Grade 1 Curriculum Highlights

English/Literature

Reading:

  • Reading for enjoyment and information.
  • Recognizing basic sight words.
  • Sounding out words for fluency.
  • Using visual clues to decode unfamiliar words.
  • Rereading for meaning.
  • Predicting an action in a story.
  • Recalling facts and details of stories.
  • Recognizing plurals and compound words.

Writing:

  • Mastering manuscript handwriting.
  • Using complete sentences in writing.
  • Knowing when to use capital letters and end punctuation.
  • Sounding out words for own writing.
  • Including a beginning, middle, and end in own writing.

Listening and Speaking:

  • Retelling stories.
  • Asking questions.
  • Being an attentive audience member.
  • Performing skits or musicals.
  • Using technology to support learning.

Mathematics

  • Counting, sorting, identifying, or drawing math problems.
  • Making decisions about how to solve problems, record data, and gather information.
  • Building upon children’s natural curiosity of numbers and to give them experiences with the world around them.

Religion

  • Memorizing basic prayers like the Glory Be.
  • Understanding all creation comes from God.

Science

  • Becoming comfortable with scientific thinking.
  • Observing changes in the physical world, and the way living things interact with their environments.
  • Classifying differences and noticing patterns that appear in the world.
  • Exploring different types of matter.
  • Going on nature walks to observe changes and patterns in nature.
  • Observing butterfly lifecycles.

Social Studies

  • Identifying continuity and change in the different environments around them.
  • Explaining the meaning of government; explaining why rules and laws are needed.
  • Identifying the basic characteristics of maps and globes.
  • Explaining how people in the school and community use goods and services and make choices as both producers and consumers.
  • Understanding their interactions with other individuals and groups; taking responsibility for resolving conflicts and working respectfully with others.

Spanish

  • Discovering a new language and new ways to express oneself.
  • Appreciating the value of learning a second language.
  • Practicing language skills through stories, songs, games, videos, and dances.
  • Acquiring functional oral Spanish skills by speaking and listening.
  • Incorporating Catholic traditions and prayers into Spanish instruction

Art

  • Knowing art as a language of knowing and communicating.
  • Growing in the identification, understanding and application of the elements of art.
  • Introducing relevant cultures and artists.
  • Reviewing and solidifying the portfolio emerging from all their works.
  • Increasing student awareness of the art and architecture in our school grounds and neighborhood.

Music

  • Singing on pitch and expressively.
  • Playing instruments in a group with a steady beat and using correct technique.
  • Experiencing music from a variety of cultures and historical eras through singing, dancing, and listening.

Physical Education

  • Developing fitness, skills, knowledge, and confidence.
  • Understanding how to be an effective teammate.
  • Growing of leadership skills.
  • Having fun.

Technology

  • Introducing iPads as learning tools.
  • Learning about internet safety.
  • Using applications to enhance and deepen classroom learning.
  • Finding homework on website.
  • Learning technology vocabulary.
  • Reading passages and answering questions: test taking skills and practice.
  • Programming Bee-bots.