GRADE 1: K to 12 Curriculum Guide – National Connections Academy

National Connections Academy’s (NaCA)full course listing below is a comprehensive look at every course available for the Grade 1 level.

WARNING!!!!! THE FOLLOWING GRADE 1 COURSE GUIDE BY NATIONAL CONNECTIONS ACADEMY — WHICH IS NOT SANCTIONED BY DEPED — IS BEING POSTED HERE FOR ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES ONLY:

Grade 1 Core Courses

Physical Education 1

Description:
Physical Education activities include yoga, participating in a team or individual sport, and Connections Academy’s own fitness program.

Units:

Get Up and Move

In this unit your student will be introduced to the three different Physical Education programs that he will be able to participate in this school year. These programs include Connections Academy Fitness, Personal Fitness, and Yoga.

Your student will have the opportunity to learn how to play various games, continue playing an individual or team sport that he is involved in, or begin practicing yoga. Regardless of the program your student chooses to participate in, he will have the opportunity to be physically active on a daily basis.

Making Healthy Choices

The unit explains to your student the importance of making healthy choices, and the effects that those choices have on her overall health.

Your student will examine the food pyramid and proper nutrition guidelines, so that she will learn how to make appropriate food choices for a regular, healthy lifestyle. Also, the topics of exercise and personal hygiene will be discussed.

Make Your Own Fun

Your student will have the opportunity to let his creative side shine in this unit. He will not only participate in some fun and exciting activities, he will make the items that are used in each of the games.
Once your student has built a kite, a plisbee, and a catcher’s cup, it is time to put them to the test and see how much fun he was able to make!

Games from Around the World

In this unit your student will learn about games that children from different cultures, and different parts of the world play. Your student’s journey will take her to Spain, Japan, China, Indonesia, and Australia. She will also learn a game played by Native American children. Your student will uncover that even though the children in these countries are very far away geographically, the styles of games that they play are very close to what your student plays at home.

Show Your Strength

Throughout this unit your student will demonstrate the motor skills necessary to play various types of games. Some of these games will test his physical strength, while others will test his balance and precision during movement.

Your student will be challenged, both physically and mentally, as participates in challenges that will show his strength!

CD/DVD

  • Elementary Yoga DVD (set of 2)

Course Sets

  • Physical Education (1, 2)

Supplies

  • Jump rope

Art 1

Description:
Students expand their understanding of color, line, and shape. Activities include drawing, cutting, creating designs, and paper construction. We also introduce the concepts of texture and three-dimensional forms.

Units:

Elements of Art

This unit addresses the elements of art. The elements of art are line, shape, color, value, texture, space, and form. In this unit your student will learn about the seven art elements and how to use them to create a work of art. Each lesson in this unit will address a different aspect of the elements of art, and how each element combines with another during the creative process. As your student applies the elements of art to his work, he will gain a greater understanding of and appreciation for the different styles of art and the techniques used to create them.

Principles of Design

In this unit, your student will learn about the principles of design. Artists use the principles of design to create effective artwork. The principles of design are combined with the elements of art to enable the artwork to become a unique visual expression. By learning the principles of design, your student will discover new and exciting ways to make her artwork creatively effective. Understanding the principles of design will also enable your student to better appreciate works of art when they are presented to her. The principles of art are balance, emphasis, contrast, harmony, movement, pattern, rhythm, and unity.

Art Media

Art media are the materials and supplies that are used in the creation of works of art. The lessons in this unit will enable your student to become familiar with various types of art media and to explore creative freedom. The lessons will also enable your student to use art materials in a safe and responsible way. In this unit, your student will work with a variety of art media including paint, crayons, clay, and markers as well as objects found in the home and the outdoors.

Themes in Art

Artists often use subject matter taken from their environments as well as from objects seen and used in everyday life. This unit is designed to enable your student to develop her observational and critical thinking skills. She will be introduced to several art themes, including portrait, still life, landscape, and themes that focus on special occasions with family and friends. Your student will continue to work with a variety of art media and techniques as she explores and develops her creative side.

