ExperimentAccess teacher-created lessons aligned to topics specified by the Core Knowledge Sequence for study in Grade 1. These first grade lesson plans may be adapted for use at other grade levels but are most effective when integrated into a coherent and cumulative school-wide instructional plan.

The Core Knowledge Foundation extends its sincere thanks to all teachers who developed these first grade lessons for our National Conferences (1992-2011) or through their participation in the Colorado Unit Writing Project (1999-2004).

Important Note

These teacher-created lessons have not been vetted by the Core Knowledge Foundation nor reviewed by content experts. Contact us if you have questions regarding posted lessons.

First Grade Lesson Plans by Subject


Language Arts

I. Listening and Speaking

No first grade lesson plans available

II and III. Reading and Writing

Having Fun With Habitats
Using a Writing Workshop
What’s It Say?

IV. Language Conventions

No first grade lesson plans available

V. Poetry

Phonics and Decoding Strategies for Struggling Readers Using Core Knowledge Poems
Poetry Picnic
Teaching Phonics Through Poetry

VI. Fiction

Anansi: A Language Arts Twist to the Trickster
Literary Terms: Take Me to the Theater
All About Aesop
Name That Virtue
Where in the World is My Slipper?
Life’s Lessons: Aesop’s Fables
Tales to Live By

VII. Sayings and Phrases

If at first you don’t succeed, try Core Knowledge! (First Grade Sayings and Phrases)
We Are a Fact Family
Sensational Sayings


History and Geography

World:

I. Geography

Geography Alive!
Spatial Connections, Grades 1–4
Travel to Mesoamerica
Where in the World is My Slipper?
Where in the World Am I?

II. Early Civilizations (Mesopotamia; Ancient Egypt)

Mysteries of the Past — An Artistic Expedition
Taking the Mystery Out of Mesopotamia
Get “Wrapped Up” in Ancient Egypt

III. Modern Civilizations and Culture: Mexico

Mexico: One Land, Many Cultures
I AM A Researcher, “I”nca, “A”ztec, “M”aya
A Study of Mexico

American:

I. Early People and Civilizations (Maya, Inca, Aztec)

Earliest Man to the Creation of Early Civilizations
The Ancient Mayan, Aztec and Incan Civilizations
I AM A Researcher, “I”nca, “A”ztec, “M”aya
Travel to Mesoamerica
Maya, Inca, Aztec and Ancient Civilizations
Cave Men to Cave Painting

II. Early Exploration and Settlement

Land Ho! Early Exploration and Settlement of the Americas
Columbus and the Conquistadors

III. From Colonies to Independence: American Revolution

You Can Count on Characters (2003)
The American Revolution and Its Heroes
Revere, Redcoats and Revolution
Exploring the Past

IV. Early Exploration of American West

Bewildered but Not Lost: Early Exploration of the American West
America Moves Out!
Westward Expansion

V. Symbols and Figures

Spare Change and the Presidents: Money, Symbols and Figures


Visual Arts

I. Art from Long Ago

Mysteries of the Past — An Artistic Expedition
Colossal Structures and Sculptures

II. Elements of Art

Picture This — Elements of Art in First Grade

III. Kinds of Pictures: Portrait and Still Life

Melting Pot to Salad Bowl: Part of a Healthy Artistic Diet


Music

I. Elements of Music

Music: The Experience of a Lifetime

II. Listening and Understanding

The Three “T’s” – Toe Shoes, Tutus and Tchaikovsky

III. Songs

No first grade lesson plans available


Mathematics

I. Patterns and Classification

“Center” Yourself in Math

II. Numbers and Number Sense

“Center” Yourself in Math
A Dazzling Day of Dice, Dominoes, Decks of Cards…and Technology
You Can Count on Characters
Maximizing Math Moments: They Happen Every Day
A “Whole” Lot of Fraction Fun

III. Money

Spare Change and the Presidents: Money, Symbols and Figures

IV. Computation

A Dazzling Day of Dice, Dominoes, Decks of Cards…and Technology
Slide-n-Glide into Subtraction
We are a Fact Family! Integration is the Key!

V. Measurement

Meet the Measurements
First Graders Measure Up!
“Center” Yourself in Math

VI. Geometry

Simply Shapes


Science

I. Living Things and Their Environments

Having Fun With Habitats
There’s a Commotion in the Ocean!
We are a Fact Family! Integration is the Key!
Under the Sea
Water, Water Everywhere and Nary a Drop to Drink
Animal Classifications and Food Chains (So What’s Eating You?)

II. The Human Body (Body Systems)

It’s All About Me!
Amazing Body Systems
Germs and Preventing Illness: An Inner and Outer Experience
No Bones About It

III. Matter

What’s the “matter”?

IV. Properties of Matter: Measurement

Understanding and Measuring Matter
Matter Matters: Solids, Liquids and Gases

V. Introduction to Electricity

Electricity: The “Shocking” Topic of our “Current” Unit
A Look Inside Electricity
It’s Positively Shocking

VI. Astronomy: Introduction to the Solar System

Out of This World with Science and Technology: A Study of Astronomy

VII. The Earth

Rocks, Minerals and Inside the Earth
Water, Water Everywhere and Nary a Drop to Drink
Do You Have Rocks in Your Head?
Exploring the Earth: A Ten Day Journey from the Inside Out

VIII. Science Biographies

First Graders can Research Too! Learning about Scientists Through Research
You Can Count on Characters
“Guess Who’s Coming to Class Today?” — Classroom Visits by Core Knowledge Heroes