•  1st Grade Curriculum
    ART Course Title: Art - Grade 1  Department: Art
    Grade Level: 1st  Length of Course: 40 minutes/once a week
    Primary Resources: PDE Standards
    Units of Study: Drawing, Painting, Clay, Printing, Crafts, and Sculpture.
    Curriculum Based Assessments: Observation, oral responses, and project completion
    Standardized Assessments: N/A

    Description of Course: Grade 1 is aligned with the PA Humanities standards. The PA Humanities standards of Art are comprised of the various disciplines: Drawing, painting, clay, printing, crafts, sculpture and design. The course study is to foster a continuing interest and enthusiasm for the visual arts through active participation and informed application. Students will be introduced and will identify works of art and artist. Students will identify and develop an appreciation of the arts. The student will be able to describe and identify different types of art.

    Business Technology Course Title: First Grade Course 1 Coding  Department: Business/Technology
    Grade Level: 1st  Length of Course: 8 weeks/ 40 minutes One time per week
    Primary Resources: code.org
    Units of Study: 1. Happy Maps  2. Move It, Move It  3. Jigsaw: Learn to drag and drop  4. Maze: Sequence  5. Maze: Debugging  6. Real-Life Algorithms  7. Bee: Sequence  8.  Artist: Sequence  9.  Building a Foundation  10.  Artist: Shapes  11.   Spelling Bee 12. Getting Loopy  13.  Maze: Loops  14.  Bee: Loops  15.  The Big Event  16.  Play Lab: Create a Story  17.  Going Places Safely  18.  Artist: Loops

    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Successful Completion of each lesson.
    Standardized Assessments: N/A
    Description: Students create computer programs with loops and events and write algorithms for everyday tasks. Through this, they learn to collaborate with others meaningfully, investigate different problem-solving techniques, persist in the face of difficult tasks, and learn about Internet safety. By the end of this course, students create their very own custom game or story that they can share. Students starting in Course 1 will be early-readers in the lower elementary grades.
    • Early-readers
    • Sequences
    • Loops and events
    • Meaningful collaboration with others
    • Problem-solving and perseverance techniques
    • Internet safety

    English Language Arts Course Title: English Language Arts  Department: English Language Arts
    Grade Level: 1  Length of Course: Year/120 minutes a day
    Units of Study: Word Study (Phonics/Spelling), Reading, Writing, Grammar, Speaking/Listening
    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Unit assessments, tests/quizzes, writing samples, & on-going formative assessments
    Standardized Assessments: STAR 360 Reading and/or Early Literacy, F&P Benchmarks
    Description: The Grade 1 English Language Arts program, is designed to help students explore their interests, share their experiences, and develop a lifelong love of reading. It is aligned with PA Core Standards. The program encompasses the areas of fiction and non-fiction reading, writing, speaking and listening. Through whole group instruction and small flexible groups, the teacher meets the learning needs of students. Students are assessed throughout the school year to assure proper instructional grouping and reading levels. First-grade word study is the development of phonetic skills, phonemic awareness, acquisition of sight words, and word attack strategies. In reading, we engage in lessons that develop reading fluency, vocabulary, comprehension skills and strategies. Our writing communicates ideas and research through a variety of genres, such as narrative, informative and persuasive. Students practice speaking and listening through presentations and performances.

    Health & Phys Ed Cover Course Title: Health and Physical Education  Department: Physical Education
    Grade Level: 1  Length of Course: Year/40min & 30 min / 2 x week
    Primary Resources: Various online resources and Physical Education activity books.

    Units of Study: Fitness, Cooperative games & Activities, Locomotor Movement, Team Games & Sport, Manipulatives
    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Pre and Post Fitness Testing, Participation, Attitude, Sportsmanship.
    Standardized Assessments: Designed rubrics for participation and skills testing.


    Physical Education at the primary level is designed to introduce students to the benefits of regular physical activity, by offering a variety of activities and empowering the students to make healthy choices.  There are six main units of focus in the Primary Physical Education program:

    Fitness - physically engages each student at their individual level of fitness and fosters a desire to improve over time. Fitness unit focuses on basic concepts of muscular endurance, muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility.  Fitness activities are performed during stations and game activities during class. Some examples of exercises include jumping rope, push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, jogging, and burpees.

    Cooperative Games and Activities - this unit is designed to cognitively engage each student with higher-order thinking, decision-making skills, cooperation, teamwork, and problem-based activities designed to promote growth, both physically and mentally.  Learning the aspects of good sportsmanship and fair play during gameplay is a focus.

    Locomotor Movement - students demonstrate various locomotor movements while engaged in various games and activities. Some examples include: hopping, skipping, running, leaping, jumping, galloping, and walking.  

    Team Sports- provide an exposure to a wide range of team sports through lead up games and activities.  Students utilize particular skill movements such as throwing, kicking, dribbling and catching while participating in game situations.

    Manipulatives- focus on proper body mechanics by utilizing specific movements.  Student engage in various activities while aiming for a target, kicking a ball, or catching an object while incorporating these skills into game and practice sessions.

    This course is aligned with the PA Academic Health, Safety and Physical Education Standards. The standards are comprised under 5 main areas of focus: Physical Activity, Concepts of Health, Healthful Living, Safety and Injury Prevention, and Concepts, Principles & Strategies of Movement.

    Library Course Title: Library-Grade 1  Department: Library
    Grade Level: 1  Time Per Day/Week:  40 Minutes/Week Length of Course: Year
    Units of Study: Unit 1: Library Orientation/Use of Library, Unit 2: Book Selection, Unit 3: Using informational text, Unit 4: Literary fiction

    Curriculum-Based Assessments:

    Standardized Assessments: N/A

    Description:  In first-grade library, students learn to independently select literature in a variety of genres. Students will recognize the organization of the library to choose Easy Fiction and Easy Non-Fiction books. Students will continue to focus on the rules and procedures as responsible library users as well as proper book handling skills.

