• 1st Grade Curricular Outline (Website a Work in Progress)

    Literacy (English/Language Arts)

    The Kirkwood School District philosophy of Balanced Literacy is comprised of K-2 Phonics and Phonemic Awareness, K-2 Shared Reading, K-5 Language and Word Study, K-5 Reading Workshop, K-5 Writing Workshop and K-5 Read Aloud. We strongly believe in a workshop approach to support student learning. The primary K-5 resources used by teachers to support reading and writing instruction are the Units of Study, authored by Teachers College Reading & Writing Project at Columbia University.


    • Module 1: Building Good Reading Habits
    • Module 2: Word Detectives Use All They Know to Solve Words
    • Module 3: Learning About the World - Reading Nonfiction
    • Module 4: Getting to Know Characters by Performing Their Books
    • Module 5: Readers Have Big Jobs to Do - Fluency, Phonics, and Comprehension
    • Module 6: Meeting Characters and Learning Lessons - A Study of Story Elements


    • Module 1: Small Moments: Writing with Focus, Detail, and Dialogue
    • Module 2: Writing How-to Books
    • Module 3: Nonfiction Chapter Books
    • Module 4: Writing Reviews
    • Module 5: Poetry and Songs
    • Module 6: From Scenes to Series: Writing Fiction


    In Grade 1, instructional time will focus on four critical areas: 1) developing understanding of addition, subtraction, and strategies for addition and subtraction; 2) developing understanding of whole number relationships and place value, including grouping tens and ones; 3) developing understanding of linear measurement and measuring lengths as iterating length units; and 4) reasoning about attributes of and composing and decomposing geometric shapes.

    • Module 1: Understanding Numbers               
    • Module 2: Early Addition and Subtraction  
    • Module 3: Measurement and Geometry
    • Module 4: Addition and Subtraction                                         
    • Module 5: Data and Geometry    
    • Module 6: Addition, Subtraction and Place Value