Maria Zervos
1st Grade Teacher
A. Fantis Parochial School
mzervos@afantis.org

Our students transition smoothly from kindergarten to first grade as they continue to cultivate critical skills for academic success.In ELA, students develop reading, writing, speaking and listening skills by:
Learning the letters and sounds that make up words, as well as thinking, talking and writing stories, articles and other sources of information.
Writing and putting together clear sentences on a range of topics using a growing vocabulary.
Participating in activities including reading stories and illustrating the lesson or moral of the story, asking and answering questions about a story, including characters, settings, and major events while comparing and contrasting the experiences of different characters and identifying the reasons an author gives to support a point is a focal point throughout the lessons.
Contributing in class discussions and working with others on a topic in group activities and presenting their work to the class.

In Math, the students explore, engage and use an interactive approach in all areas of mathematics including arithmetic, geometry, algebraic reasoning readiness, measurement, graphic, probability, money and time.
The program emphasizes understanding, computational fluency and real life applications. Manipulatives and computer technology is infused into the curriculum to enhance the concepts that are being taught.
The students learn to problem solve with confidence as their understanding is based on participative and experiential learning.
In addition, students participate in interactive activities, games, exercises and writing activities in each lesson using our classroom SmartBoard.

In Science, students learn to think like scientists by exploring how scientists work. Our Science curriculum gives students a meaningful way to interact with science.
Students are introduced to inquiry skill and how to use them as they learn about animals, technology, plants, the environment that nurtures living things, the earth’s resources, matter, sound and energy.
Lessons are infused with STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) related activities and concepts.
Each science lesson affords the student the opportunity to develop their reasoning skills by asking questions, thinking critically and making informed decisions which are reinforced with experiments, digital lessons with thematic consistency and challenging questions and activities.

In Social Studies students explore and understand the world around them. They are curious about why things are the way they are.
Students are encouraged to combine the Social Studies instruction with current events wherever possible.
Students explore what a family is and who its members are. They develop an understanding and appreciation of complex family structures, as they identify and explain the importance of family values and how they shape cultures and communities.
In addition, students explore national holidays to understand how communities commemorate and celebrate the historical significance of important people and events.