Grade 1 Curriculum Guide

Social Studies

  • Holidays, traditions, and customs around the world
  • Understanding and appreciating other cultures
  • Individual's role in family, home, school, and community
  • Classroom communities
  • Service learning communities
  • Relationship of the individual to the group
  • Careers/community helpers
  • Safety rules and symbols
  • Basic human needs
  • Self-respect and self-awareness
  • Awareness of others
  • Oceans and continents
  • Basic landforms
  • Introduction to 50 states
  • Our American Heritage
  • Different cultures at different times
  • Family, school, neighborhood, community
  • Neighborhood helpers
  • Jobs and careers
  • Social skills and responsibilities
  • Basic geography terms
  • Making and reading a simple neighborhood map

Science

  • Grouping and classification
  • Living and nonliving things
  • Farm animals
  • Woodland animals
  • Common birds and insects
  • Plant and animal habitats
  • Seeds, bulbs, plants, flowers
  • Earth’s biomes
  • Forest and pond ecosystems
  • Life cycles and metamorphosis
  • Food chains
  • Interrelationships of plants and animals
  • Farm animal care and wellbeing
  • Plants and gardens (from seed to produce)
  • Conservation
  • Weather and seasons
  • Day and night
  • Solids, liquids, gases
  • Air and water
  • Magnets
  • Fire and temperature
  • Sun, moon, stars, planets
  • Simple machines
  • Beginning experimentation
  • Scientific method and scientific inquiry

Nature Studies/Animal Studies

  • Human Education
  • Indigenous Species
    • Beaver Studies
    • Mammals
    • Birds
    • Reptiles
    • Amphibians
  • Animal Classification
  • Scats and Tracks
  • Seeds/Seed Travel
  • New Life
  • Metamorphosis
  • Pond Ecology
  • Forest Ecology
  • Animal Homes/Habitats
  • Animal Adaptations
  • Migration
  • Hibernation
  • Food Chains
  • Habitats
  • Trees
    • Deciduous
    • Coniferous
    • Bark
    • Leaves
    • Photosynthesis

Language Arts

  • Reading
    • Phonetic analysis
    • Structural analysis
    • Establishing sight vocabulary
  • Reading informally: names, labels, signs
  • Simple pantomimes and dramatic play
  • Creating stories and poems
  • Telling favorite stories
  • Organizing ideas and impressions
  • Enunciation and pronunciation
  • Presenting information orally, in sequence and with clarity
  • Book reports and critiques
  • Discussion skills: taking part in group discussion
  • Beginning dictionary skills: alphabetizing
  • Beginning spelling
  • Beginning grammar: nouns, verbs, adjectives
  • Introduction to punctuation and capitalization
  • Manuscript handwriting
  • Handling books
  • Using table of contents
  • Development of a class newspaper

Mathematics

  • Counting and writing to 100
  • Counting by 2's to 100
  • Simple number patterns
  • Beginning ordinal numbers
  • Using 10 as a basic unit
  • Simple properties of zero
  • Simple properties of sets
  • Beginning addition and subtraction facts
  • Number-line use
  • Place value and numeration
  • Concepts of quantity and size
  • Concepts of equality and inequality
  • Concepts of ordinal and cardinal numbers
  • Using 1/2 and 1/4 appropriately
  • Estimation
  • Geometric patterns and figures
  • Basic customary and metric measurement
  • Recognizing time: clock and calendar
  • Value of penny, nickel, dime, quarter
  • Solving simple word problems
  • Basic probability and chance
  • Basic chart and graph concepts

Health and Safety

  • Personal hygiene
  • Dental health
  • Healthy eating habits
  • Body parts/organs
  • Muscles
  • Exercise and rest
  • Germs
  • Diseases
  • Common cold
  • Dressing for weather and activity
  • Safety rules to and from school
  • Classroom safety

Life Skills/Character Education

  • Responsibility
  • Interpreting and following rules
  • Making choices
  • Natural and logical consequences
  • Building community
  • Kindness and compassion
  • Service learning
  • Respect for other people
  • Teamwork
  • Peer conflict resolution skills
  • Manners and courtesy
  • Respect for materials
  • Respect for the environment
  • Accepting differences
  • Planting and gardening
  • Animal care
  • Cooking and food preparation
  • Table manners

Creative Arts

  • Exploring different media
  • Colors: primary, secondary, tertiary
  • Texture
  • Dimension
  • Sculpting with clay
  • Art appreciation
  • Style and techniques
  • Well-known artists
  • Self-expression
  • Fiber crafts

Foreign Language — Spanish and Mandarin (Chinese)

  • Greetings
  • Numbers/Counting
  • Colors
  • Shapes
  • Family members
  • Animals around the farm
  • Household articles
  • Sports and games
  • Things at school
  • Food
  • Articles of clothing
  • Calendar (Days and Months)
  • Weather
  • Feelings
  • Modes of travel
  • Basic conversational phrases