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1st Grade Language Arts

1st Grade Language Arts

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Quick Overview

In this 1st Grade Language Arts course, students receive structured lessons on readiness skills through emphasis on phonics, language skills, literature, and handwriting to help develop comprehension, build vocabulary, and promote a lifelong interest in reading.

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Course Overview

In this 1st Grade Language Arts course, students receive structured lessons on readiness skills through emphasis on phonics, language skills, literature, and handwriting to help develop comprehension, build vocabulary, and promote a lifelong interest in reading.

Phonics: There are 36 units in the Phonics program. Each unit contains five lessons. In the first four lessons, students learn new skills or practice what they've previously learned. The fifth lesson in each unit begins with online review and practice activities that reinforce skills learned in the unit, and is followed by an offline unit assessment. In some lessons, students will read an online decodable reader. These are short, interactive stories that consist entirely of words students are able to read. Students will acquire the critical skills and knowledge required for reading and literacy.

Literature and Comprehension: The K12 Language Arts Literature and Comprehension program consists of 24 units with reading selections from the Classics anthology, nonfiction magazines, trade books, and other books students choose for themselves. Students will listen to and read a variety of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction to develop their reading comprehension skills.

Handwriting: Students will further develop their handwriting skills through Handwriting Without Tears. In Semester 1, students will work in the My Printing Book. In Semester 2, students will practice handwriting on their own using the supplied lined paper.

Spelling: There are 18 units in K12 Spelling, which begins in the second semester of Grade 1. Each unit contains five lessons. The first lesson of a unit introduces new Spelling words. In the second and third lessons, you and your students work together to practice the spelling words introduced in the first lesson. There is an online review in Lesson 4 and an offline assessment in Lesson 5. Students will master the spelling skills needed to read and write proficiently.

Vocabulary: K12 Vocabulary exposes students to a wide variety of words. Students will learn, review, and practice words online. There are 18 units in K12 Vocabulary. In the first 8 lessons of each unit, students will study 3 sets of related words. Lesson 9 of each unit is a review of all the words. The 10th lesson is always a Unit Checkpoint, testing students on all the words they studied.

Writing Skills: The program includes 18 alternating units of Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics lessons and Composition lessons. In odd-numbered units, students will learn grammar, usage, and mechanics skills that will help them communicate in standard English. The fourth lesson of each unit is an online review of the unit's skills, and the fifth lesson is an offline assessment. In even-numbered composition units, students will also learn techniques for planning, organizing, and creating different kinds of writing. Each unit starts with a journal assignment that will help get students writing and generating ideas to be used in their writing assignments. The program includes rubrics and sample papers to help evaluate students' work.

 

Course Outline

Phonics

  • Review of Basic Phonics
  • Long Vowel Sound Spelling Patterns
  • Digraphs
  • Trigraphs
  • Consonant Blends
  • Word Endings
  • Silent Letters
  • Telling and asking sentences
  • Compound words

 

Literature and Comprehension

Unit 1: How Are You Feeling?

  • "Bedtime for Frances," Poems About Games, "Sing a Song of People," Poems About Animals, "Table Manners"

Unit 2: Sharing Through Stories

  • "The Legend of Bluebonnet," "The Legend of the Dipper," "Telling Stories Around the World," "Medio Pollito: The Little Half-Chick"

Unit 3: There's Magic in the Air

  • "Wynken, Blynkn, and Nod," "Sylvester and the Magic Pebble," "The Owl and the Pussycat," "King Midas"

Unit 4: How's the Weather?

  • Poems About the Weather, "Strong Wind's Bride," "Shedding Light on Rainbows"

Unit 5: Worldly Wisdom

  • "The Woodpecker, Turtle, and Deer," "Stone Soup," "Budulinek," "Issun Boshi"

Unit 6: Mid-Semester Checkpoint (Read Aloud)

Unit 7: You Reap What You Sow

  • "The Poor Man's Reward," "The Water of Life," "The Wonderful Brocade"

Unit 8: A Whirl of Words

  • "Sheep in a Jeep," Poems About Animals, "Did You Ever See...?" "Tongue-Twisters," "Morris Has a Cold," "Amelia Bedelia"

Unit 9: Our Place in Space

  • Poems About the Weather, "Our Earth in Space," "By the Light of the Moon," "The Eagle on the Moon," "Women in Space"

Unit 10: If You're Happy and You Know It

  • "The Pine Tree and Its Needles," "The Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings," "The Country Mouse and the City Mouse," "The Cap that Mother Made"

Unit 11: Semester Review and Checkpoint

Unit 12: Colonial Times

  • "Explore the First Thanksgiving," "Explore Thanksgiving Day," "Digging into Jamestown," "Colonial Kids"

