1st Grade Curriculum Guide


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St. Teresa Catholic School

Mission Statement

The mission of St. Teresa Catholic School is to provide a quality education that challenges and empowers students to develop their full potential. Our program is based on Gospel values and Catholic traditions and is implemented in a Christ-centered community that stresses excellence for all students.


At St. Teresa School we believe that each person is a child of God, blessed with unique gifts and talents, and so we endeavor to:

    • Promote the holistic development of each individual
    • Provide a program of learning which challenges and empowers   students
    • Integrate spiritual beliefs and values with learning and living
    • Form a partnership between home and school to enrich each child’s life
    • Promote respect for the dignity and uniqueness of each individual.

Curriculum Guide Introduction

The purpose of this Curriculum Guide is to summarize the major objectives of the instructional program at this grade level at St. Teresa Catholic School. The curriculum has been designed to follow the recommendations of the Diocese of Orlando, and meets or exceeds the expectations set forth in the Florida Standards.


God loves us is the theme for the Religion program at this level. Through this program, the children learn that Jesus teaches us about God’s love, that we are followers of Jesus, and that we belong to the Church and celebrate our faith. They become familiar with Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments, as well as the lives of the Saints. Children continue to learn traditional prayers and review those previously learned.

 Language Arts

The Reading/Language Arts program develops skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking. The goal of the program is to enable the child to have meaningful reading experiences. Instructional skills include phonics, grammar, context clues, and background knowledge. Children learn to retell, summarize, sequence events, and read independently (silently and orally). The program enables them to blend vowels, consonants, and sounds into words. They recognize and use homophones, repetition, rhyme, and rhythm. Emphasis is placed on identifying complete and incomplete sentences, the use of capital letters, punctuation, and common parts of speech (noun, verb and adjective). Children develop skills in comprehension, spelling, and writing. They begin to build compound words and write contractions. Poetry, fiction, and nonfiction stories are discussed. Manuscript handwriting is also taught.


In Mathematics the student learns to add and subtract one-digit and two-digit numbers, to understand place value, identify fractions as parts of a whole, compare numbers, recognize and sequence patterns, and develop problem-solving strategies. Other concepts studied at this level include time, money, graphs, measurement, and geometric shapes.

Physical Education

The physical education curriculum provides for appropriate activities relating to the child’s physical development. Students develop gross motor skills according to each child’s developmental level.   Activities include hopping, skipping, jumping, stretching, balancing, throwing, catching, striking, chasing, fleeing, and dodging. Students are introduced to organized play, games, relays and sports. Safety measures, as well as principles of good nutrition, health and hygiene are also introduced. Students have two forty minute classes each week.

Social Studies

In Social Studies children learn about the uniqueness of our culture, as well as cultures from around the world. They identify the basic needs of a family; recognize how families change, and how those changes affect its members. The importance of U. S. holidays, the need to protect resources for the future, the use of maps, globes, charts, and time lines are also studied.


Science concepts are explored using observation, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. The student learns about how living things grow and change. They learn about nutrition, dental health, weather, the earth, as well as about matter and energy.


In Music, the first grade student sings and memorizes various traditional, seasonal, and religious songs. The child identifies rhythmic instruments and various rhythm patterns. They enjoy singing, listening to various musical formats and using body movements (dance) to accompany songs.

Library / Computer

In Library, children practice library manners and listening skills. They learn the differences between fiction and non-fiction, listen to, and read a variety of books. The parts of a book (cover, spine, title page), and terms such as author, illustrator, and publisher are also taught.

In Technology, the student learns to identify parts of a computer, to open and close a document, and use basic word processing skills. The child also learns to start and exit a program as well as demonstrate the use of various paint tools. An introduction to basic computer programming logic is also taught.


In Art, the First grade student uses a wide variety of materials and media to create works of art that extend lessons already presented in the classroom. The child learns to use an assortment of art tools and techniques independently, to make connections between the visual arts and other disciplines, and learn to celebrate, record, and communicate with art.


Students are introduced to the Hispanic culture through music and listening to Hispanic folk tales. The students learn to say the Guardian Angel Prayer and to sing Happy Birthday in Spanish. The children learn to sing songs in Spanish to reinforce vocabulary. The students learn how to greet people, family members, days of the week and months of the year and in Spanish. They learn to answer simple questions and to follow simple classroom commands. Most of these concepts are acquired through hands-on activities, repetition and play. Children also complete simple writing assignments.


Mrs. Jacqueline Zackel— Principal

207 Ojibway Avenue                                     Phone:   321-267-1643

Titusville, Florida 32780                               Fax:       321-268-5124