Grade 1

Key Learnings

In this section: 


Belonging to His Family: The Heavenly Family, Families of the Bible and the Church

  • Understand that studying Bible leads to understanding God
  • Begin to be familiar with the way the Bible is organized
  • Identify the “three-in-one” members of the God family, and their individual ministry
  • Understand that God is worthy of adoration and trust
  • Know that God is the creator, and still loves and cares for individuals
  • Understand that before the Fall, Adam and Eve lived in the perfect light of God’s presence
  • Know that eternal death is the consequence of sin
  • Identify spiritual gifts given to OT Bible characters
  • Know the story of how the Adventist church began
  • Understand the importance of being an active witness for Jesus
  • Understand Jesus will reunite all families who love Him



  • Use different media, techniques and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories
  • Know the differences among visual characteristics and purposes of art in order to convey ideas
  • Select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas
  • Know that the visual arts have both history and specific relationships to various cultures
  • Identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times and places
  • Describe how people’s experiences influence the development of specific artworks
  • Identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum


  • Maintain a steady beat
  • Understand the value of half and quarter notes
  • Write note heads around a line and in a space
  • Identify/play pitched and un-pitched classroom instruments
  • Sing songs with simple accompaniment patterns
  • Recognize the AB pattern
  • Recognize differences in tones of human voices
  • Identify band instruments by family (brass, woodwind, percussion) and their sounds
  • Learn hymns of praise



  • Use picture clues to predict content
  • Compare and contrast works read and viewed
  • Understand that media messages are created by people
  • Distinguish characteristics between fantasy and reality


  • Listen and stay on the topic in a conversation
  • Listen attentively, respectfully while waiting to speak
  • Summarize auditory information


  • Phonemic awareness
  • Explicit systematic phonics
  • Share what is read
  • Recognize sight words
  • Use correct clues to predict new words


  • Retell familiar stories
  • Deliver brief recitations

Visually Representing

  • Develop informational visual media
  • Connect information with personal experiences


  • Leave proper spacing between words and sentences
  • Spell word family patterns
  • Write complete sentences
  • Begin the writing process
  • Use ending punctuation


Numbers and Operations

  • Count, write and understand numbers 0 to 100
  • Count by twos, fives, tens and twenty-fives to 100
  • Skip count by tens e.g. 17, 27, 37 …
  • Connect numbers to the qualities they represent using various models and representations
  • Understand place value of tens and ones
  • Explore the concept of zero
  • Compare numbers using symbols >, < and =
  • Understand the meaning of addition and subtraction and relate to appropriate symbols
  • Understand basic addition and subtraction fact families
  • Develop a counting strategy for + and - facts to 20
  • Memorize + with sums to 12 and related - facts
  • Add and subtract 1- and 2-digit numbers, with no renaming
  • Understand basic fractions e.g. halves, thirds and fourths
  • Read number words to ten
  • Understand and use a number line


  • Recognize and express expanding and repeating patterns
  • Identify properties of patterns; create and describe using letters and symbols
  • Use variables and open sentences to express relationships
  • Use the commutative property and solve number sentences with numbers and symbols


  • Describe attributes/parts of 2- and 3-dimensional objects
  • Describe shapes from different perspectives
  • Apply ideas about direction and space
  • Recognize and apply slides, flips, and turns
  • Recognize rectangles and spheres
  • Recognize sides and corners of shapes
  • Recognize geometric shapes,structures in the environment
  • Recognize and draw a line of symmetry in objects
  • Copy figures and draw simple 2-dimensional shapes from memory


  • Identify and recognize measurable attributes of an object
  • Estimate and measure length, weight, volume and mass using nonstandard and standard units
  • Compare objects in terms of length, area, capacity, weight
  • Recognize and explain the need for measuring tools and fixed units
  • Order sequence of events with respect to time, e.g. seasons; morning, afternoon, night; o’clock
  • Know the number of minutes in an hour
  • Tell time to the hour and half hour
  • Identify pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half-dollars and dollars
  • Determine the value of a set of coins to $1.00
  • Determine the equivalent value of coins to $1.00
  • Know and name the twelve months of the year

Data Analysis/ Probability

  • Use whole number units to construct graphic representations
  • Understand information represented in simple bar graphs, line graphs and pictographs
  • Collect first-hand information by conducting surveys, measuring and performing simple experiments
  • Collect and organize data into charts using tally marks


Spiritual Emphasis

  • Recognize that God’s ideal for quality living includes a healthy lifestyle
  • Incorporate into one’s lifestyle the principles that promote health: nutrition, exercise, water, sunlight, temperance, air, rest, trust in God
  • Avoid at-risk behaviors
  • Apply Christian principles in recreation and sports
  • Achieve a balance in work and leisure; balancing physical, mental, social and spiritual activities
  • Recognize the interaction of physical, mental and spiritual health with emotional and social well-being