Unit 13: Family Fun

  • "No Fighting, No Biting," "Tales of Amanda Pig," "Lousy Litter"

Unit 14: Amazing Americans

  • "George Washington: American Hero," Women of the White House"

Unit 15: Animal Antics

  • "The Camel and the Pig," "Heron and the Hummingbird," "The Tortoise and the Hare," "Come to My House"

Unit 16: Mid-Semester Checkpoint

Unit 17: American Inventors

  • "Ben Franklin, American Inventor," "Inventors in the Kitchen," "Robert's Rockets," "Stephanie Kwolek's Amazing Invention"

Unit 18: A Friend Indeed

  • "My Shadow," "Who Will Be My Friends?" "Frog and Toad Are Friends," "Danny and the Dinosaur"

Unit 19: Creative Characters

  • "A Picture for Harold's Room," "And I Mean It, Stanley," "Harry and the Lady Next Door," Poems about Creative Characters

Unit 20: Animals: Fact and Fiction

  • "Over in the Meadow," "Little Bear," "Little Bears," "Owl at Home," "Hunters of the Night"

Unit 21: Let's Put On a Show

  • "The Hummingbird and the Butterfly," "The Lion and the Mouse"

Unit 22: Semester Review and Checkpoint

 

Handwriting

  • Appropriate pencil grip
  • Proper line and stroke formation
  • Lower- and uppercase letters
  • Writing dictated letters and numbers
  • Correct direction and order
  • Left-to-right directionality
  • Consistent, grade-appropriate size
  • Placement on baseline

 

Spelling

  • Heart Words
  • CVC Words
  • Double Trouble Words
  • Digraph ck
  • Regular Plurals
  • Digraphs th & wh
  • Digraphs sh & ch
  • Ending Blends
  • Beginning Blends
  • Digraph Blends & Trigraphs
  • Oddball Sounds
  • Triple Consonant Blends
  • Long a & I Spelled with a Silent e
  • Long e, o, & u Spelled with a Silent e
  • Short Vowel Sounds with a Silent e
  • Ending -ed
  • Doubling Consonants When Adding -ing
  • Spelling Conventions

 

Vocabulary

Unit 1: Weather Words and Multiple Meaning Words

  • Introduce Weather Words
  • Practice Weather Words
  • Introduce Multiple-Meaning Words
  • Practice Multiple-Meaning Words
  • Unit Review and Checkpoint

Unit 2: Homophones and Action Words

  • Introduce Homophones
  • Practice Homophones
  • Introduce Action Words
  • Practice Action Words
  • Unit Review and Checkpoint

Unit 3: Synonyms and Reptiles

  • Introduce Synonyms
  • Practice Synonyms
  • Introduce Reptiles
  • Practice Reptiles
  • Unit Review and Checkpoint

Unit 4: Dictionary Skills and Antonyms

  • Introduce Dictionary Skills and Mealtime Words
  • Practice Dictionary Skills and Mealtime Words
  • Introduce Antonyms
  • Practice Antonyms
  • Unit Review and Checkpoint

Unit 5: Traffic and Travel Words

  • Introduce Traffic Signs
  • Practice Traffic Signs
  • Introduce Travel Words
  • Practice Travel Words
  • Unit Review and Checkpoint

Unit 6: Compound Words and Animals

  • Introduce Compound Words
  • Practice Compound Words
  • Introduce Animals
  • Practice Animals
  • Unit Review and Checkpoint

Unit 7: Time and Collective Names

  • Introduce Time Words
  • Practice Time Words
  • Introduce Collective Names
  • Practice Collective Names
  • Unit Review and Checkpoint

Unit 8: Related Verbs, Related Adjectives, and Homographs

  • Introduce Related Verbs
  • Practice Related Verbs
  • Introduce Adjectives
  • Practice Adjectives
  • Introduce Homographs
  • Practice Homographs
  • Unit Review and Checkpoint

Unit 9: Abbreviations and Calendar Words

  • Introduce Abbreviations
  • Practice Abbreviations
  • Introduce Calendar Words
  • Practice Calendar Words
  • Unit Review and Checkpoint

Unit 10: Inflectional Endings, Verb Tenses, and Multiple-Meaning Words

  • Introduce Inflectional Endings and Verb Tenses
  • Practice Inflectional Endings and Verb Tenses
  • Introduce Multiple-Meaning Words
  • Practice Multiple-Meaning Words
  • Unit Review and Checkpoint

