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Grade 1 Parent Curriculum Guide


Your child will:

  • understand and select different reading skills and strategies including:
    • using pictures and patterns in stories to understand written materials
    • applying background knowledge
    • using phonics strategies to understand words in context
    • cross-checking context, word and sentence structure and phonics to pronounce and understand unfamiliar words
    • self-correcting when written materials do not make sense
  • read to acquire, remember and apply information by:
    • building vocabulary through context clues and discussion
    • retelling or writing about what he or she has read
  • extend understanding by making inferences from printed materials by:
    • drawing simple conclusions
    • understanding explicitly stated ideas
    • relating content to his or her experiences
  • read aloud with fluency and expression by:
    • building meaning by reading aloud to self
    • using appropriate phrasing and attending to punctuation


Your child will work toward the following writing goals:

  • produce a piece of writing that focuses on a topic
  • expand some ideas with details
  • consider the audience for his/her writing
  • use developmental spelling for some words and conventional spelling for all “WORD WALL” words
  • include capital letters at the beginning of sentences, for names and “I”
  • include appropriate end marks
  • demonstrate his/her best quality work—including detailed pictures
  • share writing with peers
  • answer questions about my writing

Speaking and Listening

Your child will:

  • contribute to group discussions
  • ask questions when help is needed
  • retell spoken information
  • listen attentively without interrupting


Your child will:

  • display effort
  • demonstrate and apply unit(s) concepts(s)
  • mentally add numbers up to 10
  • mentally subtract numbers up to 10
  • demonstrate the use of addition strategies to 20
  • demonstrate the use of subtraction strategies to 20
  • solve addition number stories
  • solve subtraction number stories
  • read, write, and compares numbers to 120
  • understand the place value of tens and ones
  • tell and demonstrate time to the hour and half hour
  • explain mathematical reasoning orally
  • explain mathematical reasoning in writing



Your child will learn about science by conducting experiments, identifying and solving problems and participating in hands-on activities. Your child will:

  • collect, observe, describe, sort, classify and compare living things
  • observe, measure, describe and record aspects of weather such as temperature, air, water and clouds
  • investigate magnetic force

Social Studies

Focus: Neighbors, communities

Your child will:

  • identify why individuals live in groups
  • identify reasons for conflict within a group, neighborhood or community and demonstrate ways to handle conflict situations
  • recognize that communities help people meet their basic needs
  • identify community workers and their jobs
  • explain that people work to satisfy their needs and wants
  • identify how actions of individuals and groups shape laws and rules
  • apply map and globe skills
  • use reference tools to explore social studies concepts


Your child will:

  • identify and begin using the Art Elements in their projects
  • be introduced to a variety of artists, art styles, and art movements throughout history
  • begin to understand that art is created by all cultures
  • create art that expresses their feelings and communicates their personal ideas
  • develop basic skills and techniques necessary to produce projects
  • explore a variety of media
  • be introduced to art vocabulary and demonstrate their understanding of it

Fitness Education

Your child will:

  • understand  and apply the components of health related fitness to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • develop and maintain appropriate levels of skill related fitness
  • develop understandings so that they can adopt healthy and physically active lifestyles
  • develop positive attitudes about physical activity so that they engage in healthy and physically active lifestyles


Your child will:

  • sing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  • play, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  • read and notate music
  • listen, analyze, describe and evaluate music

Classroom Guidance

Students participate in classroom guidance activities facilitated by a school counselor.  Each school provides a developmental guidance curriculum that encompasses dealing with feelings, peer relationships, decision making, protective behaviors and careers.  Skills taught will assist each child in his/her academic, emotional and social development.  This, in turn, will help ensure success in school, at home and in the community.