Curriculum Highlights: First Grade

 

Language Arts

  • Alphabet mastery
  • Consonant sounds (digraphs and blends)
  • Vowel sounds (short and long)
  • Word analysis skills
  • Nouns, verbs, pronouns
  • Scrambled sentences
  • Listening skills
  • Dictation
  • Pre-decodable and decodable books
  • Comprehension
  • Sight words
  • Oral expression
  • Handwriting
  • Creative writing
  • Junior Great Books
  • Summer workbook

Mathematics

  • Numeration, 0 – 1,000
  • Counting by 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, 5’s, and 10’s
  • Estimating, comparing, measuring
  • Place value
  • Addition, subtraction of 2-, 3-digit numbers
  • Simple fractions
  • Patterns
  • Functions
  • Congruence, symmetry
  • Money:  coins and bills
  • Telling time to quarter-hour
  • Calendars
  • Graphs
  • Logical problem solving
  • Summer workbook

Social Studies

  • Appreciating self and others
  • Composition and needs of families
  • Community helpers
  • Differences among people, cultures
  • Native American culture
  • Holidays in our country and other lands
  • Outstanding individuals, contributions
  • Basic principles and procedures of a democracy
  • Economy:  jobs & money exchange
  • Finding facts, recognizing non-facts

Science

  • Animal kingdom: dinosaurs and fossils
  • Animal growth
  • Human body and nutrition
  • Plants
  • Sound
  • Heat energy
  • Light energy
  • States of matter
  • Air and weather
  • Changes on Earth
  • Our solar system
  • Frequent hands-on activities/labs

Geography

  • The globe as a model of Earth
  • Earth’s bodies of land and water
  • Conceptual introduction to maps
  • Map symbols and keys
  • Directions
  • North Pole/South Pole
  • Compass rose
  • Map grid and scale
  • Political map
  • Introduction to the United States
  • Landform map

Physical Education

  • Daily P.E. class
  • Fitness and conditioning
  • Body control:  agility, flexibility, endurance, balance,  gross motor coordination, hand-eye coordination, spatial skills
  • Movement skills, including dance
  • Manipulative activities
  • Game skills
  • Good health habits:  hygiene, diet, safety
  • Respect, cooperation, confidence

Visual Arts

  • Dedicated art studio
  • Art class twice weekly
  • Develop color sense, basic mixing
  • Lines, symmetry, texture
  • Drawing and coloring:  pencil, eraser, markers, oil pastels, crayons
  • Painting:  tempera paint, watercolors
  • Printmaking:  plexiglass, water-soluble printing inks, various printing tools
  • Sculpture:  plasticene, air-drying clay
  • Collage:  paper, glue, scissors, fabric, tissue paper
  • Introduction to bookmaking
  • Self expression, respect, confidence
  • Annual, school-wide art contest

Performing Arts

Music

  • Listening to music
  • Differentiating musical sounds
  • Foundations of musical literacy
  • Rhythmic speech in counterpoint
  • Introduce musical notation
  • Group singing
  • Develop sense of interpretation
  • Instruments:  tambourines, triangles, drums, etc.
  • Performance: two music programs each year

Drama

  • Attendance at dramatic productions
  • Speaking role in class play
  • Develop acting skills
  • Use of costumes and props
  • Ensemble/solo singing, choreography
  • Public speaking, confidence

Modern/Classical Languages

French

  • Listening comprehension
  • Pronunciation skills
  • Daily greetings and instructions
  • Vocabulary building
  • Gender in nouns, articles, and adjectives
  • Simple plurals
  • Dialogue, mini-conversations
  • Songs, poems
  • Writing simple sentences
  • French culture

Library                                                                                      

  • Story time/read-alouds
  • Book selection/check-out
  • Fiction, alphabetical location
  • Non-fiction, topic location
  • Reference books
  • Folk tales, fairy tales
  • Curriculum-related books
  • Seasonal books
  • Highlight authors
  • Oral book reporting
  • Book fair

Technology

  • StarBoards in each classroom
  • Rolling laptop cart for classroom computer use
  • Basic familiarity with computers

Field Trips

Several field trips per year; recent examples include:
  • American Indian Museum
  • National Museum of African Art
  • Kennedy Center
  • Discovery Theater
  • GMU, Center for the Arts
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Curiosity Zone
  • Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall