Grade 1

Grade 1 Curriculum Scope and Sequence

Implementation of the CREC curriculum units outlined below may vary between schools. 
Please contact your child’s teacher for specific implementation information. For additional parent resources, click the linked subject headings below or in the left sidebar.



READING

WRITING

MATH

SCIENCE

SOCIAL STUDIES

September

Unit 1: Readers Build Good Habits 

Readers will focus on reviewing  the strategies learned in kindergarten in order to continue to build their independence and make those skills habits. 

Unit 1: Small Moments

Students will  write lots and lots of  small moments, and will learn to write with detail, including showing a character’s small actions, dialogue, and internal thinking.

Unit 1: Partners and Number Patterns Through 10 

Students focus on  the 1-more and 1-less pattern to help them count, break apart numbers, and add and subtract

Unit 1: Communicating with Light and Sound

Students will be exploring how light and sound work together to communicate a message.  

Unit 1: Ourselves in Our Community (Civics)

Students learn about being a good citizen in different communities in which they live.

October

Unit 2: Word Detectives Use All They Know

Readers will learn different strategies to help them solve tricky words such as using knowledge about letters, sounds, patterns and snap words.

Unit 2: Writing How-to Books

This unit on writing how-to books positions students to teach their areas of expertise through writing. Procedural writing helps students to understand some of the ways in which informational texts are organized. 

Unit 2: Addition and Subtraction Strategies 

Students begin to write equations to represent addition and subtraction problems and relate addition to subtraction. 

November

Unit 2: Patterns of the Sun and Moon

Students will be exploring shadows in order to observe patterns in the position of the sun.  They will also investigate the moon and observe its pattern over time, understanding how shadows affect its appearance.

Unit 2: Characteristics of Our Community (Geography)

Students learn about and examine maps,  explore natural and man-made geographical features, and discover how climate, weather, and environment influence our community.

Unit 3: Learning About the World by Reading

Readers will learn how  to use pictures, features and words  in order to learn as much information as they can from an informational book.  They will share what they have learned with partners.

Unit 3: Nonfiction Chapter Books

This unit prepares students to write information texts of all sorts and supports student’s reading of information texts and enabling their writing across subjects.  

Unit 3: Unknown Numbers in Addition and Subtraction 

Students  learn ways to determine an unknown number in a missing number in an addition or subtraction problem.

December

January

Unit 4: Readers get to Know Characters

Readers will  study the characters in their books through pictures, words, and rereading.  They will also begin to think about lessons their characters have learned.

Unit 4: Writing Reviews

Students  will use their skills at writing to make and defend judgments to write reviews of all sorts—restaurant reviews, movie reviews, book reviews.

Unit 4: Place Value Concepts 

Students investigate the role of tens and ones  through tools and drawings

February

Unit 5: Readers Can Be Their Own Teachers

Readers will build on their work to this point in order to read more challenging books with longer and more complex words.  They will be encouraged to problem solve and tackle any challenges themselves using the strategies they have learned.

Unit 5: Poetry

Across the unit, students will learn  to experiment with powerful language, to use line breaks, metaphor, and comparison to convey feelings.

Unit 5: Place Value Situations

Students use their new understanding of place value to add and subtract within 20

Unit 3: Learning From Nature Through Our Senses

Students will be exploring the structures and functions of plants and animals.

Unit 3: Connecting the Past and the Present (History)

Students compare how we live today to how we lived in earlier times.

March

April

Unit 6: Reading Across Genres

Readers will choose a topic that they want to learn more about and read several texts, including nonfiction, stories and poems.  They will compare and contrast what they have learned about their topic and then share with their classmates.

Unit 6: Writing Like Scientists

In this unit, students will  integrate all they know about writing informational texts to organize and display their understanding of science concepts. 

Unit 6: Comparisons and Data

Students sort and display data and then use what they know about comparing numbers to develop comparison statements

Unit 4: Seasons Change and So Does Nature
Students will be expanding their work from Unit 2 and Unit 3 to explore how offspring may or may not be exactly like their parents and how the parental response to their offspring’s behavior help in their survival.

Unit 4: Our Needs as a Community (Economics)

Students learn about earning and using money for goods and services in their home, school, and community.

May

Unit 7: Dramatizing Characters and Deepening Comprehension

Readers will focus on becoming the characters in their books through words and actions.  They will also participate in their first book club.

Unit 7: Writing Fiction

Students will practice  step by step, the process of creating a

pretend character, giving that character adventures in more than one booklet, elaborating and revising across books.

Unit 7:  Geometry, Measurement and Equal Shares 

Students describe shapes using defining attributes, measure length using non-standard units (such as tiles), and partition shapes into halves and fourths

June

Unit 8: Two-Digit Addition 

Students use place value to explore adding and subtracting within 100 using tools and drawings


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