Grade One Curriculum

First-graders at Milton learn to find their voice in a supportive environment. As each child learns to become a successful, independent individual within the larger community, they learn how to own their choices and responsibilities. Eager for information—excited by new ideas, people and places—students begin to forge more meaningful connections to the world around them. Milton’s first graders grow in independence, as they explore the differences between making decisions and completing required tasks. They learn about time management through balancing activities and being responsible for their choices.

What makes up a community? How do we live and work together? These are essential questions we consider in Grade 1. Central themes—units of study that incorporate math, science, reading and writing curriculum—include occupations and avocations; habitats (deserts and swamps); and architecture, homes and mapping neighborhoods. Through these units, students learn important observation and investigative skills; they practice social skills and they develop a greater appreciation of our world’s diversity. With a strong focus on writing, including personal narratives, Milton’s Grade 1 students observe, journal, compare, research and read. Whether students begin the year as readers or develop into readers as the year progresses, students experience both positive challenges and success every day.

Studies and Skills

Language Arts

Developing reading comprehension

Reading for information

Developing phonemic awareness

Understanding differentiated strategies

Studying authors

Writing Workshop: finding a voice and becoming authors


Developing listening and speaking skills in Spanish

Appreciating Spanish culture

Developing oral language skills through hands-on activities, games and songs

Building vocabulary

Learning to offer and respond to greetings, questions and commands

Physical Education

Developing sport-specific skills and enhancing gross motor skills

Practicing sportsmanship

Developing teamwork and cooperation

Receiving an introduction to sports concepts and rules


Developing numeracy (understanding and working with numbers)

Learning to solve problems in context / word problems

Reflecting and communicating about mathematical problems and solutions

Learn more about the Investigations mathematics program


Understanding the experimentation process

Developing critical scientific skills: observing, measuring, collecting and recording data, forming hypotheses

Studying animals and their habitats

Learning about weather

Woodworking and Design

Learning safety, measuring and technique to bring ideas to life


Inception and creation of ideas

Becoming inventors

Thinking innovatively

Developing math skills

Introducing simple power tools

Practicing hand tools



Learning about instruments of the orchestra

Understanding rhythmic patterns and movement

Learning basic note reading

Identifying mood and tempo


Supporting central themes of classroom study

Studying artists

Making connections between poetry and art