    Math Course Title: Math - Grade 1  Department: Mathematics
    Grade Level: 1  Length of Course: Year
    Primary Resources: My Math-McGraw Hill
    Units of Study: Numbers and Operations in Base Ten, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Geometry, Measurement and Data
    Curriculum-Based Assessments: STAR 360, Topic Tests, and ongoing formative assessments
    Standardized Assessments: N/A
    Description: Grade 1 Mathematics is aligned to PA Core Standards. Mathematical thinking is foundational and important to academic success in all subjects. Students are provided with opportunities to develop an understanding of math concepts through hands-on and concrete activities.

    Unit 1 focuses on Numbers and Operations in Base 10. In this unit students will read, write, and represent numbers within 10, 20, and 120. Students will apply models and strategies to add and subtract numbers within 10, 20, and 100.

    Unit 2 focuses on Operations and Algebraic Thinking. Students will solve addition and subtraction word problems within 20, involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions.

    Unit 3 focuses on Geometry. Students will compose and distinguish between two and three-dimensional shapes based on their attributes. Students will use their understanding of fractions to partition shapes into halves and quarters.

    Unit 4 focuses on Measurement and Data. Students will order lengths and measure them both indirectly and by repeating length units, tell and write time to the nearest half hour using both analog and digital clocks, and represent and interpret data using tables/charts.

    Music Course Title: General Music Grade 1  Department: Music
    Grade Level: 1  Length of Course: Year
    Primary Resources: Resources developed by teachers and aligned to PA Academic Standards/Standards/National Music Standards
    Units of Study: Music literacy, performance skills, listening and analysis, musical concepts and creativity

    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Topic Tests, Performance and project assessments using rubric criteria

    Standardized Assessments: N/A
    Description: In first-grade general music, students develop tuneful singing through a growing repertoire of age-appropriate songs. Students will discover musical contrasts such as fast/slow, loud/soft, high/low, same/different and begin to label these concepts with proper music vocabulary. Students develop a strong concept of a steady beat and begin basic music literacy skills using quarter notes, eighth notes and quarter rests. Students will begin pitch literacy with basic two-tone songs that use sol-mi. Students learn the cultural connections of music from around the world, the music of famous musicians.

    Science Course Title: Science -First Grade  Department: Science

    Grade Level: First Grade  Length of Course: Year/ 75 days per year
    Primary Resources: STC Asset Kit: Weather, FOSS Asset Kit: Solids and Liquids, McGraw-Hill First Grade Wonders Unit 4
    Units of Study: Weather, Solids and Liquids, Living and Nonliving

    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Checklist

    Standardized Assessments: N/A
    Description: The Weather Kit introduces students to the concept of weather and to the idea that scientific tools can be used to measure the phenomena they observe with their senses. Students observe weather; use thermometers, rain gauges, and wind scales; record their own data; and discuss their findings on cloud cover, precipitation, wind, and temperature. Students are asked to apply their new skills and knowledge to make predictions about the weather in their area.


    The Solids and Liquids Module provides experiences that heighten primary students’ awareness, curiosity, and understanding of the physical world and provides opportunities for young students to engage in scientific and engineering practices. Matter with which we interact exists in three fundamental states: solid, liquid, and gas. In this module, students will:

    • Investigate and sort objects based on their properties.
    • Observe, describe, and compare the properties and behaviors of solids and liquids. Record observations with pictures, numbers, and words.
    • Recognize the properties of solid materials that make them
      appropriate for tower construction; build towers.
    • Combine and separate solid materials of different particle
      sizes using tools.
    • Observe, describe, and record what happens when solids and water are mixed and when liquids and water are mixed.
    • Use knowledge to conduct an investigation of an unknown material
    • Observe and describe changes when solids and liquids are
    heated and cooled.

    Living and Nonliving:

    • Distinguish and recognize characteristics of common animals.
    • Identify characteristics of different animal classifications (reptile, bird, amphibian, insect, mammal, fish) and classify animals by using these characteristics.

    Social Studies Course Title: Social Studies - Grade 1  Department: Social Studies

    Grade Level: 1  Length of Course: Year/ 40 minutes/every day for 70 days annually
    Primary Resources: Viola, Herman J. Social Studies: School and Family. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005. Print.
    Units of Study: (1) Citizenship - Our Community,(2) American History - Our Changing Country, (3) Cultures - Seasons of Celebration, (4) Geography - The Earth & Where We Live, (5) Economics - World of Work, (6) Civics - U.S. Government & National Symbols
    Curriculum Based Assessments: Teacher Observation & Ongoing Formative Assessments
    Standardized Assessments: N/A
    Description: Unit 1 focuses on the responsibilities and contributions of the members in a productive community. Students also recognize leaders in family and community structures as those to guide others. 

    The concept of the past, present, and future, is introduced in Unit 2 to describe change over the course of time. Native American groups and persons from other parts of the world have developed the area of North America in many ways, including communication to transportation.

    Throughout the month of December, students are exposed to various holidays and celebrations held around the world; these six celebrations are connected by common themes: light, family, food, and ritual, in the third unit of study.

    Unit 4 provides information on the continents and oceans of the Earth. Geographical and physical features, natural resources, and seasons affect how and where people live on the Earth.

    Students gain a fundamental understanding of our dynamic economy, based upon needs and wants, monetary exchange, and employment, in Unit 5.

    In the final Unit of the academic year, local and national leaders are discussed. These individuals grant citizens certain rights and responsibilities to maintain order and safety for all. Students will also identify historical figures and national symbols that represent the ideals and values of our country.