First Grade Curriculum

  • Language Arts


  • Social Studies

    • The theme for the first grade social studies curriculum is: My Family and Other Families, Now and Long Ago.  In first grade, students learn about their roles and responsibilities as members of a family, school, and community.  The students explore the role of family and school through social, political, economic, geographic, and historical perspectives.  They also learn about and discuss the differences between families now and long ago. Discussion and activities concerning past and current events are an integral part of understanding the world and their part in it.
    • The children begin to:  
      • Explore self, family, and community.
      • Explore beliefs, customs, and traditions common to their family and community.
      • Locate places on maps and globes.
      • Recognize the rights, responsibilities, and roles of citizenship.
      • Be introduced to key terms related to the study of government.
      • Plan, organize, and make decisions for the common good.



    From the Next Generation Science Standards that were adopted last year by NYS. The performance expectations in first grade help students formulate answers to questions such as: “What happens when materials vibrate? What happens when there is no light? What are some ways plants and animals meet their needs so that they can survive and grow? How are parents and their children similar and different? What objects are in the sky and how do they seem to move?” First grade performance expectations include PS4, LS1, LS3, and ESS1.

    Topics Include:

    • Structure and Function of Plants and Animals
    • Waves: Light & Sounds
    • Space Systems
    • Engineering and Design
  • Math

    Curriculum modules in mathematics are marked by in-depth focus on fewer topics. They integrate the CCLS, rigorous classroom reasoning, extended classroom time devoted to practice and reflection through extensive problem sets, and high expectations for mastery. The time required to complete a curriculum module will depend on the scope and difficulty of the mathematical content that is the focus of the module (first priority cluster area for a given grade level). For example, the curriculum module relating to Grade 3 multiplication and division introduces initial ideas of multiplication and division in a brief period at the start of the year, continues to develop strategies and problem solving throughout the year, and includes materials to be used throughout the year for helping students reach fluency by the end of the year with single-digit multiplication and related division.

    Connecting the Standards for Mathematical Practice to the Standards for Mathematical Content

    The Standards for Mathematical Practice(link is external) describe ways in which developing student practitioners of the discipline of mathematics increasingly ought to engage with the subject matter as they grow in mathematical maturity and expertise throughout the elementary, middle and high school years. Designers of curricula, assessments, and professional development should all attend to the need to connect the mathematical practices to mathematical content in mathematics instruction.

    • Parent Guides will be provided on the math page on the website as we get to each unit.