Grade 1

Language Arts 1

In this course, students get structured lessons on reading skills, language skills, and literature to help develop comprehension, build vocabulary, and promote a lifelong interest in reading.

Phonics

Using magnetized letter tiles and multisensory activities, the advanced PhonicsWorks program builds decoding skills and helps students become confident, independent readers. Handwriting Without Tears focuses on careful practice at a pace that matches your student’s development of fine motor skills.

Language Skills

  • Composition — Students progress from writing words and sentences to writing a paragraph
  • Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics — Students learn basic rules of usage, as well as sentence structure and types, parts of speech, punctuation, and capitalization
  • Primary Analogies — Students develop test-taking and critical thinking skills as they connect words and ideas
  • Public Speaking — Reciting a poem or reading a literary passage helps students learn to address a group confidently

Literature

Literature lessons focus on classic folktales, fairy tales, fables, and poetry, such as “The Elves and the Shoemaker,” “The Lion and the Mouse,” and “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Read-aloud and guided reading lessons help students apply and extend the skills introduced in Phonics.

Details

  • Course Length: 1 year – 180 Lessons – 120 minutes
  • Curriculum Provider: K12
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Required Materials:

    Required materials will be shipped to your door though some lessons require additional resources, including common household items and books that are readily available online or in your local library.

Math + 1

This research-based course focuses on computational fluency, conceptual understanding, and problem-solving. The engaging course features new graphics, learning tools, and games; adaptive activities that help struggling students master concepts and skills before moving on; and more support for Learning Coaches to guide their students to success. This course for students in Grade 1 extends their work with place value to numbers through 100, emphasizing fluency of addition and subtraction facts, and focusing on number sentences and problem solving with addition and subtraction. Students begin work with money, telling time, ordering events, and measuring length, weight, and capacity with non-standard units. Students identify attributes of geometric figures and also extend their work with patterns and data, including representing and comparing data.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 year – 180 Lessons – 60 minutes
  • Curriculum Provider: K12
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Required Materials:

    Required materials will be shipped to your door though some lessons require additional resources, including common household items and books that are readily available online or in your local library.

Science 1

Students learn to perform experiments and record observations, and understand how scientists see the natural world. They germinate seeds to observe plant growth, and make a weathervane. Students will explore topics such as:

  • Matter – states of matter; mixtures and solutions
  • Weather – cloud formation; the water cycle
  • Animal Classification and Adaptation – insects; amphibians and reptiles; birds; mammals
  • Habitats – forests, deserts, rain forests, grasslands, and more; naturalist John Muir and conservation
  • Oceans – waves and currents; coasts; coral reefs and kelp forests; oceanographer Jacques Cousteau
  • Plants – germination, functions of roots, stems, flowers, chlorophyll, and more
  • Human Body – major systems; Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor
  • Light – how light travels; reflections; inventor Thomas Edison

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 year – 72 Lessons – 60 minutes
  • Curriculum Provider: K12
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Required Materials:

    Required materials will be shipped to your door though some lessons require additional resources, including common household items and books that are readily available online or in your local library.

History 1

This course kicks off a program that, spanning the elementary grades, provides an overview of world geography and history from the Stone Age to the Space Age. Through lively stories and activities, students will:

  • Meet nomadic children in ancient Mesopotamia who settle in the Fertile Crescent
  • Explore the great pyramids in ancient Egypt, and meet mighty pharaohs such as King Tut
  • Learn about the historical origins of Judaism through stories of Abraham, Joseph, Moses, and David
  • Learn about the origins of democracy in ancient Greece, as well as the first Olympic games, the Trojan War, Alexander the Great, and the marvelous myths of the ancient Greeks
  • Visit ancient India and hear stories of the historical origins of Hinduism and Buddhism
  • Travel down great rivers in ancient China, hear the wisdom of Confucius, and witness the building of the Great Wall

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 year – 72 Lessons – 60 minutes
  • Curriculum Provider: K12
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Required Materials:

    Required materials will be shipped to your door though some lessons require additional resources, including common household items and books that are readily available online or in your local library.

Art 1

Following the timeline of the K¹² History program, first grade Art lessons introduce students to the art and architecture of different cultures, such as Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt, Greece, and China. Students will:

  • Identify landscapes, still-lifes, and portraits
  • Study elements of art, such as line, shape, and texture
  • Create artwork similar to works they learn about, using many materials and techniques—inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night, students paint their own starry landscape using bold brushstroke, and they make clay sculptures inspired by a bust of Queen Nefertiti and the Great Sphinx

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 year – 72 Lessons – 45 minutes
  • Curriculum Provider: K12
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Required Materials:

    Required materials will be shipped to your door though some lessons require additional resources, including common household items and books that are readily available online or in your local library.

Beginning Music 1

Beginning 1 Music is for students of first grade age who are continuing with K¹², as well as students of second grade age who are new to K¹². In this course, traditional games and folk songs from many cultures help students begin to read and write simple melodic and rhythmic patterns. Students are introduced to the instruments of the orchestra through Prokofiev’s classic Peter and the Wolf . They explore how music tells stories in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and are introduced to opera through a lively unit on Mozart’s Magic Flute. Students will:

  • Sing along with folk songs
  • Practice moving to music
  • Listen actively to different kinds of music
  • Begin to learn how to read and write music
  • Learn to recognize melody in three and four note patterns
  • Identify rhythms in music using eighths, quarters, and rests
  • Begin to learn about the instruments of the orchestra
  • Learn how different kinds of music, such as tone poems and operas, can tell stories

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 year – 72 Lessons – 45 minutes
  • Curriculum Provider: K12
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Required Materials:

    Required materials will be shipped to your door though some lessons require additional resources, including common household items and books that are readily available online or in your local library.