Grade 1 (2)

October 2022

What are our five senses? Our first grade students will be able to tell you! As we kick off our first unit of study in Science, the students will
have the experience of exploring objects using their sense of sight ,hearing, taste, smell, and touch. They will also learn about scientists
and the tools they use, and they will have the opportunity to conduct their own investigations, just as scientists do!
Social Studies and Health:
Good citizenship is important in first grade. In Social Studies and Health, we are learning the rules of Catholic Academy of West Buffalo
School to stay safe and happy so that we can do our best learning each and every day. In our classroom, the children are doing their share
as citizens and taking on responsibilities to complete classroom jobs. They are quickly learning that every member of our class is valuable
and makes our classroom community special.
In Math, our first grade mathematicians will be counting and representing numbers in different ways. We will begin learning
about the operation of addition and subtraction. Throughout the unit, the children will use manipulatives to model number stories and also
learn to write a corresponding number sentence. We have also started our count for the 100th day of school. This daily routine involves
exploring the number of the day through place value activities that continually build and strengthen number sense
problems. At home, you can make real world math connections by having your child count and add objects around them. 
Language Arts- Phonics:
To start the year, we will be reviewing letter sounds. This month we will begin focusing on short vowel sounds and words with the consonant
vowel consonant (CVC) pattern. Your child will learn key techniques to decode these words.
Sight Words: Sight words (high frequency words) are words your child must learn by “sight” as they cannot be read using typical strategies.
These words appear frequently in text. Each student has a set of sight words to practice each morning.
We have read a variety of story books the first few days of school. Two of the stories we read focused on having mixed feelings about
starting something new. The Kissing Hand, and The Pigeon has to go to School, The first graders shared their thoughts and feelings about
being a first grader. We also read Chicka, Chicka, Boom Boom. We than completed an art activity using the letters in our names. We
reviewed the names of each letter and the different sounds that each letter makes. For snack on that day we had cookies with letters on them.

During September, I will be doing informal assessments on each child. We will practice reading our sight words. This will help me understand
what strengths each child has.

Mrs. Debbie Doyle


First grade is the year when many students seemingly learn to read overnight. By the time kindergarten is over, your child should be able to recognize their name and some other words in print.  They should also be able to write, recognize, and correspond to the sound of most of the letters in the alphabet. Even if they are not reading yet, your child likely has a good grasp of concepts of print. This school year your child will be using the Journey’s Reading series along with the Super Kids Reading Series. We will continue to build phonemic awareness with more complicated sounds like blends and digraphs. They will be taught a number of strategies for decoding words they don’t know or are unable to sound out and start to answer questions about the meaning of what’s been read.  In addition, the first grade curriculum covers: 

 Learning comprehension of grade-level materials

 Reading fluency with grade-level material

 Identifying the meaning of words in a variety of texts

 Retelling a story’s beginning, middle, and ending

 Comparing the experiences of characters

 Identifying similarities and differences between two texts on the same topic

 Spelling words/building and blending sounds

 Phonics Workbook Grammar Activities-Sight words

 IXL Program will be used for assessment and drills

In Math class, your child will be using hands-on manipulatives as they learn to concretely visualize basic addition and subtraction (within a range of zero to 20).They will also learn to reason abstractly and quantitatively by creating and solving story problems involving addition and subtraction (e.g. If Jane had one apple and her sister gave her another, how many does she have now?).

Your child will also learn to:

 Use an analog clock to tell time to the minute

 Recognize coins and count money

 Solve simple mathematical word problems

 Recognize shapes and know how many sides they have

 Count, read, and write whole numbers exceeding 100

 Understand basic place value

 Count and group objects in ones and tens

 Identify one more than, one less than, 10 more than, 10 less than a given number, and learn to use the symbols

 Compare the length, weight, and volume of two or more objects

 Identify one more than, one less than, 10 more than, 10 less than a given number, and learn to use the symbols

 Compare the length, weight, and volume of two or more objects.

 We will be using technology to learn math by using the IXL, Happy Numbers and Extra Math programs.

 In class the students will be using the My Math consumable book for additional instruction.

Like Math, Science in first grade focuses on finding patterns. However, the patterns explored are in the natural world. The units of Science study covered are:

 Hygiene and Germ Control-Personal Safety

 Life sciences (plants and animals)Senses/Body Parts(taste, touch, smell, hearing, feeling

 Earth sciences (air and weather) -(sun, moon, stars)

 Physical sciences (solids and liquids)

 Dental Health

Your child will spend time learning about plants, insects, and their common characteristics and may even follow the life cycle of a butterfly. They will learn about the external features and environments that help plants and animals thrive. The first grade science program covers weather patterns, how they contribute to the water cycle, and how the water cycle sustains life. Simple tools, such as a thermometer and wind vane to measure weather conditions, are introduced. The moon, sun and planets always is an exciting unit of study as we learn many interesting facts about the world and our solar system.  From there, your child will learn that solids, liquids, and gases have different properties. Other areas of study include learning about the scientific process, such as making and recording observations that include pictures, numbers, or written statements.  Hygiene and Germ control will be addressed and practiced all year long. 

Social Studies: 
Expect your child to begin exploring the concept of community beyond just your family. They  learn about how neighborhoods make up cities, cities make up states, and states make up nations, with a focus on how all of those components work together to create a cohesive unit. Part of this unit will focus on being a good citizen and showing citizenship to others.  Lastly we will focus on things that we need and things that we want.

In first grade, expect your child to begin formal work on handwriting skills. Your first grader will learn how to use punctuation and capitals, but more importantly, they will start to use writing as a tool for communication. The specific writing topics covered in first grade include:

 Writing upper and lowercase letters legibly

 Using capital letters for names and beginnings of sentences

 Using ending punctuation such as periods and question marks

 Correctly spelling and using high-frequency words, also called “sight” words

 Using descriptive words when writing

 Learning to write narratives with two or more appropriately sequenced events

 Including some details in their writing and providing an ending insertion to creative writing tasks.

 Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Workbooks

In First grade we utilize the Christ Our Life series to explore God’s love as we learn about God’s goodness shown through words actions, feelings, people, places and things, The month of September is a great time to learn about how great God is by reading the Creation Story.  Together we will begin our journey learning about the friends from the Old Testament who prepared the way for Jesus. This is our opportunity to be followers of Jesus. We learn about the Church and how we all belong to the church. We practice our prayers daily and attend and participate at Mass each week.  In December we start learning about the stories in the New Testament. The Annunciation tells us about Mary the Mother of Jesus and Joseph his father. The class will prepare their hearts for the coming of Jesus as we celebrate the Birth of Jesus in December.    As Jesus begins his ministry and chooses special friends to become his followers the class will learn about the amazing things Jesus did to serve others. Finally we will walk with Jesus as he carries his cross during lent.

Mrs. Debbie Doyle - Grade 1 (2)