Welcome to First Grade in Room 103!
Listed below is a general overview of our daily programs in first grade. Please feel free to contact me if you ever have any questions.Morning Activities
*Lunch Count, Attendance, Morning Seatwork, Morning Announcements, Pledge
*Calendar Activities, Schedule, and School Day NumberLanguage Arts (Reading, Writing, Spelling & Speaking)
*Reading program used is Open Court (sound-based program, but also has components including high frequency words)
*Small and large group instruction are used. (Reading support is given by Mrs. Sue Dressler)
*High Frequency Words will be sent home. These are words that we use often in reading and writing. In most cases, they cannot be sounded out and must be memorized. Spelling patterns are also included on our Word Wall.
*Conventional spelling is encouraged and taught using sound card spellings and the Word Wall.
*Inventive spelling (writing the letters of the sounds you hear) is also encouraged. We refer to this as the “first grade way” as opposed to the conventional spelling methods of the “dictionary way.”
Purpose of inventive spelling: to develop self-confidence and risk-taking in creative writing.
*We “tap-out” words like Hermie the Crab. (A strategy for writing and reading new words.)
*Workshop Time (small group reading time and center time) occurs daily.Math
*Activities use manipulatives and paper/pencil tasks.Other Classroom Notes and Activities
*Second Step Lessons (Talking and role playing various problem solving situations. We cover three main topics of social skills: Feeling empathy for others, impulse control, and anger management.)
*We visit the Computer Lab with Mrs. Hinkel two times per six day cycle. Students work on a program independently. This program reinforces math and reading skills taught in the classroom.
*Mrs. Emily Weger works as part of the First Grade Team. She is a class-size reduction teacher. She may work with us in the classroom or with small groups of students throughout the school year (mainly for math and reading).
Behavior Management Plan
*The students help to create our classroom rules. We will continue to review them when needed in addition to reviewing the general school rules.
*Students are reminded that the responsibility belongs to them to make good choices or bad choices.
*Natural consequences occur (i.e. playing with toys during class after being asked to place them in the student’s bookbag will result in toys being taken and kept in the teacher’s desk and later sent home.)
*Lots of compliments and praise are given for good behavior choices. The Birdhouse Trail also rewards good behavior choices.
*Verbal reminders are given first for poor behavior choices. If the behavior continues, the following may occur:
1. Name on the board
2. First check ( ) means five minutes on the bench at recess
3. Second check means five additional minutes (ten minutes)
4. Third check indicates that all recess is lost for that day. (This rarely occurs, and the student is usually sent to Mrs. McClure, Elementary Building Principal simultaneously.)*Families will be contacted through a phone call or note home if the student has lost all of his or her recess that day.*Think Sheets (a student record of behavior) may also be completed during recess and sent home for a parent/guardian to review, sign, and return to the teacher.