First Grade


First Grade Curriculum

English: Our students learn the parts of a sentence and parts of speech, including nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, article adjectives, prepositions, object of the preposition, pronouns and subject pronouns. We use the Shurley Method.

Handwriting: Our students continue to develop manuscript writing while striving for neatness. We use the Zaner-Bloser, Grade 1C approach.

Reading: Our students learn through mini-lessons and guided reading groups according to their ability level. They learn to apply phonics rules to reading and writing. We measure their reading comprehension skills through Accelerated Reading.

Religion: Our students learn to know and love their Savior through BIble stories. They also develop recall by memorizing Bible passages and hymns. We use the Christ Light curriculum.

Social Studies: Our students study and learn about people and places. They also learn introductory map skills. We use a text published by Macmillan/McGraw-Hill.

Spanish: Our students learn vocabulary relevant to their daily lives, including the days of the week, months of the year, weather, and basic classroom/home words.

Writing: Our students develop written communication skills through units that include personal narratives, informational writing and persuasive writing.

Science: Our students learn about animals, plants, earth, habitats, natural resources, weather, seasons, planets, matter, heat, light/sound and motion. We use a Harcourt STEM curriculum.

Math: Our students continue to develop a sense of numbers and operations, including addition and subtraction. They also learn measurement, time, money, and fractions. We use the Saxon Math-Harcourt spiraling curriculum.

Art: Our students create weekly art projects noting elements of art and exploring through the use of different media.

Music: Our students learn to understand rhythm, tempo, dynamics and learn about different notes.

Physical Education: We use the SPARK (Sports, Play, and Active Recreation for Kids) Curriculum for our lower grades. Designed to involve all students, these programs encourage activity, incorporate social skills, and emphasize health-related fitness and skill development.

Catechism: Our students study the chief parts of Christian doctrine using Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, the Bible and a weekly workbook that correlates with the chapters of the catechism.

Handwriting: Our students continue practicing cursive lettering with use of Zaner-Bloser worksheets and progress to using regular lined notebook paper.

Memory Work: Each week, our students learn Bible passages and parts of the catechism.

Literature: Our students focus on integrating the arts to make a connection with the reading content. We use a novel lesson books-based curriculum.

American History: Our students learn how our country began and grew. We use the text, U.S. History, Creating America: Beginning to Reconstruction and Reconstruction to present, published by McDougal Littell, 2002.

Spanish: Our students learn Spanish through Duolingo on their Chromebooks. They reinforce online lessons through flashcards and opportunities to speak Spanish throughout the day, including a “Spanish” day dedicated to mostly speaking Spanish.

Spelling: Our students retain, internalize, and transfer valuable spelling knowledge for improved results in all areas of literacy in the classroom and beyond. We use Zaner-Bloser’s Spelling Connections 2012

Language Arts/Writing: Our students participate in forensics, and in particular, develop public speaking skills through a four-minute speech presentation. They also learn through The Shurley Method for language arts, which includes a heavy dose of grammar and writing.

Science: Our students learn science concepts and principles in a hands-on approach. We use the STEM Fuse curriculum.

Math: Our students deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts through smaller, easily assimilated increments are spread across the year. They review and build connections to other “strands” every step of the way. We use the Saxon Math curriculum.

Art: Our students learn studio art techniques, including portrait design, charcoal pencil drawing, sumi-e painting, fundamental watercolor painting, puppet-making, and block printing.

Music: Our students continue participating in handbell and vocal choirs and perform in church, chapel and the Lakeside Lutheran High School Fine Arts Fair, among other opportunities. Students also learn to read music.

Physical Education: Our students learn skills in several sports, including volleyball, cross-country, basketball, archery, track and field, dancing, and softball, in conjunction with cooperative games that emphasize teamwork, problem-solving, and the importance of fair play.