Al Forsan International Schools

Course Syllabus 2017-18


Course Name: Grade 1

Instructional Materials and Resources:

Language: Scott Foresman Reading Street

Math: Alpha Math

Science: Alpha Science

Social Studies: KSA Social Studies

Time Allotment: 2 semesters

Course Objectives:

Students will gain first grade knowledge and skills in each of the following core subjects over the course of this year, English language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.

Course Descriptions:

Language arts

We are currently using Scott Foresman Reading Street. Reading Street is aligned to the Common Core Standards. Every Grade 1 class will have a two period Language Art Block each morning.

In first grade, students will engage in activities that build on their prior knowledge and skills in order to strengthen their reading, writing, and oral language skills. Students will write and read on a daily basis. Students develop their ability to think and construct meaning from a variety of stories and genres while listening during read-aloud and shared reading. Reading activities include work in phonics, phonological and phonemic awareness, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Writing will be a challenging combination of applying the mechanics of English grammar with creative writing forms and styles. The class will be expected to write weekly in their journals as regular practice in prompted and free writing forms. Formal writing lessons will allow the children to begin to become skilled writers in narrative, nonfiction, opinion and poetry styles.


We are currently using Alpha Math. Mathematics in first grade begins to move from concrete to abstract as we learn to perform complex addition and subtraction processes, counting patterns, place values, money, time, geometry and measurement. Students can look forward to using a variety of manipulatives, learning new strategies for addition and subtraction problem solving, and technology integration.


Science lessons and concepts will include studying the characteristics of plants and animals, weather and the sky, energy ,heat, light and sound. In science we strive to create an appropriate balance of in-class research learning, technology integration, and hands-on experimentation and field trip experiences to address inquiry of our natural world. In class projects and experiments will account largely as we assess and demonstrate our learning. The Engineering process and STEM is integrated in our curriculum with our annual STEM Science Fair.

Social Studies

Students continue to develop cultural awareness through a social studies curriculum which focuses on  Middle Eastern history, geography ,culture, economics, government and citizenship. During the year, students will gain an understanding of the similarities and differences between themselves and the world around them. They will compare and contrast families, cultures, customs, countries and traditions. They will learn about their community, community helpers and leaders. First graders will also learn about mapping skills and different climatic regions and their particular characteristics, means of transportation and natural resources. They will explore the festivals and celebrations of different national and cultural groups. Throughout the year students develop a greater understanding of cultural diversity, and global citizenship. Lastly, they will consider the relationships between science, technology and society.



Students will perform the following tasks at grade level proficiency:

Alignment of Common Core State Standards with Grade 1 content in Pearson Reading Street

Reading Standards

 (CCSS Reading standards are divided between Literature, Informational Texts, and Foundational Skills)

Key Ideas and Details

  1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  1. Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
  2. Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.

Craft and Structure

  1. Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
  1. Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
  2. Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

  1. Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  2. Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
  3. Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

  1. Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.

Speaking and Listening Standards

Comprehension and Collaboration

  1. Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
  1. Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

3.Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

  1. Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  2. Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
  3. Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

Language Standards

Conventions of Standard English

  1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
  2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

Knowledge of Language

  1. Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

4.Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.

  1. Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
  2. Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.

Writing Standards

Text Types and Purposes

  1. Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
  2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
  1. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well structured

event sequences.

Production and Distribution of Writing

  1. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  2. Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
  1. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

  1. Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
  1. Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
  2. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Range of Writing

  1. Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.


Students will perform the following tasks at grade level proficiency:

Common Core State Standards

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction.
  • Understand and apply properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction.
  • Add and subtract within 20.
  • Work with addition and subtraction equations.
  • Number and Operations in Base Ten

Extend the counting sequence.

  • Understand place value.
  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract.
  • Measurement and Data

Measure lengths indirectly and by iterating length units.

  • Tell and write time.
  • Represent and interpret data.


  • Reason with shapes and their attributes.

Mathematical Practices

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  • Model with mathematics.
  • Use appropriate tools strategically.
  • Attend to precision.
  • Look for and make use of structure.
  • Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.


Students will increase their knowledge of the physical world by answering following questions through scientific inquiry:

Next Generation Science Standards

Life Science

  1. Structure, Function and Information Processing

1-LS1-1. Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.

1-LS1-2. Read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive.

1-LS3-1.Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.

Earth & Space Science

  1. Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles

1-ESS1-1. Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.

1-ESS1-2. Make observations at different times of year to relate the amount of daylight to the time of year

Physical Science

  1. Waves: Light and Sound

1-PS4-1. Plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can

make materials vibrate.

1-PS4-2. Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that objects can be seen only when illuminated

1-PS4-3. Plan and conduct an investigation to determine the effect of placing objects made with different materials in the

path of a beam of light.

1-PS4-4. Use tools and materials to design and build a device that uses light or sound to solve the problem of

communicating over a distance.

K-2. Engineering Design

K-2-ETS1-1. Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a

simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.

K-2-ETS1-2. Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function

as needed to solve a given problem.

K-2-ETS1-3. Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and

weaknesses of how each performs.

Methods of Learning / Instruction:

The instructor will utilize the following methods for meeting the learning objectives:

  • Classroom lectures/discussion
  • Demonstrations & Activities using the Interactive White Board
  • Worksheets and Written Exercises
  • Hands-On Activities
  • Math Manipulatives
  • Small group work and Individual work
  • Computer lab and Science lab
  • Library
  • Homework
  • Projects
  • Field trips

Course Evaluation:

  • DRA Reading Assessments
  • Teacher observations
  • Ongoing assessments: End of Unit/Chapter tests
  • Weekly Spelling tests and Reading quizzes
  • Checklists and rubrics
  • Student projects

Report Cards:

  • Report cards will be sent quarterly to parents of each student. This report will inform the parents of the student’s academic achievements and attendance during the period and may include information relevant to the student’s work habits, attitude, and weaknesses. The report is designed to give parents an evaluation of the student’s academic progress as compared to what is expected of a student in his/her grade level.
  • When a first grade student is not making the desired academic progress, the classroom teacher will communicate with parents as soon as possible that the child is experiencing difficulty. Appropriate interventions are to be implemented in an effort to address the child’s areas in need of improvement.

Grading Scale:






Homework Policy:

Homework assignments will be posted on our grade level weekly plans. Weekly plans can be found on Classera . In addition it will be sent by email on a weekly basis.

We encourage your child to complete his/her homework on his/her own. The homework we are sending home will reinforce skills we have been learning in class. If you notice your child is struggling with a specific skill, please contact your child’s teacher or make note of any help you had to give your child on that particular assignment so the teacher can address the problem areas.

Materials Required:

A list of school supplies that will be needed is given to all students at the beginning of the school year. Every student is expected to bring all supplies that are on the list.

Parent/Teacher Communication:

  • You may contact your child’s teacher via email or Classera.
  • Each teacher will send a classroom newsletter that will be updated on a weekly basis. This is where you will find:
    • Changes in Weekly plan/homework schedule
    • Classroom updates
    • Classroom photos of school events
    • Information about upcoming fieldtrips and projects