1st Grade Curriculum
To provide a general introduction to the Catholic Faith. The child will be helped to come to a knowledge of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The first grade math curriculum is based on skills introduced in kindergarten, which will spiral to the second grade. Emphasis is placed on the following skills: Counting, sorting, and comparing sets of up to 100 objects; Recognizing and describing simple repeating and growing patterns; Drawing, sorting and describing certain two-dimensional figures; Applying the basic addition facts through the fives table; Applying the corresponding subtraction facts; Using nonstandard units to measure; Organizing and interpreting data; Recognizing fractions.
First grade students will be taught reading and writing together. When young children perceive a purpose for reading and writing, they achieve greater success. Therefore, integration of listening, speaking, reading and writing activities occur daily. Students will be using developmentally appropriate materials to foster fluency, expression and comprehension.
MASTERY OF SKILLS:
The first grade curriculum begins to explore neighborhoods and communities. Students should be able to make meaningful connections between being a citizen at home and in the classroom and the traits of a good citizen in a diverse community. They should recognize that people who have diverse ethnic origins and traditions all make a valuable contribution to their communities. Students will be introduced to the lives of important American leaders and their contributions to our national community. Patriotic symbols and common national principles should be stressed. Students should understand the differences between buyers and sellers, goods and services and making economic choices. Students should recognize basic map symbols and be able to use a compass rose to locate key symbols on a map. Current events are stressed throughout the year. The integration of writing skills into the curriculum, as well as making links to other curriculum areas is important.
Students will use scientific investigation, observation, reasoning and logic when completing scientific investigations. The student will investigate and develop an understanding that moving objects exhibit different kinds of motion. The student will explore and investigate the basic relationship of the sun and the earth. The student will investigate and understand weather and seasonal changes. The student will be able to identify and discuss the ways living things affect and are affected by the environment. The student will identify and describe the basic needs and structures of plants. The student will identify and describe the basic needs and structures of animals. The student will be able to identify the basic characteristics and needs of the human body.