Open House Goals:
• Help you understand what your student is
doing in each of our first grade subject areas.
• To help you understand the goals and
expectations for each student.
• Share information and provide examples of
the children’s work and progress.
• See what a typical day is like for your child.
• Have fun and explore what our room has to
1. Language Arts
4. Social Studies
5. The Arts
We will work on improving reading by doing the following
• Working on sound-letter connections.
• Identifying prefixes and suffixes.
• Shifting emphasis in reading from mastery of letters and
words to meaning of text.
• Read simple books with predictable patterns.
• New strategies for sounding out words will be introduced.
• We will do a lot of reading practice in small groups to
enable each individual child more quality time to read.
Reading and writing will be closely related. We will
implement the following tasks to improve your child’s
• Having the children keep journals of words they
know, adding words as they learn them.
• Children will write words often, being encouraged to
view themselves as their own authors.
• Children will be encouraged to write postal letters
often; including letters to family, teachers and other
students. They will also have a pen pal that they will
Your child will be engaged in the following math
curriculum this year:
• Counting, addition and subtraction
• Object Manipulation
• Pattern Recognition
• Understanding quantitative concepts
• Understanding +,-,=,<,>
• Introduction to basic story problems
• Distance Measurement
Our science curriculum will include, but not be
• Focusing inquires through examination,
observation and recognizing similarities and
• We will be applying the above principle to
plants, animals, planets, weather, etc.
• We will also be studying health and the
Our social studies curriculum will include, but not be limited to:
• Learning about families and neighborhoods and how they
work within the United States and globally.
• Explore the economy; we will do this by discussing jobs,
transportation, money, stores, income, spending etc.
• Study different cultures.
• Begin to learn concepts of city, state and nation.
• Practice democratic process by making rules and decisions.
• Learn the four main directions and apply them to a map.
• Study history by primarily discussing how children lived in
We divide the arts into art time and music
time. In art we will:
• Create Original Collages
• Explore Color Theory
• Use Various Art Materials
• Share Art Materials
In music we will:
• Sing simple melodies.
• Play melodic and percussion instruments.
• Practice producing a steady beat.
• Learn about concert etiquette.
• Explore moving to music through space and
We often supplement the curriculum with
educational computer software. Here are
the games the students voted as their
• Kidz Club Story Time
• Funschool Fishing for Numbers
If you want to try one of these fun
computer games for yourself, head
to the back of the room and play!
When finished, vote for your
What you can do at home to supplement
the classroom curriculum:
Language Arts: Encourage reading and writing at home
each evening with your child.
Math: Discuss math as applied to the world around you
at home; measure household items with your child.
Science: Discuss the weather with your child each
Social Studies: Encourage elders to tell stories about
when they were young to promote history knowledge.
The Arts: Color, draw, and practice music at home.
Encourage your child even if they are hesitant.
Your child will be evaluated using the
• If your child has mastered the curriculum he or
she will be given a M signifying he or she
consistently meets expectations.
• If your child has somewhat of an understanding
of the curriculum, he or she will be given a S
signifying they sometimes meet expectations.
• If further development is necessary, the student
will receive a N signifying they need more time to
During our first days of school we worked together to
establish the classroom rules. Here they are:
1. Raise your hand if you would like to talk. Never talk when
someone else is talking. Don't interrupt.
2. Always be a good listener to the teacher and to the other
3. Be respectful in the hallway--don't run or talk to loudly.
4. Do not slam your locker door.
5. Be nice to others. Treat others the way that you want to be
treated! Remember the Golden Rule1…
IT'S ALL ABOUT RESPECT!!
Respect Others, Respect Yourself, Respect Our School!!
8:25am Line up in courtyard
8:30am Announcements and Pledge
9:15am Science/Social Studies
10:20am Bathroom break
10:30 Small Group Reading/The Arts
1:00pm Line up in courtyard
1:05pm Journals/Computer Time/Homework Correction
Fun up and coming events:
Skating Party: Friday, November 21. 5-7 pm.
Holiday Concert and Parade: Wednesday,
December 17. Concert starts at 1 pm and the
parade will follow.
Ways for parents to be more
• Join the PTA. If interested contact Jan Myers
• Become a classroom parent. If interested
there are handouts available by the door.
• If you want to help with any upcoming
events, there is also a sign-up sheet by the
Thank you for coming!
Feel free to explore the room as long as you would like.
If you have any questions, simply ask me and I will
Please visit our classroom website at