1st Grade

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First grade at MAK is a positive place where reading and writing are encouraged.

It is a crucial year for building reading and comprehension skills. Students will talk more about what they are reading and gain a deeper understanding of what they read. Once students master writing the letters of the alphabet and begin to improve their spelling skills, they will take the next step in first grade and write longer pieces in a variety of genres.

First graders at MAK continue to develop their addition and subtraction skills and gain a deeper understanding of the concepts through Engage NY curriculum. Students will begin to write about the math they do and answer questions about how they solve problems and understand things.

First graders at MAK spend time as scientist, exploring, experimenting and observing the world around them. They are taught to observe, ask questions, and record their observations and answers. Our science lessons will often overlap with math and literacy.

First graders at MAK will learn history, geography and more about their community. Students will enhance their research skills, general knowledge of the world around them, and ability to compare and contrast different groups. This is done in a variety of ways through group projects, group research, “read-alouds” and exploratory activities.

First graders at MAK will learn that God is the source of all truth, and the Bible is God’s special revelation for all humanity. Students will memorize Bible verses, study Bible stories and attend Chapel each week.

I welcome you to “pop-in” anytime to our wonderful class. We are always learning and having fun!

Mrs. Martha D’Brass

Martha D’Brass

First Grade Teacher