1st Grade Curriculum


  • continuation of SK curriculum
  • introduction to observational drawing -- simple still life and figure
  • emphasis upon overlapping and size relationships within compositional space
  • color mixing with emphasis on hot and cool colors
  • woodworking -- emphasizing size and space relationships, introduction to new tools
  • pottery -- continued imaginative approach to manipulating clay; introduction of theme-based projects; introduction to pinch, coil, and slab methods of hand-building with emphasis on pinch method for construction; emphasis on making secure clay connections
  • decorating with glazes

Language Arts

  • spelling -- patterns, sounds, letters, and meanings
  • complete sentences, simple punctuation, capitalization
  • handwriting skills
  • dramatization
  • creative writing -- following a language pattern
  • author studies
  • reading in the content area
  • story mapping -- application of knowledge to writing
  • summaries -- using “magic sequence words”
  • iPad activities


  • enjoy visiting authors and illustrators
  • reinforce classroom language arts benchmarks, e.g., decoding of new words, predicting a story’s outcome, describing a story’s narrative elements, etc.
  • continue to develop a sense of reading for pleasure, but also begin to develop the notion of reading for a purpose
  • instruction on how a library is organized -- Dewey classification system and how to read an online card catalog entry


(all math concepts taught with manipulatives)

  • primary mathematics
  • computation -- addition and subtraction facts
  • place value through 1,000
  • joining, separating, and comparing sets
  • double- and triple-digit addition and subtraction with and without regrouping
  • logic, reasoning and problem-solving
  • introduction to simple fractions
  • multiplication and division -- beginning concepts
  • estimation
  • making and interpreting graphs
  • measurement -- unit concept
  • time -- concept of hour, half-hour, quarter-hour, five-minute increments
  • iPad activities -- various apps for facts practice, money


  • expand on the musical concepts taught in JK and SK
  • celebrate the music of America as well as the state of Massachusetts through rhythmic chanting, melodic call and response, music notation and phrasing
  • introduce the difference between beat and rhythm, simple forms in music, and singing two-part harmony
  • celebrate the songs and dances of children around the world as students prepare for their class assembly
  • explore songs and music about trees, butterflies and dinosaurs correlating with the science curriculum
  • participation in various assemblies: Thanksgiving/Grandfriends’ and Revels (with 4th grade buddies), Holiday and Fine Arts Night (with SK and 2nd grade)
  • share songs with residents at assisted living facilities

Phsyical Education

  • large and small motor coordination -- tasks, games
  • movement exploration -- rhythms, creative musical expression
  • introduction to low organizational team games with emphasis on teamwork, sportsmanship and cooperation
  • lead-up games with emphasis on primary ball skills


  • phonics -- recognize in reading and writing regular consonants and short and long vowels, some digraphs and blends, contractions, compound words, and homophones
  • continuing development of vocabulary, structural analysis and comprehension
  • sharing literature through poetry, trade books, novels, read-alouds, and anthologies
  • promoting enjoyment of reading and literature
  • within writing, moving from inventive to approximate spelling
  • applying prefixes, suffixes and plurals
  • answering comprehension questions in complete sentences
  • recognizing and using language patterns in reading and writing
  • writing narratives with story map elements -- setting, characters, problem, goal, episodes, resolution -- after analyzing in literature
  • story time with Head of School
  • iPad activities


  • life science -- trees of the Meadowbrook environment
  • lifecycle of a butterfly
  • earth science -- early earth and paleontology
  • physical science -- properties of water and other liquids
  • friction, flight
  • units on measurement and symmetry
  • iPad activities

Social Studies / History

  • reinforce awareness and understanding of the children’s membership in many communities: school, city/town,state, country, and continent
  • overview of the seven continents
  • knowledge of geographical locations
  • exploring for meaning, different holidays celebrated in the U.S.
  • sharing personal talents and qualities
  • reading strategies for gathering information from non-fiction books
  • Open Circle social-emotional learning program
  • study of the state of Massachusetts
  • All Working at Racial Equity (AWARE) curriculum
  • iPad activities -- culturegrams, research on specific countries


  • emphasis on listening and speaking proficiency using a natural approach to language learning
  • learning through songs, stories, role-playing, games and movement
  • topics include physical characteristics, numbers to 100, days of the week, weather, health and well-being, a fairy tale, and parts of the body
  • cross-curricular ties include art and music as well as themes of apples, dinosaurs, rainforests around the world, and children around the Spanish-speaking world


  • academic technology skills
    • open, close, save, export, and print files on tablets and computers
    • use software to create more advanced animation
    • use presentation and drawing software to share learning with others
    • use online resources for basic research
    • learn shortcut keys (copy, paste, print, quit)
  • programming/robotics
    • basic BeeBot programming/coding skills
    • advanced robotics programming and storytelling
  • engineering/CAD skills
    • building and constructing
    • elementary engineering unit
    • computer-aided design (CAD) - 3D design and printing
  • digital citizenship
    • what is the Internet?
    • digital safety: Avoiding Ads
    • digital footprint: Follow the Digi Trail
    • safe searching: Inventors & Inventions