Curriculum Information for 1st Grade
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.
My reading instruction will include small groups centered on differentiated reading needs and whole group lessons building on various reading skills. Our district is concentrating on these various skills in early literacy: phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, fluency, and building vocabulary.
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.
In an effort to build on phonemic awareness, phonics, and fluency, 1st 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 cannot be read completely phonetically (sounded out) and therefore must be partially sounded out and memorized. 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 on Lucy Calkins genre writing such as: narrative, opinion, and informational writing.
The BISD math curriculum is MyMath by McGraw Hill. which aligns with common core standards. 1st grade students will learn the following concepts; addition and subtraction concepts, 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).
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. Areas of study focus on two major areas; Families in our Community and Families in Other Places. Two major components will be:
1. Making timelines of important dates in their lives.
2. Writing letters to grandparents (or an elder family friend/relative) to learn more about life when they were younger.