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Grade 1 Curriculum


English Language Arts


Reading Standards for Literature

  • Ask and answer questions and retell stories including details
  • Describe character settings and major events
  • Identify sensory words and phrases
  • Compare book types, informational/literature
  • Identify who is telling the story


Reading Standards for Informational Text

  • Ask and answer questions about details
  • Identify main ideas and detail
  • Make connections with text, illustrations, events, ideas
  • Clarify the meaning of words
  • Use various text features to locate information


Reading Standards and Foundational Skills

  • Recognize features of print including: sentence, first word, punctuation
  • Distinguish long and short vowel sounds
  • Blend sounds into words
  • Segment words into sounds
  • Use diagraphs
  • Decode one syllable words
  • Decode using long vowels patterns
  • Decode and segments two syllable words including inflectional endings
  • Recognize and read irregular spelled words
  • Read on level text with purpose, understanding, accuracy, expression



  • Write opinion text
  • Write informational text
  • Write narrative text


Speaking and Listening

  • Listen and participate in conversations with peers and adults



  • Demonstrate correct English grammar in speaking and writing
  • Print upper and lowercase letters
  • Produce a variety of types of complete sentences




Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction
  • Understand and apply properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction
  • Add and subtract within 20
  • Work with addition and subtraction equations


Number and Operations in Base Ten

  • Extend the counting sequenced
  • Understand place value
  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract


Measurement and Data

  • Measure lengths indirectly and by iterating length unites
  • Tell and write time
  • Represent and interpret data



  • Reason with shapes and their attributes




Life Science

From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes


Design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.


Read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive.


Earth Science

Earth’s Place in the Universe


Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.


Make observations at different times of the year to relate the amount of daylight to the time of year.


Physical Science

Waves and Their Applications in

Technologies for Information Transfer


Plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can make materials vibrate.


Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that objects in darkness can be seen only when illuminated.


Plan and conduct investigations to determine the effect of placing objects made with different materials in the path of a beam of light.


Use tools and materials to design and build a device that uses light or sound to solve the problem of communicating over a distance.



Engineering Design


Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.


Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.


Analyze data from tests to two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses and how each performs


Social Studies



  • Recognize and describe the elements of schools and neighborhoods
  • Identify elements of various international groups (recognize food, dress, music holidays as a cultural characteristic)
  • Explain the roles of people in a neighborhood
  • List and discuss how neighborhoods change over time



  • Discuss the roles and responsibilities of being a member of a group
  • Articulate how individual choices affect self, peers, others
  • Communicate positive feelings and ideas of self
  • Identify neighborhood and community landmarks
  • Demonstrate respect for patriotic practices and customs



  • Use a compass rose to locate cardinal directions
  • Identify Utah and the Unites States on a variety of maps and globes
  • Create a map showing important sites or landmarks in a school community.
  • Locate physical features and man-made features on a map or globe


Financial Literacy

  • Identify goods and services and explain how they are exchanged
  • Identify choices families make in terms of goods and services.
  • Explain why people save money to buy goods and services in the future




Students will be able to…

  • Sign and say The Sign of the Cross
  • Correctly recite the “Our Father”, “Hail Mary”, “Grace”, and the “Guardian Angel” prayers
  • Accurately identify and name our Pope, Pope Benedict, and our Bishop, The Most Reverend John C. Wester
  • Identify the Trinity by name
  • Explain how God loves us
  • Actively participate in school masses
  • Identify the difference between a sin, an accident, and a mistake
  • Discuss the difference between right and wrong, in consistency with a Christian lifestyle