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First Grade

First grade takes a journey of learning and growth as we explore Old Appalachia, dances from Africa, learn about customs from around the world, and so much more.  We enjoy many wonderful activities such as field trips, writing our own fairytales, and performing a play with both classes together. We engage in many buddy projects through reading, writing, dancing, and songs. If you love to study about rocks, plants, and animals, you will love science in first grade!

Literacy and mathematics come to life through an exploration of World Cultures. Our “Trip Around the World” includes exciting projects such as making landforms, sculpting with clay, and writing Chinese characters. We write and perform original plays on habitats and cultures from around the globe. Math Investigations and the Fundations literacy program are integrated throughout the curriculum. Students engage in exploratory math curriculum through the use of manipulatives, visual arts, and real-world applications.

Teaching Staff

Name Phone Ext. Title
Claire Spence 614 First Grade Teacher
Adrienne Chaney 626 1st Grade Teacher
Amanda Cox 640 First Grade Teaching Assistant

Recent Classroom News

STEAM Expo

SWANNANOA, NC - March 3rd - Students at ArtSpace took part in the school’s third annual STEAM Expo.  STEAM is an expansion of the National Science Foundation’s acronym STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to include ...

Grandparents Day and Community Cookout

SWANNANOA, NC - ArtSpace’s inaugural Grandparents Day and 2nd annual Fall Community Cookout were met with great enthusiasm on September 11, 2015.  Over 140 Grandparents showed up for the day.  Grandparents were treated to lunch ...

Ms. Meg Implements Music Stations for Rewards and Assessment

[caption id="attachment_7012" align="alignleft" width="300"] Second graders playing musical memory made with recycled materials. Students are looking for musical symbol matches.[/caption] Swannanoa, NC September 17, 2015- This year, in music classes, ArtSpace K-5 grade students have ...

A+ 20th Anniversary Conference: Celebrate Arts Integration

[caption id="attachment_6845" align="alignleft" width="201"] A+ Fellow Michelle Pearson leads attendees in an energizing movement celebration.[/caption] DURHAM, NC, August 3-5, 2015 - The A+ Schools program of the North Carolina Arts Council celebrated 20 years of ...

First Grade Summer Letter

Dear First Grade Families, We are excited to have you join the first grade! Partnering with you will make this year fun, meaningful, and enriching for your child. There will be many interesting highlights for ...

Recycled Flower Garden

Every student from the 2014-15 school year created a flower for this garden. Flowers were created from recycled vinyl records. The Old Depot Association in Black Mountain donated the money to finance this project. It ...

First Grade Ocean Performances

We are so proud of our first graders for their wonderful performances in "Goldie Clam and the Three Sea Otters" and "The Three Little Shrimp and the Electric Eel".  Both puppet shows were wonderful as ...