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Focus on First

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

The 2017-2018 version of Focus on First (aligned to Fundations) can be found here. The original Sounds, Letters, and Words version (aligned to Reach for Reading phonics) can be found here. For the current version of the curriculum, also aligned to Fundations, please use this full page.

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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 2019-2020

District Supported Reading Screener (MAP Fluency and Growth)


Unit 1: Building Strong Communities


Unit 2: Animals Surviving and Thriving

*Weeks 5-8 and Home Links coming soon


Unit 3: Resources in Our Communities

Coming this fall


Unit 4: Communicating with Sound and Light

Coming this winter