Grade 1 - Term 2 Overview 2013-2014
Please note that this outline is a guide and is subject to change depending on the needs of the class.
- Continue to participate in morning prayer through listening to Bible readings from the Children’s Daily Prayer book and offering intentions
- Participate in Advent activities
- Learn the major events leading up to the birth of Christ and the visit of the Magi
- Recite prayers: Our Father, Meal Grace and Hail Mary. Focus of our second term is to learn to recite the Our Father and Hail Mary.
- Explore the image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd
- Learn the parables of the Mustard Seed, Persistent Friend and Good Samaritan
- Learn stories of how Jesus cares for us: healing the blind, healing the crippled, healing the paralyzed and feeding the hungry
- Learn about the Creation story and connect it to ways to care about our world
- Explore the importance of names and how Jesus called God “Abba” (Father)
- Participate in the “I’m a Gift from God” program which discusses inappropriate touching and what children can do in the situation. A letter will come home when the program starts.
- Continue to work on listening skills and speaking in turn
- Speaking in a clear strong voice and in complete sentences
- Continue working on 5 sight words a week. Focus on learning to read these words quickly and not sounding them out.
- Continue group work with phonics (Word Work)
- Learn about syllables, punctuation, alphabetical order, opposites, plurals, word endings (-er, -ing)
- Continue printing letters and numbers in a top to bottom and left to right formation and reminding students to hold their pencils correctly
- Reading strategies:
- try the first letter of a word
- blend sounds together
- sight words
- look for smaller words or parts. For example,
morning, has the parts /or/ and /ing/
- rhyming words. For example, if you know /cat/,
you know /pat/
- take risks by trying a new word
- Journal writing: the goal will be to write five complete sentences about one topic. Listen for the sounds in words by saying the word slowly to stretch it out.
Think of sight words s/he knows how to spell.
Practice looking at the word wall as a source of correctly spelled words.
- Creative writing: the goal is for children to write freely to get the flow of ideas, without being overly concerned about spelling
- Continue with calendar activities
- Learn which numbers are greater than, less than or the same as a given number between 1 to 20
- Addition and subtraction to eighteen using different strategies
- Describing and creating patterns
- 100th day activities
- People have needs: looking at the differences between individual needs and wants, identifying that people need water, food, a home/shelter and safety. We’ll make connections to how our needs are met in families.
- Introducing money (value of coins, ways to earn money, ways to use it)
- Families Change: exploring events that bring change to a family (such as starting school, birth of new siblings, injury), describing the past and present events in their own personal lives, and comparing past and present technologies in a general way
- Winter: exploring the characteristics of this season
- Magnets: observing the effects of magnets on different materials
- Whales: research groups on different types of whales and what they need to live
Health and Career
- Healthy living: nutrition, hygiene, sleep, exercise and play
- People who can help us
- Learning ways to appropriately express feelings
- Learning strategies to solve problems when the need arises (such as sharing and taking turns)
- Using the elements of line and texture and the principle of patterns