First Grade Curriculum Overview
graders want to read, listen to, and talk about a wide range of books,
including picture books, poems, short chapter books, and short
informational materials. They are able to predict, sequence, and
summarize story events. They expect the text to make sense, and, if
necessary, they make a second attempt and reread. These students talk
about themselves a readers.
First graders write
to tell about an experience, to tell a story, or to describe. They use
both words and picture. They use phonetic or “temporary” spelling as a
strategy, but are growing in their knowledge of standard spelling.
The mathematics curriculum is organized into five strands:
number and operations; (2) measurement; (3) geometry; (4) data analysis
and probability; and, (5) algebra. Problem-solving strategies are
embedded into each of the 5 strands.
graders build on kindergarten concepts related to other children,
families, home, and school. They compare their own home and school life
with children in environments and societies different from their own.
During this year, they become more individually responsible.
focus for first grade students is using their senses to make
observations and using their own rules to classify living and nonliving
Science Concepts: The needs of living organisms,
Understanding of solid earth materials, Properties & relationships
of objects, Understanding of motion, balance, and weighing of objects
Education includes four separate and distinct disciplines; dance,
music, theatre arts, and visual arts—each with its own body of knowledge
and skills, The intent of the National Standards for Arts Education,
along with the standard courses of study in each area, is that a
comprehensive understanding of one or more of the arts is accomplished
by each student throughout the K-12 Program.
Healthful Living Education program promotes behaviors that contribute
to a healthful life-style and improved quality of life for all students.
The Healthful Living Education portions of the NC Standard Course of
Study support and reinforce the goals and objectives of its two major
components—health education and physical education.