First Grade Curriculum Guide

The Catholic School is a unique faith-centered community, which integrates thinking and believing in ways that encourage intellectual growth, nurture faith, and inspire action.

The commitment to academic excellence, which fosters the intellectual development of all students, is an integral part of the mission of our school.


Your child will learn to:

  • Recognize God as a loving creator
  • Identify God’s gift to the world of His Son
  • Follow Christ’s example of respect and love
  • Identify the Bible as God’s special book
  • Retell the biblical stories such as Creation, Noah’s Ark and Christ’s birth
  • See our families as a celebration of God
  • Identify the Holy Family
  • Demonstrate Christian attitudes during prayer and Mass
  • Recite the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, the Sign of the Cross, and Guardian Angel prayers
  • Distinguish between the liturgical seasons of Lent, Easter, Advent and Christmas time
  • Identify saints as holy people who help us live as Jesus did.
  • Recognize a need for prayer in daily life
  • Attends weekly Mass, Prayer Services, and monthly Rosaries


Your child will learn to:

  • Counts by 1’s to 130
  • Counts backwards from 10
  • Counts by 2’s, 5’s,10’s
  • Recognizes and prints numbers to 20
  • Explores addition & subtraction concepts
  • Uses addition strategies to 20
  • Uses subtraction strategies to 20
  • Understands place values: Ones, Tens, Hundreds
  • Understands and explores 2-digit addition & subtraction
  • Organizes, understands, & uses graphs
  • Compares lengths of objects
  • Understands time to the hour & 1/2 hour
  • Identifies and counts coins
  • Recognizes 2D & 3D shapes
  • Understands elements of calendar


Your child will learn to:

  • Segments sounds in words
  • Identify the literary elements of a story
  • Retell stories including key details
  • Understand print contains meaning
  • Interpret and use pictures and labels
  • Identify and use letter sounds
  • Recognize and use rhyming words
  • Identify his/her own name in print
  • Identify print conventions (capitals, periods)
  • Memorize text and basic sight words
  • Understand the importance of directionality, tracking left to right
  • Distinguish letters, words, and sentences
  • Math initial and final consonant sounds with letter names
  • Read & decodes basic 3-letter words
  • Ask and answer key details in text
  • Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson
  • Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details
  • Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print
  • Recognize the distinguishing of a sentence (e.g., first word, capitalization, ending punctuation)
  • Know and apply grade level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words
  • Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words
  • Decode two-syllable words following basic patterns by breaking down words into syllables
  • Read words with inflectional endings
  • Recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words
  • Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension
  • Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding
  • Read grade-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression of successive reading
  • Use context to confirm self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary


Learns, identifies, & spells words with the following phonic/spelling patterns:

  • Short vowels
  • Long vowel patterns
  • Silent e
  • Vowel teams
  • Vocalic R: ar, er, ir, or, ur
  • Consonant diagraphs: sh, ch, wh, th, ph
  • Vowel diphthongs & vowel digraphs: oi, oy, au, aw, ou, ow, ew, oo
  • Y as a vowel
  • Hard & soft c
  • Hard & soft g
  • Triagraphs (3-letter blends)
  • Ending blends
  • Compound words
  • Contractions
  • Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds
  • Distinguish long from short vowels sounds in spoken single-syllable words
  • Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonant blends
  • Isolate and pronounce initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in spoken single-syllable words


Your child will learn to:

  • Demonstrate directionality (left to right)
  • Legibly write the upper and lower case letters of the alphabet using D’Nealian Handwriting
  • Print his/her own first and last name
  • Demonstrate the awareness that letters in written language represent sounds in words
  • Describe and label drawings
  • Copy environmental print
  • Share drawings with the class
  • Respond with relevant comments, compliments and questions
  • Identify areas to improve and recognize those changes in drawings and writing
  • Demonstrate basic writing conventions of spacing, punctuation, and capitalization
  • Hold and use a pencil correctly
  • Write basic 3-letter words
  • Writes short sentences using sight words and inventive spelling
  • Write numerals 1 to 20 in sequence

Social Studies

Your child will learn to:

  • Identifies basic American Symbols
  • Explores Beginning Map & Geography Skills
  • The First Thanksgiving
  • Identify/understand holidays as time to remember special people and events in our nation’s history
  • Distinguish between needs and wants
  • Recognize a need for rules and authority
  • Demonstrate respect for rights, responsibilities, and property
  • Describe school and community helpers
  • Identify the American flag, recite the Pledge of Allegiance
  • Measure time by day/night, months, seasons

Computer Technology

Your child will learn to:

  • Use basic educational programs
  • View the computer as a learning tool


Your child will learn to:

  • Laser Science Unit: solids & liquids (matter)
  • STEM Unit: How to send a message using sound
  • STEM Unit: How can we predict when the sky will be dark
  • Classify things as living and nonliving.
  • Practice basic safety precautions.
  • Explore comparing and measuring concepts through an inquiry based science


Students receive 30 minutes of P.E. two times a week in which the focus is on gross and fine motor skills, learning new games, participation and respect for others.


Students will participate in music 2 times a week for 30 minutes.  Students will be introduced to folk, sacred and secular pieces to explore:

  • Rhythm-beat, no beat, long, short, fast, and slow
  • Melody—vocal exploration, high, low
  • Form—musical patters
  • Texture/expression—solo vs. group, soft vs. loud, 4 voices

Students will also experiment with unpitched percussion.