Course Sets

  • Art (1, 2)

Kit

  • Art 1-2 Kit

Supplies

  • Crayons (1 package)
  • Paint, watercolor (set of 10 colors)
  • Paintbrush

Language Arts 1 A

Description:
In first grade, beginning readers work to become fluent readers. In the first semester, the students are taught to attack new words using a variety of decoding and contextual strategies. Students are given daily opportunities to apply these skills to decodable and authentic texts. They are taught to think about what they read through a variety of guided reading strategies. In writing, students create increasingly complex compositions and improve their handwriting.

Units:

You’re in First Grade Now

In this unit, your student will review letters and letter-sounds introduced in kindergarten. He will build on existing reading skills by reading brief, easily decodable books that give him the opportunity to practice both phonics and comprehension skills. These decodable books are linked and printable from your student’s lesson page. Reading selections also improve your student’s understanding of fantasy, realistic fiction, and nonfiction. Your student will learn and practice essential skills for decoding and understanding text, such as blending and segmenting sounds. Phonics and spelling instruction reviews each letter of the alphabet. Comprehension skills include understanding the main idea of a selection and retelling key events of a story. Reading instruction also addresses fluency skills and the development of sight vocabulary. Brief writing assignments introduce your student to the writing process.

Animals, Tame and Wild

In this unit, your student will learn about animals through reading selections that improve her ability to distinguish between fantasy, realistic fiction, and nonfiction. Your student will learn and practice essential skills for decoding and understanding text. She will continue to practice blending and segmenting sounds. Phonics and spelling instruction focuses on consonants, short vowels, and inflected endings for base words. Comprehension skills include self-monitoring comprehension, using fix-up strategies, summarizing, and visualizing. Reading instruction also addresses fluency skills, such as reading with expression, and vocabulary development, such as using context clues. Additionally, your student will learn the characteristics of nouns and verbs and the parts of a simple sentence. She will apply this knowledge in weekly writing assignments that teach her to write sentences in response to a given prompt. Writing models, graphic organizers, and checklists for drafting and revising are provided as support.

Communities

In this unit, your student will explore the theme of communities. Your student will read fiction and nonfiction selections about communities as he continues to learn essential skills for decoding and understanding text. He will continue to practice blending and segmenting phonemes and words, including words with the consonant digraphs th and sh. Phonics and spelling instruction focuses on long vowel sounds spelled with the CVCe pattern. Students also learn about contractions and the inflected ending –ed. Reading comprehension skills include finding the main idea, understanding causes and effects, understanding sequence, comparing and contrasting, and thinking about the author’s purpose for writing. Reading instruction also addresses fluency skills, such as reading accurately and paying close attention to punctuation, as well as vocabulary development skills, including understanding categories of words such as time-order words and directional terms. Additionally, your student will further develop his understanding of nouns, including proper nouns and the function of nouns in sentences. Writing instruction provides additional practice in writing sentences and builds to writing short paragraphs. Writing models, graphic organizers, and checklists for drafting and revising are provided as support.

Ira Sleeps Over

In this unit, your student will read the book Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber. This enjoyable story focuses on Ira’s sleepover at his friend Reggie’s house. Ira must decide whether or not to take his beloved teddy bear to the sleepover and risk being teased. As your student explores this conflict, she will give her opinion of what Ira should do as well as relate Ira’s experiences with her own. She will work with long vowel words as well as compound words. Your student will work with a group of vocabulary words in a variety of contexts. Your student will have the opportunity to read the story aloud, building her fluency.

