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First Grade Curriculum
Our First Grade Curriculum at Christ King School follows the exit expectations set up by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Read More Here.

Religion
RCL Benziger, 2010Blest Are WeThe first grade religion curriculum introduces the children into the heart and beauty of Catholic teaching. The children learn about God and Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Sacraments, the Mass, and service. The children are introduced to traditional doctrines, scripture, the liturgical year, prayers, and the practices central to the Catholic belief. Prayer and scripture are woven into each lesson.

Prayers Taught in First Grade:
The Sign of the CrossThe Our FatherThe Hail MaryThe Glory BeAngel of God
Angel of God, my guardian dear,to whom God's love commits me here,ever this day be at my side,to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.


Phonics/Spelling
Pearson/Prentice Hall 2008


The first grade phonics program will help to reinforce the sounds that letters make. Emphasis will be on the beginning, middle, and ending sounds as well as blends. We will be using word sorts, as well as various websites such as Starfall.com, BrainPopJr., and Scholastic.com. The first grade-spelling program is directly related to the reading program and the Words Their Way program. It teaches the spelling of words as well as the spelling of sounds. Word families are stressed.
Tentative Schedule of Spelling Words


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Reading

Pearson, 2009

The first grade reading program focuses on the basal reading series "Reading Street." Children particpate in whole group, guided reading and direct instruction at their level. Reading skills include phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and the use of reading strategies are stressed. First graders are required to read for 15 to 20 minutes each evening. The home practice is essential for developing beginning reading skills.

http://schuellers.wikispaces.com/Sight+Words

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Writing Workshop
The students will have the opportunity to write their own ideas in a books, cards, letters, and notes to friends and family. I will encourage the children to sound out words phonetically. A typical writing entry will include the date, a picture, and words that relate to the picture. As the year progresses students will be asked to write stories. The goal of the writing workshop is to encourage the students to think of themselves as writers. Below is a video clip on how to encourage writing at home.





Penmanship/Handwriting

Zaner Blozer, 2011
Our school uses the Zaner Blozer model of penmanship. Correct formation of letters and neatness are stressed.

http://www.handwritingforkids.com/handwrite/manuscript.htm Go here to find practice pages.


Language Skills




Language and reading are interconnected. The children will use the Writer's Notebook. The language skills which are taught in reading are practiced during writing. Writing activities include journal writing, writer's workshop, copying sentences from the board, letter writing and simple story writing.


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Math
Scott Foresman, 2011


The math skills included in this textbook include addition and subtraction through 20, time, place value, fraction, geometry, probability, measurement, graphing, and problem solving. Strategies are introduced and practiced. The use of manipulatives in encouraged. Fact tests are given throughout the year.




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Science
Scott Foresman, 2008


This hands on science program encourages exploration and discovery. First grade units include: What is Science? living/non-living, rocks and minerals, plants and animals, habitats, weather and the seasons, the earth, matter and energy, and forces.


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Social Studies
Houghton Mifflin, 2005

This social studies program consists of five units covering culture: geography, economics, history, government and citizenship. We will also cover all major holidays and traditions.