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Firelands Montessori Academy First Grade

1st Grade Curriculum
Children will continue to build on the standards achieved in the previous year. Children will continue to use hands on materials to further strengthen their skills in all the areas.

• Will be able to figure out less than and greater than and equals to
• Represent equivalent forms of the same number using snake game and moving on to abstraction
• Ordinal and cardinal numbers
• Introduction to Roman numerals
• Value of coins and different combinations of coins that equal the same value
• Use of operations
• Memorization of the addition & subtraction facts
• Use of inverse relationship of addition and subtraction
• Skip counting - use bead chains to understand the concept
• Adding & subtracting four digit numbers
• Addition and subtraction with exchanges
• Introduction to multiplication using multiplication boards
• Word problems

Measurement and Geometry
• Compare weight, length and volume
• Identification of the geometric figures, their attributes through geometric solids, geometric cabinet and constructive triangles
• Introduction to line, angle and plane figures
Fractions and Application
• Able to identify and exchange money
• Understanding of whole and its parts

Mathematical Reasoning
• Students practice setting up the problems, solving them with the materials and sketch them.
• Students make connections within presentations and make logical predictions

• Reading
• Word Analysis
Word analysis, fluency and systematic vocabulary development
• Phonemic Awareness
• One syllable words
• Short and long vowels
• Consonant digraphs and vowel digraphs
• Series of rhyming words
• Distinguish orally stated one-syllable words and separate into beginning and ending sounds
• Can count the syllable in the words
Children use movable alphabet to build words for the set of objects or pictures provided
• Decoding and Word Recognition
• High frequency (sight words) are introduced
• Definitions and rules are introduced
• Concepts of opposites, singular and plural, gender
• Compound words
• Word attack skills
Students use set of cards at their own pace to develop the understanding
• Vocabulary and Concept Development
• Students are able to describe common objects and events in both general and specific language
• Recall sequence / Information
• Draw Conclusions
• Summarize
• Identify styles: poetry, fairy tale, fiction, non-fiction
• Synonyms, Homonyms, Antonyms
• Oral expression
• Listen and follow directions
• Ask/ Answer questions on topic
• Use complete sentences
• Speak audibly
 Tell short stories
• Categorize things in group
• Listen to stories read aloud / be able to answer questions on content / sequence/ characters / moral

Reading Comprehension
• Identify text that uses sequence or other logical order 
• Comprehension and Analysis
• Respond to who, what, when, where, why and how questions
• Literary Response and Analysis
• Identify and describe the elements of plot, setting, and characters in a story as well as story? s beginning, middle and ending.
• Recollect, talk and write about books read throughout the year
• Writing
• Selection of a focus and usage of descriptive words
• Print legibly and space the letters to make meaningful sentences
• Write narratives, describe an experience, and write brief expository descriptions
• Written and oral English Language Conventions
• Write and speak in complete sentences
• Identify and correctly use singular and plural nouns
• Use of contractions
• Types of sentences
• Capitalization: beginning of the sentence, word I, names of the people and places
• Recognize sentence parts: noun/verb
• Paragraph composition
• Listening and Speaking
• Listen attentively, and ask appropriate questions
• Be able to follow two to three step directions
• Recite short poems
• Retell a story

History and Social Sciences
Students are presented the cosmic view of the Universe. The students explore and examine the details of acceptable behavior in society.
• Students describe the rights and individual responsibilities
• This concept is introduced through classroom rules and voting

Problem solving techniques
• People in Community
• Meaning of Citizenship
• Time line of history is shared
• Map of the World, maps and the study of the continents, celebrations from different cultures, physical features of the Continents/Countries of North America are studied in depth

Physical Sciences:
• Understanding of matter, energy, etc.
Botany and Zoology:
• Understanding of basic classification
• Parts of human body as well as parts of vertebrates
• Parts of plant, leaf, seed, fruit, flower etc. and the functions, life cycles
Earth Science:
• Weather
• Formation of earth
• Planets
• Parts of Volcano



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