• Curriculum Overview

    First Grade



    Reading:  This year, your child's reading instruction will take place on an individual basis, in small groups for Guided Reading, and as a whole group.  Each child will be assessed in the first few weeks of school to determine a reading level.  Your child will then move through the levels at his/her own pace.  As the year progresses, we teach reading strategies that help the students become better readers.  Strategies include:  Previewing, Predicting, Monitoring Comprehension, Making Connections, Visualizing, Summarizing, Asking Questions and Making Inferences. We also focus on the reading of nonfiction texts to learn new information.
    September: Learning to become a reader.
    October: Word Solving Skills
    November/December: Genres
    January:  Fluency
    February: Reading Strategies
    March/April: Fall in love with reading/Genre Unit
                         Character Traits
                         Thinking deeply about texts
    May: Research
    June: Reflection and celebration of becoming a reader.

    Fundations This is the district's Language Arts program.  Fundations is a systematic and explicit phonics approach to reading and spelling.  Please review weekly sight word lists with your child.

    September: Review of letter sounds and letter formation.  Tapping to read and spell CVC words. 
    October: Digraphs (wh, th, sh, ch, ck) Bonus Letter( ll, ss, ff)
    November: Glued Sounds (am, an, all) (ang, ing, ong, ung, ank, ink, onk, unk)
    December/ Mid January:  S Blends (sc, sk, sl, sm, sn, sp, st, sw) L Blends (pl, gl, sl, bl, cl, fl) R Blends (fr, gr, pr, tr)
    Mid January/Mid February: Silent- e
    Mid February/Mid March : Vowel Teams (ai, ay, ea, ee, igh, oa, ow)
    Mid March: Contractions (not, will, have)
    April: Vowel Digraphs (au, aw, ou, ow, oy, oi, ew, oo)
    May: 2 syllable words & compound words
    June: Suffix (s, es, ed, ing) Parts of Speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives)


    Writing:  We will be writing daily in class.  Your child will write a response based on sentence starters and topics of interest provided by teachers.  We encourage the students to use "kid-spelling" to express themselves when writing.  The following topics we focus on in class are as follows:
    September/October: Learning to become an author and applying learned skills to daily writing.


    November/December :  Narrative Writing


    January/Mid-February: Informational Writing


    Mid-February/Mid-March: Response to Literature


    Mid-March/April: Opinion Writing


    May: Research
    June: Reflection and Celebration on becoming an author


    Mathematics: This year the district has adopted a new math program.   The program is called "Math in Focus" and it meets the Common Core standards.   "Math in Focus" has been a successful program and it has been used throughout the United States along with other countries.   Below is the math curriculum chapter outline the students will be engaged in throughout the school year.

    Chapter 1

    Numbers to 10

    Chapter 2 

    Number Bonds

    Chapter 3

    Addition Facts to 10

    Chapter 4

    Subtraction Facts to 10

    Chapter 5

     Shapes and Patterns

     Chapter 6  

    Ordinal Numbers and Position

     Chapter 7  

    Numbers to 20

     Chapter 8  

    Addition and Subtraction Facts to 20

    Chapter 9 


    Chapter 10 


     Chapter 11 

    Picture Graphs and Bar Graphs

     Chapter 12 

    Numbers to 40

    Chapter 13

    Addition and Subtraction Facts to 40

    Chapter 14

    Mental Math Strategies

    Chapter 15

    Calendar and Time

    Chapter 16

    Numbers to 120

    Chapter 17

    Addition and Subtraction to 100

    Chapter 18

    Getting Ready for Multiplication and Division

    Chapter 19





    Social Studies:  There are four topics we explore in this subject area.  Topics include:


    Rules and Laws

    • citizenship, rights and responsibilities, and symbols


    • my family and families of long ago


    • places in the community, maps, school community


    • needs and wants
    • working to make money


    Science:  There are three topics we will explore using the Science 21 program.  Topics include: 


    Unit 1: Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles

    The Sun, Moon, and Stars


    Unit 2: Waves, Light and Sound


    Unit 3: Structure, Function and Information Processing

    Animal and Plant Survival