First-graders will skip count by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s; compare and order numbers; identify ordinal position to tenth; identify a sorting rule; identify and extend patterns; solve routine and nonroutine problems; master all basic addition facts and most of the basic subtraction facts; add two-digit numbers without regrouping; picture and name fractions; measure using inches, feet, and centimeters; compare volume, mass, and area; tell time to the half hour; count pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters; identify and draw polygons; identify geometric solids; tally; and create, read, and write observations from real graphs, pictographs, and bar graphs.
Each lesson includes a daily meeting, a new increment of instruction, guided practice of new and previously introduced concepts, and number fact practice. Written and oral assessments are built into the program and are given at regular intervals.?
The?Meeting.?The daily meeting is an opening exercise in which children practice skills related to time, temperature, money, counting, patterning, and problem solving.
Number Fact Practice. Children are presented with strategies to help learn number facts. They are encouraged to recall facts through the use of pattern recognition. Facts are practiced orally, and students test their skills in timed drills (fact practice sheets), competing against past performances.
Written Practice. Children complete the first part of the written practice with parent assistance. The remaining half, which mirrors work completed in class, is done later in the day. The time delay between practice sessions improves retention.
Written and Oral Assessments. Each assessment questions children on skills they have practiced for at least five lessons. In Math 1, a written assessment is given every five lessons, an oral assessment every ten lessons.