First Grade

St. John's Private School

Welcome! First grade is an exciting time as children embark upon new adventures in the world of learning. This is a year of important transitions, as well as one in which the acquisition of new skills is accelerated. First graders develop fundamental work habits, appropriate social behavior, problem solving and decision making skills, along with the academics involved in school. With your participation in and out of the classroom, we can look forward to a productive, creative, and fun year in first grade!

Mrs. Stites

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Curriculum for Grade 1

Curriculum for Grade 1

Language Arts

  1. Print all upper and lowercase letters
  2. Nouns
  • Singular, plural, common, proper, and possessive
  1. Verbs
  2. Adjectives
  3. Capitalization
  4. Punctuation
  5. Spelling
  6. Alphabetical order
  7. Misc.
  • compound words
  • contractions
  • antonyms and synonyms


  1. Students will begin the process of writing narrative, explanatory, and informative pieces.


  1. Re-tell stories and answer simple questions using key details
  2. Describe Characters, Setting, and Main Idea
  3. Sequence of Events
  4. Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension
  5. Recognize the distinguishing features of a sentence; capitalization and punctuation
  6. Phonological Awareness
  7. Phonics
  8. Word Recognition
  9. Participate in Accelerated Reader Program


  1. Number Relationships
  2. Operations and Simple Equations Related to Addition and Subtraction
  3. Story Problems
  4. Place Value to 100
  5. Graphing
  6. Measurement
  7. Shapes: Plane and Solid
  8. Patterns
  9. Fractions
  10. Time
  11. Money
  12. Two Digit Addition with and without Regrouping

Social Studies

  1. Citizenship
  2. Texas History
  3. Historical Figures
  4. Maps and Landforms
  5. Holidays


  1. Life Science
  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Living/Non Living
  • Animal Habitats
  1. Earth Science
  • Natural Resources
  • Weather
  • The Sky and Seasons
  1. Physical Science
  • Matter: Solids, Liquids, Gases
  • Magnets
  • Sounds
  • Pushes and Pulls

Physical Education

  1. Students in Grade 1 attend Physical Education classes each week. Students acquire the knowledge and skills for movement that provide the foundation for enjoyment, continued social development through physical activity, access to a physically-active lifestyle, and the relationship between physical activity and health.
  2. Physical skills are developed through fun activities that include cooperative games, playground games, jump rope, hoop play, parachutes, soccer, basketball, kickball, bowling, beanbags, rhythmic awareness, fitness concepts, and much more. Students can participate in Jump Rope for Heart in the fall and Field Day in the spring.
  3. The main focus in Physical Education is having fun while learning physical skills that will allow students to enjoy physical activity throughout their lives.


  1. Students attend Music classes each week.
  2. Students learn movement and dance to the new songs they are singing.
  3. A variety of songs are learned; Chapel, holiday, movement, motor skills, etc.
  4. Students will learn by echoing, singing, dancing, and discussing the meaning of our music.
  5. Music theory continues with students learning notes and symbols that include quarter note, half note, dotted half note, whole note, and quarter rest.
  6. Their Christmas performance is a focal point in the late fall.
  7. Confidence and self-esteem continue to be reinforced.


  1. Students in Grade 1 attend Computer class twice a week.
  2. Classes continue to use learning games to enhance and reinforce skills and topics learned in the classroom.
  3. Students begin working on the correct finger placement of all alphabetic keys on the keyboard.
  4. They will also begin learning the basics of Microsoft Office Word by creating simple documents.


First grade students attend Art classes all year. Students acquire knowledge of various artistic techniques—color, texture, form, etc. through many hands on activities. We work with pastels, modeling materials, paints (acrylics and watercolors), paper weaving, and many other materials. Our Art program is constantly evolving depending on what inspires us at the moment.

Since our border heritage is so very influential to the Rio Grande Valley, our Art program is infused with an emphasis of these culturally rich traditions, customs, and vibrant colors. We do an in depth unit on Dia de los Muertos in which 1st-6th grades participate in this unique celebration of life. Through books, vocabulary, hands on activities such as art, altar building, & sugar skull making all grades contribute to a magnificent exhibition that highlights all the work that goes into celebrating this very special and often misunderstood holiday.


The Rosetta Stone Program is self-paced allowing students to learn and master the Spanish language at their level. It provides feedback on their mastery, allowing students to repeat units until they truly understand the content. Students can use the program at home, as well as at school. While the early lessons are speaking and listening, as the students become more proficient, they will also learn to write in Spanish. We believe the Rosetta Stone Program fits our unique needs at St. John’s for a comprehensive program that allows our students to learn and master Spanish.

Class Gallery

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1st Grade Teachers

1st Grade Teachers

Colleen Stites

Colleen Stites