1st Grade Curriculum

The first grade program provides the opportunity to students to gain fluency and confidence at this next level of skill attainment.  Stressing critical thinking skills and creative expression through the written word, students develop independence and an enjoyment for learning.  Daily homework assignments are introduced at this grade level.

Health and Safety

  • Personal hygiene and dental hygiene
  • Health professionals
  • Staying healthy
  • Food groups and nutrition - basic 5 pyramid
  • Earthquake and fire safety
  • Bicycle and pedestrian safety
  • Physical, emotional, or substance abuse 

Language Arts


  • Phonics - long and short vowels, blends and digraphs
  • Synonyms, antonyms, compound words
  • Focus on rhythm and fluency
  • Expanding the sight word vocabulary
  • Reading for enjoyment and knowledge
  • Comprehension, inference, main idea
  • Compare & contrast
  • Cause & effect

Written Language

  • Spelling
  • Grammar - nouns, verbs, adjectives
  • Contractions
  • Using basic punctuation
  • Alphabetizing
  • Abbreviations
  • Creative Writing
  • Poetry / Book Reports / Current events
  • Types of sentence parts
  • Capital letters
  • Paragraphs
  • Story writing (beg., mid., end)

Oral Language

  • Group discussions
  • Dramatic and performing arts
  • Choral reading
  • Paraphrasing and summarization
  • Development of correct speech patterns (using complete sentences, word order, word usage)


  • Author studies
  • Multi Cultural Literature – the world we live in
  • Core Literature Strand: Folk and tall tales


  • Count and write numbers to 120
  • Count by 2's, 5's, and 10's
  • Addition and subtraction to 20
  • Place value - ones, tens, hundreds
  • Two place addition and subtraction without
  • regrouping & intro to regrouping
  • Estimation
  • Fractions - 1/4, 1/3, ½, 
  • Time - hour and half hour
  • Graphing - tallies, sorting and charting
  • Geometry
  • Length
  • Comparing and ordering numbers
  • Money


  • Appreciation of living things and their place in the environment
  • Ecology and conservation
  • Solar system
  • The earth and its features (rocks, soil, gravity, etc.)
  • Earth’s rotation in relation to weather, seasons, time
  • Energy and matter
  • Air, water, solids, liquids, and gases
  • Interpretation of data - observation, classifications, measurement, relationships, graphing, chats, tables, diagrams, hypothesizing, predicting, experimentation
  • Use of scientific tools
  • Plant and animal needs
  • Habitats
  • How animals and plants can help each other

Social Studies

  • Holidays, traditions and customs of many cultures - both now and long ago
  • Our native American heritage
  • Social skills - building sensitivity towards others while assuming responsibility for our own ideas and actions
  • Community - where we are and the role we play in our family, school, neighborhood, and community; the role of our community helpers
  • Geography - learning basic terms (north, south, east, west, land, water, continent, island, country, state)
  • Reading and making a neighborhood map
  • Our country
  • Symbols of our country
  • Changes over time- past vs. present
  • Goods and services


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