Grade 1

Sister Joan Marie, SCMC sisterjoanmarie@smsjschool.org

Sister Joan Marie, SCMC, has been teaching first and second grade for 40 years. She was also a Therapeutic Recreation Director at St. Joseph Living Center for four years.

Sister Joan Marie attended Eastern Connecticut State University. She has a bachelor’s degree in Education and a Masters in Early Childhood Pre-K through 3. Sister also has a degree in Therapeutic Recreation.

Sister loves teaching. The joy of teaching in a Catholic School is that she can help her students not only learn about their faith, but also help them live it.

Curriculum

Religion Text: Christ Our Life, Loyola Press

The first grade curriculum focuses on God as Our Father. Students participate in Holy Mass and prayer services. They learn daily prayers: Sign of the Cross, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Angel of God. They also participate in school-wide service projects.

Math

Text: Progress in Mathematics, Sadlier Press

The first grade math program develops strategies for addition and subtraction facts, number sense and place value.

· Numbers, number words, ordinals

· Addition and subtraction facts to 12

· Data and graphing

· Place value to 100

· Geometry

· Money and time

· Measurement

· Addition and subtraction in two-digit numbers

· Fractions and probability

Reading and Language Arts

Text: Storytown, Harcourt

Students in first grade develop their skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. The Language Arts Curriculum consists of:

· Guided reading

· Spelling and grammar

· Writers’ workshop

· Independent reading

Reading, writing and spelling are interrelated to insure maximum reinforcement of the skills and concepts required at this stage of language and reading development.


Handwriting

Text: Zaner-Bloser

The students learn the four keys to legibility: size, shape, slant and spacing.


Science

Text: Nancy Larson Science 1

This program is a hands-on approach. The students are encouraged to think like scientists. The focus is on observation, questioning and data collection by:

· Describing the life stages of human beings

· Observing Trees

· Experiencing sunlight, water and soil

· Investigating animals and their habitats

· Examining the characteristics and life cycle of insects

Social Studies

Text: Social Studies, Harcourt

· Rules and Laws

· Where People Live

· We Love Our Country

· Our Changing World

· Meeting People

· The Market Place