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ELA G1:M1

Tools and Work

Each module is approximately 6-8 weeks of instruction broken into 3 units. The "week at a glance" chart in the curriculum map gives the big picture, breaking down the module into a detailed week-by-week view. It shows how the module unfolds, the focus of each week of instruction, and where the six assessments and the performance task occur.

Weeks 1–2 Unit 1: Learning to Ask and Answer Questions: Getting to Know the Tools Around Us

Instructional FocusCCS StandardsAssessments
  • Building background knowledge: What do tools help us to do?

  • Developing language by playing with and exploring tools

  • Recording our thinking by drawing and labeling

  • Asking and answering questions about tools

  • Informational Writing: What job does this tool help to do?

  • Speaking and Listening: Sorting photographs of tools 
  • RI.1.1, RI.1.7, W.1.2, W.1.8, SL.1.1, L.1.5, L.1.5a, L.1.5b
  • Unit 1 Assessment: Focused Read-aloud and Writing about Tools (RI.1.1, RI.1.7, SL.1.1, L.1.5a)

Weeks 3-4 Unit 2: Reading Closely: Learning about Habits of Character

Instructional FocusCCS StandardsAssessments
  • Closely reading The Most Magnificent Thing

  • Developing language through habits of character challenges

  • Independent Writing: Reflecting on challenges

  • Speaking and Listening: Ask and answer questions and to solve challenges

  • Focused read-aloud: The Little Red Pen

  • The Little Red Pen: Ask and answer questions about how the characters use habits of character to do work

  • Writing to Show Understanding: Characters and how they use each habit of character
  • RL.1.1, RL.1.3, RL.1.4, RL.1.7, W.1.2, W.1.8, SL.1.1, SL.1.1b, SL.1.1c

Unit 2 Assessment: Focused Read-aloud Session 4 and Writing about Habits of Character (RL.1.1, RL.1.3, RL.1.4, RL.1.7, W.1.2

Weeks 5-6 Unit 3: Writing to Show Understanding: Creating a Magnificent Thing

Instructional FocusCCS StandardsAssessments
  • Classroom Magnificent Thing: Planning and Building

  • Informational Writing: Planning and drafting

  • Reflecting on learning and using habits of character

  • Classroom Magnificent Thing: Revising, finishing, and presenting

  • Informational Writing: Drafting, revising, and publishing

  • Reflecting on learning and using habits of character
  • RL.1.3, W.1.2, W.1.8, SL1.1, SL.1.1a, SL.1.1b, SL.1.1c, SL.1.6, L.1.2
  • Unit 3 Assessment: Writing to Show Understanding: Describing a Habit of Character (W.1.2)

  • Performance Task: Experience-Based Informational Writing: A Magnificent Thing for the Classroom (W.1.2, SL.1.1

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