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    First grade students work throughout the course of the year toward mastery in the following areas:

    • Read and comprehend both fiction and nonfiction texts
    • Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.
    • Describe story elements: setting, character, problem/solution, and major events.
    • Ask and answer questions about key details in text
    • Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide range of text types.
    • Retell stories including key details.
    • Identify who is telling the story at various points in a text.
    • Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.
    • Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
    • Know and use various text features (e.g., headings, tables of contents, glossaries, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text.
    • Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.


     At the end of first grade, students will be able to do the following:  
    • Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
    • Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.
    • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.


    • Numbers to 120
    • Comparing and Ordering Numbers 1o 120
    • Understanding Addition
    • Understanding Subtraction
    • Addition/Subtraction Facts to 20
    • Adding/Subtracting with Tens and Ones
    • Add Within 100
    • Organize Data and Graphs
    • Geometry
    • Patterns
    • Measurement
    • Fractional Parts
    • Time



     Theme One: Students focus on how we change- ourselves, our environment, the seasons, and how we effect the world through work and play. We also study the Monarch Butterfly life cycle in great detail. 

     Theme Two: Students participate in our first PTD study on being resourceful and creativity through a design dilemma creating a fourth little pig house. Then we move into how we are similar and different based on our traits, beliefs, cultures, and traditions. 

    Theme Three: Communication. How it has changed over time, how we communicate through light and sound. Then we get more into how we can express ourselves through sound and how light travels. 

    Theme Four: Students do our second PTD unit on being perceptive and persistent through Bubbleology and the study of bubbles. We touch on economics and our needs and wants as well as the difference between goods and services. The theme then wraps up with discussing inventors and their various inventions and how they impact our society.