• 1st Grade Curriculum Highlights
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    Reads one syllable words, vowel patterns, and word families

    Read first grade, high frequency word list

    Identify rhyming words

    Use a variety of strategies to read words independently

    Alphabetize a set of words

    Read grade level text fluently

    Predict what the story is about based on prior knowledge, picture clues, title and storyline

    Use a variety of strategies to comprehend text

    Describe the main characters and setting of a story

    Sequence the main events of a story

    Make comparisons between stories

    Differentiate between fiction and nonfiction


    Use developmental spelling in daily writing

    Learn assigned spelling words

    Apply spelling skills in written work

    Write complete sentences

    Uses capital letters appropriately

    Correctly use punctuation at the end of sentences

    Identify different types of sentences

    Write a paragraph with a topic sentence and supporting details

    Write opinion, formative, and narrative pieces

    Form simple stories with a beginning, middle, and end


    Identify forms of transportation

    Distinguish between community, state, and country

    Locate objects on a map using a map key

    Name landforms and bodies of water on a map

    Identify natural resources

    Understand what makes a good citizen

    Identify relevant figures in U.S. history that shaped our country

    Recognize the symbols of our country

    Identify historical holidays celebrated in our country

    Understand different occupations

    Identify between wants and needs

    Identify characteristics of students and schools


    Add and subtract whole numbers through 10

    Read and write 2-digit numbers

    Read and write numbers up to 120

    Understand place value of ones, tens, and hundreds

    Write equivalent names for numbers

    Count by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and 10’s

    Identify odd and even numbers

    Compare numbers using the <, > and = symbols

    Read and construct charts and graphs

    Identify and complete number patterns

    Identify 2D and 3D geometric shapes

    Measure length and weight using non-standard units

    Identify coins and their values

    Define 1/2s, 1/4s, 1/3s, wholes, and equal parts

    Tell time to the nearest half hour and hour using both  analog and digital clocks

    Solve simple number stories and write number models

    Use writing to explain math concepts and the problem solving process


    Use the five senses to investigate science concepts

    Investigate various life cycles

    Explore a meadow habitat

    Identify what living things need to stay alive

    Identify characteristics of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, and insects

    Understand the concept of a food chain

    Describe how animals adapt to their environment

    Understand the principles of motion

    Understand the seasons and changes in weather

    Understand properties of matter

    Identify plant parts and their functions

    Understand the importance of fire safety

    Recognize the importance of routine dental care



    Participate in activities that develop motor and object  control skills

    Recognize terms that are associated with the development of a variety of movement skills

    Participate in activities that improve basic fitness levels


    Recognize a variety of art terms using the word wall.

    Recognize Seurat, Homer, Monet, Goya, Matisse, and their works

    Recognize art from the Realism and Impressionism movements and the Mexican and Cave Art cultures

    Use a variety of media to express ideas to develop 2-D and 3-D artwork.



    Identify feelings and what affects them, along with their effect on others

    Understand the importance of talking about feelings and problems

    Demonstrate healthy ways to express needs, wants, and feelings

    List reasons of why it is important to learn to share

    Demonstrate appropriate social skills in getting along with others

    Demonstrate good decision making skills

    Describe how people cooperate with one another to reach goals in their classroom, at home, and in the community

    Demonstrate conflict resolution skills

    Discuss how drugs affect feelings and behavior

    List the roles and responsibilities of various jobs


    Demonstrate basic computer skills and use grade appropriate software.

    Identify the basic dos and don’ts of using a computer

    Understand the relative position of keys on a keyboard

    Properly use the shift, space bar, return/enter, delete/backspace and punctuation keys

    Use informal keyboarding skills to type words and sentences


    Work toward singing on pitch

    Introduce students to solfege, a system for singing notes

    Demonstrate a steady beat

    Distinguish between beat/no beat

    Distinguish between high/low, fast/slow, loud/soft, up/down, long/short

    Distinguish between melody/no melody

    Become familiar with basic instruments

    Become aware of environmental sounds around us

    Recognize repeating, upward, and downward patterns in music

    Introduction to patriotic songs

    Introduction to call-and-response singing


    Recognize important text features

    Determine the difference between fiction/non-fiction

    Begin to learn story elements

    Recognize similarities and differences in similar stories

    Complete a guided research project