First Grade Curriculum

Language Arts

The Language Arts program for first grade is devoted to the facets of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. In addition, the Language Arts program is integrated throughout the total curriculum. While learning phonics, the students are taught rules and skills in order to attack new and unfamiliar words in reading and spelling, rhyming, sequencing, alphabetizing, comprehending, syllabllizing, drawing conclusion, inferring, forming compound words, deriving main idea, writing, creating and forming complete sentences with correct punctuation. Reading and reciting poetry, storytelling, creative and journal writing, leveled reader, and listening activities strengthen this program.

Course content includes:

  • Oral Language
  • Literature
  • Reading
  • Language Process
  • Writing and Spelling


The first grade mathematics curriculum is based on helping the student count, read, and write numbers 0-100. The student will determine largest and smallest, greater than, less than and equal, identify place value, count in patterns, recognize geometric shapes, identify fractional parts of a whole, complete a sequence of numbers and add and subtract whole numbers. The student’s knowledge will expand to understand the need for standard and metric units of measurement and how to use appropriate measurement tools: rulers, balance scales, liquid volume measure, thermometers, money, and clocks. A variety of hands-on activities, manipulative materials, games, simple drills, and calculators are used to ensure an understanding of the basic concepts. The individual student’s achievement is constantly monitored.

Course content includes:

  • Set and Numeration
  • Whole Number Operations
  • Fractions
  • Intuitive Multiplication and Division
  • Measurement
  • Graphs, Tables and Maps
  • Geometry; and Functions.


Children at the first grade level are curious about their immediate environment; therefore, it is essential that a wide variety of learning experiences be provided in order that their varying interests, abilities, and developmental needs be met. In addition to classroom instruction and demonstrations, students will meet weekly in the Science Lab for hands-on experiments. At this level, the student becomes more skillful in applying the basic process skills of observing, classifying, measuring, predicting, inferring, and communication through participation in structured and unstructured experiments and activities. These activities provide the student with an awareness of the process of change in their environment. Furthermore, these activities initiate motivation, meaningful learning, and foundation for future learning.

Course content includes:

  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Where Things Belong
  • Things on the Move
  • The Earth
  • Air and Water
  • Astronomy

Social Studies

The first grade Social Studies curriculum covers our country- the United States- and its place in the world. It also includes the location of the United States in geographical relationship with other countries.

Course content includes:

  • Our Country – The United States of America and Its Place in the World
  • Patriotic Symbols
  • The Capital
  • Explorers, Discoverers and Famous Americans


Continued emphasis on looking and observing and discovering at all times. Student observations of things around the classroom and campus used for inspiration and subject matter. Review the elements of art and begin to introduce basic principles such as rhythm, balance, design, and pattern. The students will continue to work in media they are familiar with from Kindergarten and begin to introduce new areas of media.

Course content includes:

  • Clay
  • Painting
  • Color Wheel
  • Printmaking
  • Two-Dimensional Art
  • Tempera Paint and Watercolors
  • Drawing
  • Sculpture
  • How to Use and Care For Art Materials
  • Three-Dimensional Art
  • Using Colors to Show Emotion
  • Well-Known Artists


Students in the first grade will review all Kindergarten concepts. The students are expected to begin combining, in a step-by-step process, media, pedagogy, and theory with the goal of becoming an independent musician. The major goals that are stressed are the following: accurate and tuneful singing, basic music vocabulary, rhythm and tone color, rhythmic improvisations, and listening.

Course content includes:

  • Accurate and Tuneful Singing
  • Rhythmic and Tonal Memory
  • Vocabulary
  • Rhythm Notation
  • Rhythm and Tone Color
  • Melody

Computer Science

Students will continue to practice computer skills learned in Kindergarten and better learn how to navigate various programs and websites. They will progress from touch typing, as introduced in Kindergarten, and begin to learn proper hand placement on the keyboard while typing simple words and phrases. Digital Citizenship and Safety is also stressed in first grade. Students will be instructed and take part in activities covering how to navigate the Internet safely and stay safe online, what is private information and what should and should not be shared online, simple search techniques, bullying and passwords.