Year at a Glance

Portrait of a Graduate

Collaborator Communicator Creative and Critical Thinker Ethical and Global Citizen Goal Directed and Resilient Thinker

A goal of FCPS is to provide opportunities for students to demonstrate learning in authentic ways and support students in the development of skills that employers are seeking for the workforce. Teachers in FCPS are enhancing learning opportunities to include the Portrait of a Graduate attributes:

  • Communicator
  • Collaborator
  • Ethical and Global Citizen
  • Creative and Critical Thinker
  • Goal-Directed and Resilient Individual

To develop these skills, FCPS strives for all students to:

  • Develop knowledge and skills that can be applied across subject areas and in real life settings.
  • Utilize and grow critical thinking skills that require them to go beyond the facts.
  • Engage in learning that fosters curiosity.
  • Confront and make contributions to solving real-world problems.
  • Demonstrate learning and skills in a variety of ways, such as projects and portfolios.
  • Set goals and reflect on their progress.


  • Developing a Writing Process
  • Drawing for Meaning
  • Studying Patterns
  • Informational Writing
  • Writing Personal Narratives
  • Writing Poetry
  • Research
  • Persuasive Writing and/or Author Study

Oral Communication

  • Active Listening
  • Collaborative Discussions
  • Conversation Skills


  • Engaging with Storybooks: Print Organization
  • Character Development
  • Nonfiction
  • Finding Patterns in Stories
  • Poetry
  • Research
  • Learning about Print

Word Study

  • Building Alphabet Knowledge
  • Building Letter-Sound Relationships
  • Building Words
  • Short Vowels and Word Families
  • Digraphs


  • Sorting and Classifying Attributes
  • Counting
  • Numeral Writing and Recognition
  • Patterns
  • Fluency for Numbers through 5
  • Part-Whole Relationships for Numbers through 10
  • Addition and Subtraction with Numbers through 10 
  • Measurement
  • Coin Identification and Counting
  • Two-Dimensional Shapes
  • Calendar
  • Tables, Picture Graphs, and Object Graphs
  • Fraction Number Sense


  • Scientific Investigation
  • Five Senses
  • Observations
  • Plant and Animal Needs
  • Life Cycles
  • Speed
  • Magnets
  • Shadows
  • Weather Changes
  • Phases of Water
  • Sink and Float
  • Reuse and Recycle 
  • Water and Energy Conservation

Social Studies

  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Being a Good Citizen
  • Economics
    • Jobs
    • Choices
    • Wants
    • Money
  • Geography: Land and Water Features
  • Map Skills
  • Community and Community Members
  • Past and Present
  • American Symbols and Holidays