Course Sets

  • Language Arts (1)

Lesson Manual/Course Guide

  • Language Arts 1 A and B Answer Keys
  • Language Arts 1 A and B Course Guide

Novel

  • Ira Sleeps Over

Online Text/eBook

  • Partial iText Scott Foresman Reading Street 1

Supplies

  • Letter Tiles

Textbook

  • Scott Foresman Reading Street 1 (Unit 1)
  • Scott Foresman Reading Street 1 (Unit 2)
  • Scott Foresman Reading Street 1 (Unit 3)
  • Scott Foresman Reading Street 1 (Unit 4)
  • Scott Foresman Reading Street 1 (Unit 5)

Workbook

  • Scott Foresman Grammar and Writing Practice Book 1
  • Scott Foresman Practice Book 1 (Volume 1)
  • Scott Foresman Practice Book 1 (Volume 2)
  • SF Phonics and Spelling Practice Book 1
  • Zaner-Bloser Handwriting 1

Language Arts 1 B

Description:
In first grade, beginning readers work to become fluent readers. The second semester course continues to teach students to attack new words using a variety of decoding and contextual strategies. Students are given daily opportunities to apply these skills to decodable and authentic texts. They are taught to think about what they read through a variety of guided reading strategies. In writing, students create increasingly complex compositions and improve their handwriting.

Units:

Changes

In this unit, your student will explore the theme of changes. Your student will read fiction and nonfiction selections about human and animal characters as he continues to learn essential skills for decoding and understanding text. He will continue to practice blending and segmenting phonemes and syllables. Phonics and spelling instruction focuses on the long e and long i sounds; words with ng and nk; words with er, ir, and ur; and words with the added endings –es, –ed, –er, and –est. Comprehension skills include comparing and contrasting, drawing conclusions, and understanding plot, theme, and story sequence. Reading instruction also addresses fluency skills, such as reading accurately and paying attention to punctuation cues, as well as vocabulary development skills, such as understanding synonyms and antonyms and using a dictionary. Additionally, your student will learn about how to use verbs correctly, including singular and plural verb forms, past- and present-tense verbs, forms of the verb to be, and verbs used within contractions. Your student will apply this knowledge as he completes a variety of writing assignments, including numbered steps and lists, a greeting card, a poem, and a song. Writing models, graphic organizers, and checklists for drafting and revising are provided as support.

Treasures

In this unit, your student will explore the theme of treasures. Your student will read fiction and nonfiction selections about different kinds of treasures as she continues to learn essential skills for decoding and understanding text. She will continue to practice blending and segmenting phonemes and words, including words with three-letter consonant blends. Phonics and spelling instruction focuses on long vowel sounds spelled with digraphs, such as ay, ai, ea, oa, and ow. Your student will also learn about word endings, such as possessives endings, –er, –est, –ly, and –ful, and learn about base words whose spelling changes when an ending is added. Reading comprehension skills include drawing conclusions; and understanding character, setting, plot, and theme; understanding causes and effects; and thinking about the author’s purpose for writing. Reading instruction also addresses fluency skills, such as reading accurately and with expression, as well as vocabulary development skills, such as understanding homophones and identifying words borrowed from other languages. Additionally, your student will learn about how to use adjectives correctly, including adjectives to describe color, size, shape, and other characteristics. Writing instruction focuses on learning to write paragraph-length compositions, including a book review, numbered steps, a poster, and explanatory paragraphs. Writing models, graphic organizers, and checklists for drafting and revising are provided as support.

Great Ideas

In this unit, your student will explore the theme of great ideas. Your student will read fiction and nonfiction selections that explore this theme as he continues to learn essential skills for decoding and understanding text. He will continue to practice blending and segmenting phonemes and words. Phonics and spelling instruction focuses on diphthongs, such as ow, ou, oo, oi, oy, aw, and au. Your student will also learn about suffixes. Reading comprehension skills include understanding character, setting, and plot; drawing conclusions; understanding sequence; comparing and contrasting; and finding the main idea. Reading instruction also addresses fluency skills, such as reading accurately and with expression and using appropriate phrasing. Your student will continue to learn essential vocabulary development skills, such as understanding synonyms, homonyms, and words with multiple meanings. Additionally, your student will learn about pronouns and sentence types, including commands and exclamations. Writing instruction continues to develop your student’s confidence in writing paragraph-length compositions. Writing models, graphic organizers, and checklists for drafting and revising are provided as support.

