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- Grade 1

Religion Curriculum


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 Metuchen's guidelines which are aligned with National Benchmarks and Standards. Our Religion program is incorporated in every aspect of our school life.



Language Arts Curriculum



The First Grade Language Arts program was 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, as established by the New Jersey Education Standards. 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 the second grade.


Math Curriculum


In First Grade, Math instruction is focused on four areas: developing and understanding addition and subtraction, place value, linear measurement, and reasoning about the attributes of geometric shapes.  Students will use a variety of activities to add and subtract within 20.  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.  In geometry, students will combine shapes and determine how they are alike and different.



Science Curriculum


The First Grade Science Program is based on the guidelines set forth by the Next Generation Science Standards.  The students will develop an understanding of the availability of light and ability to see objects. 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 observe, describe, and predict some patterns of movement of objects in the sky.  They will study weather including the water cycle and the four seasons.  Force, magnets, and gravity will be explored.



Social Studies Curriculum


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, and family traditions and how we celebrate our differences. Students will use a variety of projects and activities to develop a better understanding of themselves in relation to the world around them.