El- Massria Integrated Schools

Grade 1

Grades 1 to 5 are an exciting and busy time for the students of EIS. They are actively engaged in activities and projects that help them to further develop and execute previous skills learned in Kindergarten I and II.

It is our belief that our students need to be active participants in their own learning. Our teachers' role is to assist their students by observing their interests and strengths and providing the materials and time for them to explore and develop these skills and others further.

As in Kindergarten I and II, social integration and the development of positive social skills is an integral part of our academic program. Our students learn to share and be supportive of each other while working together collaboratively on projects and classroom activities. Strong friendships are further developed as are the skills required to be confident independent learners.

At EIS we strive to ensure that our students' middle years in elementary education further promote a positive basis for the remainder of their academic lives.

Language Arts
Generally, by the end of Grade 1, our students will have progressed in their reading and listening and be able to manage a broader range of topics and styles. They will also be able to demonstrate a growing sense of confidence and purpose in their ability to secure meaning from printed text.

In writing, Elementary students will show an increased proficiency in their ability to communicate in a written format for a variety of purposes including stories, reports, poems letters and directions.

By the end of Grade 1 it is anticipated that our students will be able to:

  • recognize all capital and lower case letters
  • match, recognize and apply letters and sounds
  • successfully read predictable, familiar text
  • recognize many words by sight
  • read for pleasure
  • use picture clues, spelling patterns and context strategies
  • read for specific purposes
  • choose a variety of text
  • read for meaning
  • extend reading through response activities such as discussion, drawing and written response
  • identify story elements such as character, setting, problem solving and resolution

By the end of Grade 1 it is anticipated that our students will be able to:

  • develop and plan ideas through drawing, thinking, discussion and brainstorming
  • represent ideas through pictures, letters, words and sentences
  • retell or read their own writing
  • use a mixture of inventive and standard spelling to write complete sentences
  • begin to edit
  • begin to recognize the need for revision
  • begin to write stories that include a beginning, middle and end
  • use upper and lower case letters appropriately

By the end of Grade 1 it is anticipated that our students will be able to:

  • legibly form upper and lower case manuscript letters
  • legibly form the numerals from 0 - 9
  • use appropriate spaces between letters and words

By the end of Grade 1 it is anticipated that our students will be able to:

  • use a mixture of invented and standard spelling to represent beginning, middle and ending sounds
  • apply phonetic rules to assist in spelling

Speaking and Listening
By the end of Grade 1 it is anticipated that our students will be able to:

  • listen attentively
  • express ideas clearly
  • make relevant contributions to group discussions

By the end of Grade 1 the following Math concepts will be covered:


  • students will count forward and backward by ones, twos, fives and tens
  • students will also read, write , compare and order numbers to 100
  • using objects students will explore the components of numbers and their relationship to place value (2 tens + 4 ones = 24)


  • students will use objects and understand addition and subtraction number facts to 18
  • students will solve addition and subtraction problems mentally and by using pencil and paper

Patterns, Relationships and Functions

  • students will recognize and create repeating number patterns with Objects


  • students will identify and crate three dimensional figures using spatial diagrams and identify the properties of those figures
  • students will explore size and area through the use of objects

Standards Measurement

  • students will measure length, volume and weight
  • students will explore time and temperature as related to daily living

Problem Solving

  • students will collect and graph data
  • students will solve word problems

Social Studies
Social Studies concepts and skills are developed throughout the Elementary school years in an ever broadening perspective. In Grade 1 emphasis is placed on how the individual lives within the context of the family, school and community. Current events and important national and international holidays are discussed at all grade levels.

In Grade 1 the following concepts will be covered:


  • getting to know ourselves and our families
  • understanding the ways in which we are alike and different from each other


  • getting to know our homes and why they are important
  • developing an understanding of our location in the world

Working Together

  • understanding positive ways of working, sharing and playing together
  • understanding the notion of friendship
  • understanding the importance of working together at home, at school and in the community


  • understanding why we celebrate and what we celebrate
  • developing an understanding of a variety of celebrations around the world and how they are alike and different from each other

By the end of Grade 1, students will receive instruction in the following:

  • the similarities and differences between plants and animals
  • the classification of plants and animals according to one characteristic


  • the properties of magnets and magnetic fields and forces
  • the nature of temporary magnets, magnets and compasses

Weather and Seasons
factors that affect the weather seasonal weather changes and how people, plants and animals respond to weather conditions

  • Earth's Land and Water
  • the properties of soil and rocks
  • how water and soil mix
  • how water flows
  • recycling through the process of composting

Keeping fit and Healthy

  • the importance of good nutrition, exercise, sleep and proper hygiene
  • the food pyramid and the importance of a healthy diet

By the end of Grade 1, students will:

  • become familiar with a wide range of art materials, tools,
  • equipment and techniques
  • learn about the elements and principles of art, line, color shape, texture, value, pattern, balance and emphasis
  • Learn to express ideas and feelings in visual form investigate artists' motivations, learning about their lives and their contributions to society
  • study the history of art making and artistic achievement in terms of traditional styles
  • explore and analyze various works of art in terms of effect on the viewer

Grade 1 students experience the basic concepts of music in a performance context. A student's class performance and participation are used to measure their comprehension of music objectives. The Music Connections textbook and other grade level appropriate materials are used to enhance learning and the musical experience.

Musical concepts to be learned in Grade 1 include the following:


  • the review of mi, so
  • the addition of la

Staff Reading

  • learning to follow text on a printed music page


  • the continuation of performance skills
  • the addition of Orff instruments


  • the review of singing in pitch
  • learning proper volume and blending techniques
  • a performance two or three times per year

Miscellaneous Concepts

  • Lessons on dynamics, tone, color, temp, pitch, texture, form and style
  • Extension of the musical experience

Physical Education
Physical Education is an integral part of a student's total education experience. The PE Curriculum emphasizes listening skills, fitness and gross motor activities leading to stronger and more efficient physical fitness.

Grade 1 students will be involved in:

  • learning skills and games to improve large muscle development
  • developing hand-eye co-ordination through the use of various manipulatives
  • learning the basic skills of throwing, catching and striking
  • developing listening skills
  • developing co-operative behaviors
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