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Grade One Curriculum Picks

These Grade One Picks can be purchased from Anchor Academic (using your PO#) or from one of our comprehensive vendors listed on this page. Some options may also be available to borrow from the Learning Commons Search Portal or purchase from our Used Bookstore and/or via the Sora/OverDrive virtual eBook library.

Vendor websites are pick-and-choose and some optional or alternate suggestions may be listed, so select your items with care.

Overview of Grade 1 Curriculum Picks

Here is an overview of the curriculum picks that we suggest for Grade 1. Please note that some subjects provide more than one option. For more information about the curriculum, please refer to the information under Detailed Information for Grade 1 Curriculum Picks (further down this page).

Phonics/Reading/Printing Skills

  • All About Reading Level 1 with Interactive Kit (teacher manual, student packet, 3 readers, and reading interactive kit - if not already purchased); Handwriting Without Tears My Printing book
  • The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading; Fun With Letters Magnetic Activity Set; Explode the Code 1 and 2

Note, the Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading is also recommended as a Kindergarten Pick. Some students may just be starting to read in grade one, and many parents who may have started this resource in Kindergarten may be quite satisfied to continue using it for grade one.

Note from Curriculum Consultant: Write About Me & Write About My World with Teacher's Guide is noted as an optional resoure below. There are writing activities in Come Sit By Me, but some students may benefit from extra writing prompts and practice.


  • Math Lessons for a Living Education 1, OR
  • Singapore Math 2022 Edition 1A and 1B Student Books and Home Instructor Guides, OR

  • Jump Math New Canadian Edition Grade 1 (Parts 1 and 2) 

  • Come Sit By Me Volume Two (unit study based on 36 Canadian picture books) addresses standards in ADST, Art, Bible, English, Health, Science, and Social Studies. 


(for standards not well covered In Come Sit By Me) 

  • Science Wiz Light Kit
  • Sunshine Makes The Seasons

My Pals are Here Science International 2nd Edition (Marshall Cavendish) Level 1 Textbook, Workbook and Teacher's Guide addresses many of the Grade 1 standards and is an option for families wanting a more structured science curriculum. My Pals Are Here! 2nd Edition Gr K-6 Science Correlations to BC's Curriculum Standards.

Optional Resources

(not detailed below)

  • Write About Me & Write About My World with Teacher's Guide by Educator's Publishing Service (English Language Arts)
  • Healthy Habits for Healthy Kids Gr. 1-2 by Teacher Created Resources (Health Education)
  • Me in My Community by Apple Press (Social Studies)
  • A Walk on the Tundra by Rebecca Hainnu (addresses First Peoples content standards)

          Detailed Information for Grade 1 Curriculum Picks 

          Phonics/Reading/Printing Skills

          Option 1: All About Reading Level 1 with Interactive Kit; Handwriting Without Tears My Printing Book (or Canadian Handwriting Book A)

          Option 1a: All About Reading Level 1 with Interactive Kit

          Important Note: Level numbers on these books don’t refer to grade levels. Lessons are mastery-based, not grade-level-based. This means that students are placed where they are at ability-wise, not according to age or grade level. The Interactive Kit only needs to be purchased once and then can be used for all subsequent levels of All About Reading.

          Description of Level 1: Students will be actively involved in the learning process. This is a multisensory program; your student will learn through sight, sound, and touch. Everything is taught in context, and your student will apply what he has learned right away. Your student will be engaged in thinking, processing, comparing, and learning. There are five key components of reading—and this program teaches all of them thoroughly:

            1. Phonological Awareness
            2. Phonics and Decoding
            3. Fluency
            4. Vocabulary
            5. Comprehension


          Level 1 Placement Test (download)


          Supplementary Resources

          Table of Contents(download)

          Scope and Sequence (download) 

          PDF Samples

          Option 1b: Handwriting Without Tears My Printing Book

          Description: offers developmentally appropriate, multisensory strategies for early writing. The program follows research on how children learn best and includes materials that address all styles of learning. Innovative letter order and style are developmentally appropriate and promote easy learning for every letter. This student edition is for first-grade students or those working at that level. 

