1st Grade

RELIGION

The religion curriculum for the first grade is divided into three parts: doctrine, scripture and liturgical seasons. The doctrine segment helps students recognize that what we believe, how we worship, how we live and how we pray make a difference in our lives. The students also learn valuable scripture lessons while studying the Bible. The students tend to develop a better understanding of the meaning of the stories. The liturgical seasons of the church are also taught. The students learn about and celebrate the seasons more fully when they better understand the seasons of the church.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

Students are becoming more independent readers and writers. They are introduced to different strategies to help decode unknown words. These strategies help the students to become more confident as they learn to read. They have regular handwriting practice to help refine letter size and legibility. They also practice the conventions and rules of writing as they learn about capitalization, punctuation and more conventional spelling. They continue to develop their vocabulary, helping to strengthen their oral language skills as well.

The McGraw-Hill text series utilizes a guided reading program that enables students to succeed at their individual reading levels. 

MATHEMATICS

Instructional time focuses on four critical areas:

(1) Developing understanding of addition, subtraction, and strategies for addition and subtraction within 20;
(2) Developing understanding of whole number relationships and place value, including grouping in tens and ones;
(3) Developing understanding of linear measurement and measuring lengths as iterating length units;
(4) Reasoning about attributes of, and composing and decomposing geometric shapes.

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction.
  • Understand and apply properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction.
  • Add and subtract within 20. Work with addition and subtraction equations.

Number and Operations in Base Ten

  • Extend the counting sequence.
  • Understand place value.
  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract.

Measurement and Data

  • Measure lengths indirectly and by iterating length units.
  • Tell and write time.
  • Represent and interpret data.

Geometry

  • Reason with shapes and their attributes.

SCIENCE

First graders participate in many hands-on science activities that allow students to gain knowledge about the world around them. The first grade curriculum gives students firsthand experiences to observe and experiment. Students develop skills in sorting, classifying and graphing. They often make comparisons, predictions and observations based on their activity at hand. The units taught help to expand their knowledge of our natural world. Some of these units include:

  • Our five senses,
  • Weather,
  • Astronomy,
  • Life cycles,
  • Magnets,
  • and Measurement

 SOCIAL STUDIES

Students in first grade strengthen their geography skills and historical understanding by studying the make up of different communities and community helpers. They also learn about the 50 states and how our world is made up of different countries. Two key elements of the social studies curriculum are holidays and celebrations and historical figures. The students learn to read maps with the use of a map key and a compass rose. They make predictions using charts, graphs and Venn diagrams. The students also look at the order of events using calendars and timelines to get a better understanding of our history.  

Art

Students will learn to identify different tools used for the visual arts. Students will understand how to use these tools safely, and in various ways, to create their own works of art. Materials and tools used will include paints, pencil, glue, and scissors. Students will develop eye-hand coordination and build imagination.  

MUSIC

In kindergarten, students focus mainly on singing and keeping a steady beat. They work on matching pitches that they hear, identifying fast and slow, and the difference between sounds and silences. Students play musical games and instruments to reinforce special relationship, movement, creative expression, and music appreciation.  

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

The physical education curriculum has four focus areas:  locomotor skills, nonlocomotor skills, manipulative skills, and physical fitness.  Students will learn and demonstrate control when bending, reaching, galloping, and skipping.   Tumbling, balancing, and tossing/catching are also taught in the first grade. In addition, they will begin to learn about the effects of physical activity on the body, as well as the importance of physical fitness through both verbal lessons and daily stretching routines. Safety in the gym is taught and practiced.

Spanish

Students meet two days a week for 30 minutes. The curriculum uses the Risas y Sonrisas program which utilizes CD-DVD programs to instruct spanish. Students will be expected to:

1) know terminiology for: colors, numbers, basic vocabulary
2) Sing basic songs to reinforce vocabulary  

COMPUTERS/TECHNOLOGY

First grade computer/technology curriculum focuses on expanding and building upon computer/technology terminology along with age appropriate software. In keyboarding, first graders are introduced to the home row and will demonstrate proper typing posture.

  • Word Processing Software – Save & name files appropriately, open existing files, manipulate fonts and insert graphics with appropriate wrapping.
  • Spreadsheet Software - Introduction into columns, rows, formatting, charts
  • KidPix - Expand upon software by including slideshows
  • Internet – Using as a research tool to complete basic scavenger hunts
  • Internet Safety