Grade 1

To the left are links to brief overviews of what your child will learn in Grade 1.  Below is a calendar outlining the CREC Units of Study.  If you should have any questions about your child's curriculum, please reach out to your child's classroom teacher.

Grade 1 Curriculum Scope and Sequence

Implementation of the CREC curriculum units outlined below may vary between schools. 
Please contact your child’s teacher for specific implementation information.






Social Studies


Unit 1: Readers Build Good Habits

Readers will focus on reviewing the strategies learned in kindergarten in order to continue to build their independence and make those skills habits.

Unit 1: Small Moments

Students will write lots and lots of small moments, and will learn to write with detail, including showing a character’s small actions, dialogue, and internal thinking.

Unit 1: Adding, Subtracting, and Working with Data

Students will add and subtract within 10, and represent data.

Unit 1: Communicating with Light and Sound

Students will be exploring how light and sound work together to communicate a message.

Unit 1: Ourselves in Our Community (Civics)

Students learn about being a good citizen in different communities in which they live.


Unit 2: Word Detectives Use All They Know

Readers will learn different strategies to help them solve tricky words such as using knowledge about letters, sounds, patterns and snap words.

Unit 2: Writing How-to Books

This unit on writing how-to books positions students to teach their areas of expertise through writing. Procedural writing helps students to understand some of the ways in which informational texts are organized.

Unit 2: Addition and Subtraction Story Problems

Students will solve new types of story problems within 10 using the relationship between addition and subtraction. They will develop an understanding of the meaning of the equal sign and connect story problems to equations.


Unit 2: Patterns of the Sun and Moon

Students will be exploring shadows in order to observe patterns in the position of the sun. They will also investigate the moon and observe its pattern over time, understanding how shadows affect its appearance.

Unit 2: Characteristics of Our Community (Geography)

Students learn about and examine maps, explore natural and man-made geographical features, and discover how climate, weather, and environment influence our community.

Unit 3: Learning About the World by Reading

Readers will learn how to use pictures, features and words in order to learn as much information as they can from an informational book. They will share what they have learned with partners.

Unit 3: Nonfiction Chapter Books

This unit prepares students to write information texts of all sorts and supports student’s reading of information texts and enabling their writing across subjects.


Unit 3: Adding and Subtracting within 20

Students will add and subtract within 20. Students will apply the properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction.


Unit 4: Readers get to Know Characters

Readers will study the characters in their books through pictures, words, and rereading. They will also begin to think about lessons their characters have learned.

Unit 4: Writing Reviews

Students will use their skills at writing to make and defend judgments to write reviews of all sorts—restaurant reviews, movie reviews, book reviews.


Unit 5: Readers Can Be Their Own Teachers

Readers will build on their work to this point in order to read more challenging books with longer and more complex words. They will be encouraged to problem solve and tackle any challenges themselves using the strategies they have learned.

Unit 5: Poetry

Across the unit, students will learn to experiment with powerful language, to use line breaks, metaphor, and comparison to convey feelings.

Unit 4: Numbers to 99

Students will develop an understanding of place value for numbers up to 99. They will represent numbers in different ways and compare two two-digit numbers based on place value understanding.

Unit 3: Learning From Nature Through Our Senses

Students will be exploring the structures and functions of plants and animals.

Unit 3: Connecting the Past and the Present (History)

Students compare how we live today to how we lived in earlier times.


Unit 5: Adding within 100

Students will use place value understanding and properties of operations to add within 100.


Unit 6: Reading Across Genres

Readers will choose a topic that they want to learn more about and read several texts, including nonfiction, stories and poems. They will compare and contrast what they have learned about their topic and then share with their classmates.

Unit 6: Writing Like Scientists

In this unit, students will integrate all they know about writing informational texts to organize and display their understanding of science concepts.

Unit 6: Measuring Length

Students will measure length and count up to 120 length units. They will solve addition and subtraction problems with unknown numbers in all positions.

Unit 4: Seasons Change and So Does Nature
Students will be expanding their work from Unit 2 and Unit 3 to explore how offspring may or may not be exactly like their parents and how the parental response to their offspring’s behavior help in their survival.

Unit 4: Our Needs as a Community (Economics)

Students learn about earning and using money for goods and services in their home, school, and community.


Unit 7: Dramatizing Characters and Deepening Comprehension

Readers will focus on becoming the characters in their books through words and actions. They will also participate in their first book club.

Unit 7: Writing Fiction

Students will practice step by step, the process of creating a

pretend character, giving that character adventures in more than one booklet, elaborating and revising across books.

Unit 7: Geometry and Time

Students will reason with shapes and their attributes, partition shapes into equal pieces, and tell time to the hour and half-hour.


Unit 8: Putting it all Together

Students will consolidate and solidify their understanding of the major skills of the grade. They will also continue to work toward fluency of addition and subtraction within 10.

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