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First Grade

What students do in Grade 1

STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Math




  • Next Generation Science Standards / Common Core State Standards

  • Use of hands-on investigation to problem solve

  • Language of the discipline (appropriate use of scientific terms)

  • Connections between real world experiences and scientific concepts

  • Conduct experiments by developing individual questions, making predictions, recording data and results, developing conclusions and sharing information with peers



  • Play math and language arts games

  • Beginning keyboarding

  • Beginning Word

  • Create one PowerPoint slide and publish a short story

  • Dash & Dot Coding Robots



  • Build a tower

  • Build with blocks

  • Build a housing to keep an ice cube cold

  • Build marble runs

  • Build structures with playing cards

  • Use aluminum foil to create a boat and then put weights in it to determine buoyancy

  • Use Magnet tiles to create shapes and structures



  • Describe, identify and replicate patterns in art, nature, environment using line, color, shape/form and texture

  • Distinguish different art media

  • Mix secondary colors from primary colors and describe the process

  • Plan and use variations of line, shape/form, color and texture to create ideas, feelings

  • Create a representational sculpture, piece of artwork from everyday life

  • Identify and describe subjects in art (landscape, portraits, still life0

  • Value artistic creations

  • Clap rhythmic patterns

  • Describe objects designed by artists that are used at home: tables, chairs, cars



  • Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction

  • Understand relationships between addition and subtraction (8+4=12 so 12-4=8)

  • Add and subtract within 20

  • Memorize math facts to 10

  • Work with addition and subtraction equations

  • Count, read and write numerals to 120

  • Understand place value: how numbers are composed of tens and ones; ten more, ten less, one more and one less.

  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract

  • Measure lengths

  • Tell and write time to hour and half hour

  • Represent and interpret data

  • Reason with 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional shapes and their attributes

  • Understand halves and fourths


Project Based Learning

  • Gingerbread Character

  • Animal Habitat

  • Family Tree

  • Community Worker