First Grade

All Saints Catholic School's curriculum is based on the school's mission, philosophies, and Minnesota Standards.


In first grade, we attend Mass weekly and lead the liturgy 1-2 times a school year. The focus of religion: Our Sunday Visitor, Alive in Christ, 2014.Christ is at the center of our faith, our Church and our catechesis. Alive in Christ is intentional in its focus on the life, mission, and saving work of Jesus Christ. This lays a foundation for a relationship with Jesus, who continually leads us to his Father's love and calls us through the Spirit to share in the divine life through his Church.

We also learn about the special times of the Church year and saints.

Language Arts

Our focus in first grade is to encourage and instill a love of reading. Much progress is made by all students as they learn to read and are exposed to phonics, grammar, writing, spelling, and vocabulary. We learn:

  • Phonemic awareness – short and long vowels, phonemes, syllables
  • Phonics – beginning sounds, middle sounds, final sounds, blend phonemes, possessives, concepts of print, contractions
  • Fluency – accuracy, punctuation, intonation, expression, rate
  • Comprehension – summarizing, main idea, inferring/predicting, sequence of events, text and graphic features, story structure, understanding characters, visualization, author’s purpose, drawing conclusions, comparing and contrasting
  • Vocabulary – classification/categorization of words, context clues, multiple-meaning words, ABC order, antonyms, synonyms, homophones, compound words
  • Spelling – spelling and vocabulary words assessed each week
  • Grammar – nouns, verbs, adjectives, pronouns, kinds of sentences
  • Writing – labels, captions, word choice, sentences, poetry, using description, writing personal narratives
  • How to choose and read books at the student’s reading level

 We use Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journeys (2017) to support our literacy program.


First grade math uses Math Expressions (2006).

Other skills taught in first grade include:

  • Counting by 1s, 2, 5s, 10s and 100s, comparing and ordering numbers, estimation
  • Challenging students to know addition and subtraction facts to 18
  • Solving addition and subtraction equations using unknown partners and unknown totals
  • Using various strategies to solve addition and subtraction story problems
  • Adding and subtracting two-digit numbers  without regrouping
  • Identifying and counting money totals using pennies, nickels and dimes. Introducing the value of a quarter.
  • Identifying and extending patterns, writing and solving number patterns, using comparison symbols
  • Identifying time to the half-hour, days of the week and months of the year
  • Describing 2- and 3- dimensional shapes, identifying symmetry, identifying right and left, and other spatial relationships
  • Measurement with length and weight
  • Collecting and sorting data using graphs and tally charts, using probability
  • Developing skills for problem solving, classifying and categorizing information



First grade examines the physical, earth, and life science of the world around. 

Throughout the year we:

  • Identify how scientists investigate the world and become scientists themselves
  • Record data 
  • Use a magnifying glass, ruler and balance scale 
  • Observe, describe, and compare different types  of  rock and soil (clay, top soil, sand)
  • Know characteristics of living and nonliving things
  • Sort/describe animals by their physical characteristics
  • Tell, write and draw life cycles of animals and plants
  • Show how an animal's habitat provides for its basic needs
  • Identify basic needs of animals
  • Complete simple engineering projects


    Social Studies

    In first grade, we learn more about our community and world around us. McGraw Hill (2014) is the source used to support our curriculum. We explore:

    • People and Traditions – how families work and learn together, the difference between past, present, and future, about American Indians, and Pilgrims, how transportation and communication have changed over time, special holidays we celebrate and American heroes 
    • Where We live – about the water and land on Earth, weather, natural resources and season, about our country and our neighbors
    • Beginning Economics – the difference between the things people need and want, why goods and services are important,  why we need producers, sellers and buyers and making choices when we make purchases
    • Good Citizens – people and authority, the rights and responsibilities of citizens, symbols of our country, how citizens can make a difference in the community


  • Word document creation and basic editing
  • Keyboarding skills using Type to Learn 4
  • Introduction to coding
  • Creating a PowerPoint presentation
  • Seasonal projects
  • Internet Safety