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First Grade Curriculum Overview

First graders want to read, listen to, and talk about a wide range of books, including picture books, poems, short chapter books, and short informational materials. They are able to predict, sequence, and summarize story events. They expect the text to make sense, and, if necessary, they make a second attempt and reread. These students talk about themselves as readers.

First graders write to tell about an experience, to tell a story, or to describe. They use both words and picture. They use phonetic or “temporary” spelling as a strategy, but are growing in their knowledge of standard spelling.

The mathematics curriculum is organized into five strands:
(1) number and operations; (2) measurement; (3) geometry; (4) data analysis and probability; and, (5) algebra. Problem-solving strategies are embedded into each of the 5 strands.

Social Studies
First graders build on kindergarten concepts related to other children, families, home, and school. They compare their own home and school life with children in environments and societies different from their own. During this year, they become more individually responsible.

The focus for first grade students is using their senses to make observations and using their own rules to classify living and nonliving objects.
Science Concepts: The needs of living organisms, Understanding of solid earth materials, Properties & relationships of objects, Understanding of motion, balance, and weighing of objects
The Religion program reflects a vision of our Catholic faith grounded in Scripture and Tradition. The classroom teacher will be successful in helping children and families experience the full and authentic teaching of the Church while entering more deeply into a meaningful, lifelong relationship with God.
In 1st grade we build on what we learned in kindergarten. We learn numbers 0-20. Next we review colors, classroom objects, food, clothing, the face. We end the second semester with family members, community and the alphabet.

In art, students will continue to explore various materials, tools, and techniques. They will build upon skills learned in kindergarten and refine fine motor skills. Students will express ideas about themselves, others, and their environment through various projects throughout the year. They will incorporate other disciplines such as math, science, and social studies. They will begin to explore the elements of art and observe, describe, and analyze artwork.
First graders will build more on the foundations learned in their Kindergarten year, adding note reading of the treble clef, learning the aspects of 4/4 rhythm, and instrument identification. There will be a performance in the Christmas Musical, as well as a class led Mass.

Apply competent motor skills and movement patterns as needed to perform a variety of physical activities. Understand concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics that apply to the learning and performance of movement. Understand the importance of achieving and maintaining a health-enhancing level of physical fitness. Use behavioral strategies that are responsible and enhance respect of self and others and value activity.