K/1 Curriculum – Year B

In order to accommodate our multi-age classrooms, the curriculum at Aurora rotates over a two year span. What follows is a look at the curriculum for 2015-2016 (Year B). Click here for an overview of Year A.

Social Studies

Units of Study:

  • What is friendship?
  • What are civil rights?

Related Field Trips:

  • K/1 Field Day at Lake Temescal
  • Cal Performances – Sweet Honey in the Rock
  • Peace March


In the K/1 classrooms we use a balanced literacy approach throughout our daily reading program. Activities include meaning-based as well as phonics-based instruction. Children work independently, in small groups, and with the whole class to develop as readers.

  • Guided Reading group (Fountas & Pinnell) strategies: directionality, one to one matching, initial sound, skipping, picture cues, context clues
  • Fluency development
  • Phonics activities (Fountas & Pinnell and Words Their Way): letter sounds, blends, digraphs, short and long vowels, word families, spelling patterns
  • Partner reading
  • Poems and songs
  • Comprehension strategies (Making Meaning and Mosaic of Thought): making predictions, making connections, visualizing, retelling
  • Read aloud
  • Morning message
  • Library visits
  • Self-selected literature
  • Sight word study
  • Literature connections across the curriculum


Our balanced writing program incorporates creative as well as content-based writing. Writing Workshop is based on the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project model. Students edit their work for meaning as well as for conventions. Children also write non-fiction with a purpose. Authors publish at the culmination of each unit. Children also write non-fiction with a purpose. Writing at the K/1 stage looks different for each student. Some are dictating, some are sound spelling, and some are writing more conventionally.

  • Writing Workshop Units
    • Launching the Writing Workshop
    • Non-fiction books
    • Small moment stories
    • Using words to make a change
  • Letter writing
  • Class books (often social studies based)
  • During weekly handwriting instruction (Handwriting without Tears) K/1 students learn and practice letter formation


Our math program (Bridges in Mathematics) is a balance of whole class investigations, small group explorations, and individual work. Children use math manipulatives, play games, work collaboratively and individually, share problem solving strategies, and communicate their mathematical thinking.

    First Grade

  • Sorting
  • Graphing
  • Grouping by: twos, fives, tens
  • Numbers to 100
  • Addition and subtraction to 20
  • Money
  • Measurement (length, weight)
  • 3-D shapes
  • Story problems
  • Probability
  • Time (to the hour)


  • Shapes
  • Graphing
  • Patterns
  • Numbers to 30
  • Money (coins)
  • Story problems
  • Number sentences (addition and subtraction)
  • Grouping
  • Probability
  • Measurement
  • Time (morning, afternoon, night)


In the K/1 science program children develop a deep knowledge and respect for the world around them. Students learn the science curriculum through multiple modalities. Hands-on experiments come from FOSS (Full Options Science Systems) kits developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Students share their previous knowledge, learn new facts, make predictions, observe, and record data as they gain experience in the scientific method. Children study science through movement, visual art, and music. These studies culminate in a science themed class play each year. Students also participate in meaningful service learning projects.

Essential Questions:

  • Who lives here?
  • What do they need to live?
  • How can we help?

Units of Study:

  • Intro to Water – “Splash!”
  • Tidepools
  • Ocean
  • Air
  • Ocean Play

Related Field Trips:

  • Marine Mammal Center
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Lawrence Hall of Science

Service Learning:

  • Beach Clean-up

Socio-emotional Curriculum

At the K/1 level children work to establish a respectful, cooperative learning community. Children work together while exploring, creating, problem solving, and communicating. Students learn about themselves, their responsibilities to others, and their world. Throughout the school year we focus on: Topics of study include: friendship, family, inclusion, celebrating differences, feelings, and community building.
Elements of the K/1 socio-emotional curriculum include:

  • Morning meeting (Responsive Classroom): class promise, greetings, games, songs
  • Conflict resolution (Talk It Out)
  • Partner Pals
  • Room 2 and 3 playdates
  • Writing class books
  • Story plays
  • Read aloud