Unit 11: Compound Words and School and City Words

  • Introduce School Compound Words
  • Practice School Compound Words
  • Introduce Compound Words
  • Practice Compound Words
  • Introduce City Words
  • Practice City Words
  • Unit Review and Checkpoint

Unit 12: Math Words and Antonyms

  • Introduce Math Words
  • Practice Math Words
  • Introduce Math Antonyms
  • Practice Math Antonyms
  • Introduce Antonyms
  • Practice Antonyms
  • Unit Review and Checkpoint

Unit 13: Related Verbs and Geography Terms

  • Introduce Related Verbs
  • Practice Related Verbs
  • Introduce Geography Terms
  • Practice Geography Terms
  • Unit Review and Checkpoint

Unit 14: Glossary Skills and Space and Science Words

  • Introduce Glossary Skills and Space Words
  • Practice Glossary Skills and Space Words
  • Introduce Science Words
  • Practice Science Words
  • Unit Review and Checkpoint

Unit 15: Homophones, Dictionary Skills, and Fairy Tale Words

  • Introduce Homophones
  • Practice Homophones
  • Introduce Dictionary Skills with Fairy Tale Words
  • Practice Dictionary Skills with Fairy Tale Words
  • Unit Review and Checkpoint

Unit 16: Synonyms and Plural Inflectional Endings

  • Introduce Synonyms
  • Practice Synonyms
  • Introduce Plural Inflectional Endings
  • Practice Plural Inflectional Endings
  • Unit Review and Checkpoint

Unit 17: Related Adjectives and Animal Terms

  • Introduce Related Adjectives
  • Practice Related Adjectives
  • Introduce Male and Female Animal Terms
  • Practice Male and Female Animal Terms
  • Unit Review and Checkpoint

Unit 18: Measurement and Sports Terms

  • Introduce Measurement Terms
  • Practice Measurement Terms
  • Introduce Sports Terms
  • Practice Sports Terms
  • Unit Review and Checkpoint

 

Writing Skills

  • Complete Sentences
  • Write Strong Sentences
  • Kinds of Sentences
  • Follow and Write a Sequence
  • Nouns
  • Write to Inform or Explain
  • Verbs
  • Friendly Letter
  • Pronouns
  • Opinion Paragraph
  • Verb Tense
  • Write About Information: Heritage
  • Adjectives
  • Experience Story: Write a Story About You
  • Capital Letters and Punctuation
  • Write a Response to a Book
  • Write Your Own Story
  • Semester Reviews and Checkpoints

Additional Information

Course Length 12 Months
Prerequisites N/A
Course Materials No
Course Start Date

Independent Study Courses

Courses can be started any day for independent study courses without a teacher. Full-year courses last 12 months and semester courses last 6 months.

 

Courses Taught by a K12 Teacher

Courses with a teacher have designated start dates throughout Fall and Spring. Full-year courses last 10 months and semester courses last 5 months. Courses are taught by teachers in K12 International Academy. For details on start dates, click here.

Teacher Assisted This course is available in two forms: taught by a teacher or designed for independent use. This teacher-supported course is taught through K12 International Academy. It is also available as independent study, where a parent will guide the course.
  1. Comprehensive
    review by Gisselle on 5/18/2016

    What an incredible program! The language arts at this level was very detailed and easy for my child to utilize. Everything was simple to use and every educational tool complemented each other. I did not think that in the language arts course I would receive Vocabulary, Handwriting, and Spelling in addition to Reading and Language Arts. I would recommend this to any parent that is looking for a comprehensive curriculum that allows their child to be taught by their parent as well as independently. Online there are many supplements as well.

    Way to go K12!

To use this course, you'll need a computer with an Internet connection.  Some courses require additional free software programs, which you can download from the Internet.

Hardware and Browsers (Minimum Recommendations)

Windows OS

  • CPU: 1.8 GHz or faster processor (or equivalent)

  • RAM: 1GB of RAM

  • Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Mozilla Firefox 10.0 versions or higher, Chrome 17.0 or higher

  • At this time our users are encouraged not to upgrade to Windows 10 or Edge (the new browser)

 

Mac OS

  • CPU: PowerPC G4 1 GHz or faster processor; Intel Core Duo 1.83 GHz or faster processor

  • RAM: 1GB of RAM

  • Browser: Firefox 10.0 versions or higher, Chrome 17.0 or higher (Safari is not supported!)

Using  Mobile Devices with the Online School

Unfortunately, many portable devices do not support the software products required to run the Online School. These devices may include (but not limited to): Chromebooks, iPads, iPhones, iPods, Kindles, eReaders, and Andriod phones.

Internet Connections

It is highly recommended that a broadband connection be used instead of dial up.