Course Sets

  • Language Arts (1)

Lesson Manual/Course Guide

  • Language Arts 1 A and B Answer Keys
  • Language Arts 1 A and B Course Guide

Novel

  • Ira Sleeps Over

Online Text/eBook

  • Partial iText Scott Foresman Reading Street 1

Supplies

  • Letter Tiles

Textbook

  • Scott Foresman Reading Street 1 (Unit 1)
  • Scott Foresman Reading Street 1 (Unit 2)
  • Scott Foresman Reading Street 1 (Unit 3)
  • Scott Foresman Reading Street 1 (Unit 4)
  • Scott Foresman Reading Street 1 (Unit 5)

Workbook

  • Scott Foresman Grammar and Writing Practice Book 1
  • Scott Foresman Practice Book 1 (Volume 1)
  • Scott Foresman Practice Book 1 (Volume 2)
  • SF Phonics and Spelling Practice Book 1
  • Zaner-Bloser Handwriting 1

Math 1 A

Description:
In first-grade math, students will develop an understanding of numbers to 100 using a variety of models. In the first semester, the student is introduced to building strategies for addition and subtraction of whole numbers up to 18, students will also practice problem solving and reasoning skills. Hands-on activities and tools let students practice money and measurement concepts. We also explore geometry topics—shapes, congruence, and symmetry—as well as data analysis with picture graphs, data, and bar graphs.

Social Studies 1 A

Description:
In the first semester, students will learn about the ways in which people contribute to their communities and work together to the benefit of all. This course explores the concepts of good citizenship, neighborhoods, and economics. We will also study maps, photos, biographies, illustrations, poetry, and music to help explain the concept of communities and extend the concept of community to the larger world.

Units:

Time for School

In this unit, your student will explore the question “Why do we go to school?” He will learn that people form groups. A family is one type of group. He will discuss the rules and routines for home and school. Using biographies and stories about the past, he will understand how schools have changed over time.

In My Community

In this unit, your student will study the features of a neighborhood, focusing on her own neighborhood as well as other neighborhoods in our country. She will use maps to learn more about her community and country. She will identify how community leaders and volunteers work to improve their communities. She will explore how communities come together to celebrate.

Work! Work! Work!

In this unit, your student will examine the importance of work to a community. He will learn how different people contribute to the community by working. He will study basic economic concepts such as needs, wants, spending, and saving. He will examine different types of jobs. Your student will explain how different types of transportation help to move goods and people.

CD/DVD

  • SF Digital Learning CD-ROM: All Together

Course Sets

  • Social Studies (1)

Lesson Manual/Course Guide

  • Social Studies 1 A and B Course Guide

Online Text/eBook

  • iText Scott Foresman Social Studies: All Together

Workbook

  • Scott Foresman All Together Workbook

Social Studies 1 B

Description:
In the second semester, students continue to learn about the ways in which people contribute to their communities and work together to the benefit of all. This course explores the concepts of good citizenship, neighborhoods, and economics. We will also study maps, photos, biographies, illustrations, poetry, and music to help explain the concept of communities and extend the concept of community to the larger world.

Units:

Our Earth, Our Resources

In this unit, your student will learn about our environment. He will study how the weather, seasons, and resources affect our lives. He will use maps and globes to identify land and water features. He will explore how people work together to conserve resources.

This Is Our Country

In this unit, your student will study our country’s history, traditions, and symbols. She will read biographies of famous Americans, including Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, and Eleanor Roosevelt. She will learn how we choose our country’s leaders.

Our Country, Our World

In this unit, your student will learn how our country is part of the global community. He will study the inventions, communication tools, and means of transportation that allow us to connect to the rest of the world. He will explore how children around the world are similar and different.

