First Grade Curriculum Overview

Language Arts
The First Grade Language Arts Curriculum follows the Pennsylvania Core Standards of teaching children to read, write, speak and listen. These skills are incorporated into the evidence-based reading framework including: Shared Reading, Guided Reading, Self-Selected Reading, Writing and Word Work.
Throughout the year, first grade students will:
  • demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print
  • demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes)
  • learn to read independently by using before, during and after reading strategies
  • increase ability to figure out new words through analysis of word parts and patterns
  • develop the ability to read text smoothly, accurately, and with an appropriate rate
  • read and apply new vocabulary
  • develop comprehension through the application of focus skills and strategies
  • read and understand content in all academic areas
  • read all types of literature with understanding for a variety of purposes
  • write in a variety of forms such as narrative, informational and persuasive
  • learn to choose a writing topic and effectively use the writing process to complete an individual writing piece
  • with guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed
  • participate in individual or shared research and writing projects
  • learn to listen and respond to others in small and larger groups

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


Social Studies

Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the following concepts:

Civics and Government

  • Voting
  • Laws
  • Citizenship
  • American symbols
  • Current and past presidents


  • Occupations
  • Money


  • Mapping skills

U.S. History

  • Famous people