First Grade

In first grade, the students are very comfortable with the school routine and following directions. The day begins with calendar time and continues on with a center format. In centers, the children will work on reading, spelling, handwriting, phonics and listening. The afternoon includes social studies, science, Spanish, religion, phonics, P.E., art and music. Every Friday, the students attend an all school Mass and are paired up with seventh graders as their mentors. The first graders and seventh graders quickly form a bond and enjoy a special relationship throughout the year.

Curriculum

Language Arts

  • Correct sentences using proper capitalization, punctuation and word order
  • Apply phonics skills to decode words
  • Read and comprehend narrative and expository texts
  • Learn basic spelling rules and alphabetize
  • Participate in brainstorming and then write in a journal
  • Practice handwriting

Mathematics

  • Read, write, compare and order numbers to 100
  • Count by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s to 100
  • Master basic addition and subtraction facts and add and subtract two digit numbers
  • Count money
  • Identify fractional parts of a whole
  • Tell time to the half hour

Science

  • Conduct investigations that lead to discovery of science concepts
  • Learn about forms of matter
  • Evaluate the different ways plants and animals meet their needs
  • Discover how the human body grows and changes
  • Observe that the Earth is composed of land, air, and water

Social Studies

  • Explore communities, occupations and identify the purpose of money
  • Learn about the Earth’s resources, landforms, endangered animals and how we care for them.
  • Identify our country’s explorers, symbols, holidays, and civic leaders
  • Identify and locate geographical features

Religion

  • Understand that prayer is listening and talking to God
  • Recognize that God gives the gift of life and students should show concern for others
  • Understand how a sacrament fills a spiritual need
  • Learn that God is a loving Father who blesses us with life and the wonderful gifts of creation

Enrichment

  • Art
  •  Music
  • P.E.
  • Library
  • Computer
  • Spanish

Special activities and celebrations

  • Thanksgiving meal
  • Special time at the park with 7th grade buddies
  • Show and Tell
  • Super Star Day
  • Grandmother Spider comes to tell stories