St. Paul's 1st Grade

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Grade Highlights

First Grade
Research a famous American and, in costume, present the person in the musical tribute called "Hooray for the USA"
Practice independent work skills and praticipate in guided reading groups during their integrated language arts block each morning
Work on social studies and math by participating in the annual 1st Grade Lemonade Stand to raise money for our sister school in Haiti
Lower School English Language Arts (ELA) Overview
The foundations of the lower school language arts essential learning goals are reading, writing, grammar, speaking, listening, and spelling. These components are integrated into all core subjects. Students are taught to develop and utilize multiple strategies in understanding quality fiction and nonfiction texts. The writing process is stressed throughout lower school and practiced daily across the curriculum. Writing opportunities include: paragraphs, journals, poetry, creative writing and research reports. In each grade level language arts is taught in a variety of ways such as small guided reading groups and whole class instruction.
  • Retell stories and answer questions about key details in fiction and nonfiction texts.
  • Identify characters, setting and events in a story.
  • Recognize the features of a sentence.
  • Distinguish long from short vowel sounds.
  • Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
  • Read on-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
  • Participate in shared research projects and creative writing stories.
  • Demonstrate correct grammar when writing and speaking.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Essential Learning Goals Lower School Math Overview
The foundations of the lower school math program are problem solving, concept application, and using multiple ways to solve problems. Math concepts are presented in our essential learning goals in a progression from concrete to abstract. Teachers use multiple methods of instruction to appeal to every learning style. Each student may require different methods to practice and master math skills in order to reach his or her highest mathematical abilities.
  • Solve problems involving addition and subtraction.
  • Work with addition and subtraction equations.
  • Count to 100, starting at any number less than 100.
  • Understand place value through the hundreds.
  • Measure lengths with standard and non-standard measurement tools.
  • Tell and write time in hours and half-hours using analog and digital clocks.
  • Represent and interpret data.
  • Identify the penny, nickel, dime, quarter and half dollar and dollar bills.
Essential Learning Goals Lower School Social Studies Overview
The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people understand the importance of making informed decisions for the public good. Students begin to recognize themselves as citizens in a culturally diverse, democratic society.

The Lower School Essential Learning Goals focus on 7 Themes including Geography, Culture, Economics, Government, History, Global Connections and Tools of Inquiry. These themes provide a foundation for engaged citizenship and an awareness of the world around them.
  • Create and interpret maps for a variety of uses
  • Identify elements of culture among groups across time and place
  • Explore the beginnings of economic concepts
  • Develop an awareness of rights and responsibilities to promote the common good
  • Recognize the contributions of people who have shaped our country
  • Become aware of how things that happen in one part of the world impact other parts of the world.
Essential Learning Goals Lower School Science Overview
The primary purpose of science is to help young people apply skills that promote developing questions, making observations and measurements, and communicating their findings with others. Students begin to recognize themselves as scientists who can solve problems and make connections in the world around them.

Lower School Essential Learning Goals are broken into four domains: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science and Engineering Design. These domains provide a foundation for students to actively engage in methods of scientific inquiry.
  • Identify properties of sound and light waves
  • Recognize inherited traits of animals and plants and variations across species
  • Compare and contrast physical characteristics of organisms and their uses
  • Describe patterns of the sun, moon, and the stars during different seasons
  • Ask questions, make observations, and gather information to solve problems
  • Create representations to communicate ideas for a problem's solutions
  • Actively engage in the eight science and engineering practices throughout all units of study
Essential Learning Goals
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