1st Grade – 1 Semester
Length: 1 Semester
Language Arts A&B:
This First Grade Language Arts course will teach students to identify and write all letters, produce letter sounds and also frequently used phonograms. Students will also master weekly sight words and reading and comprehension strategies to grow as readers. All Common Core 1 LA standards are met in this course.
In First Grade Science, students in this course will complete projects that are designed to allow for exploration and discovery. Students observe their surroundings and through observations of the natural world conduct inquiries into topics related to their healthy development.
Students in this course will complete projects that are designed to allow for exploration and discovery. Students observe their surroundings and through observations of the natural world conduct inquiries into topics related to their healthy development.
Social Studies A&B:
In this semester, students begin to explore basic fundamentals of social studies including map skills, cardinal directions, and will begin to examine maps of the U.S. and the globe. Students will also be introduced to important figures from American history such as Pocahontas, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Clara Barton.
A skill that students will practice throughout the semester is retelling stories. Students may do this by recording audio, retelling the stories orally, or writing their observations. They will learn how to use details and basics of narratives.
Students will also make maps of their homes, neighborhoods, as well as a personal timeline.
The second semester has a focus on introductory economics. They will study bartering, goods and services, jobs in the community, and how the marketplace works.
Another focus is on positive character traits such as honesty, what the aspects of personal responsibility are, and how to help and respect others.
Historic figures such as Clara Barton and characters from fiction and folklore are used as models for teaching positive traits.
Students will continue practicing there five finger retelling skill with assignments on Martin Alonso (a sailor with Columbus) and George Washington.
Projects will help students think about thoughtful words, showing respect, and being honest. Learners will write, draw, and perform in these projects.
During the first semester students will build fluency with basic math facts. They will learn to count to 100, basic addition and subtraction facts, and how to add double-digit numbers. Students will be introduced to such new concepts as word problems, Venn diagrams, and basic geometric concepts.
There is an emphasis on learning practical skills such as reading thermometers, looking at maps, and understanding the value of coins.
Students will have multiple opportunities to practice new skills and knowledge through using integrated online practice problems.
During the second semester students will begin counting by twos, fives, and tens. They will learn both vertical addition and subtraction. Students are introduced to multiplication and division and the signs used in those operations. They will also study even and odd numbers.
Students continue their exploration of geometric shapes through drawing and apply what they learn about shapes by sorting various figures in Venn diagrams. They will also use a balance beam to understand the concept of weight – lighter versus heavier.
As in semester A, students will have multiple opportunities to practice new skills and knowledge through using integrated online practice problems.