Pacing Guide for 1st Grade English Language Arts

Our Literature and Science and Social Studies units should be taught concurrently across two 60-minute reading and writing blocks; one focused on Literature and one focused on Science and Social Studies. Literature units are built around core texts that allow students to grapple with and explore themes and topics that are relevant to their day to day lives. Science and Social Studies units use content-rich nonfiction texts to help students build specific knowledge about historical, cultural, or scientific topics. To ensure students engage in a depth and breadth of reading, an additional 45-minute independent reading block should also take place daily.

Our 1st grade Literature units span 97 days and our 1st grade Science and Social Studies units span 156 days. We intentionally did not account for all 180 school days to allow teachers to fit in additional review or extension, teacher-created assessments, and school-based events. Each unit includes a specific number of lessons, including writing and discussion lessons, and a day for assessment.

A suggested breakdown of a typical lesson is shown below; however, this time allotment will vary depending on the lesson and lesson structure chosen by the teacher.

Literature

Lessons

Instructional Days

Total Days
with Assessment

Total

255

0

268

Science and Social Studies

Lessons

Instructional Days

Total Days
with Assessment

Total

255

0

268