First Grade Team

Ms. Capobianco, 1A

My mission is to inspire in children a joy for learning and build confidence in their limitless ability by cultivating a positive classroom environment."

Ms. Julia Capobianco

Mrs. Malhas, 1B

I believe integrating academic and social-emotional skills creates an environment where students feel valued and can do their best learning.”

Mrs. Michelle Malhas

Mrs. Valleskey, 1C

I believe leading by example and providing an enriching and engaging environment for students builds kind, successful, and confident learners."

Mrs. Pamela Valleskey

FIRST GRADE

First grade is a time to grow, learn, make friends, and have fun! First graders take the first steps into an academic world designed to meet the individual needs of each child. Students dive deeper into their core subjects, as well as Specials classes like STEM, PE, Library, Art, Music, and Spanish.

In Reading, students engage in differentiated activities to strengthen their emerging reading skills. The first grade course of study focuses on developing fully independent readers. Students practice phonics and comprehension skills through small group guided reading instruction. Our school utilizes a Scholastic Book Room to equip students with a variety of texts that best challenge each child. In addition to guided writing, students build skills through Words Their Way word study small groups. Students receive individualized word lists to target their specific learning goals. A multi-sensory approach to phonetic rules and structural principles of spelling makes Word Study engaging for learners. They can often be found tracing sight words in sand, manipulating magnetic letters, and sorting words on school Chromebooks.

Math continues the basic skills concepts introduced in Kindergarten. First graders become more proficient in counting, sorting, and comparing objects, recognizing patterns, identifying 2 and 3-dimensional shapes, measuring and fractions. Students apply strategies to solve real world problems and develop critical thinking strategies. Additional emphasis is placed on addition and subtraction of one and two digit numbers.

Religion introduces the significance of the Liturgy and the Sacraments to our Catholic faith. During October, the month of the Rosary, students gain a deeper appreciation of the role of Mary, the Mother of God. Throughout the year, first grade students also celebrate the liturgical calendar by recognizing Holy Days and feast days. They create art projects to honor special saints and bring a favorite stuffed animal to school to celebrate Saint Francis of Assisi.

The first grade Science curriculum gives students the opportunity to discover the characteristics of living and non-living objects. Students study plants and animals and participate in science projects that deepen understanding of their needs and adaptations. Also included in the curriculum are topics such as weather, the five senses and properties of solids and liquids. Students participate in hands-on science experiments in the Elementary Science Lab to reinforce all concepts.

In Social Studies, students explore neighborhoods and communities, examine the traits of good citizenship, and develop an awareness of and respect for cultural diversity. Famous Americans are introduced and students learn to recognize the importance of contributing to our own neighborhood and school community.

First graders enjoy special holiday celebrations, including Grandparent’s Day in May!