Tuesday, July 25, 2017
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York Suburban School District
 Curriculum Overview - Grade 1
Language Arts
The First Grade Language Arts Curriculum follows the Pennsylvania Standards of teaching children to read, write, speak and listen. These skills are integrated into the Balanced Literacy Framework including:

 Shared and Guided Reading

  • expose children to a wide range of literature - including nonfiction
  •  teach comprehension and reading skills and strategies
  •  teach children how to read independently with books that become increasingly harder
  •  teach children to read orally with fluency and expression
  • teach children how to respond to literature in verbal or written form
 Self-Selected Reading
  • appropriate book selection and using reference materials
  •  comprehension and reading strategies
  •  conferencing and sharing
  • responding to literature in verbal or written form
 Word Work

  •  sound isolation and sound blending
  •   word wall
  •   poetry
  •  concepts of print and decoding
  •   making words
  •   spelling patterns
  •   robust vocabulary
  •   concepts of print
  •   writing process
  •   sound isolation and sound blending
  •   writing for different purposes emphasizing organization and focus
  •   mechanics of writing and penmanship
York Suburban School District uses Everyday Mathematics as the core instructional program and follows the Pennsylvania Standards of teaching children to understand and apply mathematical concepts.
Throughout the first grade year students will work on the following concepts:
Numbers and Operations - Base 10
  •  Extend the counting sequence to read and write numerals to represent objects
  • Use place-value concepts to represent amounts of tens and ones and to compare two-digit numbers
  • Use place-value concepts and properties of operations to add and subtract within 100
Operations and Algebraic Thinking
  •  Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction within 20
  • Understand and apply properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction
  • Compose and distinguish between two - and three - dimensional shapes based on their attributes
  • Use the understanding of fractions to partition shapes into havles and quarters
  •  Order lengths and measure them both indirectly and by repeating length units
  • Tell and write time to the nearest half hour using both analog and digital clocks
  • Represent and interpret data using tables/charts
York Suburban School District promotes the scientific process in the study and exploration of science units.
Throughout the year, first grade students will be engaged in the following topics:
  •   Scientific method-using scientific knowledge to ask questions and make observations 
  •  Weather-investigating weather patterns and the water cycle
  •  Living/non-living-classifying groups of living/non-living things
  • Plants and Insects-identifying plant and insect parts; awareness of their life cycles
  •  Land and Water-exploring the earth’s surface – land and water



The York Suburban School District is an Equal Opportunity Education Institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religious creed, ancestry, sex, age, marital status or handicap, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Action of 1964, Title IX of the Education Act Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation of the Handicapped Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, in its activities, educational and vocational programs and in its recruitment and employment practices. Inquiries concerning the application of Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, the ADA and the implementing regulations may be referred to the Superintendent, 1800 Hollywood Drive, York, PA 17403, telephone (717) 885-1210.