ISD - The International School of Dakar

Grade 1

ISD’s first grade classrooms are language-rich places where students and teachers work together in communities of learning. Reading, writing, speaking and listening are taught across all content areas, providing our diverse student population with multiple opportunities for sharing and growing.

Students are encouraged to cooperate, create, connect, reflect and make meaning in a trusting environment. Classrooms of learners work together and in small groups to develop social skills and cooperative work habits. Lessons are tailored to embrace different learning styles and aptitudes.

First graders begin their day at 8:30 AM, often starting with a classroom morning meeting that sets the tone for respectful learning. Included in each day is time for literacy and mathematics activities, social studies or scientific exploration, snack, recess and lunch.

Throughout the week, first graders visit the library to check out books, participate in music and art classes, explore movement and physical education through games, and learn digital literacy and research skills. First graders receive 45 minutes of daily, leveled French instruction.

Non-proficient English language learners in the first grade receive support during language arts instruction. Identified first graders who will benefit from small-group remedial work in literacy development receive support during the French instructional block and do not participate in the French program at ISD.

Please click on the program guide to learn more about our first grade program.

Grade 1 Curricular Framework


Trimester One

Trimester Two

Trimester Three


Foundational Skills & Phonics

Guided Reading

Writer’s Workshop
Launch & Tools for Writing
Small Moments (Personal Narrative)

Guided Reading

Writer’s Workshop
Authors as Mentors
Making Illustrations Work Better
How Authors Paint Pictures with Words

Guided Reading

Writer’s Workshop
Informational Writing


Everyday Mathematics First Grade Program

Social Studies

The Parade: Storypath
Celebrating Who We Are and Our Cultural Background

 Families In Their Neighborhoods


A Child’s Place at School

Senegalese Focus


Senegalese Neighborhoods

World Culture Month
Senegalese Schools



Life Science

  Balance and Motion
Earth Science

 Pebbles, Sand and Silt
Physical Science