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1st Grade Curriculum

Mountain View Elementary

First Grade Curriculum




  • Guided Reading Groups-Students will receive small, differentiated group instruction according to literacy needs. During guided reading students will be introduced and taught reading strategies that focus on the five components of reading (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension). This is done through fiction and nonfiction text.
  • FUNdations / Fountas and Pinnell Phonics – Your child will engage in phonics lessons and activities focused on early literacy concepts, phonological awareness (sounds in a word), letter knowledge; both recognition and letter/sound relationships, spelling patterns, high frequency words, word meaning/vocabulary, word structure, and word-solving strategies.  Your child will revisit these concepts throughout the year and apply these learning as he/she develops as a reader on a daily basis. 
  • Spelling – At the beginning of the year, students will be introduced to spelling patterns (word families) including short vowels, long vowels, digraphs, blends and dipthongs. The second half of the year, students will be placed in differentiated spelling groups to assist in mastering these skills.
  • Best Practices in Reading – During the second half of the year, First Grade will begin to move their reading focus from decoding and fluency to more advanced reading comprehension skills.  The Best Practices program introduces kids to skills such as drawing conclusions, making predictions, visualizing, making connections and questioning comparing and connecting fiction and nonfiction text.




  • Every Child a Writer (ECAW) – Mountain View has adopted the Every Child a Writer approach to teaching students the basic skills of the writing process.  In first grade, students focus on personal description, retell and factual description.  Students participate in whole group instruction where the teacher models, demonstrates and teaches the components of the writing process.  Small groups of students (5-6) meet with the teacher in order to receive differentiated instruction.  Specific skills are targeted and taught during small group time in response to the needs of the group.
  • Writing Portfolios – At Mountain View, we believe in exposing students to a variety of genres of writing at an early age.  Students regularly write in a writing portfolio to a given prompt.  The daily prompts, which are developed by Smart Schools, rotate through various genres such as biography, picture prompts, expository, narrative, phonics, science, etc.



  • Everyday Math – Mountain View’s approach to mathematics is hands on activities correlated with a variety of mathematical concepts:  counting, numerations, measurement, geometry, patterns, data collection, etc. that are taught through Everyday Math curriculum.  Throughout the year, your child will engage in meaningful activities to help him/her establish a strong foundation in mathematical skills.
  • Everyday Math Games-Your child will have access to online Everyday Math Games at school and at home to reinforce concepts/skills taught in the classroom.
  • Exemplars – Exemplars is a problem-solving program.  Exemplars has partnered with Everyday Math to combine the strength in problem solving with the daily Everyday Math curriculum.  Exemplars math performance tasks can be used in all classrooms to enhance students' problem-solving and math communication skills and provide classroom-tested, real-world problems for instruction.  You can learn more about Exemplars by reviewing the website at: www.exemplars.com.
  • ixl – This is a supplemental computer program that reinforces math concepts. The problems adjust to the student’s ability and allows the students, parents and teacher to see how a child is performing and what concepts he/she is struggling with. This program is used in the classroom and can also be accessed at home.



  • FOSS Science - Your child will be involved in activities and discussions that include experiments to build his/her vocabulary and understanding of the following topics:
    • Earth Science Studies-Pebbles, Sand and Silt
    • Life Science – Life Cycles
    • Physical Science-States of Matter


SOCIAL STUDIES - Your child will be involved in activities and discussions to build his/her vocabulary and understanding of the following topics:

  • Civics-Citizenship and MV3 rules, USA Symbols
  • Economics-Needs/Wants and Goods/Services
  • History-Famous Americans/Presidents
  • Geography-Holidays Around the World/Mapping
  • Various topics are also supported by Scholastic News throughout the year.


Additional Educational Opportunities:

  • RtI (Response to Intervention) – Mountain View believes that all students can be successful in school.  In order to meet the needs of all students, Douglas County School District has implemented a three-tiered approach, which enables teachers to provide high-quality instruction by matching interventions based on a student’s need, whether it is academic, social-emotional or behavioral. This process is called RtI, Response to Intervention. These interventions include students needing academic remediation or enrichment. Students may receive remediation or enrichment in their classroom or with our RtI Specialist.
  • Specials – Your child will actively be participating in Specials throughout the week.  Your child will have the opportunity to attend art, technology, physical education, music and library.