The first grade students at Good Shepherd Lutheran School get to participate in a variety of different activities in addition to their everyday curriculum. Our faith is incorporated throughout the day in our various subjects and activities.
We use the One In Christ series from Concordia Publishing House. There are nine units that take us through the Bible.
We also work on one memory verse a week that goes along with our Bible stories, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer.
The students also get the opportunity to worship in chapel each week which is led by a pastor from one of our associated churches.
Using Amplify Science, we study God’s creation looking at both life science and Earth science. We look into subject matter such as plants, animals, habitats, land, water, resources, weather, and space.
The students will use the Harcourt “Peolple We Know” Social Studies book to learn more about our country and its people. We will talk about governing the people, the world around us, using our resources, people long ago, and a world of many people, and people in the marketplace.
Using both Fountas & Pinnell and Shurley English, the students will learn how to label and identify the different parts of speech in a sentence. We will talk about nouns, possessive nouns, verbs, helping verbs, adjective, adverbs, article adjectives, and pronouns. The students will practice identifying, writing, and revising declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, and imperative sentences. They will also learn how to write different kinds of paragraphs, stories, and letters using the writing process.
We use the Saxon Math series. This series is a spiral program, where the students continuously review and practice previous material. Once a concept is taught, it is then part of each week’s lesson. We go over money, clocks, counting, place value , addition, subtraction, problem solving, geometry, lineal measurements, liquid measurements, graphs, calendars, thermometers, and fractions. Each lesson includes fact practice, a lesson concept, and written practice.
The students will read a variety of selections from Fountas & Pinnell. They will read both fiction and non-fiction material. This program uses poetry, read-alouds, and independent reading to teach and reinforce learning. We also use guided reading so that students may achieve more as they read books at their very own reading level. The teacher will help the students to pick out just-right books each day that they can take home to read. We also use the STAR Reading test with the Accelerated Reader program to help evaluate and measure student comprehension and growth.
We use Fountas and Pinnell to teach phonics and study words. We cover early literacy concepts, phonemic awareness, letter knowledge, letter – sound relationships, spelling patterns, word meaning/vocabulary, word structure, and word solving actions
The students also get a chance to participate in other activities throughout the week like: computer, library, P.E., choir, and art.
These extra activities give students a chance to share their gifts and talents in other areas.