Here is some specific information on the curriculum our district uses for 1st grade. Of course, good instruction uses a variety of methods and materials to teach each subject, however this gives you a good basis of what is expected of first graders.
During the 2019-2020 school year BISD will begin our official implementation of a new Language Arts Curriculum from The Center for the Collaborative Classroom (https://www.
collaborativeclassroom.org/). This curriculum will be used for reading, writing, comprehension and vocabulary. In addition, it has a social-emotional learning component integrated throughout the lessons and texts. I will also be using Heggerty to enhance the phonemic awareness activities which will be implemented throughout this new reading program.
I also use Daily 5 for skill building:
Daily 5- Read to self, Listen to Reading, Read to Someone, Word Work, & Writing
First grade concentrates on Sight Words/High Frequency Words. Sight words are the most common or frequent words your students will read. Many of these words are difficult to sound out (usually one sound is tricky) and it our goal to have your child recognize this and know how the word should be read. There are a few popular sight word lists. First grade uses the Dolch sight word lists because it focuses on primary grade students.
In first grade we focus on different aspects of writing. At the beginning we focus on handwriting and basic skills like capitalization and end marks. We also focus writing narratives, opinion, and informational writing.
The BISD math curriculum is MyMath by McGraw Hill. which aligns with common core standards. First grade students will learn the following concepts; addition and subtraction, addition and subtraction strategies to 20, place value, adding/subtracting two digit numbers, data analysis (graphing), time, measurement, and geometry (2 and 3 dimensional shapes), and fractions.
ST Math - Technology Component (You will receive a district specific website and password for home access) The main character is Jiji. The program is aligned to our class curriculum and therefore, we expect students to spend about an hour a week utilizing this program through school and home use.
Instructions on how to install ST Math on your home PC and/or tablet: ST Math instructions for Home Use
The BISD uses science kits. For first grade they focus on: Patterns in the Sky (sun, moon, and shadows focus) and Animals and Plants. These kits include a multitude of hands-on activities and emphasize exploration.
1st grade's social studies units focus on families and neighborhood. Two major components will be:
1. Making timelines of important dates in their lives.
2. Participation in the Junior Achievement program which focuses on families, businesses in their neighborhoods, needs and wants, reading and identifying map symbols.
We will be using a combination of Responsive Classroom (class meetings), Collaborative Classroom (new program aligned with our reading), and Open Circle delivered by our guidance counselor.