1st Grade

1st_grade

 

(1A) Mrs. Theresa McConnell holds a Bachelor’s of Science from University of South Florida, majoring in Elementary Education. She has been an educator at St. Joan of Arc School since 2004.

(1B) Miss Tiffany Alexopoulos holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in Pre-K/ Primary education from Nova Southeastern University, FL. She has been an educator since 2003.

FAITH FORMATION HIGHLIGHTS

Celebrate the life and teachings of Jesus
Learn about the lives of saints
Pray daily by saying learned prayers as well as spontaneous prayer and song
Attend school Masses and Prayer Services
Learn to share our time, talents and treasure with those in need

MATH

Sadlier-Oxford
Daily lessons begin with hands on activities
Discover clues to solve word problems
Practice flash cards and speed tests to learn math facts
Daily class work, homework (no H.W. on Fridays), manipulatives and cooperative learning to reinforce concepts and skills

LANGUAGE ARTS

Journeys Series
Reading-understand characters, compare and contrast, read to comprehend, learning sight words (“Words to Know”), discover an author’s purpose, read fiction and non-fiction, make inferences and predictions
Phonics-learn decoding skills to discover new words
Spelling-correlate to weekly stories, apply to story writing
Writing-create stories in a variety of genres: biographies, make believe, etc.
AR-Accelerated Reader-read a book independently then take a short quiz which is computer generated to build Independent Reading Level

SPECIALS

Spanish-twice weekly
Music-twice weekly, optional private group lessons for violin instruction (monthly fee)
PE twice a week
Art-once a week
Library-once a week
Computer Lab-once a week
*Ballet is optional (once a week during the school day with a one time recital fee)
*Violin is optional during the day (for an additional fee)

TECHNOLOGY

Use of SMART Board enhances all lessons throughout the day
Use of iPads and SmartTable

SCIENCE / SOCIAL STUDIES

Harcourt for Social Studies and Scholastic News and Agriculture in the class for Science
Weekly lessons, incorporated into weekly reading lessons
Students will go to the middle school science lab to do an experiment once a quarter

PROJECTS

Arctic Animal Diorama Project
Book in a Bag Book Report
In-house Spelling Bee competition
Community service learning projects

EVENTS

Accelerated Reader Kick-off (dress up as your favorite book character and bring your favorite book to school day)
Around the World Day (dress up in your heritage clothing or wear red, white and blue and “travel” from country to country and get their “passport” stamped (class to class), sample food, do research and decorate their classroom in their assigned country’s traditions
STREAM day
Grandparents Day
Christmas Program
St Patrick’s Day Program

FIELD TRIPS

Visits from High Tech/ High Touch twice a year, and others to be announced.

NUMEROUS CLUBS & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Available after school for first graders.