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First grade offers a comprehensive curriculum that develops all aspects of God’s children in body, mind and spirit.

Our academics focus on building the strong base structure of each child with focus of hands on Math activities that incorporate Common Core Standards,  the writing process with strong emphasis being placed on Phonics and language based learning, as well as a faith based learning in religion, helps our students to become  well rounded students.

 

Math: (GoMath!)  This year in math students will focus on addition and subtraction. Students will learn and use multiple strategies to solve both. Students will compare numbers using greater than, less than and equal to symbols. Students will use manipulatives to show their thinking and understanding. Student will work with 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional shapes. Students will also collect data and graph their data. Students will use measurement to the nearest inch and time to the hour and half hour. 

Reading and Writing: (ReadyGEN) Students will use a variety of mentor texts and supplemental texts to work on developing their skills as a reader and writer. Students will be able to ask and answer questions about key details in a story. They will be able to identify the beginning, middle and end of a text, and the point of view of the story. Students will be able to compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in the stories. Students will use illustrations and details to explain and describe ideas. First graders are working to read with fluency and reading with expression. Students will use the writing process to write informative, opinion, and narrative pieces throughout the year. In their writing students will focus on creating complete sentences, with correct punctuation. Students will be able to identify basic parts of speech, and identify details of other writing.

Spelling and Phonics: (Jolly Grammar and Michael Heggerty) In First Grade we gather our spelling lists from Jolly Grammar. Our spelling list is 12 words, 8 words follow a spelling pattern and 4 are sight words. We hone our phonics skills through The Michael Heggerty Program. We stress vowel sounds and practice additional activities that coincide with the program. 

Science: (ScienceFusion) In science we begin by developing our inquiry skills by using our senses and investigating how scientist work. We then look at how objects are made and what materials are used to do so. We cover the design process that engineers use to create new things. First graders will study the life cycles of plants and animals. We focus on what needs need to be met in order to survive and traits that group plants and animals together. We study the parts of a plant as well as where plants and animals live. First grade students will also learn about the many kids of resources Earth has and how to preserve them. Students will focus on the weather and how we measure weather. We will end our year by learning about the three stages of matter and how it changes as well the relationship between force and objects.

Social Studies: (Scott Foresman: All Together) The first unit we cover we learn about being a good citizen in school. We then follow up by being a good citizen in the community and how we can contribute to our community. First graders will learn about needs and wants, spending and saving and transportation from place to place. Students will learn about the Earth and how to preserve its resources. We continue learning about our country, early travelers, our symbols and how we choose our leaders. We finish our year by learning about how our community is connected to our world.

Religion: (We Believe) In first grade students will learn what Jesus taught us about the love God has for us. They will focus on how we gather in church and how to worship God and celebrate the sacraments. Students will understand that Jesus taught us to show our love for God, ourselves and others. Students will pray in different ways; alone and with others. Students will learn the Lord’s prayer as Jesus taught us to do. Students will also learn how to share God’s love with their family, the parish and with others. Students will spread the good news of Jesus by simple acts of love and caring.

Specials:

Monday: Spanish
Tuesday: Art and Spanish
Wednesday: Gym
Thursday: Gym
Friday: TLC

Rules in First

– Be Kind
– Be Respectful
– Be Responsible
– Be Safe

Week of October 12-16

Hello First Grade Families! We had a great week in first grade! We continued our story, Stellaluna and added in a classic Frog and Toad Dragons and Giants. We will continue to look at beginning, middle and end for comprehension. We have been focusing on word choice and why an author chooses each word. We...
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Week of October 5-9

Hello First Grade Families! We had a fantastic week in first grade! We began our new story, Stellaluna. We will look at beginning, middle and end for comprehension. We used our ipads to work in iReady where student are provided lessons for their own level of learning. This upcoming week will be very busy for...
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Week of September 21-25

Hello First Grade Families! We had a busy week in first grade! We completed our story, Time for Sleep, and took a quick assessment check to show our understanding. We used our ipads to work in iReady where student are provided lessons for their own level of learning. We had a short week, yet filled...
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Week of September 7-11th

Hello First Grade Families! We had a busy week in first grade! We continued our story, Time for Sleep, and learned many new vocabulary words. We used our ipads to work in iReady where student are provided lessons for their own level of learning. We celebrated Patriots Day with a red, white and blue dress...
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First Grade News 8/31-9/4

Hello First Grade Families, We have had an amazing start to the year. This year will definitely be different, so we are working on creating strong routines now. First grade can be very challenging at the beginning of the year for getting back into the school routine. This is even more true this year. We...
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