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1st Grade Language Arts Online-Full Year

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In this 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 can 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 of reading selections from a classic’s anthology, nonfiction magazines, trade books, and other books students choose for themselves. Progressing from read-aloud texts to shared reading to guided reading instruction, students will listen to and read a variety of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction to develop their reading comprehension skills.

Handwriting: Students will continue with handwriting instruction using the Zaner-Bloser curriculum.

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. There are 18 units in K12Vocabulary.In the first eight lessons of each unit students will study three 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.

Please note: Course materials will be available in various formats, which may include physical and/or digital materials.

K12 Literature & Comprehension Support Materials

Bedtime for Frances 

Little Bear 

Amelia Bedelia

The First Thanksgiving 

Listen, my Children:  Poems for First Graders 

K12 Classics for Young Readers Volume A

K12 World: People and Places of the Past 

Language Arts Accomplishments Stickers 

K12 Language Arts Green Story Cards 

Weather: Poems for all Seasons

K12 Language Arts GRAB Bag 

K12 Language Arts Green Activity Book 2 

Harry and the Lady Next Door 

K12 Language Arts Green Lesson Guide Book 1 

Who Will Be My Friends? 

The Legend of the Bluebonnet 

Frog and Toad Are Friends 

Here Comes the Parade 

Language Arts Accomplishments Chart Green 

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble 

K12 Language Arts Green Assessments Book 1 

K12 World: The Science of Inventing 

K12 My Journal Green 

K12 Language Arts Green Assessments Book 2 

K12 Language Arts Green Activity Book 1 

Language Arts Green Spelling Handbook 

K12 World: Earth and Sky 

K12 Language Arts Green Lesson Guide Book 2 

Danny and the Dinosaur 

A Picture for Harolds Room 

K12 World: Critter and Creature Stories

Tales of Amanda Pig 

And I Mean it, Stanley! 

Ready...  Set...  Read 

Handwriting Grade 1 Student Edition

NOTE: List subject to change


  • 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?

Unit 2: Sharing Through Stories

Unit 3: There's Magic in the Air

Unit 4: How's the Weather?

Unit 5: Worldly Wisdom

Unit 6: Mid-Semester Checkpoint (Read Aloud)

Unit 7: You Reap What You Sow

Unit 8: A Whirl of Words

Unit 9: Our Place in Space

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

Unit 11: Semester Review and Checkpoint

Unit 12: Colonial Times

Unit 13: Family Fun

Unit 14: Amazing Americans

Unit 15: Animal Antics

Unit 16: Mid-Semester Checkpoint

Unit 17: American Inventors

Unit 18: A Friend Indeed

Unit 19: Creative Characters

Unit 20: Animals: Fact and Fiction

Unit 21: Let's Put On a Show

Unit 22: Semester Review and Checkpoint


  • 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



Unit 1: Weather Words and Multiple Meaning Words

Unit 2: Homophones and Action Words

Unit 3: Synonyms and Reptiles

Unit 4: Dictionary Skills and Antonyms

Unit 5: Traffic and Travel Words

Unit 6: Compound Words and Animals

Unit 7: Time and Collective Names

Unit 8: Related Verbs, Related Adjectives, and Homographs

Unit 9: Abbreviations and Calendar Words

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

Unit 11: Compound Words and School and City Words

Unit 12: Math Words and Antonyms

Unit 13: Related Verbs and Geography Terms

Unit 14: Glossary Skills and Space and Science Words

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

Unit 16: Synonyms and Plural Inflectional Endings

Unit 17: Related Adjectives and Animal Terms

Unit 18: Measurement and Sports Terms

Writing Skills

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