First graders continue to learn by doing and adding a broader repertoire of skills across their academic disciplines. Learning and practicing fundamental concepts continue to be the bedrock of their learning; students receive thorough and deep instruction in math concepts, handwriting, vocabulary building, and reading skills. Lessons go well beyond the practice of those skills by creating avenues for students to demonstrate their understanding and expression of them. Whether it is writing and publishing their own book in language arts class or creating their own musical fantasy matching moods and images to a piece of music, teachers create lessons and projects where students explore content and create their own representation of it. First graders demonstrate confidence, creativity, and expression in their spring main-stage musical production. In science, students observe, collect, record, and analyze data through the studies of invertebrates, chemistry and forensic science.