CD/DVD

  • SF Digital Learning CD-ROM: All Together

Course Sets

  • Social Studies (1)

Lesson Manual/Course Guide

  • Social Studies 1 A and B Course Guide

Online Text/eBook

  • iText Scott Foresman Social Studies: All Together

Workbook

  • Scott Foresman All Together Workbook

Educational Technology and Online Learning 1

Description:
First graders learn basic skills and terminology, and are introduced to the Internet and Internet safety skills using child-friendly tools. Your child will also learn how to properly place his or her fingers on the keyboard and how to write words and short sentences on the computer.

Units:

Introduction and Internet Safety

In this unit, your student will be introduced to the basics of K to the 8th Power lesson structure and procedures. Your student will then learn about Internet safety. The goal of the lessons in this unit is to educate your student on how to avoid dangerous, inappropriate, or unlawful online behavior. Your student will become aware of the dangers associated with the Internet by reading stories and scenarios, learning safety tips, and completing related activities.

National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S) Performance Indicators:

All students should have opportunities to demonstrate the following performances. Prior to completion of Grade 2, students will:1. Use input devices (e.g., mouse, keyboard, remote control) and output devices (e.g., monitor, printer) to successfully operate computers, DVDs, audiotapes, and other technologies.
2. Use a variety of media and technology resources for directed and independent learning activities.
5. Work cooperatively and collaboratively with peers, family members, and others when using technology in the classroom.
10. Gather information and communicate with others using telecommunications, with support from teachers, family members, or student partners.

NETS-S were developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

Study Skills

The Study Skills unit will introduce your student to basic study skills. The lessons in this unit include listening skills, organizational skills, and other skills to help your student become a successful learner. Your student will learn how to set realistic goals and will have the opportunity to create her own goals for this course. The important skills taught in this unit apply not only to Educational Technology and Online Learning but to all academic areas, as well as to the real world.

Keyboarding

In this course, the student will explore letter and number recognition. The student will identify the home row and the rows above and below the home row. The student will demonstrate correct posture and finger position while typing and apply proper touch typing skills to type the letters of the home row, y, and t. Finally the student will complete a typing speed test.

Microsoft® Paint

In this unit, your student will learn the basic tools of Microsoft® Paint. Your student will learn how to use the text tool, the rectangle tool and fill bucket, in addition to learning how to add a variety of colors to the shapes using the paintbrush tool. He will also be able to draw a picture using each of the functional words in the featured lessons.

Microsoft® Word

In this unit, your student will learn basic Microsoft® Word techniques including how to type text, insert and format tables, copy and paste sentences, use the spelling and grammar tool, insert and resize pictures, understand how and when to use certain fonts, and type descriptive paragraphs.

Microsoft® Excel

In this unit, your student will create formulas, adjust column width, and enter text into a Microsoft® Excel spreadsheet. Your student will also create borders, resize fonts, and format cells. He will also learn how to align text and fill cells with different colors, in addition to being able to calculate perimeter and area. Finally, your student will learn how to use Microsoft Excel to carry out mathematical processes.

Microsoft® PowerPoint

In this unit, your student will explore and be introduced to a variety of features in Microsoft® PowerPoint. She will learn how to make a presentation with slide layouts, how to resize and paste images into slides, and how to change the font and background within a presentation. Your student will also learn how to use a design template and learn how to create and type in text boxes to describe pictures on a slide.

Elective Courses

Elementary Sign Language

Description:
In this course, students are introduced to the fundamental concepts of American Sign Language. Students explore vocabulary, grammar, and conversational skills using basic signing and fingerspelling techniques.

Units:

Intro

In this unit, your student will be introduced to American Sign Language, or ASL. He will study the history of ASL and learn how it became the standard language for deaf and hard of hearing people in North America. He will also learn about some of the accepted rules of etiquette in Deaf culture. This introductory unit also teaches your student how to sign the letters of the alphabet and the mechanics of fingerspelling.

Numbers

This unit introduces the signing of numbers. Your student will learn how to sign numbers 1–100, as well as the signs for dollars and cents. A variety of fun activities give your student a chance to practice using ASL to discuss counting and using money.

