Sheridan Hill Elementary

Together We Make Learning A Way Of Life

logo TEACHER: Maria Burke
PHONE: 716-407-9250

My name is Maria Burke and I have been a teacher in the Clarence Central School District since 2001. This is my fourteenth year teaching First Grade and I love it! First grade is an exciting year of growth and learning!


 Listed below are highlights of our first grade curriculum:

       Language Arts

Readers' Workshop (mini-lesson, independent practice,  small group work, sharing)   

  • Read Aloud
  • Shared Reading
  • Guided Reading/Reading Conferences
  • Independent Reading
  • Author Studies/Topical Studies    

Word Study (Phonics & Spelling Instruction)

  • Review consonant sounds
  • Digraphs and Blends
  • Short Vowel Word Families
  • Long Vowels

Writers' Workshop (mini lesson, independent practice/conferences, sharing)

  • Small Moments
  • Nonfiction Chapter Books
  • Review Writing
  • Realistic Fiction


  • Zaner-Bloser
  • Spacing
  • Formation


  • Addition and Subtraction-concepts and problem solving 
  • Number Patterns
  • Measurement
  • Surveys, Data and Representations
  • Fractions
  • Place Value
  • Time
  • Geometry
  • Math Fluency
Social Studies
  • Citizenship
  • Self
  • Families
  • My community
  • Needs and wants
  • Beginning map skills



  • From Seeds to Plants
  • Earthworms
  • Animals and Habitats
  • Dental Health Care
  • Germs and diseases
  • Self-esteem
  • Nutrition
  • Safety