1st Grade

At Riverhill School, the first grade is focused on the development of the whole child. We implement a positive learning environment where the child has multiple opportunities to learn. First grade is a special time in a child’s life. This is a time when a child gains self confidence in his/her learning as well as develops a love for learning. In first grade at Riverhill, the goal is to continually challenge each child to his/her potential. This is done through constant teacher-student interaction in learning as well as through a research based curriculum. By using various forms of teaching, first grade at Riverhill School provides the appropriate challenge a child needs at this age. In first grade, numerous cooperative learning groups give students a chance to interact with their peers and to solve problems collaboratively. The Reading program ensures that every child is receiving the individual attention he/she needs through small groups and hands on learning. Reading aloud to children makes the world of difference in developing a love of reading. In first grade, students are continually exposed to new books and materials. Every child is able to accelerate through the use of manipulatives, technology, literature, and writing. The intimate classroom environment and dedicated teachers allow children to be successful in all areas of learning. The moral and ethical values provided enable children to succeed now and in the future. First grade students learn the meaning of respect of self, others, school, and the community by the example set as well as by the incorporation of positive peer interaction across the curriculum daily.

Curriculum Summary

  • Classification
  • Beginning/ending sounds
  • Short/long vowels
  • Context clues
  • Main idea
  • Predicting outcomes
  • Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Drawing conclusions
  • Contractions
  • Sequence
  • Antonyms/synonyms
  • Opposites
  • Word order
  • Story telling
  • Poetry
  • Stated details
  • Digraphs
  • Commas
  • Possessives
  • Singular
  • Plural
  • Following written and oral directions
  • Story plot
  • Initial clusters/Final clusters
  • Pronoun referents
  • Word order in questions
  • Homophones
  • Realism and fantasy
  • Quotation marks
  • Endings: -es, -ed, -s, -ing, -ly
  • Base words/Compound words
  • Dolch words/sight words
  • Abbreviations
  • ABC order to first letter
  • Characterization
  • Cause and effect
  • Rhyme
  • Title page/Table of contents
  • Inflections
  • Author/Illustrator
  • Sharing information
  • Summarize
  • ABC’s (manuscript)
  • Journal writing
  • Sentence writing
  • Creative stories
  • Poetry
  • Informational material
  • Book Making
  • Consonants
  • Short vowels
  • Long vowels
  • Blends
  • Beginning sounds
  • Ending sounds
  • Initial clusters
  • Digraphs
  • Final clusters
  • Special sight words
  • Famous People
  • Johnny Appleseed
  • Christopher Columbus
  • Pilgrims/Indians
  • Squanto
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • George Washington
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Betsy Ross
  • Helen Keller
  • Neil Armstrong
  • Governor
  • President
  • Maps
  • State
  • Continents
  • Oceans
  • Compass rose
  • Symbols
  • Drawing maps
  • Community Helpers
  • Fire fighters
  • Nurses
  • Doctors
  • Teachers
  • Dentists
  • Meteorologists
  • Astronauts
  • Scientists
  • Forester
  • Botanists
  • Holidays
  • Different cultures
  • Celebrations
  • Friendship
  • Flag
  • Pledge
  • Colors
  • Stars/stripes
  • Presidents
  • Study skills
  • Subjects
  • Nouns
  • Verbs
  • Adverbs
  • Adjectives
  • Article adjectives
  • Writing statements
  • Writing a question
  • Capitalizing the pronoun I
  • Capitalizing names of people
  • Prepositions
  • Object of preposition
  • Capitalizing days of the week, months, towns, and states
  • Contractions
  • Writing sentences
  • Subject/verb parts
  • Paragraphs
  • Letter writing: friendly and thank you
  • Writing envelopes
  • Counting to 1,000
  • Number writing to 1,000
  • Even and odd numbers
  • Writing and reading Roman numerals 1-10
  • Recognizing cardinal and ordinal number words 1-20
  • Place value
  • Addition and subtraction families 1-18
  • Addition and subtraction two and three digit numbers
  • Writing addition sentences
  • Writing subtraction sentences
  • Problem solving
  • Money
  • Adding and subtracting money
  • Greater than
  • Less than
  • Geometric shapes: square, circle, rectangle, triangle
  • Symmetry
  • Graphs
  • Logical thinking
  • Patterns
  • Calendar (days, months, seasons)
  • Measurement (inches, centimeters)
  • Time (to the hour, half hour, quarter past, quarter till, and five minute intervals)
  • Fractions: 1/2, 1/3, 1/4
  • Temperature
  • Perimeter
  • Multiplication (groups of two, three, five, and ten)
  • Sequence
  • Trees
  • Photosynthesis
  • Seasons
  • Parts of leaves, plants,tree
  • What plants need to grow
  • Growth of apples
  • Animals
  • Hibernation
  • Migration
  • Homes/habitats
  • Mammals
  • Spiders
  • Webs
  • Parts of a spider
  • Insects
  • Butterflies/metamorphosis
  • Owls
  • Teeth/Dental health
  • Weather: rain, wind, snow, sleet, hail, thunderstorms, tornadoes, clouds, rainbows, thermometer
  • Plants
  • Simple plants
  • Flowering plants
  • Sunlight
  • Soil
  • Water
  • Magnets
  • Oceans
  • Salt water
  • Vertebrates
  • Whales/dolphins
  • Shells
  • Space
  • Planets
  • Astronauts
  • Exploration