1st Grade

Welcome to 1st Grade!  

Click on the Newsletters button to see what we are learning this week, as well as special events coming up. 

Click on the Spelling Words button to see the spelling words and sight words we are currently working on.



Christ Our Life: (God is Good)

  • God is our good Father
  • God sent his son as our savior
  • Jesus is good
  • Jesus’ great love
  • Apps: Seesaw & Nearpod

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journeys ELA/Literacy program aligned to the Common Core ELA Standards

  • Print concepts
  • Phonological awareness
  • Phonics and word recognize
  • Fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar: Parts of Speech: nouns, verbs, adjectives, pronouns, articles, & adverbs    
  • Accelerated Reader Program — Personalized goals for independent reading practice
  • Writing strategies to compose: Narrative, Informational, Opinion, Persuasive, Descriptive, & Poetry
  • Apps: Spelling City, Freckle, AR, Seesaw and Epic!
  • Additional Projects:
    • Trick-or-Treat Book Report
    • Black and White Report
    • Polar Express Unit

McGraw-Hill, My Math…aligned to Common Core Math Standards

  • addition concepts and subtraction concepts up to two-digits
  • place value
  • basic graphing
  • basic measurement and time
  • two and three dimensional shapes   
  • Apps: Freckle, SumDog, & Seesaw

Houghton Mifflin, History-Social Science, School and Family

Topics include:

    • Culture
    • Citizenship
    • Communities
    • Patriotism
    • Location on the map
    • Changes over time
  • Additional resources:
    • Studies Weekly
    • Scholastic Reader
  • Projects:
    • City Unit
    • City Report
  • Apps: Seesaw & Nearpod



Houghton Mifflin, Science

  • Weather and sky
  • Describing matter
  • Energy sources and motion
  • Life science:
    • Plants and animals
    • Pumpkin, apple, penguin, & butterfly units
    • Students raise their own butterflies
  • Hands-on Experiments and Use of Technology
  • Life science
  • NGSS Aligned Curriculum
  • Additional resources:
    • Scholastic Reader
  • Apps: Seesaw & Nearpod



  • St. Catherine of Siena Parish Retreat
  • Shipley Nature Center
  • Movement concepts
  • Social skills
  • Team building
  • Flexibility
  • Locomotor Movement
  • Manipulative skills
  • Fitness Concepts
  • Healthy choices
  • Dance
  • Describe and replicate repeated patterns in nature, in the environment and in works of art.
  • Mix secondary colors from primary colors and describe the process.
  • Create a representational sculpture based on people, animals, or buildings.
  • Sculpture: clay assemblage and mixed media
  • Projects include:
    • Clay – Coil Pots
    • Clay – Leaf Prints from real leaves
    • Pinch Pots turned into animals
    • Turkeys – radial design, nature patterns
    • Snowflake lesson on folding, cutting to create positive negative patterns
    • Printmaking – collagraph human form
    • Visual perception – in front of and behind painting
    • Butterfly Transfers – Bilateral symmetry
    • Easter crosses using pastel and Radial Design
    • Nativity using simple shapes/collage to make the Holy family.
    • Penguins – looking to find detail and meaning
    • Tulips – In front of and behind – Atmospheric perspective
  • Apply vocal and instrumental skills
  • Listen to, analyze, and describe music
  • Sing age-appropriate songs from memory
  • Sing and play simple singing games from various cultures
  • Read, write, and perform simple patterns of rhythm
  • School-wide participation in the Pacific Symphony’s Class Act program
  • Learn basic listening/speaking skills
  • Basic vocabulary concepts include: Greeting, stating your name, classroom objects, numbers 1-15, colors, days of the week, directions, animals, adjectives, body parts, clothing, family, community, food and feelings.
  • Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship — Online Safety, Cyberbullying, Copyright, Social Networking

Click on the Newsletters button to see what we are learning this week, as well as special events coming up. 

Click on the Spelling Words button to see the spelling words and sight words we are currently working on.

Nightly math homework will come home Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays.  Please help your student complete it and return it the following day.

Read Naturally:

Students will receive a new Read Naturally home page on Mondays.  Please practice reading and comprehension with your student and return it to school on Thursdays.  Detailed directions below:

Read Naturally Program

The Read Naturally Program
is a program that fosters fluent reading and comprehension. 

Note to Parents:
The Read Naturally passage should be read a natural pace.  This is not speed reading. When your student
reads the passage to you, please help monitor speed, intonation, accuracy and
expression.  If your child is stuck on a
word for 3 seconds, tell them the word so they can continue.  Your student’s goal by the end of the week is to surpass their cold read score. 


Read and go over the Key Words (if the passage provides them). 

Time your student for 1 minute while they read aloud to you.

o   With a pen mark with a slash mark where your student
stops when the timer goes off.  Have your
student continue to read the rest of the passage untimed.

o   If your child finishes before the timer, have them
start over and read from the beginning.

o   Circle any words that were incorrect, supplied or

o   Review circled words with your child.

o   Mark the number of correctly read words next to the
“Cold Read” score recorded in class.


Repeat process above.     Have your student answer the comprehension questions and review and word patterns on the back side of the paper.


Have your student return to school with the passage.  Your student will complete a “Hot Read,” with the goal of having an increased fluency score

Click on the Newsletters button to see what we are learning this week, as well as special events coming up.

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