Learn more about Mr. Fitzpatrick Language Arts Students will gain and strengthen previous phonetic awareness; recognize and understand the conventions of print and books; further explore the alphabet; begin to develop comprehension skills; strengthen and build their vocabulary and begin the basics in writing.Students are read to on a regular basis, participate in Saint Theresa’s Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) daily reading program, share whole group or small group lessons, write book reports and author studies, create reading logs, create and perform presentations/demonstrations. The students have daily exposure to phonemic awareness; continual use of decodable books; use sound/spelling cards; have daily spelling work, keep a list of most commonly misspelled words to practice. Mathematics In Grade 1, instructional time focuses on four critical areas: (1) number and operations in base ten; (2) operations and algebraic thinking; (3) measurement and data; and (4) geometry. Our curriculum and lessons feature clear, step-by-step visual representations. Skills are introduced and practiced through varied and graduated exercises. This can be seen through pictorial and concrete introductions. Students will apply strategies they learn to solve and formulate problems of their own. Moreover, children learn to use critical thinking skills, mental math and logical reasoning to solve problems. Religion The purpose and objective of Religion in the Grade 1 is to enable the students to obtain active faith through active learning. This is accomplished by explicit instruction in Catholic vocabulary and practices. The first-grade Religious education will be taught through numerous methods including faith journals, which contain questions and exercises for the child’s own personal exploration and family involvement, one-minute retreats; reflections and prayer for the day, graphic organizers to visualize the lesson and using text and pictures to help children comprehend the lesson. Science Students will gain an understanding of basic life, physical and earth sciences. This is accomplished through teacher made units, topics, and exercises ranging from the life cycle of a frog to change in seasons to weather. Students will gain practical knowledge such as how to dress for the weather and the many uses of our sun. The children will gather their knowledge through play, experiments, exploration and their own senses. Activities will foster questions and observations and will stimulate the children to further explore. Social Studies Through Social Studies, students in Grade 1 will be introduced to topics and skills of civics, geography, history, and economics. This will be integrated with reading, writing, speaking and numeracy. Students will also study the physical and human geography of our land. Students will discover world geography as well. Further, students will explore major events, persons, and institutions in our history. Students will explore families and communities, past and present, as well as local and foreign. We will go over local and regional communities, family and community related topics in history and civics. Moreover, children will gain an understanding and appreciation of our natural resources and their duty to preserve them.