WELCOME TO FIRST GRADE 2016-2017September 13th - Curriculum NightSeptember 30th - CMHS Football Game and TailgateFirst Grade Homework Policy:All first grade teachers will be consistent in sending home weekly homework in the following areas: reading, writing, spelling and math (as needed). Reading assignments will consist of reading for a minimum of 10 minutes and responding in writing to various comprehension prompts. Spelling activities vary by teacher, but are strongly encouraged in order to learn and apply the phonological skill sets they were taught in class. Math homework will be sent home as needed. Most likely it will be sent home at the beginning and end of the units of study. Your child's teacher reserves the right to assign homework as they see necessary based upon your child's progress in class.HandwritingYour child is now learning to form letters using D'Nealian Handwriting. The model letters of the D'Nealian Handwriting alphabet are somewhat different from those you may have learned to print. The letters slant, and many have ending strokes. These ending strokes will make it easy for letters to joined later when your children learn cursive handwriting. Please encourage your child to use D'Nealian Handwriting when completing assignments or writing for enjoyment. Please see below for oral directions for writing letters in D'Nealian.Current EventsIt is a first grade expectation that the students will read current news articles from various countries around the world and complete the poster to demonstrate understanding of their article. The students will also be held responsible for presenting their article and the poster they create. Spend time with your child preparing them for the presentation. They should have a full understanding of the context of the event and relative details.100 Point ChallengeYour child's teacher may have them participate in a reading program called "The 100 Point Challenge". This is a book report project and the students have complete responsibility of their work. Ask your teacher for more details.ProjectsIt is imperative that your child become accustomed to doing at-home projects at this age. Time management and creativity skills are crucial areas to develop during this stage of elementary school. The first grade teachers will assign projects through out the year that align with units of study. Please be sure to allow your child to do the work and show their creativity.Words Their Way Spelling ProgramWords Their Way supports Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction. Throughout the week, students use picture and/or word cards, sorting grids, interactive whiteboard technology, and manipulatives that give students practice in the element that corresponds to the lesson's sort. The heart of the program is the sort, the process of grouping words or pictures that represent sounds into specific categories. Students compare and contrast words, categorizing similar sounds and associating them consistently with letters, letter combinations, syllable patterns, and spelling conventions.Here are some things at home you can do to help your child:1. Make flashcards and remind your child to sort the words into categories like the ones we did in school. Your child should read each word aloud during this activity. Ask your child to explain to you why the words are sorted in a particular way - what does the sort reveal about spelling in general? Ask your child to sort the words a second time as fast as possible. You may want to time him/her to see if the sort time decreases.2. Assist your child in doing a word hunt, look in a book he or she has already read, for words that have the same sound, same pattern, or both. Try to find two or three for each category. Write the words down in the appropriate category.3. Do a writing sort. As you call out the words in random order, your child should write them in categories. Call out any words your child misspells a second or even a third time.
A thought-provoking question will be prompted and students are to write the answer(s) in their journal to be checked for completion.
A number of units will be taught in these two subject areas; and they will be rotated through the year as determined by the grade level. Our Morning Meeting will take place during this time and will touch on a lot of Social Studies-related skills.
Students will be taught a writing skill or technique in a brief lesson and encouraged to write for an extended period of time. I will conference with students individually to gather information and keep track of improvements.
10:45- 11:22(check with your child's teacher for exact time!)
If you wish to join your child at lunch time, please sign in at the front office and you may join them on the stage! J
We will visit both playgrounds on a rotating schedule through out the week. Inclimate weather will cause us to stay in the classroom. When this occurs, students will be allowed to draw, read, play board games, play on the available computers, build with blocks or participate in Just Dance J
12:00 - 1:30
English/Language Arts (Word Study)
Word Study: An innovative way to teach spelling techniques to children at an independent rate. Each child will have his/her own list that is unique to their learning ability.
Reading: Reading will be done in a workshop model where students will be taught a skill or technique in a brief lesson and then encouraged to read independently while the teacher conferences with students one-on-one.
Students will be engaged in an interactive read aloud that will provoke questioning and deeper meaning of the text. The teacher will model how to think while reading, as well as demonstrate basic reading skills.
1:40 - 2:30
Math will be taught in a workshop model like reading and writing. A concept will be taught briefly, and then the students will be grouped by ability to engage in interactive “play” or activities. These activities include board games computer games, worksheets, individual assessments, and basic card games. The activities will be based on their individual levels and changed frequently.
We encourage all transportation changes be made by 10am. You MUST notify the front office, the teacher and any other third party (day care, carpool, etc.) independent of us. We are not responsible for contacting them during the instructional day.