Curriculum night2011

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Curriculum night2011

  1. 1. Welcome to Room 102!<br />First Grade <br />Mrs. Calkins<br />
  2. 2. Parents’ Responsibilities<br />Visitor’s badge<br /> -Sign in at the office<br />Absences & tardiness<br />Returning child must have a written excuse<br />Take-Home Folders<br />Check daily for school information<br />Should always contain daily behavior log so that you <br /> have a sense of how your child is behaving at school.<br />
  3. 3. Student Expectations<br />In the classroom children are expected to:<br />Raise a hand to speak<br />Listen carefully and follow directions<br />Be respectful to each other and allow each other to learn<br />Try their best!<br />I implement a lot of positive strategies to encourage appropriate behavior.<br />
  4. 4. Language Arts<br />New reading program this year!<br />Houghton Mifflin HarcourtJourneys<br />
  5. 5. Journeys Curriculum<br />Designed to meet diverse needs of all students<br />A balanced literacy approach<br />Includes progressive skills in phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and reading comprehension<br />
  6. 6. Balanced Literacy: What does that mean?<br />Teachers support each reader’s development as needed<br />Allows for differentiation through whole group and small group instruction (LEBO Time)<br />Follows a continuum beginning with a teacher’s read aloud, shared reading, and guided reading<br />The ultimate goal is independent reading <br />
  7. 7. Important Terminology<br />Read aloud:Done by teacher to expose children to various types of literature; develops reading strategies<br />Shared reading: Children participate with the teacher; learn critical concepts of how print works<br />Guided reading: Students read text independently following an introduction; material selected based on an individual’s instructional level; discussion facilitated by the teacher<br />
  8. 8. Spelling <br />Part of the Journeys integrated language arts program<br />Lists will come home each Monday in your child's Resource Bag.<br />Spelling tests will be every Friday<br />Invented spelling is developmentally appropriate for regular writing assignments<br />
  9. 9. Assessment<br />Observation<br />Running records<br />Small group instruction records<br />Weekly phonics, vocabulary, and spelling tests<br />Cold read assessments every 3rd story of each unit<br />Unit tests<br />Benchmark tests<br />MAP testing (Measures of Academic Progress)<br />DIBELS testing<br />
  10. 10. Language Arts Continued<br />The balanced literacy philosophy: An effective way to help children improve their skills one step at a time.<br />
  11. 11. The better your child learns to read, the more successful they will be in years to come!<br />
  12. 12. Writer’s Workshop <br />Mt. Lebanon teaches the same writing process from K-12th grade<br />First graders spend 45 minutes of their day in writing workshop, 10 of these minutes are spent on learning appropriate handwriting techniques<br /> 1st/2nd Quarters- Rituals and Routines, Narrative Account<br />3rd/4th Quarters- Functional Writing: Reports, Narrative<br /> Procedure<br />
  13. 13. What is the Writing Process?<br />Mini Lesson– procedures, author’s chair<br />Prewriting- generate ideas, decide on purpose, focus on the topic, arrange ideas logical order.<br />First Draft– keep writing, don’t worry about mistakes-just get your ideas down<br />Revising –make complete sentences, clarify ideas <br />Editing– proofread for errors in grammar, usage, spelling, and mechanics<br />Publishing – students create a “good copy” of their work.<br />Author’s Chair– Selected students share work<br />
  14. 14. Mathematics<br />Investigations<br />Organized into 9 units<br />Counting, Comparing, Patterns (early algebra), Geometry, Addition and Subtraction, Data Analysis and Measurement<br />Activity-based program focusing on conceptual understanding built over time.<br />Teacher as facilitator<br />Student-centered to encourage creative thinking (students construct knowledge)<br />
  15. 15. Mathematics (continued)<br /><ul><li>Mathematical connections are inherent in the units
  16. 16. Students participate in engaging games that reinforce their understanding of important mathematical concepts
  17. 17. Students work cooperatively with their classmates.</li></li></ul><li>Science<br /> A hands on approach is used, teaching children to explore, reflect, and apply as they investigate.<br />Air & Weather<br />Insects <br />
  18. 18. Social Living<br />Heartwood<br />Respect, Courage, Loyalty, Love, Justice, Honesty, and Hope<br />Weekly Reader<br />Social Studies Alive<br />OLWEUS Meetings<br />Program to prevent bullying in the school and in the community. Meetings every Wednesday afternoon.<br />
  19. 19. Star of the Week! <br />As a way to build a strong classroom community, we will be doing a ‘Star Of The Week’ program.<br />Each week it is a different student. <br />Monday – They get to pick their classroom job.<br />Tuesday –They bring in pictures from home to share with the class.<br />Wednesday – Show and tell. Students can bring in something that is special to them or talk about a hobby that they enjoy.<br />Thursday – The other students will interview the “Star” student and write<br /> a short message to them that will go in a book they get to keep.<br />Friday- They can bring in their favorite picture book that they/Mrs. Calkins will read to the class.<br />
  20. 20. ‘Resource Bag’<br /> For you to use with your child as you see fit.<br /> “Words to Know” - words students should recognize immediately. Go through these on a regular basis with your child. They will be tested on these words through weekly tests (application).<br /> Spelling Words<br />Test every Friday (list is in bag on Mondays).<br />
  21. 21. Resource Bag (continued)<br /> Reading<br /> Read decodable books (black and white books).<br /> Practice poems at home. <br /> * Repeated reading of poems and decodable books will increase fluency and comprehension. <br /> Have your child read 10 min. a day, when possible.<br /> Read to your child and let them see you reading!<br /> Math<br /> - Games you can play with your child to increase numeracy skills.<br />
  22. 22. First Grade Specialsby the Day<br />Monday – Gym, Music <br />Tuesday – Spanish, Library<br />Wednesday - OLWEUS, Music<br />Thursday – Gym, Spanish<br />Friday – Art<br />
  23. 23. Please check out: <br />Mrs. Calkins’ Blog:<br />http://blog.mtlsd.org/calkins<br />
  24. 24. Last thought…<br />Whose Child Is This?<br />"Whose child is this?" I asked one day
 <br />Seeing a little one out at play. 
<br />"Mine," said the parent with a tender smile
 <br />"Mine” to keep a little while.
 <br />To bathe his/her hands and comb his/her hair,
 <br />To tell him/her what he/she is to wear,
 <br />To prepare him/her that he/she may always be good,
<br /> And each day do the things he/she should.”

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  25. 25. "Whose child is this?" I asked again,
<br />As the door opened and someone came in.
<br />"Mine," said the teacher with the same tender smile.
<br />"Mine” to keep just for a little while.
<br />To teach him/her how to be gentle and kind,
<br />To train and direct his/her dear little mind,
<br />To help him/her live by every rule, <br />
And get the best he/she can from school.”<br />

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  26. 26. "Whose child is this?" I asked once more,
<br />Just as the little one entered the door.
<br />"Ours, ” said the parent and the teacher as they smiled.<br />
And each took the hand of the little child.
<br />"Ours” to love and train together.
<br />“Ours” this blessed task forever."

<br />Author Unknown<br />

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