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Course Description

The view of schooling is no longer the textbook-based, one-sided lecture method of the 19th and 20th Centuries.  Education theory has shifted dramatically in recent decades. The passive learning styles of our past are now understood to be poor methods of teaching that ignore the learning needs of children.


Research soundly shows that a holistic, interactive style of teaching, that encourages students to think and reflect, experiment and share ideas is a far superior way to harness their energy and minds. Through the lessons, this course identifies key concepts and techniques to help teachers transition to this interactive approach to teaching. Drawing on what research now tells us about the brain and how people learn, we demonstrate models for more active learning and less one-sided lecturing and rote memorization.


Forty-eight states have signed onto the concept of core standards. This course builds from those suggested national standards in eight subject areas: Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies, Art, Music and Movement, and Creative Dramatics.


For each subject, the course summarizes basic curriculum elements for first grade. Each lesson includes suggested age-appropriate activities to reinforce the lesson topics. Each lesson also includes teaching tips from experts on how to engage students in learning.


Course Requirements

At least a high school reading and writing educational level is required.

Course Topics


Lesson 1 : First Grade Curriculum Overview

Lesson 2 : Creating Curriculum

Lesson 3: Writing

Lesson 4 : Reading

Lesson 5: Math

Lesson 6 : Science

Lesson 7 : Social Studies

Lesson 8 : Art

Lesson 9 : Music & Movement

Lesson 10 : Creative Dramatics

Course Materials


All course materials will be online and no outside purchases will be required.

Grading Policy

The course consists of ten lessons. At the end of each lesson will be at least one writing assignment anbased on the lesson material. A percentage grade will be given based on point accumulation.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe what to expect with a first grade curriculum.
  • Describe the process behind creating curriculum for the first grade level.
  • Describe the writing curriculum, reading, math, science, and social studies curriculum for the first grade.
  • Know the art, music and movement curriculum for the first grade, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1 Exam5
Lesson 2 Exam5
Lesson 3 Exam5
Lesson 4 Exam5
Lesson 5 Exam5
Lesson 6 Exam5
Lesson 7 Exam5
Lesson 8 Exam5
Lesson 9 Exam5
Lesson 10 Exam5
The Final Exam49
Total Points:100

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