Our first period of the day is Religion. We will learn and memorize the Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary and the Prayer of St. Francis which we recite each morning as a school. Weekly, each first grade homeroom attends a student-led/planned prayer service in our school chapel. We will learn various Bible stories as well as about the lives of the Saints. Our Second Step program will be used in conjunction with our Blest Are We program. Our Second Step program gives our students strategies to manage their feelings and emotions as well as respond to the feelings and emotions of others.
The first grade uses the Super Kids Reading Program. This is a balanced literacy program that follows a cast of lively characters through adventures and activities. This integrated approach to reading is comprehensive as it incorporates phonics, spelling, comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, handwriting, grammar and creative writing.
We enhance the Super Kids Program with many of our own language arts activities. The students are engaged in a yearlong creative and expressive writing process as they participate in the following:
*Squiggle of the Week – a scribble that is turned into a picture and then the students write about their creation.
*Class books – books are written weekly to reinforce phonics rule for the week.
*Author’s Day books – individual books that are completed after the students go through the editing process to publish their own books.
*Classroom Centers- twelve monthly centers that provide reinforcement and enrichment of concepts that are taught in the first grade curriculum.
The first grade students meet several times during the week in differentiated guided reading clubs. The students have homework to reinforce their reading skills at least three times a week.
The students are instruction to form and practice manuscript letters. We will introduce the proper formation of printed numerals as well as lower and upper case letters, including sizing and spacing.
The Go Math program is used in first grade and is designed to use specific math strategies to maximize student learning. We will focus on the following six content strands that cover a number of skills and concepts:
- Operations and Computation
- Data and Chance
Addition and Subtraction facts will be introduced weekly and emphasized through the Math Blaster Center. Go Math Practice and homework will be sent for homework three or four times per week.
We will cover basic patriotism, history, geography, social systems (families and communities), current events and the economy. Everyday a student reports on current events through the Newscaster program. The first grade also studies the continent of Antarctica through cross curricular activities.
We will explore four primary science themes in first grade. They include Life Science, Physical Science, Space Science and Earth Science. Some of the concepts we will cover are animals, the five senses, weather, recycling, the environment and planets. We will visit the science lab each week on Friday afternoon to conduct experiments.
Students in first grade receive three progress reports as well as three report cards throughout the year. Grades given are as follows:
- M = mastered- consistently demonstrates
- S = successful – frequently demonstrates
- E = emerging – occasionally demonstrates
- NY = not yet – rarely/never demonstrates
- NE = not evaluated
Two parent/teacher conferences will also be held this year (November and February). This is an excellent opportunity to discuss your child’s progress. However if we have concerns that need to be discussed, we will contact you when they arise throughout the year.
Please contact us if you have any additional questions. We look forward to working with you this year.
The First Grade Team
Spanish Grades 1-5
The goal of the Spanish program in Grades 1-5 is to provide an environment where students can gain knowledge of the Spanish language by building confidence and enthusiasm in the beginning student. Correctness is not the main objective but rather to build positive attitudes. Repetition and positive reinforcement are critical. The following topics are covered:
Sign of the Cross, Prayers, Names, Greetings, Farewells, Polite Words, Feelings, Numbers, Animals, Colors, Calendar, Weather, Parts of the Body, Clothing, Classroom Objects, Family, Places to Go, Transportation, Songs, Chants, Hispanic Customs and Holidays