First Grade

First Grade 2018-04-02T19:53:27+00:00

Project Description

The first-grade curriculum focuses on Jesus, the Son of God, who teaches us about the Father and the Holy Spirit. The content covers an age-appropriate understanding of the concepts in each of the following areas:

    • The Profession of Faith


    • The Celebration of the Christian Mystery


    • Life in Christ


    • Christian Prayer


All students prepare and participate throughout the school year in school masses and Sunday family masses.

First-grade students utilize previously learned skills that enable them to read and write more independently. By the end of first grade, students will read proficiently at grade level and have the ability to decode and recognize increasingly complex words accurately and automatically. Students increase their academic and content-specific vocabulary by reading a variety of literature and informational text. Students further develop their communication skills as they engage with peers and adults in collaborative conversations that provide additional opportunities to express their ideas and experiences. As first-grade students learn to write for different purposes, they apply their growing knowledge of language structures and conventions.  Continuous practice of decoding skills is ongoing throughout the school year. To develop comprehension skills, students are exposed to a variety of high-quality literature and informational texts descriptions of objects, persons, places, or events.

First-grade math is divided into domains. The domains for first grade are Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Number and Operations in Base Ten, Measurement and Data and Geometry.  First-grade students will extend their knowledge of mathematics as they learn to add and subtract within 20, develop an understanding of whole numbers and place value within 100, measure and order objects by length, interpret data (with up to three categories), and work with shapes to compose new shapes and partition shapes to create “equal shares” (decompose shapes).

Students in first grade learn about the properties of solids, liquids, and gases and use words and drawings to record their observations about various objects. They deepen their understanding of the needs and structures of plants and animals. First-grade students also continue their study of weather, observing, measuring, and recording weather conditions regularly to learn more about day-to-day and seasonal changes.

They also use Investigation and Experimentation to develop their ability to make quantitative observations and comparisons by recording and using numbers.

The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship:

Students learn about the values of fair play and good sportsmanship and respect for the rights and opinions of others.

Geography of the Community:

In  first-grade geography,  literacy is developed, by building on students’ sense of their neighborhood and the places students regularly go to shop, play, and visit.

Symbols, Icons, and Traditions of the United States:

First-grade students deepen their understanding of national identity and cultural by learning about national and state symbols.  They learn  to identify and understand American symbols, landmarks, and essential documents, such as the flag, bald eagle, Statue of Liberty, U.S. Constitution, and Declaration of Independence, and know the people, ideas, and events associated with them.

Life Today and Long Ago:

Students learn about times past with an emphasis on continuity and change. They compare different times and places and how certain aspects of life change over time while some things stay the same.

Cultural Literacy: One Nation, Many People

This standard focuses on the people from many places, cultures, and religions who live in the United States and who have contributed to its richness.

Economics: Goods and Services:

In first grade, students acquire a beginning understanding of economics. Students learn about the use of money to purchase goods and services and the specialized work that people do in order to manufacture, transport, and market such goods and services.

Students begin to learn using different kinds of software for different purposes.  They start digital painting, coding, and story-writing.  They begin to reflect on how computers help us accomplish many different kinds of tasks.


LUCY NEARYFirst Grade Teacher
My philosophy of teaching has evolved from many years of teaching experience. As I reflect on my beliefs regarding teaching and learning, I find that my mission as teacher is threefold:

  • To promote positive learning;
  • To spark learner enthusiasm for learning;
  • And to provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning.

It gives me great joy to work with students to overcome challenges and continue to work to his/her best ability.

Join students from all over the Bay Area!

Become a part of the GoodShepherd family and advance your child’s future today!

Contact Info

909 Oceana Boulevard, Pacifica, CA 94044

Phone: 650.359.4544

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