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First Grade Syllabus

 

First Grade Syllabus

Summit Elementary School

 

 

 

 

 

First Grade Reading

 

First grade teachers have identified the following “I Can” statements for our first grade in the areas of reading, spelling, and phonics. We expect each child to master these by the end of first grade.

 


 

  • I can tell the difference between letters, words, and sentences.
  • I can say the beginning and ending sounds in words.
  • I can sound out letters to read words.
  • I can blend two, three, or four sounds into words.
  • I can read words with short and long vowels.
  • I can read words with 2 letter blends.
  • I can use what I have read and pictures I see to figure out words I do not know.
  • I can use fix-up strategies when my reading doesn’t make sense.
  • I can read and understand words with the suffix –s, -es, -ed, -ing, -er, and      -est.
  • I can read and understand words with the prefix un- and re-.
  • I can stop at periods when I read.
  • I can tell where a sentence begins and ends.
  • I can read with expression when I see “!” or “?”.
  • I can name characters in a story.
  • I can tell about the characters in a story.
  • I can tell about the setting of a story.
  • I can retell important events in the beginning, middle and ending of a story.
  • I can tell the problem and the solution in a story.
  • I can use what I’ve read to answer questions about a story.
  • I can put up to 4 events from a story in order.
  • I can tell what happens first, next, and last in a story.
  • I can tell the main idea in fiction and non-fiction stories.
  • I can tell important details in fiction and non-fiction stories.
  • I can use pictures and captions to help me answer questions about my reading.
  • I can use lists, charts and graphs to help me answer questions about my reading.
  • I can read first grade level books fluently.
  • I can read first grade level sight words.
  • I can describe the jobs of authors and illustrators.
  • I can give a reason for reading.
  • I can draw, write and talk about what I have read.
  • I can make predictions while I am reading and give reasons for my prediction.
  • I can independently read books for fun or to find out information.


 

 

 

 


 

First Grade Writing

First graders will be participating in many writing activities this year. Research has shown that writing and reading are very closely connected. When students are working on writing they are growing as readers.

            First grade teachers have identified what we want the children to be able to do by the end of the school year. These are our “I Can” statements for writing:

 

  • I can write an opinion story in which I state an opinion, give a reason and write a closing sentence.
  • I can write a feature article in which I name a topic, write facts and write a closing sentence.
  • I can write a story with 2 or more sequenced events using transition words and a closing sentence.
  • I can participate in shared writing.
  • I can write stories using technology.
  • I can take part in shared research and write about what I learned.
  • I can write an answer to a question.
  • I can print all upper and lower case letters.
  • I can use parts of speech correctly when writing and speaking (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, conjunctions, articles and prepositions).
  • I can write a complete sentence.
  • I can capitalize proper nouns.
  • I can use punctuation correctly when writing.
  • I can spell first grade words correctly.
  • I can spell hard words using the sounds I hear.

 

Types of Writing

 

The students will be working on many different types of writing throughout the school year. As we work on these kinds of writing we will be focusing on the “I Can” statements above.

 

  • Modeled Writing (teacher demonstrating good writing)
  • Shared Writing (teachers and students writing together)
  • Independent Writing
  • Journals
  • Personal Narratives (stories about yourself)
  • Literary Stories (fiction stories)
  • Poems
  • Letters
  • How-To Articles
  • Feature Articles (reports)
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Reflective Writing (writing about what you have learned)
  • Response Writing (writing in response to a book, science experiment or other classroom activity)
  • On Demand Writing (students are given a writing task that they complete on their own)

 

 

 

 

First Grade Math

 

            These are the “I Can” statements that we want first graders to master by the end of the year. I have also listed our math units and when we will be teaching each unit.

First Grade Power Standards “I Can” Statements


 

