First Grade,
Ms. Anna Wanner

“To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love, For it is in giving that we receive. . .”
~ from The Prayer of Saint Francis


My name is Anna Wanner and I am the new first grade teacher at Holy Cross! Last year, I completed my student teaching in second grade at Holy Cross and graduated from the University of Portland in May 2021. I stayed at Holy Cross for the remainder of the school year as an instructional aide in second grade and the substitute teacher in first grade on Friday's. I am thrilled to be staying at Holy Cross and to be teaching 1st grade this year. In my spare time, I enjoy taking long walks, running, hiking, cooking, playing board and card games, and reading.

As we state in our Schoolwide Learning Expectations (SLEs), we are Faith-Filled Christians, Responsible Citizens, and Lifelong Learners, including us teachers! I am very excited to learn and grow alongside these students throughout the year. The SLEs will be at the center of our classroom as students learn about the Catholic faith, further their skills in reading and writing, develop their understanding of mathematical concepts, and learn about their community and the world around them.

Contact Miss Wanner

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him." ~ Romans 15:13

What will we be learning in September?

Language Arts: We will begin the year writing personal narratives and reading stories focusing on main ideas in a text, understanding characters in the text, and looking at the sequence of events.
Math: In math, we will begin the year working with numbers within 10.
Religion: Our focus will be on prayer and the Church as the family of God. We will also be exploring what we know about God, His creation, His love for us, and that He made us to care for others and our world.
Science: We will begin our study of objects in the sky. This will be the focus in science for the first trimester.
Social Studies: We will be talking about working together in a school and family community. 1st graders will be exploring the question: How can I be involved and contribute a positive change to my community?

Learning platforms/sites for distance learning:

Learning Targets:

  • Language Arts: Letter names and sounds review, learning to read, parts of a story, recalling information from text and spoken words, finding supporting evidence in fiction and nonfiction text, story sequencing, writing sentences and stories, 6 writing traits, learning and using the writing process, telling stories, sharing ideas and projects, handwriting, spelling, grammar, incorporating the ELA common core standards, and going beyond where appropriate.
  • Math: Patterning, number sense, counting, skip counting, place value, shapes, graphing, problem solving, beginning money, beginning geometry, addition, subtraction, and calendar activities.
  • Religion: Life skills, different kinds of smart, friendship, Mass participation, feelings, Church seasons and holidays, God’s community, the Catholic Church, Jesus, Mary, the Rosary, love for others, peaceful problem solving, the Holy Spirit, and the gifts of the Spirit.
  • Science: Insects and their habitats, how insects and plants help each other, properties of matter, composition of earth materials, balance and motion, the scientific process, and recording data.
  • Social Studies: Being a good citizen, families, communities, safety skills, importance of rules at home and school, beginning map and globe skills, important people from our history, personal and historical timelines, holidays, the United States, cultures of the world, resources of the earth, conservation of the Earth’s resources, and personal saving and spending to meet short-term goals.

Top Ten Ways to Keep the Brain Engaged

  1. Read, read, read!!! (and record your minutes for the scholastic challenge too!)
  2. Keep a special writing journal
  3. Read, read, read to your parents, sisters, brothers, cousins… anyone
  4. Practice adding, subtracting, and using numbers to 100
  5. Write a story to give to friends or family
  6. Read, read, read non-fiction articles, kid magazines or books
  7. Practice counting change (money)
  8. Play learning games on the computer (websites like abcya, starfall, or pbskids)
  9. Do art, craft, and music activities
  10. Play hard (get lots of exercise) and most importantly, have fun

Websites for Learning:

  • has a free video of the week and accompanying quiz and activities.
  • has a connection to Tumblebooks. Login the library and search for Tumblebooks. There will be a link to follow. You will have access to a selection of many children’s books. Some of the books have audio and will read to your child while the text is highlighted. Some books have follow-up activities. The library also has a link to Hoopla for videos online. I think you have access to two movies per month without charge.
  • has many free features for early readers and some math for first and second grade levels.
  • has some online features but I like their free apps. There are several apps that are online versions of math learning aids -- Rekenreks, numberlines, number pieces for place value, pattern shapes and more.
  • This International Children’s Digital Libarary website also has online children’s books but these are international stories in many different languages. There is no audio feature but the stories are much more interesting and international than the usual fare.
  • I have used this website to generate specific math drill sheets for mastering specific facts. In addition to the math drill, there are daily trivia questions, sudoku, puzzles and more.