Welcome to 1st Grade!

Welcome to 1st Grade. My name is Priscilla Engeldinger and I am the 1st Grade teacher at St. Joachim School. T
his is my fifth year teaching, and I am so excited to have another great year! This will be my third year in 1st grade, and I am so excited to begin a great year. I have learned so much over the past year and I am blessed with such a wonderful school community to help me continue my growth. I am a product of the Oakland Diocese, and I continued my education and graduated from California State University Northridge, and received my B.A. in Media Management. I also received my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Chapman University.
This year we look forward to many exciting and challenging experiences. First grade is a particularly important year where the students grow and learn quite rapidly. Throughout the year they mature in so many ways! It is truly a blessing to teach 1st grade.   
Reading - 
During Reading Workshops students will be learn various reading strategies. They will have the opportunity to apply the learned strategies independently, with a partner or/and in-group.  Students will meet 3 times a week as participants in Guided Reading.  During Guided Reading students will meet with the teacher and will work on the skills that need more assistance on. Some of the reading strategies that we will be focusing on are the following:
  • Predicting
  • Asking Questions
  • Clarifying
  • Summarizing

Every Writing workshop session begins with
 a mini-lesson about a skill and ends with student reflection and time to share. Students are introduced new skills during mini-lessons each day that help them to become better writers. Students keep a writing portfolio and are able to track their improvements throughout the year.  

Click on the 1st Grade Curriculum page to see all subjects.