Hello! My name is Janice Harris-Dreyer and I am blessed to be teaching at Our Lady of Guadalupe School. My current homeroom teaching assignment is first grade.
At my grade level, there are certain curricular highlights every year.
In Religion class you can count on students learning that God, our Creator, shares His life with everyone and promises eternal life through Jesus, who gives us the Holy Spirit. We also begin learning about the Eucharist in preparation for next year’s First Holy Communion.
Math curriculum for Grade 1 highlights number sense, geometry, measurement, operations, and algebraic thinking. Different ways to add and subtract will be our focus, along with fluency in our addition and subtraction facts. Students will also learn to comprehend math vocabulary and think critically through the use of word problems.
Reading and Language development at this grade level is sure to include writing, phonics, vocabulary, reading accuracy and fluency, and comprehension. Students work as a whole class, in small groups, and independently to maximize learning activities and become better readers and writers.
Science lessons will emphasize such concepts as light and sound waves, plant and animal survival, and the Earth in our universe. We will analyze problems and develop solutions, which will help the first graders begin thinking like engineers.
Social Studies curriculum at this grade level focuses on key concepts such as geography, history, and economics. Students learn about belonging to a community, and voting to make choices. Wants and needs are studied to introduce economy to first graders. They also learn about land-forms, bodies of water, and the continents in our study of geography. In addition, students will have a brief overview of American history.
There is so much to learn and do in Grade 1. Every year also takes us on its own special journey. There are many traditional events and a few surprises. In the past, our curriculum has led us to such activities such as experiments with light and sound, group collaboration to solve problems with critical thinking, and relating our study of animals to our trip to the zoo.