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Curriculum night 2013

Curriculum Night 2013!

Welcome to

If we expect big things from children- we must

expect big things from ourselves too.

- Debbie Miller


10 things you probably don t know about me
10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me…

10. I am an only child. The number of my first cousins is equal to my

husband’s siblings.

9. I am afraid of heights, but I love roller coasters.

8. I would rather eat Fritos than chocolate.

7. I have taught on two different continents.

6. If I was not a teacher, I would be a chef.

5. I can speak more than one language.

4. My children laugh at me when I dance. My husband says I remind him of Elaine from Seinfeld.

3. I married my college sweetheart. We met at Miami University in Ohio.

2. I am musically challenged, but I love to sing.

1. I love what I do. Being a teacher is a fabulous job!


Phonics word work
Phonics / Word Work

  • SMART(Systematic Multisensory Approach to Reading Training)

  • Daily instruction for 30 minutes

  • Multisensory activities to develop phonemic awareness and phonics skills

  • Basis for our spelling program and spelling grade


Reading block
Reading Block

  • Focus of instruction is based on Daily 5 and CAFÉ (The 2 Sisters; Boushey and Moser)

  • Daily whole group instruction based on reading strategies that encompass comprehension, accuracy,

  • fluency and expanding vocabulary

  • Instruction is taught through high quality children’s literature and think alouds

  • During guided reading, students will move through 5 literacy based activities

  • Read to Self

  • The best way to become a better reader is by practicing each day, with books the students choose

  • and are a "Good Fit".

  • Work on Writing

  • Just like reading, the best way to become a better writer is by practicing writing each day.Read to Someone

  • Partner reading allows for more time to practice strategies, helping to build fluency, check for

  • understanding, hear their own voice and time to share in this learning community.

  • Word Work

  • Expanded vocabulary and correct spelling allow for more fluent reading and writing thus speeding

  • up the ability to comprehend what is read and get thinking down on paper.Listen to Reading

  • Hearing good examples of literature and fluent reading expands your vocabulary, builds stamina

  • and helps you become a better reader.


Reading block1
Reading Block

  • I PICK "Good Fit Books"

  • The students are taught from day one about choosing and selecting books that are just

  • right for their reading level. They are called "Good Fit Books".

  • 1.I pick a book

  • 2.P urpose (What's my purpose for choosing this book? )

  • 3.I nterest (Does this book interest me?)

  • 4.Comprehend (Can I comprehend what I'm reading?)

  • 5.K now (Do I know most of the words?)

  • Check for Understanding

  • This is a comprehension strategy that teaches children to stop frequently and check, or monitor, if they understand

  • what they are reading. Often as beginning readers, children are so aware of reading accurately that they forget to

  • take time and think about what they are reading, checking to see if they understand the text. Advanced readers can

  • develop the habit of reading through the text without monitoring if they were aware of Checking for Understanding

  • as beginning readers. This vital strategy is not only one of the first we introduce, but is also one we model frequently

  • throughout the year.

  • Book Boxes

  • Each student in my room has a sturdy book box. Their book box contains "Good Fit Books" they have chosen and their Daily 5 Tool Box,

  • a composition notebook for reading strategies and reflection, writing and word work. with a pencil for Work on Writing.. I let my class

  • "Shop for Books" each once a week during reading instruction and during morning work. They LOVE this part and they can't wait to

  • choose new books each week. This builds a sense of responsibility and provides these young readers a way to monitor their own reading abilities.  


Math

  • Units based on Common Core – Instruction focuses on students using tasks to explore learning

    -Unit 1: Extending Base Ten Understanding

    -Unit 2: Becoming Fluent with Addition and Subtraction

    -Unit 3: Understanding measurement, length, and time

    -Unit 4: Applying Base Ten Understanding (Adding and subtracting within 1000)

    -Unit 5: Understanding Plane and Solid Figures

    -Unit 6: Developing Multiplication

    -Unit 7: Show What You Know (Review)


Writers workshop
Writers’ Workshop

  • Writers will use the workshop format to prewrite, write (draft), revise, edit and publish.