          • New! Expanded room for writing
          • New! Now offers digital instruction opportunities
          • Lessons emphasize the correct use of lowercase letters in words and sentences
          • Activity pages combine handwriting instruction with other language arts lessons
          • Practice pages teach writing on different styles of lines



          Other Optional or Supplementary Resources: 

          My Printing Book Teacher's Guide

          PDF Samples 

          Option 2: The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading; Fun With Letters Magnetic  Activity Set; Explode the Code 1 and 2 (teacher's guide is only required for a few activities and is considered optional)

          Option 2a: The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading

          Description: A plain-English guide to teaching phonics. Every parent can teach reading; no experts need to apply! 231 lessons; 369 pages. The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading cuts through the confusion, giving parents a simple, direct, scripted guide to teaching reading and is user-friendly, affordable, and easy to follow — supplying you with everything you need to teach reading in one book.



          Supplementary Resource (highly recommended): Fun With Letters Magnet Activity Set

          Table of Contents and Sample Pages

          Option 2b: Explode the Code 1 and 2

          Note: These books are not required, but they are a good companion resource to use with Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading because they enable students the opportunity to practice what they are learning and practice printing letters. Some families may choose to use My Printing Book (Handwriting Without Tears) for more direct printing instructions instead, or in addition to this resource.

          Description: based on the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading, which supports multisensory, structured, sequential, cumulative, and flexible instruction. Explode The Code® is a research-based, multisensory program geared to improving literacy with direct, systematic, phonics instruction. Build the essential literacy skills needed for reading success: phonological awareness, decoding, vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, and spelling with the Explode The Code series.


          Placement Tests 


          Other Optional or Supplementary Resources: Teacher's Guide; the program is also available online

          Table of Contents for Book 1

          Scope and Sequence

          Program Overview


          Math U See is not mentioned here simply because it is not available from our Curriculum Pick provider(s), although it is a strong option, especially in the primary grades. Math-U-See can be ordered directly from the Canadian Distributor, Math Canada. Place an order by phone at 250-590-6761 or toll-free at 1-888-854-6284.

          Option 1: Math Lessons for a Living Education 1

          Description: teaches math through engaging, real-life stories and practical application because math is all around us! This story-based approach invites students to participate in the story, make mathematical connections, explore the world around them with Charlie & Charlotte, and realize the value of math in their own lives. It is an instructional blend of stories, copywork, oral narration, and hands-on experience to bring concepts to life.

          Math Lessons for a Living Education Level 1 teaches through:

          • Short, story-based lessons
          • Real-life application
          • Hands-on activities
          • Engaging, full-colour worksheets

          Video Overview of Series




          Other Optional or Supplementary Resources:

          Preview (includes Scope & Sequence, Daily Schedule and more

          Option 2: Singapore Math 2022 Edition 1A and 1B Student Books and Home Instructor Guides

          Singapore Math 2022 Edition

          Note: This program is advanced compared to our BC curriculum standards,, making placement tests more important than perhaps other programs. The long term goal would be to complete book 6B by the end of Grade 7. Books should be completed at the student's pace, which means the grade level on the cover may not correspond with the student's actual grade level.

          Description: epitomizes what educators love about the Singapore math approach, including the CPA progression, number bonds, bar modeling, and a strong focus on mental math. It's a no-fuss, straightforward program that balances supervised learning and independent practice. The recently released Primary Mathematics 2022 Edition uses the same approach as previous Primary Mathematics editions, but features entirely new content and lesson structures.


