Grade 1 Curriculum

Reading (“Superkids” – Rowland Reading Foundation)

We make use of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, fantasy, folktales, and plays. By the end of the year, children will be expected to:

  • Link spoken and written language
  • Develop vocabulary
  • Sequence
  • Make predictions and inferences, find main idea and details, draw conclusions, use context clues and summarize
  • Recognize cause and effect
  • Distinguish between reality and fantasy
  • Use a glossary and dictionary
  • Self-correct and self-assess while reading


Children will listen for understanding, directions, and responses. They will also express opinions and be able to:

  • Present material orally
  • Participate in class discussions
  • Read and retell stories

Writing/Grammar (“Superkids” – Rowland Reading Foundation)

We will begin to use writing to convey meaning and information. The students will:

  • Write effectively using words and pictures
  • Write simple sentences
  • Apply spelling knowledge
  • Apply grammar and mechanics


We will be focusing on correctly forming letters in the style of Zaner-Bloser printing.

Math (MacMillan/Mc-Graw Hill)

We will be using hands-on activities and manipulatives to:

  • Identify, write, and order numbers to 100
  • Add and subtract numbers to 20
  • Gain knowledge of place value
  • Solve simple word problems
  • Construct and read charts, tables, and graphs
  • Use calendar and measurement skills
  • Read time to the hour and half hour
  • Count money (penny, nickel, dime, quarter)
  • Construct and complete patterns
  • Learn basic geometry and fractions

*We have also incorporated Simple Solutions. This daily review helps students gain mastery of basic math concepts.

Religion (Silver Burdett) We will use stories, service activities, Scripture, prayer, discussion, and weekly Mass to learn about our faith. We will focus on:

  • Our church community
  • Our loving God and God’s son, Jesus
  • Jesus’ Church of followers
  • Common prayers
  • Behavior at Mass

Science (Scott Foresman) The students will learn through prediction, observation, question, and explanation. Our topics include:

  • Plants and animals
  • Solids, liquids, gasses
  • Sound, light, heat
  • Machines
  • The Earth
  • Weather
  • Senses
  • Growth and change
  • Health

Social Studies (Scott-Foresman) The students will read texts and magazine articles to learn about the community around them and how each community is connected. We will also discuss jobs and responsibilities.

In addition to our daily curriculum, we have many other exciting and educational opportunities throughout the year:

  • Accelerated Reader
  • Ozzie’s Reading Club
  • Star of the Week
  • Planning for Mass
  • Young Rembrandts
  • Big Buddy programs
  • Children’s Choir
  • Junior Achievement

First graders also participate in weekly “specials”:

  • Physical Education – Mrs. LaDeur
  • Music – Ms. Jo Noonan
  • Spanish- Mrs. Nagode
  • Library- Mrs. Naven max