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
  • Labeling
  • Narrative and descriptive writing
  • Capitalization and punctuation
  • Use letter/sound knowledge to write simple sentences

Oral Communication

  • Active Listening
  • Responding to a variety of text and media
  • Collaborative Discussions
  • Conversation Skills


  • Print Organization and meaning
  • Fiction/Nonfiction/Poetry
  • Comprehension and retelling
  • Research
  • Vocabulary development

Foundational Skills

  • Alphabet knowledge and letter-sound relationships
  • Phonological and phonemic awareness
  • High frequency words
  • Concepts of print
  • Handwriting


  • 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
  • Change Over Time
  • Plant and Animal Needs
  • Life Cycles
  • Living and Nonliving
  • Pushes and Pulls
  • Shadows
  • Weather Patterns
  • Uses and Phases of Water
  • Reuse and Recycle 
  • Resource Use

Social Studies

  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Ethical and Global Citizenship
  • Economics: Jobs, Choices, Wants, and Money
  • Geography: Land and Water Features
  • Map Skills
  • Community and Community Members
  • Past/Present, Change Over Time
  • American Symbols and Holidays