First Grade

Welcome to First Grade

pdf1st Grade Guide to Student Success


  • Meeting the individual needs of emerging readers, writers, and problem solvers.
  • Challenging each child to his/her full potential.
  • Motivating children to become lifelong learners.
  • Including parents as partners in the learning process.
  • Preparing all students to be proficient in all academic areas.
  • Aligned to the PA Core standards.

Time is one of the most valuable gifts you can give your child. Every minute you spend together is an investment that will pay off for life.

First Grade Goals

English Language Arts

We use McGraw-Hill Wonders

pdf1st Grade English Language Arts Curriculum Map

Each child will:

  • identify basic vocabulary.
  • recognize words in context.
  • use decoding/phonics skills.
  • read orally with expression.
  • apply comprehension skills.
  • retell a story.
  • become an independent reader


 Each child will:

  • express ideas clearly.
  • use logical phonetic spellings.
  • develop appropriate punctuation and capitalization.
  • write complete sentences.
  • communicate ideas and experiences.
  • write stories with a beginning, middle, and an end.
  • listen attentively.
  • follow oral directions.
  • use correct grammar when speaking.

Social Studies

pdf1st Grade Social Studies Curriculum Map


pdf1st Grade Science Curriculum Map

The social science are integrated into all areas of the First Grade Curriculum.

Special Area Classes

The following special subjects are taught throughout the year:
Art, Library, Physical Education, Music, and Computer.


Text:  Zaner Bloser

Each child will form letter correctly using correct spacing write legibly in daily work


Text:  HMH Go Math which is accessible online.
pdf1st Grade Math Curriculum Map

Each child will

  • read and write numbers accurately to 100.
  • understand and apply mathematics processes.
  • know basic addition and subtraction facts through 12.
  • become a problem solver.
  • demonstrate knowledge of concepts of time, money, place value, measurement, fractions, geometry, and estimation.
  • participate in calendar math activities.


Suggestions to help your child at home:

  • Discuss your child's day at school, ask what he/she learned at school today.
  • Set a specific time each day for homework/study. This may be practicing vocabulary words, rereading the story text, or using addition and subtraction flash cards.
  • Read to your child daily.
  • Limit amount of TV time.
  • Use calendars to discuss and mark important events.
  • Make a "to do" list and have your child check off items as he/she completes them.
  • Hold high expectations. Children usually live up to your expectations.
  • Instill responsibility in your child by encouraging him/her to show you daily papers, complete homework, and to return required forms to school.
  • Listen to your child read their guided reading books for 10 to15 minutes a day.
  • Encourage your child to keep a journal or diary.
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