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Grade One Curriculum Overview

Language Arts

Students continue to develop writing skills with correct grammar, capitalization, and punctuation, and practice writing letters, stories, daily journals and thank-you notes. Students are also introduced to cursive writing. Students increase their vocabulary by developing a spelling glossary with a focus on words with a consonant blend. Teachers test students weekly on their spelling words.


Students consistently review and learn computation, ordering numbers to 100, addition and subtraction facts from 0-20, measuring length in customary and metric units, time, basic geometry, numbers to 1000, multiplication, fractions, interpretation of bar graphs and pictographs, and counting money. Hands-on manipulatives are used to compliment the textbook.


Students investigate living organisms and their environments, nonliving things, matter, Earth’s natural resources, space, and forms of energy. The class conducts a group science fair project in preparation for second grade and uses the Harcourt Science textbook as a curriculum resource. In addition to science class and mini lab experiments in class, students visit the science lab a minimum of twice per month. Science laboratory involves the students working on whole group exercises, individual, or pair-and-share exploratory learning activities.

Social Studies

Making Our Way

Students learn about what it means to be a good student as well as their rights and responsibilities within their community. The curriculum also introduces mapping skills, landforms, continents and oceans. Students explore the cultural traditions and celebrations in the United States as well as timelines of past American heroes.

Fine Arts

Students learn the differences among primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. They utilize this knowledge in a variety of mediums, and expand their vocabulary of artistic terms.


Students continue to develop their keyboarding skills by learning to typing their names, addresses, phone numbers and a few sentences. These students use software to enhance their keyboarding techniques and learn the layout of a keyboard. They also learn to utilize appropriate buttons, menu choices, and commands to manipulate the computer when completing learning tasks. During technology class students learn the difference between hardware and software and create and edit text documents.


Students sing, acquire a repertoire of songs, and respond to music with movement. The students learn to distinguish between high and low pitches, accompanied and unaccompanied vocal music, melodic rhythm, and steady beats by sight and sound. The students also learn to recognize when music changes from one section to a contrasting section. Students perform dances and games using locomotor and non-locomotor movements. Students are introduced to music theory and music appreciation.

Physical Education

Students engage in a variety of sports and team-building exercises. They also learn about the importance of exercise to developing strength, and about the need to listen to the body to avoid injury during exercise.


World Languages Program

Students engage in speaking, reading and writing activities. They discover new aspects of grammar, including singular and plural, the basics of conjugating a verb, and formal, informal. In addition, students study basic vocabulary and expressions, classroom commands, and cultural topics. Language teachers engage their students in singing songs that develop a child’s musical talent and ear for correct pronunciation and intonation. Three times a year, students participate in special performances for their parents during the Winter Program, Mother’s Day program, and an end-of-the-year program.

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