First Grade Curriculum

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First Grade Curriculum
Courthouse Academy students learn through various mediums in the enriched environment of their developmentally challenging classroom. Students are encouraged to reach their potential in academics, the arts, health, and good citizenship; in other words, to become a well-rounded individual.


  • Identify differences between fiction and non-fiction
  • Nonfiction text features
  • Apply knowledge of how print is organized and read
  • Phonetic principles
  • Semantic clues and syntax to expand vocabulary
  • Read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of fictional and nonfictional text
  • Making connections between self to self, self to text and self to world
  • Making predictions of beginning, middle and end of a story
  • Asking questions while reading, (who, what, where, when, how and why)
  • Retelling and comprehending of the text
  • Drawing conclusions and inferring
  • Determining importance
  • Summarizing
  • Vowel patterns
  • Spelling tests and word study using the developmental spelling assessment for individualized levels
  • Guided reading and DRA
  • Site word
  • Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening¬†(PALS)


  • Personal narratives
  • Journal writing
  • Sentence structure
  • Communicating ideas for a variety of purposes for personal narratives, how to writing, friendly letters, informative and explanatory writing, poetry writing and narrative stories
  • master the proper use of nouns, verbs and adjectives
  • Synonyms and antonyms
  • Develop understanding of types of sentences differentiating between questions, statements and exclamations
  • Alphabetical order
  • Identify and use rhyming and compound words
  • Contractions
  • Writers workshop


  • Tallying
  • Money
  • Number stories
  • Time to the five minutes
  • Estimation/reasonable magnitude
  • Place value
  • Addition with double digits
  • Shapes
  • Subtraction with double digits
  • Graphing and collecting data
  • Odds and evens
  • Calculators
  • Thermometers
  • Non-standard measurement
  • Fractions
  • Weight, mass, volume
  • Identify trace describe and sort 3D shapes


  • What is a scientist?
  • Scientific reasoning
  • Resources and water quality
  • Interrelationships between the sun and earth
  • Life processes
  • Force and motion
  • Matter (solids, liquids and gas) and changing states of matter

History and social studies

  • Citizenship
  • Timelines (past, present and future)
  • Map skills and identify Virginia on the map
  • Biographies
  • Identifying American flag and US symbols
  • Wants and needs
  • Goods and services
  • Consumer and producers
  • Holidays around the world
  • Influential Early Americans

Good Citizenship

  • Make good decisions
  • Participate
  • Responsible
  • Understands rules and consequences
  • Respectable
  • Exhibits self-control and resolves conflicts effectively