1st Grade

Stoughton Area School District provides a comprehensive curriculum that focuses on the whole child. Each tab located on this page will help you navigate grade level curriculum for each area.


The Stoughton Area School District's literacy goal is to ensure that all students become successful, high level readers, writers, speakers and listeners. Students are expected to meet the State Standards in ELA adopted by the State of Wisconsin at each grade level. Stoughton's Comprehensive Approach to Literacy stresses the essential components of reading through explicit teaching of phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency and expressiveness, vocabulary, comprehension, spelling, writing and handwriting.

Daily read-alouds, independent reading time, reading workshop, writing workshop, and systematic word study instruction are key features of the approach. Teachers demonstrate the habits and strategies of effective reading and writing through a variety of structures: instructional read-alouds, small group instruction, shared reading, and interactive writing.


Math Expressions Parent Resources

The Stoughton Area School District's elementary mathematics curriculum is Math Expressions. Within this curriculum, a series of learning progressions reflect recent research regarding students' natural learning stages when mastering concepts such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and problem solving. These learning stages help determine the order of concepts, the sequence of units, and the positioning of topics.

In 1st Grade, units focus on the following:
1. Partners and Number Patterns Through 10
2. Addition and Subtraction Strategies
3. Unknown Numbers in Addition and Subtraction
4. Place Value Concepts
5. Place Value Situations
6. Comparisons and Data
7. Geometry, Measurement, and Equal Shares
8. Two-Digit Addition

Math Expressions fits the learning professions, the core-grade level goals, and the dual focus on understanding and fluency of the Common Core State Content Standards.


Next Generation Science Standards

The Stoughton Area School District's elementary science curriculum uses the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) at the K-5 level. NGSS strives to develop students abilities to do and understand scientific inquiry through:

  • Asking questions and identifying problems
  • Planning and conducting investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Developing and using models
  • Using mathematics, information and computer technology and computational thinking
  • Constructing explanations and designing solutions
  • Engaging in argument from evidence
  • Obtaining, evaluating and communication information

In 1st Grade, the science standards are broken down into three topics taught over the course of the academic year. These topics are characterized by the study of patterns of light, sound, and organism structure. These three topics are:

  1. Structures and behaviors in organisms
  2. Light, sounds, space and communication
  3. Light and solar patterns

Social Studies

TCI Website

The Stoughton Elementary social studies curriculum is based on the 2010 National Council for the Social Studies standards and the Wisconsin State Standards for Literacy in All Subject Areas. A technology rich program created by TCI is the core resource used in grades K-5. 

In First Grade, Social Studies Alive! My School and Family introduces the structures of schools and families. Students learn how to get along with classmates, follow school rules, and identify people who work at a school (From teachtci.com).


Learning Targets

In the Stoughton Area School District, we believe that the study of art is a vital component to the development of all students.

The 1st Grade Art courses cover the Understanding and Using the National Core Arts Standards along with these projects and curriculum.

1. Elements & Principles (color, line, shape)
2. Drawing (pattern, overlapping, horizon line)
3. Painting (color mixing, primary & secondary, colors, painting tools)
4. Ceramics (pinch)
5. Sculpture (Intro to 3D, Paper sculpture)
6. Mixed Media (weaving/fiber/collage/metal): (collage, intro weaving)
7. Graphics (technology/printing): (stamping)


In the Stoughton Area School District, we believe that the study of music is a vital component to the development of all students. The general music program in our district reflects the National Music Education Standards, also adopted in the state of Wisconsin. Our grade one students will be able to:


  • Sing a variety of songs
  • Sing songs with expression
  • Compare pitched and non-pitched instruments
  • Understand and perform simple rhythms using quarter notes, quarter rests, and paired eighth notes
  • Compare and contrast music with different pitches, tempi and dynamics

Phy Ed

Learning Targets

In the Stoughton Area School District, we believe that physical activity is essential to the development and maintenance of good health. The goal of physical education is to develop students who have the knowledge and skills to develop a health enhancing level of fitness, and the self-confidence and responsibility to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity. The physical education program in our district reflects the Wisconsin Standards for Physical Education.

Standard 1: Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.

Standard 2: Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.

Standard 3: Participates regularly in physical activity.

Standard 4: Achieves and maintains a health enhancing level of physical fitness.

Standard 5: Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.

Standard 6: Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.