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First Grade

Welcome to First Grade

First grade at Unity is an amazing time to establish an academic and biblical foundation, while providing a well-balanced time of group and individual instruction. Through the course of the year, first graders will experience field trips, special days such as Johnny Appleseed and Dr. Seuss, and performing their very own Easter production. Other activities within the classroom, such as the butterfly life cycle, display how God is present in every discipline. First grade is complete with exciting hands-on activities and real world experiences.

While first grade teachers integrate biblical truth into every unit of study, they also teach Bible as a separate subject. The class focuses on familiar stories from the Old and New Testament, while also implementing new details to encourage higher order thinking skills. Additionally, students develop an understanding of the weekly Bible verse and how it applies to their lives.

The reading curriculum focuses on sight words, vocabulary development, a strong emphasis on phonics, comprehension, and critical thinking. Teachers introduce silent and oral reading with expression. In addition, weekly spelling lists use words that parallel the phonics program.

Reading comprehension is developed through small group instruction, vocabulary development, and the organization of thought through the use of visual tools. First graders focus on sequence of events and retelling through fairy tales, fables, and folk tales. Other units include poetry, character, story structure, and cause and effect.

The writing process encompasses punctuation, capitalization, parts of speech, and creative writing. Students also produce original works, such as journals, personal narratives, and informative pieces. Additionally, students develop spoken, written, and auditory communication skills.


Students develop mathematical thinking in three areas: conceptual understanding, procedural knowledge, and problem solving. The math curriculum incorporates hands-on activities, technology applications, expression of math using pictures, explanation and symbols, as well as vocabulary development. Students will be proficient in skills ranging from identifying place values to 100 and estimation to one and two digit addition.  

The Christian School International Science curriculum integrates science concepts throughout the day in learning centers, whole group experiments, and special units. Teachers employ methods that focus primarily on investigation, observation, and experimentation, which include a hands-on science lab. Topics include the following: Scientific Investigation, Investigating The Senses, Investigating Living Things, Investigating Changes, Investigating Materials and Objects, and Investigating Things That Make Sound. 

The social studies curriculum incorporates units on families, communities, and their country and the world. Students continue to develop globe and map skills, while also focusing on the culture of children around the world. Students will compare and contrast a child’s life in Plymouth Colony with a child’s life today. Additionally, students will develop an awareness of the costs of goods and services.


Mrs. Lori Culpepper 
Mrs. Cara Boyd (Picture coming soon)