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First Grade Scope

What Your Child Will Learn in Calvert's First Grade Course

Below are highlights of the First Grade curriculum. For the full course outlines, download the files below by right-clicking each link and choosing "Save Link As."

Download the Core course outline.

Download the Calvert Math course outline.

Download the Math in Focus course outline.


  • Building a foundation for reading using the decoding process
  • Emphasizing word analysis techniques
  • Long vowels
  • Digraphs
  • Consonant clusters
  • Vowel pairs
  • Blends
  • R-controlled vowels
  • Compound words
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Base words
  • Prefixes, suffixes, syllables, possessives, abbreviations, and contractions
  • Developing comprehension skills through consistent, controlled vocabulary used in appealing anthologies and phonics library book of stories, verbs, nouns, pronouns


  • Learning cursive handwriting, using Calvert Script (the distinctive, easy-to-learn method of handwriting used in our Day School)
  • Emphasizing simple lines and legibility
  • Strengthening fine motor skills and attention to detail
  • Forming letters, words, and simple sentences
  • Simple punctuation


Calvert Math

  • Using numbers to 100
  • Simple fractions
  • Solid and plane shapes
  • Money
  • Equivalent amounts
  • Fact Families
  • Measuring
  • Adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers
  • Place value
  • Problem solving
  • Telling time

Math in Focus 

  • Comparing and ordering sets of objects and numbers less than 100
  • Creating number bonds and fact families
  • Measuring length, area, weight, and capacity with nonstandard units
  • Identifying multiplication and division as operations involving equal groups


  • Scientific method
  • The sun, moon, and stars
  • Shadows
  • Seasons and weather
  • Properties of matter, solids, liquids, and gases
  • Forces and movement
  • Living and nonliving things
  • Growth and change
  • Human systems
  • Energy
  • Land and water habitats
  • Earth’s surface and resources

Social Studies

  • Exploring original read-aloud narratives that include biographies of well-known explorers
  • Political figures, inventors, and leaders in American life
  • Accounts of famous events (first Thanksgiving; Civil Rights movement)
  • Investigating the five themes of geography, compass direction, maps, symbols, globes, and physical features
  • Developing the foundation of American civics and government (rules, authority, elections, voting)
  • Examining the basic economic concepts of needs and wants, work, production, markets and money; activities included


Lessons, activities, and online interactive learning tools are integrated with the curriculum, particularly Reading and Science.

  • Beginning keyboarding
  • Creating and formatting word processing documents
  • Computer parts and navigation
  • Developing graphics skills
  • Visual mapping basics


  • Memorizing and appreciating

Games & Activities

  • Developing creativity and motor skills

Back to Calvert's First Grade Curriculum page.

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