Class Information

Sharing

Sharing is a very rewarding experience for children to explore a topic of interest and present it to their classmates. They may hand write or type the information. Pictures may be drawn or downloaded from the Internet. Children also love to do PowerPoint presentations. I encourage the children to do a sharing at least twice a month. Sharings are a wonderful way for children to learn and enhance their writing skills.

Homework

Homework is about 20 to 45+ minutes each night, depending on how much students  read.   This is very difficult at first for the first graders, but the purpose is to teach responsibility and discipline.  Please be patient with your first grader in the beginning.  It is quite an adjustment but a life skill is being learned.  It is essential that a child reads out loud everyday at home in the early years. Reading with your child is a lifetime gift.   Homework sheets are passed out on Monday and due every Friday.

Spelling

Spelling tests are each Friday from lists sent home the previous Monday.  Parents are asked to do the 5-step spelling program, give a practice test and mark the number missed on the home worksheet.

Spelling is practiced 10 minutes each night.

How to Study Spelling Words:

1.  Say the word

2.  Count the syllables.

3.  Stretch it out and segment the phoneme  (n igh t)

4. Count the phoneme  (3)

5.  Ask what letter makes each sound  (igh makes the long i sound)

6.  Ask the meaning of the work

7.  Write the word in their best hand writing

Math

The students are at their academic level in math not their grade level.  They learn the skills to analyze math problems.  Lesson are developed to help them reach their full potential and expose the students to higher level concepts. Math homework is required Monday- Thurs.  Please set aside 10 minutes a day for math and help your child with the Saxon math sheets.  Saxon math spirals so concepts are constantly reviewed.  Please correct and mark the number missed on the home worksheet.

Gold Medal Reading

This “Gold Medal Reading” program is very effective in teaching children to focus on their reading.  In a six-week period, students are encouraged to attain points toward medals.

First graders who are learning to read earn medals by minutes of reading until January when they  go to the point system. If the children are reading 20  minutes, 4 days a week, everyone can achieve their goal.

The Gold Trophy requires going the extra mile. The points depend on students’ reading levels and they participate in setting their goals.   The children track the points they earn. Achieving the trophy is a year long goal and points will need to be adjusted.

This program needs parental support and involvement in the first grade and second grades for the children to reach their goals and develop lifetime reading habits.  Reading with parents on a daily basis enriches their mastery and love for reading that will last a lifetime.

Spelling

  • 1. LOOK at the word and spell it.
  • 2. THINK about it and copy it.
  • 3. COVER the word and guess how to spell it.
  • 4. CHECK your guess and see if you’re right.
  • 5. TAKE spelling test.

Science Units

The students are involved in interactive activities to explore the following concepts:

Plants and Animal

Animals and Insects

Pebbles, Sand, and Silt,

Balancing and Weighing

Sound

Earth Materials

Weather and Air

Solids and Liquids

Human Body

FOSS Science website

Math

  • Count number/objects
  • Identify & write numeral/word form
  • Order & compare objects/numbers
  • Determine ordinal position
  • Identify place value
  • Recall/understand number facts
  • Perform operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
  • Recognize/represent/compare fractions
  • Solve word problems
  • Develop/apply problem-solving strategies
  • Use skills of estimation/rounding
  • Measure & compare
  • Length, weight, volume
  • Understand time & temperature
  • Recognize & determine value of money
  • Understand perimeter, area & circumference
  • Identify & classify geometric figures
  • Understand geometric relationships
  • Find, extend, identify, use patterns
  • Identify & solve number sentences
  • Organize data: graphs, charts, tables
  • Classify & sort objects and/or information
  • Formulate & analyze problems
  • Use number properties

Writing

The students are involved in all forms of writing: formal, informal, narratives, expository, letters, persuavive, informational, poems, compare and contrast, story reviews, descriptive paragraphs, and news stories.  We also publish a book each year.  These books  are life time treasures.

5 Step Writing

1. Brainstorm

2. Rough draft

3. Edit

4. Revise

5. Final draft

6 Areas of Focus

1. Ideas & content

2. Organization

3. Voice

4. Word choice

5. Sentence fluency

6. Conventions

Literature Studies

I have written over 300 literature studies to go with the state and district curriculum.  The students love doing these interactive activites as it helps them connect with the literature, formula  unique, individual answers, and learn the following concepts in a interactive learning experience.

  • Reading Strategies
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Elements of Literature
  • Print Concepts
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Decoding Skills
  • Vocabulary

Social Studies

History of the United States

Cultures Around the World

Communities: How they change, how people change communities, how a community meets our needs

Map and Globe Skills

Geography

Government