Curriculum Overview -
• Reading Components:
Read Aloud and Discussion
Mini-lessons – Phonics and Comprehension
Small Group Work
• Short Vowels
• Blends and Digraphs (st, gl, tr, th, sh)
• Long Vowel Patterns (ay, ee, magic e, oa)
• Compound Words and Contractions
• Synonyms and Antonyms (child, kid, ugly,
• Homonyms (there, their)
• Break the word into pieces.
• Skip the word, read to the period and go back to the word.
• Read the sentence again.
• Think about what make sense.
• Look at the picture.
• Look for a little word in the big word.
• Try the long and short sound for the vowels.
• Analyzing Story Elements
• Comparing and Contrasting
• Making Inferences and Finding Evidence to
• Building and Applying Background
• Visualizing (Movie in Your Mind)
• Determining Main Idea and Supporting
• Computation Strategies – counting
all, counting on, using known
• Minilessons (next slides)
• Math Calendar – white binders
• Adding sums up to 18 and their corresponding
• Memorizing combinations for numbers up to 10
• Telling time to the hour and half hour
• Recognizing and counting coins up to $1
• Counting up to and recognizing the place value
of numbers less than 100
• Identifying fractions (halves, thirds, fourths)
Math Minilesssons cont.
• Creating repeating and growing patterns
with numbers, colors, letters and shapes
• Identifying 3 dimensional shapes
• Creating and analyzing data using charts,
Venn diagrams and graphs
• Analyzing data and explaining results
• Nightly Reading – 2 books a night
• Sight Words/Spelling Program
Individualized – Practice Daily
Colored Sheet – Learn to READ
White Sheet – Learn to SPELL
High Frequency Words
• Math Fluency Practice – games to practice their
working number 3x a week
• Be Safe – walking feet, hands to self
• Be Respectful – listening, kindness,
• Be Responsible – complete work,
follow directions, use time wisely
• Send snack for the class with your
child in the morning.
• Please make them individual
portions: no cakes or other items that
• Summer birthday – send in May
• Email reminder to me
• October 28 – Junie B. Jones stage production at
• November 1 – American Village – Thanksgiving and
early colonial life
• April - In School Planting Day with 3rd graders
• May - Hoover community helpers (library, fire
station, police station, mayor’s office)
• Snack Calendar
• Snack choices – individual packs of
crackers, pretzels or goldfish or individual
packs of apple slices or grapes
• Please place fresh fruit in small snack size
• Other snacks will be sent back home
• Held twice a year – October and March
• Review progress and areas of opportunity
• P.E. is everyday – wear tennis shoes –
please no crocs, sandals or dress shoes
• The classroom can be cold – jacket/sweater
• Book orders – send check only; one week
• Questions/concerns – email me at
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