Ordering and Comparing Lengths of Measurement
  • Identifying, Composing, and Partitioning Shapes

Social Studies

  • Citizenship: You can be a Hero
  • Maya, Aztec, and Inca
  • Geography: What I am and Getting around Town
  • Economics: I have, I want, I need

Science

  • Physical Science and Engineering: Using Force to Change Motion
  • Earth Science: Dealing with Weather
  • Life Science: Living Things and their Habitats
  • Physical Science: Communicating with Sound and Light

Why do we use a K/1 model at Ross?

We have used the K1 model at Ross since 2016*.  In this model, Kindergarten-age and 1st grade-age children form one classroom community of young learners.  With the exception of math instruction (the only academic area taught according to grade level), all students in a classroom learn the same content and work on the same types of skills, with differentiated instruction provided for all students based on ability level, not age.  We have witnessed impressive academic gains using this model.  Additionally, students experience great emotional and social growth as they engage in the two-year K1 cycle, first as younger students with many older, supportive student mentors, and then as older students, who serve as role models to their younger friends.  Lastly, students benefit greatly from having the same lead teacher for two consecutive years, which allows for teachers to build strong connections with students and families, leading to even more consistent growth over time.
* With the exception of a one-year break when the pandemic forced us to start the year virtually.  

Our Schedule

Contact Information

Selena Hailemicael

Selena Hailemicael

Classroom Teacher

selena.hailemicael@k12.dc.gov

Tatyana Russell

Tatyana Russell

Instructional Aide

tatyana.russell@k12.dc.gov

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