  • Writing all genres all four quarters: narrative, expository, persuasive (argumentative), and response to literature

  • Use 6 +1 Traits (ideas, organization, word choice, voice, sentence fluency, conventions)

  • Use of high quality children’s literature as mentor texts


Science/ Social Studies

  • Science: life cycles, of plants and animals, space, matter, energy, and motion

  • Social Studies: Georgia history, geographic understandings of Georgia, government and civic understandings, and economic understandings, famous Georgians

  • Goal: To provide real life, hands- on experiences (examples include: bartering fair, planet rotation, animal life cycles – tadpoles, butterflies, biography bottles)


Discipline
Discipline

  • Our Behavior Plan

  •  Our classroom rules are simple and a daily part of our day. Our class rules are:

  • 1. Get started quickly.

  • 2. Raise your hand when you want to talk.

  • 3. Raise your hand when you want to get out of your seat.

  • 4. Make smart choices.

  • Learn like a champion! I am in control of my mind, body and choices!

  • * Please note there are changes from last year’s report card. Students are graded on

  • exemplary, successful (This is the STANDARD) and does not meet scale. This is noted on the behavior clip chart in your child’s red folder.


Grading

4 - Excels/ Extends within the Standard

3 - Consistent Achievement within the Standard

2 - Moderate Achievement within the Standard

1 - Limited Achievement within the Standard

Grading

  • A score of 3 indicates the student has met expectations for that standard.

  • Student scores will be reported to parents on a weekly basis using the weekly student work folders sent home by classroom teachers.

KEY TO STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT


Monday papers
Monday Papers

  • Graded papers will go home every Monday. They will be in a green folder. Please look through the papers, sign the sheet, keep the papers, and return the empty envelope on Monday.

  • Writing will be sent home and I will ask that you return the writing in the envelope. The graded work samples are part of the children’s writing portfolio and will be sent home at the end of the year.


Homework
Homework

  • Homework will sent home every Friday for the following week. There will be a paper sheet sent home on Friday in the blue folder.

  • Please remember that some skills may not be taught until the day the homework is assigned.


Newsletters
Newsletters

  • A classroom newsletter will go home every Friday via email. If you would prefer a paper copy of the newsletter, please let me know. The newsletter will also be on my website under the newsletter link.

  • The newsletter will highlight the curriculum that we have covered during the week, upcoming important dates, books we have read, and class birthdays.


Absences

An absence excuse must be sent in within 5 days following a student’s absence (email to [email protected])

Please refer to the school handbook for the Forsyth County attendance policies.

Absences


Make up work
Make-up work

  • Make-up work will be given when the student returns from an absence.

  • If you are going on vacation, work will not be given prior to the absence. Work will be given when you return.


Transportation
Transportation

  • Changes in transportation must be made in writing before 2:30. If you send an email, please copy that email to [email protected]

  • Be sure you get a response back from Sandy or myself.


Birthdays
Birthdays

  • We will have a monthly birthday celebration during the last week of each month.

  • An email will be sent at the beginning of each month to the parents of students having a birthday. Please work together to come up with a plan for the celebration.

  • Party invitations are not allowed to be distributed at school unless the entire class will be invited.


Snack
Snack

  • Please send a nutritious snack with your child each day. There is a snack basket for those who forget snack.

  • Please send in a water bottle daily. Hydrated

  • brains learn best.


Interesting statistics
Interesting Statistics

  • Research has shown that “reading at home” will and does increase

  • ITBS reading scores. (Reading Research Quarterly, Vol. III, 1989)

  • Number of minutes of at home reading per dayITBS Reading Score

  • 4 to 7 minutes = 30th percentile

  • 15 minutes = 70th percentile

  • 30 minutes = 90th percentile

  • 67 minutes = 95th percentile

  • Rule of thumb: Children should read 2 minutes X their age every night

  • to ensure reading progress.


Contact information
Contact Information

  • Phone: 770-888-1222 extension 170433

  • e-mail: [email protected]

  • Visit our class webpage for important information and pictures


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