Class Syllabus/Course Outline

  • First Grade Syllabus/Course Outline


    In Reading: Your child will also learn to:


    First grade is the year when many students seemingly learn to read overnight. By the time kindergarten is over, your child should be able to recognize their name and some other core words in print. They should also be able to write, recognize, and correspond to the sound of most of the letters in the alphabet. Even if they are not reading yet, your child likely has a good grasp of concepts about print.


    In first grade, your child will continue to build phonemic awareness with more complicated sounds like blends and digraphs. They will be taught a number of strategies for decoding words they doen't know or are unable to sound out and start to answer questions about the meaning of what's been read.

    • Comprehension of grade-level materials
    • Reading of grade-level material with fluency
    • Retelling a story's beginning, middle, and ending
    • Comparing the experiences of characters
    • Identifying similarities and differences between two texts on the same topic
    • Identifying the meaning of words in a variety of texts 


    In Math: First grade is a year to explore and introduce the concrete building blocks of math, which include problem-solving, operations, and number sense. 


    Last year, your child may have learned to count with one-to-one correspondence, recognize numerals, and sort into groups. In first grade, your child will continue to build on these concepts using hands-on manipulatives like Cuisenaire rods and snap cubes to more concretely visualize basic addition and subtraction (within a range of zero to 20).


    They will also learn to reason abstractly and quantitatively by creating and solving story problems involving addition and subtraction (e.g. If Jane had one apple and her sister gave her another, how many does she have now? Your Child will learn to:

    • Recognize coins and count money
    • Solve simple mathematical word problems
    • Recognize shapes and know how many sides they have
    • Count, read, and write whole numbers exceeding 100
    • Understand basic place value
    • Count and group objects in ones and tens
    • Identify one more than, one less than, 10 more than, 10 less than a given number, and learn to use the symbols <, >, and =
    • Compare the length, weight, and volume of two or more objects



    Like math, science in the first grade focuses on finding patterns. However, the patterns explored are in the natural world.

     The three units of science study covered are: 
    • Life sciences (plants and animals)
    • Earth sciences (e.g. air and weather)
    • Physical sciences (e.g. solids and liquids)
     Your child will spend time learning about plants, insects, and their common characteristics and may even follow the life cycle of a butterfly. They will learn about the external features and environments that help plants and animals thrive.


    Social Studies

    Expect your child to begin exploring the concept of community beyond just your family. They'll learn about how neighborhoods make up cities, cities make up states, and states make up nations, with a focus on how all of those components work together to create a cohesive unit.



    Your child's fine motor skills have improved a great deal since kindergarten, providing the control needed to really begin writing. In the first grade, expect your child to begin formal work on handwriting skills in addition to creative writing tasks. 

    We will focus on inventive spelling, allowing children to write the sounds they hear in words, while also instructing students using weekly spelling words. Your first grader will learn how to use punctuation and capitals, but, more importantly, they will start to use writing as a tool for communication.


    Schedule for Mrs. Ford's First Grade Class:

    7:35-7:50- Unpack, Morning Work, School News

    7:50-8:30- CKLA Knowldege

    8:30-9:00- MTSS

    9:00-9:20- recess

    9:20-10:30- ELA CKLA Skills /Centers

    10:30-11:30- Math/Math Centers

    11:38-12:08 Lunch

    12:20-1:10- Specials

    1:15-2:00 Science (M,W,F) SS (T&Th)

    2:00-2:05 Pack-up/Dismissal