Time

In this unit, your student will study various aspects of time. Not only will he learn how to communicate time using ASL, he will also learn the signs for the 7 days of the week and the 12 months of the year. The signs for various holidays as well as the four seasons are also taught in this unit.

Nouns

Your student will learn the signs for some commonly used nouns. The categories of family, places, food, colors, and animals are explored as your student practices these signs to add to her growing library of American Sign Language knowledge.

Descriptions

The lessons in this unit will teach your student how to sign various descriptions using American Sign Language. He will learn how to sign descriptive words that express feelings, sizes, possessions, and locations. In addition, he will combine some previously taught signs for numbers, time, and nouns, with descriptive signs taught in this unit.

Elementary Spanish I

Description:
Elementary Spanish I is an introductory-level course that will introduce the student to Spanish. In this course, the student will learn listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through a variety of activities, including LiveLesson® sessions with a native Spanish speaker! The units are designed to introduce the student to Spanish language and culture through familiar topics such as my family, my week, and food. Culture is presented throughout the course to help the student make connections between his culture and the culture of people in the Spanish-speaking world.

Elementary Spanish II

Description:
Children’s Spanish II employs a unique approach to building Spanish fluency quickly and effortlessly. The stories are first introduced in English and then retold a number of times with progressively more Spanish. Although the course focuses on the oral aspect of the language, there is more exposure to reading and writing than in the previous level. Fascinating information on Hispanic culture is gracefully interwoven into the captivating adventure stories.

Music II

Description:
The Music courses, with content developed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, focus on teaching basic music concepts through traditional children’s songs and classical music examples. Students develop fine and gross motor skills that will enable them to keep a steady beat and learn rhythm instruments.

Units:

Opposites

In this unit your student will compare three basic elements in music: dynamics, loud and soft; tempo, fast and slow; and pitch, high and low. Through traditional folk and children’s songs, he will begin to develop his singing voice. Your student will also learn important repertoire that will be used throughout the year to teach many music concepts and skills.

The Steady Heartbeat

In this unit your student will first move to music in a variety of ways to develop gross motor skills and keep a steady beat. After many opportunities to keep and feel the steady beat, your student will then identify the beat in music. Your student will identify the beat of a song as being fast or slow. Reading a heartbeat chart is another way to keep the beat and also prepares your student for music reading in units five and six.

Melody

In this unit your student will review and further develop his singing voice. He will identify the melody and tune or part of the song you sing. Your student will be introduced to musical phrases. The concept of “pitch” will be reviewed. Icons showing the relationship between pitches will be used, which will prepare the student for reading music in units five and six. Finally, form, the way a composer puts phrases together to create a melody, will be explored.

The Orchestra

In this unit your student will discover four families or groups of instruments in the orchestra. She will discover how all the instruments in one family are related by the way their sound is produced. The instruments of the percussion and brass sections will be further explored.

Rhythm

In this unit your student, using traditional folk songs and children’s songs, will identify, read, write, and perform, basic rhythm patterns. He will define the music term rhythm and distinguish between the steady heartbeat and the rhythm of a song. He will play on rhythm instruments and perform rhythmic ostinatos with songs.

The Pentatonic Scale

In this unit, your student through folk songs and children’s songs, will identify, read, write, and perform melodic patterns. She will distinguish between pitches that are higher and lower than each other. Additionally she will sing in canon and perform a melodic ostinato.

Home Life

Description:
Here, students select from a number of projects that develop skills through fun, experiential learning projects. Activities include cooking, crafts, sewing, home maintenance, family outings, and genealogy. Recently added projects include Lemonade Stand and Backyard Ecosystems.

Units:

In the Kitchen

In the Garage

In the Store

In the Garden

In the Family

WebQuest

Description:
Students help scientists monitor frog and toad populations across the country using FrogWatch USA™. Managed by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, FrogWatch USA uses data collected by students to develop new ways to protect amphibians, which are extremely sensitive to ecological changes. Students visit a local wetland site once a week, make careful observations, and submit their data online. This online project joins Connections Academy students and scientists around the country as they gather and analyze data.

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