          Placement Tests


          Scope and Sequence

          PDF Samples


          Additional Support: Singapore Math Live offers instruction, encouragement, and support for parents and students

          Option 3: Jump Math New Canadian Edition Grade1 (Parts 1 and 2) 

          Jump Math New Canadian Edition Student Assessment & Practice (AP) Book 1 (Parts 1 and 2) 

          Description: This program accommodates diverse student needs and abilities with embedded review, scaffolding of concepts, careful use of language, and opportunities for continuous assessment and practice. The New Canadian edition of AP Book 1 is printed in two parts, Book 1.1 and Book 1.2. In order to cover the full curriculum, students will need both parts. In conjunction with Teacher Resources, Book 1 is designed to cover the curriculum for Grade 1 mathematics, with units on:


          • Number Sense
          • Patterns and Algebra
          • Geometry
          • Measurement
          • Probability and Data Management

          Note from Curriculum Consultant: The multi-modal approaches to solving math problems presented in this resource can be a benefit to some students, but other students may find this approach confusing and would be better served with a program that presents a consistent approach to solving problems.


          On pages where there are multiple grade options, choose the correct grade from the dropdown menu. .

          Teacher Resource  (free when you register for an educator account online). 

          Other Supplementary Resources (must register for an educator account for access): 

          Sample Pages


          Come Sit By Me Volume 2

          Note: addresses standards in ADST, Art, Bible, English, Health, Science, and Social Studies; additional math and phonics instruction is required. Come Sit by Me literature packs are available via the HCOS Learning Commons Search Portal. 

          Description: A Canadian picture book unit study. You and your student spend one week on each book, reading the book each day, followed by your choice of the dozen or more activities. Units cover themes such as snow, poetry, grandparents, bugs and more. The suggested activities are listed for all subject areas, from math to music, science to social studies and many in between! Each book study has one or more connected Bible stories and a related memory verse. Also suits multi-level teaching. 

          The following books are recommended to use with this volume (not included) to address BC’s Big Ideas in Science and Social Studies. As this would only provide 9 weeks of study, it is recommended that the other books be borrowed from the library or purchased separately. Here are a few books that align with the content areas of BC's curriculum, which you may choose to purchase and have on hand in case you experience a delay in borrowing some of the 36 books used in this unit study :

          1. A Northern Alphabet
          2. A Prairie Alphabet
          3. A Seaside Alphabet
          4. Emma's Eggs
          5. Franklin is Lost
          6. Have You Seen Birds?
          7. Mr Belinksy's Bagels
          8. No Dragons for Tea
          9. Something to Remember Me By



          Other Children's Picture Books Used: the other books used in this book are Big Sarah’s Little Boots (Bourgeois), Franklin and the Tooth Fairy (Bourgeois), Katie’s Hand-Me-Down Day (Wark), Prairie Fire (Reynolds), To the Post Office with Mama (Farrell), Pettranella (Blades), Emma and the Silk Train (Lawson), Just Like New (Manson), Bear on the Train (Lawson), Alfie’s Long Winter (McEvoy), Pedrito’s Day (Garay), Don’t Dig So Deep, Nicholas (Harrison), Weighing the Elephant (Ye), The Name of the Tree (Barker), Sing a Song of Mother Goose (Reid), Hiding (Collins), I Went to the Bay (Miller), Eenie Meenie Manitoba (Heidbreder), Emma’s Eggs (Ruurs), Simon Finds a Feather (Tibo), Where Does a Tiger-Heron Spend the Night (Carney), A Mountain Alphabet (Ruurs), A Prairie Alphabet (Bannatyne-Cugnet), The City ABC Book (Milich), Have You Seen Bugs (Oppenheim), Effie (Alinson), and The Night the Stars Flew (Bogart)


          Science Wiz Light Kit

          Description: Learn about the fundamentals of light: lenses, reflection, refraction, microscopes, telescopes, cameras, and the speed limit of the universe. Contains a 40-page science book with materials. 25 activities which include: Split light into a cascade of rainbows; make a kaleidoscope; mold lenses; make a microscope and telescope; capture a shadow; construct a pinhole camera; bounce, bend and blend light; play the “I Spy” game with mirrors; solve filter puzzles.


          Sunshine Makes The Seasons

          Description: Filled with colourful, full-page illustrations and clear, concise text, this long-running series remains a benchmark for early reader nonfiction. This book explains how the sun and the Earth's rotation cause our seasons.