• First Grade Curriculum



    Students will learn basic reading skills using a variety of strategies to decode words (phonics, pictures, clues, content).  Examples include:


    * consonant review

    * short and long vowels

    * silent e

    * consonant blends and digraphs

    * rhyming words

    * word families

    * compound words

    * contractions


    Language Arts

    Students will demonstrate listening, speaking, reading and writing skills including:

    * listening and following directions

    * vocabulary development through phonics, sight words and context clues

    * making predictions

    * ABC order

    * Basic grammar and sentence structure (noun, verb, adjective)



    Students will be expected to form letters and numbers correctly and legibly with spaces between words and letters.  Focus is on manuscript instead of cursive.  Cursive will not be allowed on school work.  Please encourage your child to use capitals and lower case letters where appropriate.  We use the Handwriting Without Tears program.  Information on this program can be found at www.hwtears.com.



    Students will be given differentiated word sorts and will be assessed by the teacher once every two weeks. The students' spelling schedule is as follows:

    Week 1: 

    • On Mondays, students will create personal spelling cards using differentiated words provided by the teacher. Teachers will demonstrate how students sort their words based on the "rule". Students will also be given 3 differentiated sight words to practice sorting for the remainder of the week. 

    Week 2:

    • Students will choose from several different strategies to practice their sight words and spelling words throughout week two. On Friday, students will be assessed using sentence dictation. 
    Students will take a picture of their words in order to practice them at home. Below are a few examples of engaging activities to help your child practice at home: 
    Spelling City
    Rainbow Write
    Pyramid Writing
    Alphabetizing the words
    Write words in sand or shaving cream
    Word Cloud or Magnetic ABC app
    Draw a picture and write the words hidden in the picture
    Build the words with  sticks, wikki sticks, pipe cleaners, magnetic letters, playdough
    Write sentences or story using words 


    Math includes both concepts and basic computation.  Students will use hands on activities to gain a deeper understanding of these concepts:

    * number sense

    * place value

    * basic addition and subtraction

    * geometry and fractions

    * time

    * money

    * measurement

    * problem solving

    For each skill, a pretest will be given to determine each child’s level of understanding.  Groups may be formed to best meet your child’s needs.

    * Please practice basic addition & subtraction facts with your child daily.  We encourage you to make flash cards or have your child do x-tra math daily. 

    Social Studies and Science/Health

    Students will predict, observe, and record data.  They will recognize past, present, and future, cause and effect, and be able to compare facts, formulate ideas and apply concepts to solve problems.