Curriculum follows California Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards
In first grade, the children will continue their faith journey begun at home with their parents. They will learn about Jesus’ life and teachings and how He taught us to show love for God, ourselves, and others. The children will focus on how we gather as a Church Community to worship God and to celebrate the Sacraments. They will explore different ways to pray, personally and with others. They will learn the Lord’s Prayer. The Good News of Jesus Christ will be spread through acts of kindness and caring. Our curriculum follows the Diocese of San Jose Religion Outcomes, which are aligned with National Benchmarks and Standards. Religion is incorporated in every aspect of our school life. First grade students will participate in a special Blessing of the Religion Books Prayer Service in the Church as students receive their first religion book.
English Language Arts
First grade Language Arts is designed to develop skills and motivate readers and writers. Students will build on their knowledge of phonetics, strengthen comprehension strategies, enhance vocabulary, and continue to develop spelling and grammar skills. Students learn to use great reading skills as they read independently and begin working on advanced comprehension at the independent and instructional reading levels. Writing will be integrated into everyday lessons through journal, creative, and factual writing across all subject areas. Students will begin to understand the concepts of compare and contrast, author’s purpose, and identify the difference of non-fiction versus the genres of fictional literature. Further development of listening and speaking skills will also be incorporated into each lesson across the curriculum. Handwriting instruction and practice will continue to lay the foundation for cursive writing in third grade. Students will learn the structures of sentences by identifying and using parts of speech focusing on nouns, adjectives, verbs, and pronouns in addition to various grammatical sentence structure (i.e.: subject-verb agreement).
In first grade, Math instruction is focused on developing and understanding addition and subtraction, place value, various types of graphs, linear measurement, patterns, and reasoning about the attributes of geometric shapes. Students will use a variety of activities to add and subtract within 20. Students will use real-world application as they interpret and conduct surveys to complete different graph types (bar graphs, tally charts, picture graphs, etc.) They will extend their counting sequence as well as use place value to add and subtract. Students in first grade will measure lengths indirectly as well as be able to tell and write time to the half hour and hour. In geometry, students will combine shapes and determine how they are alike and different.
First grade Science is based on the guidelines set forth by the Next Generation Science Standards. With NGSS, students have the opportunity to engage in Engineering Design Challenges as they learn how to work together, collaboratively in groups, while using the Engineering Design Process to problem solve and create useful and purposeful inventions. As students dive into various subject matter, students have opportunities to explore phenomena related to the subject matter. The students will develop an understanding of the availability of light and ability to see objects, including transparent, translucent, and opaque light. They will learn about the relationship between vibrations of sound and certain materials. In addition, students will learn what behaviors help plants and animals survive, grow, and meet their needs, as well as how some young plants and animals are like, but not exactly the same as their parents. Students will learn about trait inheritance and variation within plants and animals. Students will observe, describe, and predict some patterns of movement of objects in the sky.
In First Grade, students continue to learn the basic concepts of government, citizenship, geography, economics, and history. The focus will be my school and community, how to be a good citizen, my rights and responsibilities, goods and services, time (now and long ago), maps, families in our community, and families in other places. Students will use a variety of projects and activities to develop a better understanding of themselves in relation to the world around them.