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  • Welcome to Room 102! First Grade Mrs. Calkins
  • Parents’ Responsibilities Visitor’s badge -Sign in at the office Absences & tardiness - Returning child must have a written excuse Take-Home Folders - Check daily for school information - Key to staying organized - Should always contain daily behavior log so that you have a sense of how your child is behaving at school.
  • Student Expectations In the classroom children are expected to: - Raise a hand to speak - Listen carefully and follow directions - Keep hands, feet, and objects to self at all times. - Be respectful to each other and allow each other to learn - Try their best! - We implement a lot of positive strategies to encourage appropriate behavior.
  • Language Arts Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journeys
  • Journeys Curriculum Designed to meet diverse needs of all students A balanced literacy approach Includes progressive skills in phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and reading comprehension
  • Balanced Literacy: What does that mean? Teachers support each reader’s development as needed Allows for differentiation through whole group and small group instruction (LEBO Time) Follows a continuum beginning with a teacher’s read aloud, shared reading, and guided reading The ultimate goal is independent reading
  • Important Terminology Read aloud: Done by teacher to expose children to various types of literature; develops reading strategies Shared reading: Children participate with the teacher; learn critical concepts of how print works Guided reading: Students read text independently following an introduction; material selected based on an individual’s instructional level; discussion facilitated by the teacher
  • Assessment Observation Running records Small group instruction records Weekly phonics, vocabulary, and spelling tests Cold read assessments every 3rd story of each unit Unit tests Benchmark tests MAP testing (Measures of Academic Progress) DIBELS testing
  • Language Arts Continued The balanced literacy philosophy: An effective way to help children improve their skills one step at a time.
  • The better your child learns to read, the more successful they will be in years to come!
  • Writer’s Workshop  Mt. Lebanon teaches the same writing process from K-12th grade  First graders spend 45 minutes of their day in writing workshop, 10 of these minutes are spent on learning appropriate handwriting techniques 1st/2nd Quarters- Rituals and Routines, Narrative Account 3rd /4th Quarters- Functional Writing: Reports, Narrative Procedure
  • What is the Writing Process?  Mini Lesson – procedures, author’s chair  Prewriting- generate ideas, decide on purpose, focus on the topic, arrange ideas logical order.  First Draft – keep writing, don’t worry about mistakes- just get your ideas down  Revising – make complete sentences, clarify ideas  Editing – proofread for errors in grammar, usage, spelling, and mechanics  Publishing – students create a “good copy” of their work.  Author’s Chairs – Selected students share work
  • Spelling Part of the Journeys integrated language arts program Lists will come home each Monday Spelling tests will be every Friday Invented spelling is developmentally appropriate for regular writing assignments
  • MTLSD Math Curriculum Our core resource is Investigations  complete K-5 mathematics curriculum  designed to help all children understand the fundamental ideas of number and operations, geometry, data, measurement, and early algebra.
  • Math Program Highlights  Develops a deep conceptual understanding of mathematics  Includes traditional learning of algorithms and math facts  Works to substantially expand the pool of mathematically literate students  Provides students multiple ways to prove that an answer is correct
  •  Encourages student-centered work  Provides whole group, small group and independent learning opportunities  Utilizes real world problems  Makes connections within and among concepts  Provides students with strategies and tools to solve problems Math Program Highlights
  • MATH FACTS Gr 1 Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4 13- 14 Introduces concepts related to addition and subtraction and develops an understanding of addition strategies 14- 15 Addition sums to 10 Subtraction facts with a minuend to 10
  • Mathematics  Investigations  Organized into 9 units - Counting, Comparing, Patterns (early algebra), Geometry, Addition and Subtraction, Data Analysis and Measurement
  • Science A hands on approach is used, teaching children to explore, reflect, and apply as they investigate.  Air & Weather  Growing and Changing (chicks)  Insects
  • Social Living  Heartwood - Respect, Courage, Loyalty, Love, Justice, Honesty, and Hope  Weekly Reader  Social Studies Alive  OLWEUS Meetings - Program to prevent bullying in the school and in the community. Meetings every Wednesday afternoon.
  • Star of the Week  As a way to build a strong classroom community, we will be doing a ‘Star Of The Week.’  Each week it is a different student. - Monday – They get to pick their classroom job. - Tuesday –They bring in pictures from home to share with the class. - Wednesday – Show and tell. Students can bring in something that is special to them or talk about a hobby that they enjoy. - Thursday – The other students will interview the “Star” student and write a short message to them that will go in a book they get to keep. - Friday- They can bring in their favorite picture book that they/Mrs. Calkins will read to the class.
  • ‘Homework’  The homework schedule that is provided is 100% optional!  It has been provided to you because many parents have requested suggestions as to what they can do with their children for extra reinforcement at home. If students complete their assignment each night and return the homework schedule on Friday, they will get a mark on their clip.  If you feel your child does not require the extra practice with spelling/Words to Know, you may substitute the assignment by having them read with you or independently.  If you engage in nightly homework, it should not exceed 10 minutes (computer time may be in addition to 10 minutes).  “Words to Know” - words students should recognize immediately. Go through these on a regular basis with your
  • Types of homework assignments:  Reading - Read decodable books (black and white books). - Practice poems at home. - * Repeated reading of poems and decodable books will increase fluency and comprehension. Read to your child and let them see you reading!  Math - Games you can play with your child to increase numeracy skills.
  • First Grade Specials by the Day Monday – Gym, Music Tuesday – Spanish, Library Wednesday - OLWEUS, Music Thursday – Gym, Spanish Friday – Art
  • Please check out: Mrs. Calkins’ Blog: 
  • Last thought… Whose Child Is This?"Whose child is this?" I asked one daySeeing a little one out at play.
"Mine", said the parent with a tender smile"Mine to keep a little while.
To bathe his/her hands and comb his/her hair,To tell him/her what he/she is to wear,To prepare him/her that he/she may always be good,And each day do the things he/she should".
 "Whose child is this?" I asked one day Seeing a little one out at play "Mine", said the parent with a tender smile "Mine to keep a little while To bathe his hands and comb his hair To tell him what he is to wear To prepare him that he may always be good And each day do the things he should"
  • "Whose child is this?" I asked again,As the door opened and someone came in."Mine", said the teacher with the same tender smile."Mine, to keep just for a little while.To teach him/her how to be gentle and kind,To train and direct his/her dear little mind,To help him/her live by every rule,And get the best he/she can from school".
  • "Whose child is this?" I asked once more,Just as the little one entered the door."Ours", said the parent and the teacher as they smiled.And each took the hand of the little child."Ours to love and train together.Ours this blessed task forever." Author Unknown