First Grade Curriculum
ENGLISH / LANGUAGE ARTS
- Match oral words to printed words.
- Create and state a series of rhyming words.
- Listen and distinguish long and short vowel sounds in words.
- Blend and separate sounds in words.
- Use letter sound knowledge to sound out unknown words.
- Read high frequency words (end of year goal of 1-100).
- Read appropriate grade level text aloud with accuracy.
- Read appropriate grade level text independently.
- Can read between 35-65 correct words per minute by the end of the year.
- Listen to or read a wide variety of text (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, magazines, etc.).
- Demonstrate comprehension of text through discussion of stories read aloud or individually.
- Notice when an error is made in independent reading and self-correct for meaning.
- Understand, learn and use new vocabulary.
- Use context to understand word and sentence meaning.
- Obtain information from printed material.
- Describe new information gained from reading or listening to an informational text.
- Retell the main events of a story in sequence (beginning, middle and end).
- Relate prior knowledge and / or personal experiences to a story.
- Predict what will happen next in a story.
- Print legibly and space letters, words and sentences appropriately.
- Correctly write and punctuate a simple sentence.
- Use knowledge of letter sounds to spell independently.
- Use resources around room to assist in spelling (examples: word wall, personal dictionary).
- Correctly spell short vowel words.
- With support, explore other types of writing (reports, expository descriptions, directions, etc.).
- Write a brief story that describes an experience (beginning, middle and end).
- With assistance, compose a reasonable first draft using some parts of the writing process (planning, reading for meaning, some self-correcting).
Listening & Speaking
- Listen attentively and ask questions to clarify understanding.
- Stay on topic when speaking.
- Share a personal experience in a logical sequence.
- Identify a story’s sequence of events.
- Make predictions based on clues from a work.
- Reach logical conclusions.
- Distinguish between fact and opinion, fiction and nonfiction.
- Listen to and identify classics and award winning books.
- Identify where an item may be located in the library.
- Use the library for selecting recreational reading materials.
- Explore the world in order to learn about and appreciate God’s creation.
- Thank God for His creation/make up thank you prayers.
- Listen/respond to Scripture stories.
- Participate in liturgical/sacramental celebrations.
- Participate in daily prayer experiences.
- Participate in service opportunities.
- Visit the parish church.
- Know the Pastor/Pastoral Ministers by name.
- Demonstrate knowledge of simple liturgical gestures: genuflecting, making the Sign of the Cross, using holy water.
- Articulate learning of doctrine/lesson presented.
- Ask questions about the Faith.
- Experience the faith community of the classroom/school/parish/community.
- Know and recite prayers appropriate to grade level.
Calculations & Estimations
- Read, write, order and identify whole numbers less than 100.
- Identify, order, and compare coins by making equivalent amount up to 25 cents.
- Count by 5 and 10 to 100.
- Find sums and differences less than 18.
Statistics & Probability
- Identify “how many more or less” and “how many altogether” from pictographs and bar graphs.
- Gather, sort and classify data and represent data using concrete objects and pictographs.
- Sort and classify objects using one or more attributes.
- Supply missing element in or extend number patterns.
- Understand the meaning of equals and use the = symbol.
- Construct and solve simple number sentences with sums and differences up to 10 with fluency.
- Identify days of the week, months and interpret calendar information.
- Tell time to the nearest hour / half hour using analog and digital clocks.
- Identify, describe and classify basic shapes.
- Create repeating geometric shapes using manipulatives (example: two triangles can make a square).
- Describe objects (sinking and floating, shapes).
- Recognize evaporation.
- Understand gravity.
- Understand that the sun warms the Earth.
- Understand the need for recycling and its impact on the environment.
- Recognize physical characteristics, how people use their senses, and what they need to survive.
- Understand that traits are passed from parent to offspring.
- Describe a life cycle.
- Describe composting as recycling.
Earth & Space Science
- Know that the Earth is made up of rock, soil, water and air.
- Watch daily changes in weather.
- Make observations.
- Follow a list of steps.
- Describe simple observations.
- Describe data from a graph.
- Ask follow up questions
Unifying Concepts & Processes
- Know that things may not work if they are missing parts.
- Observe and describe changes in the world.
- Ask questions about the world around you.
- Recognize the six groups on the food guide pyramid.
- Identify the connection between food and good health.
- Practice healthful personal care behaviors.
- Identify the five senses and their functions.
- Identify ways germs enter the body.
- Identify the differences between use and misuse of anything.
- Identify the positive ways to cope with emotions.
Civics & Government
- Understand the need for laws and authority to provide security, order and conflict resolution.
- Apply traits of a good citizen (examples: fair play, good sportsmanship, helping others, self-control, responsibility for own actions, valuing truthfulness, voting).
- Identify American songs and symbols.
- Identify similarities and differences among countries and nations.
- Understand family rules and responsibilities.
- Identify voting as a decision-making tool.
- Identify services that people provide for each other (examples: farmer grows food, dentist cares for teeth, barber cuts hair).
- Recognize how people are both producers and consumers.
- Know ways to save money. Recognize a map of the United States.
- Know location of community, city, state and country on a map and globe.
- Give examples of natural resources.
- Create a simple map.
- Understand calendar time (examples: days, weeks, months and years) and commemorative holidays.
- Recognize similarities and differences of earlier generations in such areas as work, dress, manners, stories, games and festivals.
- Listen to legends and historical accounts through stories.
- Introduce commemorative holidays.
Social Science Analysis
- Identify current event topics.
- Know differences between “questions” and “comments.”
- Identify concept of empathy.
- Identify a problem in the environment.
- Describe, explore and create using different materials, tools and techniques to communicate ideas, experiences and stories.
- Begin to recognize and use simple artistic elements (i.e. line, color, shape, texture, form, value, space).
- Explore how different materials, techniques and processes can create different effects and cause different responses.
- Begin to use art materials and tools in a safe, responsible manner.
- Communicate about one’s own art work verbally.
- Observe and discuss art works.
- Use a variety of types of visual art.
- Begin to identify what you see and feel about the work of art.
- Recognize primary and secondary colors.
- Discuss ways that art works can reflect cultural differences.
- Practice exercises which develop strength, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance.
- Show enjoyment and participate in a variety of physical activities.