First Grade

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL


The school continues to utilize course content provided by Connections that is taught by Esperanza Cyber teachers. Connections Academy’s accredited online elementary curriculum stresses the fundamentals, and students focus on the core subjects: reading, writing, science, math, and social studies.

First Grade

Connections Academy’s online first grade courses are designed to enhance the fundamental skills that students developed in kindergarten. They allow students to grow in a flexible learning environment, which serves as a great alternative to traditional brick-and-mortar public and homeschool first grade classes. In virtual first grade, students start to build reading fluency, explore the natural world, learn addition and subtraction, and experiment with color, line, and shape. 


Language Arts 1 A

In first grade, beginning readers work to become fluent readers. In the first semester, the students are taught to attack new words using a variety of decoding and contextual strategies. Students are given daily opportunities to apply these skills to decodable and authentic texts. They are taught to think about what they read through a variety of guided reading strategies. In writing, students create increasingly complex compositions and improve their handwriting.


Units:

You're in First Grade Now

Animals, Tame and Wild

Communities

Ira Sleeps Over


Language Arts 1 B

In first grade, beginning readers work to become fluent readers. The second semester course continues to teach students to attack new words using a variety of decoding and contextual strategies. Students are given daily opportunities to apply these skills to decodable and authentic texts. They are taught to think about what they read through a variety of guided reading strategies. In writing, students create increasingly complex compositions and improve their handwriting.


Units:

Changes

Treasures

Great Ideas


Math 1 A

In first-grade math, students will develop an understanding of numbers to 100 using a variety of models. In the first semester, the student is introduced to building strategies for addition and subtraction of whole numbers up to 18, students will also practice problem solving and reasoning skills. Hands-on activities and tools let students practice money and measurement concepts. We also explore geometry topics—shapes, congruence, and symmetry—as well as data analysis with picture graphs, data, and bar graphs.


Units:

Let’s Learn Math!

Numbers to 12

Comparing and Ordering Numbers

Understanding Addition

Understanding Subtraction

Five and Ten Relationships

Addition Facts to 12

Subtraction Facts to 12

Geometry

Counting and Number Patterns to 100


Math 1 B

DescIn the second semester, students continue to develop an understanding of numbers to 100 using a variety of models. While building strategies for addition and subtraction of whole numbers up to 18, students will also practice problem solving and reasoning skills. Hands-on activities and tools let students practice money and measurement concepts. We also explore geometry topics—shapes, congruence, and symmetry—as well as data analysis with picture graphs, data, and bar graphs.


Units:

Tens and Ones

Comparing and Ordering Numbers to 100

Counting Money

Measurement

Time

Addition Facts to 18

Subtraction Facts to 18

Data and Graphs

Fractional Parts

Adding and Subtracting with Tens and Ones


Science 1 A

Science encourages students to explore the natural world. In the first semester, students will study Earth, its resources, and how to protect them. We will explore how plants and animals grow and change. We will create a model of a mountain and investigate the way sunlight affects leaves. Students will also learn about the scientific method and explore possible careers in science.


Units:

Be a Scientist

Plants are Living things

Plants Grow and Change

All About Animals

Places to Live

Looking at Earth

Caring for Earth


Science 1 B

Science encourages students to explore the natural world. In the second semester, students continue to study Earth, its resources, and how to protect them. We will explore how plants and animals grow and change. We will create a model of a mountain and investigate the way sunlight affects leaves. Students will also learn about the scientific method and explore possible careers in science.


Units:

Weather and Seasons

The Sky

Matter Everywhere

Changes in Matter

On the Move

Energy Everywhere


Social Studies 1 A

In the first semester, students will learn about the ways in which people contribute to their communities and work together to the benefit of all. This course explores the concepts of good citizenship, neighborhoods, and economics. We will also study maps, photos, biographies, illustrations, poetry, and music to help explain the concept of communities and extend the concept of community to the larger world.


Units:

Time for School

In My Community

Work! Work! Work!


Social Studies 1 B

In the second semester, students continue to learn about the ways in which people contribute to their communities and work together to the benefit of all. This course explores the concepts of good citizenship, neighborhoods, and economics. We will also study maps, photos, biographies, illustrations, poetry, and music to help explain the concept of communities and extend the concept of community to the larger world.


Units:

Our Earth, Our Resources

This Is Our Country

Our Country, Our World


Physical Education 1

Physical Education activities include yoga, participating in a team or individual sport, and Connections Academy’s own fitness program.


Units:

Get Up and Move

Making Healthy Choices

Make Your Own Fun

Games from Around the World

Show Your Strength


Art 1

Students expand their understanding of color, line, and shape. Activities include drawing, cutting, creating designs, and paper construction. We also introduce the concepts of texture and three-dimensional forms.


Units:

Elements of Art

Principles of Design

Art Media

Themes in Art


Educational Technology and Online Learning 1

Prerequisites:

To participate in this course you must have Microsoft® Office, or software that is equivalent, installed on your computer.


In this course, students build on foundational skills while using software to draw, type, and format text, and create presentations to support academic skills. Students learn listening and organizational skills and set attainable learning goals. Students become responsible users of technology as they learn about Internet safety and appropriate online behavior.


Units:

Introduction and Tux Paint

Microsoft® Word

Microsoft® PowerPoint

Microsoft® Excel

Keyboarding

Study Skills

Internet Safety