First Grade

English Language Arts

The goal of the Cocalico School District's English Language Arts program is to provide a rigorous curriculum designed to meet individual needs while preparing critically literate students who can achieve proficiency on local and state assessments and become literate citizens. The district has completed aligning the curriculum to the PA Core Standards and has developed systems for assessing students in all areas of English Language Arts. McGraw-Hill's Wonders materials are used in the classroom. To access the full 1st Grade ELA curriculum, please click here.

Math

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Math Expressions, published by Harcourt-Houghton Mifflin, is the math series utilized at all grade levels in the elementary schools. This math program is based on PA Core Standards and introduces concepts in a sequence that is aligned to these standards. Students engage in many lessons during which they are expected to achieve mastery of the concepts. Math talk and journal-writing are regular activities that enhance students' abilities to explain their thinking to others. In turn, this process helps deepen students' mathematical reasoning skills at each grade level. To access the full 1st Grade math curriculum, please click here.

Science

The science curriculum is based on the Harcourt HSP program, which is a Pennsylvania-specific curriculum that is tightly aligned to the PA Core Standards. Each grade level completes instructional units in the areas of Life Science, Earth Science, Physical Science, and the Nature of Science. To view the entire science curriculum for 1st Grade, please click here.

Social Studies

The study of social studies in Grades 1-5 addresses the PA Core Standards for Geography, Civics and Government, History, and Economics. Units are theme-based, and the discussion of current events is an integral part of each grade level. Students are taught how to read informational text, use technology, and apply study skills within the context of social studies exploration. The themes for 1st grade are the history of U.S. holidays and immigration. For more specific curriculum content, please click here.

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Related Arts

Elementary students participate in a varied related arts programs including instruction in library information/computer skills, art, music, and physical education. Weekly library lessons include stories, large group discussions, and time to choose books to take home and enjoy with family and friends. Students also participate in digital learning in the library. During art class, students complete a selection of projects, participate in class discussions, and explore the cultural arts through books, PowerPoint presentations, and/or videos. In music class, students explore proper singing voice and melodic patterns, demonstrate the ability to keep a steady rhythm, respond to music and sounds with movement, learn the expressive qualities of music, and discover different musical styles. Physical education classes help to develop students physically, mentally, emotionally, and intellectually through various activities and sports. Each related arts class meets for 45 minutes on a four-day cycle. For more information on the related arts curriculum, please click on the appropriate link below.

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