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1st Grade


Welcome to 1st grade at Green Woods Charter School!

Our first grade teachers strive to foster an environment for inquisitive, independent thinkers who truly understand the importance of lifelong learning. We create a strong sense of community within our classes through daily Morning Meetings and opportunities for partnerships and teamwork. Students will also use problem solving skills and reasoning throughout the academic day to foster personal responsibility and independence.


Green Woods uses American Reading Company (ARC) Core as our ELA curriculum resource. ARC Core is a framework that provides teachers with a structure to promote inquiry through apprenticeship. The resource provides a scope and sequence aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), high interest text for teacher modeling, and varying levels of text for student independent work. Along with the framework, ARC provides an Independent Reading Level Assessment that guides teachers through setting individual reading goals for students. 1st grade

The ARC resources support students as developing readers by providing them with strategies they need to be able to read complex text on their own. Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, and Language skills are embedded throughout each unit as students study themes connected to Science, Social Studies, and Literature

There are 4 units of study throughout the school year.  In First Grade these units consist of Literacy Lab, Wild and Endangered Animals, Family Stories, and Plants.


Green Woods uses the Into Math curriculum built for instruction on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This curriculum is an intentional and comprehensive mathematics program that centers on student growth. Growth is maximized when instruction, assessment, and mindset are coordinated and aligned. Throughout the year, students build their conceptual understandings, improve their procedural fluency, and apply their knowledge in meaningful contexts and real-world applications. With more focused learning, every student can achieve at their highest levels.

In First Grade the Into Math Program focuses on representing and counting numbers up to 120, addition and subtraction strategies, addition and subtraction in base tens.


Students in the first grade will use Bring Science Alive! Exploring Science Practices, to figure out how plants and animals of the same kind are similar and different and how they use their parts to survive and care for their offspring; how light and sound can be used to send messages you can see and hear; and how to observe the sky to see patterns of night and day; sun, moon and stars. They will use a variety of science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts during their active investigations and discussions. 

Year at a Glance


Trimester #1

Trimester #2

Trimester #3

Unit Title

Sky Patterns

Light and Sound

Plant and Animal Parts

Lesson Essential Questions

  1. What do you see in the sky?
  2. Where is the sun in the sky?
  3. How long is the sun in the sky?
  4. Where is the moon in the sky?
  5. Where are the stars in the sky?
  1. How does light help you see?
  2. How does light travel?
  3. How are shadows made?
  4. How is sound made?
  5. How does sound travel?
  6. How do people use light and sound to send messages?
  1. How are plants and animals like others of the same kind?
  1. How are plants and animals like their parents?
  2. What different parts do plants have?
  3. What different parts do animals have?
  4. How do plants and animals sense things?
  5. How do plants and animals take in water, food, air and light?
  6. How do plants and animals stay safe?
  7. How do young plants and animals stay safe?