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Focus on First

This page is for the revised Focus on First curriculum (2019-2020).

The Fundations-aligned version of Focus on First (through June 2019) can be found here. The Sounds, Letters, and Words version can be found here.

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About Focus on First (Grade 1)

In the revised Focus on First (Fo1) curriculum, children and teachers work together to develop understandings and communicate meaningfully through various media across six broad topics. Focus on First is designed to take advantage of, build upon, and expand children's established understandings and skills. With text at the core of classroom experiences, children ask questions about the world around them and consolidate ideas about their place in it as learners and contributors.


Pacing calendar


Assessments 2018-2019

Common Early Literacy Assessments (NWEA or Lexia)

  • Period 1: September 17 - October 5, 2018

  • Period 2: January 7 - January 25, 2019

  • Period 3: May 13 - May 31, 2019


Unit 1: Building Strong Communities


Unit 2: Animals Surviving and Thriving

Coming this summer


Unit 3: Resources in Our Communities

Coming this fall


Unit 4: Communicating with Sound and Light

Coming this winter