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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.

Social-emotional learning

  • Growth mindset & goal-setting – Students learn how to develop a growth mindset and apply research-based goal-setting strategies to their social and academic lives. This unit’s content helps create classrooms that are connected and encouraging by helping students set and achieve collective and personal goals and learn from challenges and mistakes.
  • Emotion management – Students learn how to build their emotion vocabularies, practice identifying their own and others’ emotions, and recognize the importance of labeling and processing their emotions. This unit’s content helps students understand and explore how past experiences as well as unique perspectives influence how they feel and respond to situations.
  • Empathy & kindness – Students learn how to recognize kindness and act kindly toward others, and how to develop empathy by learning strategies to take others’ perspectives. This unit’s content helps students understand others’ points of view.
  • Problem-solving – Students learn how to process strong emotions, describe a problem, identify the wants and needs of others, think of and explore the outcomes of potential solutions, and pick the best solution. This unit’s content helps students ask, listen, and empathize with all parties involved during problem-solving.