FIRST GRADE CURRICULUM

READING

·    Have a strong sense of phonemic and phonological awareness

·    Know all sounds and letters of the alphabet and be able to blend sounds into words and words into sentences with accuracy and fluency

·    Understand that words convey messages

·    Have a strong sight word vocabulary including all color and number words

·    Correctly spell frequently used and common words

·    Read sentences with understanding of punctuation

·    Comprehend what is read aloud and silently on grade level

WRITING

·    Write legibly and efficiently on lined and unlined paper

·    Write a simple paragraph using correct punctuation and grammar

·    Understand the basics of the writing process 

LISTENING, VIEWING, AND SPEAKING

·    Maintain sustained attention for 30 minutes

·    Appropriately ask and answer questions

·    State a clear main point when speaking to others

·    Recite poems and short passages from memory

·    Give short oral reports on a book or topic

·    Use proper etiquette when speaking 

MATH

·    Identify the number (place) value of a number

·    Be able to correctly use “plus”, “minus”, or “take away”

·    Order and compare numbers (using the terms higher, lower, greater, and less)

·    Add and subtract with and without regrouping

·    Understand basic fractions

·    Recognize length as an attribute that can be measured                           

·    Use non-standard units (including finger lengths, paper clips, students’ feet and paces) to measure both vertical and horizontal lengths

·    Informally explore the standard unit of measure, inch

·    Use a clock and calendar to measure time

·    Add skip count by 2’s to 20

·    Add skip count by 5’s to 50

·    Add skip count by 10’s to 100

·    Count backwards from 20 to 1

·    Write numbers to 100

·    Know vocabulary and recognize coins (penny, nickel, dime, quarter)

·    Recognize the cent notation as ¢

·    Use different combinations of coins to make money amounts up to 25 cents

RELIGION

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EVALUATIONS

In the first grade classroom students are evaluated by the teacher on a regular basis. The following assessments are given regularly:

·         Weekly spelling test

·         Math assessments are given regularly

·         Reading comprehension (and vocabulary) quizzes are given each week after stories are completed

·         Reading tests are given at the end of each unit. These assessments touch on various skills touched upon throughout our study of the unit

·         Assessments are given after each History and Science unit

STUDY SKILLS AND HOMEWORK

In first grade, students will begin to develop study habits that they will need throughout the rest of their years in school.  Students will learn to take notes in class and they should be able to copy from the board.   Homework is given Monday through Thursday in all subject areas.   Students should study spelling words and math facts nightly.  Also, parents should be reading with their child nightly.   Homework should take no longer than 30 minutes with a designated time for casual reading.  Parents should supervise homework and help his/her child correct errors when necessary.  Parents should also review all work sent home in the green folders on a daily basis and go over graded papers with his/her child. 

SPECIALS

·    Music - 30 minutes once a week

·    Art - 45 minutes once a week

·    Computer Lab- 45 minutes once a week

·    Library - 30 minutes once a week

·    PE - 50minutes once a week

·    Recess – Daily weather permitting

TIPS FOR PARENTS

The following tips may be helpful as your child transitions into first grade.

·    Allow your child to take on responsibilities and to accept the rewards and consequences of their actions

·    Remind your child that you know and the teachers knows he/she is capable of doing well in school

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