First Grade Curriculum

ENGLISH / LANGUAGE ARTS Reading
  • 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.
Writing
  • 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.
 Literature
  • 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.
RELIGION
  • 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.
  MATH 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.
Algebraic Relationships
  • 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.
Measurement
  • Identify days of the week, months and interpret calendar information.
  • Tell time to the nearest hour / half hour using analog and digital clocks.
Geometry
  • Identify, describe and classify basic shapes.
  • Create repeating geometric shapes using manipulatives (example: two triangles can make a square).
SCIENCE Physical Science 
  • 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.
Life Science
  • 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.
Inquiry
  • 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.
HEALTH
  • 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.
  SOCIAL STUDIES 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.
Economics/ Geography
  • 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.
History
  • 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.
  VISUAL ARTS
  • 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.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
  • Practice exercises which develop strength, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance.
  • Show enjoyment and participate in a variety of physical activities.
  1. Thanksgiving Holiday – No School

    November 22 - November 24
  2. Feast of St. Nicholas

    December 6
  3. Student of the Month – Patience

    December 13 @ 8:00 am - 8:30 am
  4. Advent Program

    December 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  5. Class Parties/Early Release @ 11:30 am

    December 15
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