1st Grade


Metaphor in Art; Masks; Introduction to Cla;,Texture—actual and simulated; Claude Monet, Frieda Kahlo, Vincent Van Gogh—landscape; Jackson Pollock—expression

English/Language Arts

Build phonemic awareness
Decoding Strategies
Build vocabulary
Comprehension: Draw conclusions and Making Inferences
Oral reading fluency
Reading for personal enjoyment
Step Up To Writing: Paragraphs
Spelling and punctuation
Manuscript Handwriting
A Chocolate Touch, Ralph S. Mouse, Magic Treehouse, Junie B. Jones


Following commands
Responding to questions
Conversing with classmates
Everyday Objects
Numbers 1-30
Naming Parts of the Body
Farm Animals


Strategies for Addition and Subtraction
Understanding Whole Number Relationships
Composing and decomposing geometric shapes
Solving problems using measurement and data
Picture and bar graphs
Value of coins
Time to the half-hour
Spatial sense
Fraction concepts


Matching rhythmic patterns; Pentatonic G scale; The musical staff; Body percussion: Claves, triangle, guiros, drums, tambourines, and maracas; Notation of Whole notes, half notes, quarter notes
Performance: Spring Musical Review

Physical Education

Jump Rope
Dance and Rhythm
Motor and Manipulation Skills
Gymnastics and Tumbling
Track and Field
Presidential Testing
Jump Rope for Heart
Personal Fitness


Personal Prayer
Traditional Prayers
Study of the Mass
God, Our Father and Creator
Jesus, The Son of God
Liturgical Celebrations
Celebrate Weekly Mass
Goals of the Sacred Heart
Apostolic Work: M.A.T. Social Ministry Center


Properties of Matter: Mass and Temperature
Investigating Motion
Characteristics of Plants and Animals
Observing Water and Weather
Science, Technology, and Human Activity

Social Studies

All About Families
America of Long Ago
Global Studies: Nigeria
Our Country
Famous Americans


Microsoft Word skills: Printing, saving cutting, copying, pasting, clipart
Drawing with Paint
Create a group-narrated story in Power Point
Right and left keyboard orientation


Nigerian Day
The first grade celebrates their unit on Africa by having an African celebration called Nigerian Day. On this day the children experience what it would be like to live in Africa. They play African games, make crafts, and even make African food that they get to eat for lunch. It is a fun day that the children will remember forever!

The first graders study four habitats; deserts, wetlands, forests, and oceans. After many projects they put their knowledge into action by making their own habitat out of a shoe box. They get to use their creativity and let their imaginations run wild.

Differentiated Instruction
In first grade the children are at different academic levels. Since it is so important to reach all learners, the curriculum is adapted to reach all individuals. In reading we have the great advantage of having a reading specialist, Mrs. Coulter, who works with our children every day. In spelling we have two different levels of spelling words along with a list of basic words that the children work through at their own individual pace. In math the children work at their own speed on their addition and subtraction facts. We strive very hard to make sure that all the children are working to their potential; including the use of advanced material when the child is ready.

Social Studies
We study many great Americans that have influenced our culture. After learning about these wonderful individuals we culminate the unit by having each child choose a great American. Once chosen, the child puts together a short project to present to the class. They might do a diorama, make a poster, or even dress up like their American. Then the class goes to the computer lab to put all their information that they collected into their own individual Power Point. The children are always so proud of all their hard work!

Math Celebrations
In order for our children to experience math in their every day life, we take time to celebrate math throughout the year. Some examples of this are fruit fractions and Day 100. After studying fractions we surprise the first graders with a fruit fractions party where they divide different fruits into fractions and then munch on their fractions. From day one of school we keep track of the number of days we are in class. On Day 100, children bring in 100 units of something, and we spend the day completing activities related to 100. This gives our students a solid concept of the number 100. 

"There's a certain spirit that each of the graduates have; there's a certain personality that goes with them."

~ Oak Hill Alum 

  • Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School
  • 801 South Spoede Road
  • Saint Louis, MO 63131-2699
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