Movement and Motor Skills

  • Demonstrate mature form - skip, hop, gallop, slide
  • Demonstrate mature motor patterns in simple combinations, e.g. dribbling a ball while running
  • Demonstrate smooth transitions in sequential motor skills
  • Exhibit the ability to adapt and adjust movement skills
  • Demonstrate control in traveling activities
  • Identify the critical element/s (technique/s) of basic movement patterns
  • Apply movement concepts to a variety of basic skills
  • Use feedback to improve performance

Lifestyle and Fitness

  • Experience and express pleasure from participation in physical activity
  • Identify at least one activity associated with each component of health-related physical activity
  • Engage in sustained physical activity that causes an increased heart rate and heavy breathing
  • Recognize the physiological indicators that accompany moderate to vigorous physical activity
  • Know how to measure heart rate
  • Identify the components of health-related physical fitness
  • Gain competence which will provide increased enjoyment in movement
  • Try new activities
  • Express feelings about and during physical activity
  • Enjoy interaction with friends through physical activity

Sportsmanship and Appropriate Behaviors

  • Apply rules, procedures and safe practices
  • Follow directions
  • Work cooperatively with others to complete an assigned task
  • Play and cooperate with other regardless of personal differences, e.g. gender, ethnicity, disability
  • Treat others with respect during play
  • Resolve conflicts in socially acceptable ways
  • Practice Christ-like principles in interactions with others


Physical: Electricity/Magnetism, Force/Motion, Energy/Work

  • Define electricity and describe electrical fields of force
  • Recognize that electricity in circuits produces light, heat, sounds and magnetic effects
  • Compare the force of various magnets
  • Investigate how magnets interact with each other
  • Define force and gravity
  • Describe how physical forces affect an object’s movement
  • Define energy and identify common types and uses
  • Define work
  • Identify simple, compound machines and their relationships

Life: Plants/Animals: Biomes/Habitats, Life Cycles, Characteristics, Classification; The Senses

  • Identify various ecosystems (grasslands, forests, wetlands, desert, etc.) and the organisms that live there
  • Understand growth processes and life cycles of plants
  • Describe the basic needs of living things
  • Describe how animals gather and store food, defend themselves and find shelter
  • Recognize characteristics that are similar and different between related and unrelated organisms
  • Identify the senses and their functions and describe how they contribute to learning

Earth: Solar System: Sun, Earth, Moon, Seasons

  • Identify the Sun as the source of heat and light to Earth and explain why the Sun is necessary for life on Earth
  • Identify Earth as one of the Sun’s planets
  • Understand that Earth revolves around the Sun and the moon is Earth’s satellite
  • Identify and trace the movement of objects in the sky, including the orbits of the Earth and moon
  • Recognize how Earth’s orbit influences the seasons
  • Compare and contrast the seasons

Health: Care/Basic Structures of Teeth, Eyes, Ears, Skin

  • Describe structures, functions, and personal hygiene of the sense organs
  • Describe structure, function, and personal hygiene of teeth

Scientific Inquiry

  • Make observations
  • Ask questions or form hypotheses based on these observations
  • Plan a simple investigation
  • Collect data from the investigation
  • Use the data collected from the investigation to explain the results
  • Safely use and store tools and equipment

Service/Career Options

  • Explore ways to use Physical, Life, Health, and/or Earth Science to serve the community
  • Identify careers in areas of Science


History: Families (Time, Families: Past/Present, Holidays)

  • Identify calendar time: days, weeks, months, birthdays, holidays
  • Understand that God has a plan for one’s family
  • Develop personal picture timeline of one’s family history
  • Know family history through two generations
  • Discuss family traditions
  • Explore families in history e.g. early settlers, Native people, national leaders, SDA pioneers, missionaries
  • Understand why national, cultural and religious holidays are celebrated
  • Know the history of American symbols e.g. the eagle, the Liberty Bell, flag

Civics: Ideas about Civic Life, Politics and Government

  • Understand basic safety rules
  • Understand individual roles in groups and government
  • Understand the relationship between home, school and the community
  • Appreciate diversity in people
  • Know current local and national leaders
  • Know the importance of Christian citizenship
  • Develop responsibility through good decision making

Geography: Understand Geographic Features and Patterns of the Environment

  • Read and identify simple maps and globes
  • Locate where one’s family lives on maps of neighborhood, community, state, country and world
  • Understand climate of the community in which one lives
  • Recognize the importance and distribution of and changes in natural resources


  • Understand responsibilities of Christian stewardship
  • Identify how community helpers provide services one’s family
  • Know the major services provided by the community
  • Know how families earn and spend money


  • Demonstrate proper use and care of computers
  • Begin learning basic keyboarding and computer terms
  • Use computers to express ideas with drawing and word processing software
  • Learn about the role of technology in business and home
  • Learn about technology related occupations
  • Practice courtesy and sharing of computer time

Our key learnings are aligned with the North American Division curriculum guides, national standards, McRel Database (Mid-Continental Regional Educational Laboratory) and Ten Sigma (a compilation of standards for 38 states).