Curriculum Used in First Grade
Explore the vastness of the universe with us!. Study the basics of the field of astronomy, the sun, moon, planets, asteroids & meteors, the Kuiper Belt and Dwarf Planets, galaxies, and more through conversational lessons and plenty of hands on projects that will keep your student interested and engaged for each two week lesson!
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Social Studies: The Ancients
Witness the rise and fall of ancient empires as your student discovers a condensed version of history from the earliest nomads in 5000BC through 1600AD. What terrible secret was buried in Shi Huangdi’s tomb? Did nomads like lizard stew? What happened to Anansi the Spider in the Village of the Plantains? Who discovered chocolate? What happened to the Giant Fovor of the Mighty Blows? And why did the Ottoman Turks drag their war ships across dry land? Using visual, auditory, and kinetic learning in our project based approach, your student will find out the answer to these and more!
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Phonics and Language:
Exposure to great literature deepens this year as we dive into living books that tie into our history curriculum. A list of books that will be read aloud to our first grade students will be included under history/social studies.
Phonics instruction continues as your first grade student builds his or her reading skills. This year reading fluency increases and comprehension skills develop. Building upon what your student already knows, they will also:
Reading Skills will move on from simply sounding out word to reading phrases and complete sentences and comprehending/discussing what is being read.
Students will be introduced to:
Grammar instruction will begin this year. In addition to memorizing a minimum of 6 poems, your student will cover:
Writing skills, Penmanship:
(for information on why we teach cursive, please visit our "about us" or "curriculum" page)
As your student continues their writing instruction, new information learned will include:
Learn formation for remaining 14 capital letters
Paragraphs and poems
Halfway through the year, your student will shift focus and begin work on learning the writing process: read and gather, think and plan, write and rewrite, check and polish, share results,
use proper punctuation and capitalization; simple sentence structure; recognize difference between phrases and sentences; fill in missing words in sentences; write sentences using suggested words; choose titles; develop stories using assigned themes; solving riddles; sequencing; writing a process summary, starting/concluding sentences; writing friendly letters
Compositions include these themes:
Animal, historical, seasonal, character building, plants, school, ocean, "how to"
Mathematics: Your 123's!
The Lab school of Oklahoma uses Saxon math for it's core math instruction. We believe each student is unique and teach to the individual. Therefore, we supplement with Math-U-See to integrate a more hands on approach with those who would benefit. For more information on Saxon math, please visit our "About Us" page.
This is a list of new information taught in first grade.
Numbers and Operations
Counts by 3’s, 4's
Counts by 5’s from any number
Compares and orders numbers to 1,000
Uses comparison symbols (<, >, =)
Writes numbers using expanded form
Rounds to the nearest 10
Identifies ordinal position to twelfth
Locates rational numbers on a number line
Adds multiples of 10 and 100
Adds multi-digit numbers using mental computation
Adds three or more multi-digit numbers
Identifies and writes addition and subtraction fact families
Subtracts multi-digit numbers with and without regrouping
Subtracts two-digit numbers using mental computation
Masters basic multiplication facts through 5
Doubles a number
Writes number sentences for arrays
Divides by 2
Identifies equivalent fractions
Identifies numerator and denominator
Represents and writes mixed numbers
Geometry and Measurement
Makes and draws similar shapes and designs
Constructs and names lines
Constructs and names angles
Identifies horizontal, vertical, and oblique line segments
Identifies and draws parallel and perpendicular lines
Identifies and draws lines of symmetry
Identifies right angles
Graphs ordered pairs on a coordinate place
Measures and draws line segments to the nearest 1/2 in.
Measures using feet and inches
Estimates linear measures
Weighs objects using pounds
Measures temperature using Fahrenheit
Measures temperature using Celsius
Measures perimeter using inches and centimeters
Measures area using non-standard units
Measures area using square inches
Reads and represents time to five-minute intervals
Finds elapsed time
Identifies noon and midnight
Writes the date using digits
Identifies relationships between and among minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years
Creates and reads a line graph
Creates and reads a Venn diagram
Conducts an experiment and records the results
Conducts a survey
Explores concepts of chance and probability