  • I can count, write and model numbers to 120.
  • I can draw a picture that shows a number from 1-100.
  • I can find 10 more and 10 less than a number.
  • I can identify the number of tens and ones in a 2-digit number.
  • I can put numbers in order.
  • I can use >, =, and < to compare numbers.
  • I can identify ½ and ¼ using picture models.
  • I can tell that ½ is greater than ¼ using picture models.
  • I can divide circles and rectangles into halves and fourths.
  • I can create, model, and solve addition and subtraction problems.
  • I can write a number sentence to model an addition or subtraction problem.
  • I can write turn-around facts.
  • I can write a fact family.
  • I can solve addition and subtraction problems within 20.
  • I can add 3 numbers together.
  • I can quickly solve addition and subtraction facts within 10.
  • I can use the equal sign correctly.
  • I can find the missing number in an addition or subtraction problem.
  • I can add and subtract numbers to 100 (without regrouping).
  • I can skip count by 2’s to 100, starting with 1 (odd numbers)
  • I can skip count by 2’s to 100, starting with 2 (even numbers)
  • I can skip count by 5’s to 100, starting with 5
  • I can skip count by 10’s to 100, starting with 10
  • I can tell if a number from 1-100 is odd or even
  • I can solve equal groups problems using manipulatives (4 groups of 3 is 12)
  • I can measure using non-standard units.
  • I can order 3 objects by length.
  • I can measure an object to the nearest inch using a ruler.
  • I can tell and write time to the hour and half hour.
  • I can identify a penny, nickel, dime and quarter and tell the value of each.
  • I can calculate the value of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters for values up to 50 cents.
  • I can compare two measurements using these attributes:
    • longer, shorter (length)
    • heavier, lighter (weight);
    • hotter, colder (temperature)
  • I can identify and draw a rectangle, square, trapezoid, triangle, and circle.
  • I can identify a cube, rectangular prism, cone and cylinder.
  • I can put 2 shapes together to make a new shape.
  • I can describe and sort circles, triangles, squares, rectangles, trapezoids, rhombuses, and hexagons by the number of sides they have.
    • I can create a graph.
    • I can answer questions about a graph.
  • I can identify a simple repeating or growing pattern.
  • I can extend a simple color, shape, or number pattern.
  • I can create a repeating color or shape pattern.


 

 


 

First Grade Science

 

First grade teachers have identified the following “I Can” statements for our first graders in the area of science. We expect each child to master these by the end of first grade. Because first grade is so focused on teaching reading, many of these science topics will be covered along with our reading curriculum. For example, there is a story in our reading series about the sun, so as we are reading that story we will be focusing on the I Can statement that says, “I can tell that the sun gives the Earth heat and light.”

Students will read about science, write about science and do hands-on science and experiments.

 


 

  • I can sort objects by the materials they are made from.
  • I can sort objects by size, shape, and color.
  • I can use rulers and balances to help me sort objects by size.
  • I can tell that matter is anything that has mass and takes up space.
  • I can identify matter as a solid, liquid, or a gas.
  • I can identify things magnets attract.
  • I can identify things magnets do not attract.
  • I can explore the movement of objects by pushes and pulls.
  • I can tell that the force of a push or pull affects how an object moves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • I can collect weather data.
  • I can compare weather from season to season.
  • I can observe and describe weather using temperature, wind, and precipitation.
  • I can identify what plants and animals need to survive.
  • I can tell that a life cycle shows how plants and animals grow and change.
  • I can put the stages of a frog life cycle in order.
  • I can put the stages of a plant life cycle in order.
  • I can tell that a fossil shows plants and animals that lived long ago.
  • I can tell that the sun gives the Earth heat and light.


 

 

First Grade Social Studies

 

 

First grade teachers have identified the following “I Can” statements for our first graders in the area of social studies. We expect each child to master these by the end of first grade.

First graders will be learning about rules, being a good citizen, different cultures, economics, geography, and patriotic songs, symbols, and holidays.

 


 

  • I can name important rules at home and school.
  • I can explain the purpose of rules at home and school.
  • I can name ways to be a good citizen at home.
  • I can name ways to be a good citizen at school.
  • I can name ways to be a good citizen in my community.
  • I can explore different cultures.
  • I can discuss how cultures are alike and different.
  • I can describe conflict as a disagreement between people.
  • I can describe cooperation as working together to get the job done.
  • I can give examples of wants and needs.
  • I can identify the difference between goods and services.
  • I can give examples of goods and services.
  • I can identify a map and a globe.
  • I can answer questions about a map, globe, chart or graph.
  • I can identify the following landforms: mountain, hill, and plain.
  • I can identify the following bodies of water: ocean, river, lake.
  • I can identify our basic needs—food, shelter, and clothing.
  • I can describe ways people change the environment to meet their needs.
  • I can identify the patriotic songs The Star Spangled Banner and You’re a Grand Ole Flag.
  • I can identify the statue of liberty, the liberty bell, the bald eagle, and the flag as symbols of the United States of America.
  • I can identify Veteran’s Day, Martin Luther King’s birthday, President’s Day and Independence Day as important patriotic holidays.


 

 


 

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