1st Grade


First grade offers a comprehensive curriculum that develops all aspects of God’s children in body, mind and spirit.

Our academics focus on building the strong base structure of each child with focus of hands on Math activities that incorporate Common Core Standards,  the writing process with strong emphasis being placed on Phonics and language based learning, as well as a faith based learning in religion, helps our students to become  well rounded students.


Math: (GoMath!)  This year in math students will focus on addition and subtraction. Students will learn and use multiple strategies to solve both. Students will compare numbers using greater than, less than and equal to symbols. Students will use manipulatives to show their thinking and understanding. Student will work with 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional shapes. Students will also collect data and graph their data. Students will use measurement to the nearest inch and time to the hour and half hour. 

Reading and Writing: (ReadyGEN) Students will use a variety of mentor texts and supplemental texts to work on developing their skills as a reader and writer. Students will be able to ask and answer questions about key details in a story. They will be able to identify the beginning, middle and end of a text, and the point of view of the story. Students will be able to compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in the stories. Students will use illustrations and details to explain and describe ideas. First graders are working to read with fluency and reading with expression. Students will use the writing process to write informative, opinion, and narrative pieces throughout the year. In their writing students will focus on creating complete sentences, with correct punctuation. Students will be able to identify basic parts of speech, and identify details of other writing.

Spelling and Phonics: (Jolly Grammar and Michael Heggerty) In First Grade we gather our spelling lists from Jolly Grammar. Our spelling list is 12 words, 8 words follow a spelling pattern and 4 are sight words. We hone our phonics skills through The Michael Heggerty Program. We stress vowel sounds and practice additional activities that coincide with the program. 

Science: (ScienceFusion) In science we begin by developing our inquiry skills by using our senses and investigating how scientist work. We then look at how objects are made and what materials are used to do so. We cover the design process that engineers use to create new things. First graders will study the life cycles of plants and animals. We focus on what needs need to be met in order to survive and traits that group plants and animals together. We study the parts of a plant as well as where plants and animals live. First grade students will also learn about the many kids of resources Earth has and how to preserve them. Students will focus on the weather and how we measure weather. We will end our year by learning about the three stages of matter and how it changes as well the relationship between force and objects.

Social Studies: (Scott Foresman: All Together) The first unit we cover we learn about being a good citizen in school. We then follow up by being a good citizen in the community and how we can contribute to our community. First graders will learn about needs and wants, spending and saving and transportation from place to place. Students will learn about the Earth and how to preserve its resources. We continue learning about our country, early travelers, our symbols and how we choose our leaders. We finish our year by learning about how our community is connected to our world.

Religion: (We Believe) In first grade students will learn what Jesus taught us about the love God has for us. They will focus on how we gather in church and how to worship God and celebrate the sacraments. Students will understand that Jesus taught us to show our love for God, ourselves and others. Students will pray in different ways; alone and with others. Students will learn the Lord’s prayer as Jesus taught us to do. Students will also learn how to share God’s love with their family, the parish and with others. Students will spread the good news of Jesus by simple acts of love and caring.


Monday: Spanish
Tuesday: Art and Spanish
Wednesday: Gym
Thursday: Gym
Friday: TLC

Rules in First

– Be Kind
– Be Respectful
– Be Responsible
– Be Safe

Week of May 10th- May14th

Hello First Grade Families! As we begin to wrap up the end of the year we are doing some amazing things! This week we had Henry be our teacher for reading and writing! He read our new story, The Life Cycle of an Apple Tree, and completed our vocabulary page. He gave us an extra...
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Week of May 3rd- May 7th

Hello First Grade Families! What a busy week! We really focused and completed Chapter 10 in Math and Unit 6 in Science! We were so excited to go out for our EXTRA Recess on Wednesday! Thank you for helping get Miss Payne off the island. As we come to the last few weeks of the...
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Week of April 26th-30th

Hello First Grade Families! What a CRAZY week! We had a gorgeous Tuesday and then wet the rest of our week. We have made the best of it though! We know warmer weather is coming and we are so excited. We began our new story, The Family Tree. We talked about family traditions and values....
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Week of April 19th-23rd

Hello First Grade Families! We had a very exciting a busy Auction week! We loved seeing those bids raise and watching Miss Payne ‘lose’ some items. We are excited for the actual Auction to see who finally wins each item. We continued reading Arbor Day Square and made connections between the past and now. We...
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Week of April 12th-16th

Hello First Grade Families! What a great week back! We all seem to be well rested and ready to end our school year on a high note! We began a new story in reading, Arbor Day Square, and are making amazing connections. We will be writing about our favorite family tradition. We learned the different...
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Week of February 22nd – 26th

Hello First Grade Families! What a great week! We continued our discussion of Lent and brainstormed ways to be kind. We made pizza slices and wrote how ‘Kind Isn’t Cheesy’. We practiced our addition skills and showed how to add ones and tens. We viewed and listened to Stations of the Cross and discussed what...
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February 16th- 19th

Hello First Grade Families! What a week! A short week, yet filled with busy workers. With our snow day on Tuesday we decided to postpone our <ow> Spelling Test for next week. We are working hard in our Simple Solutions book each morning and strengthening our mathematical skills. We had a lovely Ash Wednesday Prayer...
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Week of February 8th-12th

Hello First Grade Families! We had a much better week this week compared to last. We showed great growth in our decision making and are able to better recognize our mistakes.  We completed our chapter 7 in Math and rhymed lots of ‘y’ words. Each student continues to amaze me on how they are growing...
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Week of January 25th-29th

Hello First Grade Families! We had a very productive week even with oru Snow Day! Tuesday went incredibly well and I hope everyone enjoyed their day. We jumped right back into our routine and completed our Math iReady Diagnostic and we celebrated our 100th Day of School! I am so proud of the students hard...
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