Grade 1

About your teacher

Mrs. Bessette has been teaching second grade at St. Mary- St. Joseph School since 2012. Before coming here, she taught first and third grades at St. Mary School in Putnam, CT. Mrs. Bessette attended Eastern Connecticut State University, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree, in Children and Youth Psychology and Early Childhood Education.

Mrs. Bessette feels that being part of a Catholic school means being part of a tightly-knit community. She feels that St. Mary-St. Joseph School encourages close relationships among families and among teachers, which are both important to her. She also loves reading, knitting, traveling, and spending time with her family.


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.


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.


Text: Zaner-Bloser

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


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