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1st Grade Curriculum Overview

Language Arts

We use a comprehensive English program, which includes a wide range of literacy activities and carefully selected materials. 





TextTreasures. The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. 2011


Skills taught: Initial and final consonants; Blends; Long and short vowels; Word families;  Rhymes; Sight words; Decoding and word study; Compound words; Context clues; Picture clues

Teaching methods and resources used: Promethean Interactive Board, iPads/Chromebooks, Leveled Readers (C-M); shared reading and shared writing; read alouds; word wall activities; literacy centers; choral reading; phonics series; oral language chants and songs; familiar reading





TextTreasures. The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. 2011


Primary Units: Action verbs; adding ed; asking sentences; days of the week; describing words; holidays; months of the year; naming parts of a sentence; nouns; punctuation; word order in sentences; contractions; using is and are; using was and were; using has and have; using I and me; synonyms and antonyms; color words; prepositions and phrases; pronouns; adverbs.
Sentences: Statements; questions; exclamations.
Nouns: plural nouns; proper nouns 




TextTreasures. The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. 2011 and Phonetic Connections Benchmark Education Company  2011.  

We teach phonological awareness through: listening; rhyme; sentences & words; syllable awareness; phonemes; onset & rime and phoneme analysis  and synthesis.


Primary Units: short vowels; long vowels; digraphs; blends; compounds; contractions

Teaching methods and resources used: paper/pencil; dictionary; white board; ABC letters/ magnet board; manipulatives; Spelling Bee; write whole word; word shape worksheets; dry erase board with markers in literacy centers; cheering/chanting words with movement; clapping words/syllables; crossword puzzles; word searches


Text: Saxon Mathematics, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company 2012

New concepts are developed through hands-on activities that engage students in the learning process.  Concepts are introduced, reviewed and practiced over time.  Students move from the concrete to the pictorial to the abstract.

Saxon math capitalizes on daily mixed practice,  frequent assessments, daily homework assignments and opportunities for students to make concrete connections to everyday life.

Social Studies

Text:  A Child's View.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company 2009


Primary Units: Rules and Laws; Where People Live; We Love Our Country; Our Changing World; Meeting People; The Marketplace; School Days; At Home with Family; Living in a Community; In and Around the Land; My Country; My Heroes; Watermelons; All about Me; Insects; Apples; Fall; Fire Prevention; Thanksgiving; Christmas; Martin Luther King, Jr. ; Groundhog Day; Earth; Arkansas; Oceans; Dinosaurs; Pets; Space Rockets; Planets; Spring; Butterflies


Skills taught: Seasonal activities; patriotic holidays; cardinal direction; map skills; citizenship skills; geography

Teaching methods and resources used: Promethean Interactive Boards; iPads/Chromebooks; maps; games; books; stories; charts; whiteboard; teacher made materials; thematic units; videos


Text: McMillan McGraw-Hill Science 2005

Primary Units: Life Science: Plants Are Living Things; Life Science: Animals Are Living Things; Earth Science: The Sky and Weather; Earth Science: Caring for Earth; Physical Science: Matter; Matter Everywhere; Physical Science: On the Move

Skills taught: Classification; habitats; living/non-living

Teaching methods and resources used: Worksheets; centers; field trips; art supplies; lecture; videos; guest speakers; posters; sentence strips; pocket chart.


Text: Be My Disciples RCL Benziger: 2014.

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