W elcome to Miss Roland’s First Grade Classroom. 2014-2015. OUR MISSION.
The French Creek Elementary School, in partnership with families and the community will provide a nurturing environment for the growth and development of young children. This will be accomplished through a curriculum and instructional program that demands academic excellence, encourages positive self-esteem and promotes responsible citizenship.
Lunch / Snack / Birthdays
Volunteers & Chaperones
Arrival/ Morning Jobs- Unpack, Lunch Choice, Attendance, Pledge of Allegiance, “Brain Warm-up”
Reading / Phonemic Awareness
Word Study / Word Work
Lunch & Recess
Day 1- Quarter 1- Music Quarter 2- Art Quarter 3- Guidance Quarter 4- Phys. Ed.
Day 2- Music
Day 3- Phys. Ed.
Day 4- Library
Day 5- Art
Social Studies / Science / Health
Rules/ Safety /Citizenship
Community/Wants & Needs
U.S. Symbols/Map Skills
Classification of Living Things (Plants, Animals, Butterflies- Life Cycles)
As your child attempts to read more appropriately leveled materials, use the strategies below to help figure out unknown words. Don’t make it too laborious at this time, but as proficiency increases these tips will help. At the present time, you may want to just give the word if it is not easily decoded.
WHAT CAN I DO IF I DON’T KNOW A WORD?
1. Look at the letters from left to right.
2. Think about the sounds for the letters. “Get your mouth ready.”
3. Blend the sounds to read the word.
4. Ask yourself:
Is it a word I know?
Does it make sense in what I am reading?
Stop & Think
What word would I use?
Skip It & Read On
Read to the end of the sentence, come back and read it again. What word would make sense? Check the first 2—3 letters. Do they fit the word I thought would make sense? Do I need to think of other words that start with those letters/sounds?
Ask For Help
The goal of the elementary math curriculum is that every child should leave school confident in his or her ability to understand and do mathematics. The Owen J. Roberts School District has adopted the Everyday Mathematics Program.
Everyday Mathematics was developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project. It is based on research about how children learn and develop mathematical power & provides the broad mathematical background needed in the 21st century.
In Everyday Mathematics you can expect to see:
(Information gathered from ‘Home Connection Handbook’, Everyday Mathematics, Grades 1-3)
Students will work in a Student Journal, kept in their desk for the duration of the year. The journal will provide practice activities that connect to each lesson. There are also games correlating with lessons to emphasize spiraling skills. If your child speaks of playing “games” often, please keep in mind that this is a major learning element of the program. They are not ‘just games’; they are providing your child practice of mathematical skills (in a fun way)!
A Home Link page will be assigned for students to complete, based on that day’s lesson. The assignment will be checked for completion (not necessarily accuracy) the following day.
Everyday Mathematics is a spiraling curriculum. Concepts “spiral” throughout the year. We encourage you to “Trust the Spiral!” The following content will be emphasized throughout first grade:
Homework should only take 20-25 minutes a night if the child is truly working at task completion. Many times this is lengthened by avoidance tactics. The 20—25 minute period need not be one continuous period. Some people may like to do the nightly Everyday Mathematics Home Links page early along with Word Cards and read later in the evening. Find what works for your schedule and be consistent. You are establishing routines that are very important.
Goals of Homework—
Task completion & Development of Responsibility,
Communication of content being studied & of student’s understanding of content,
Indicator of student’s ability to work independently.
Everyday Mathematics- You will find a monthly calendar in your child’s binder. This is where students will record the nightly Home Link assignment. Assist where needed and make sure to return the next day. We will be keeping track of homework on Skyward, so incompletes will be documented.
Word Rings are usually checked as a warm-up to guided reading. New words are added as previous ones are learned. The ring should be kept hooked inside your child’s TAKE-HOME binder, and brought to school daily.
Our classroom is a community. To encourage a positive community, we have procedures to keep us safe and help us get along. The general school rules are:
The consequences of your child’s actions are communicated through a color card changing system. This behavior system helps students learn to monitor their own behavior and make responsible choices.
All students begin each day with a clean slate or on green: ready to learn. Green indicate that the student is making responsible choices without constant intervention. When they move to yellow it means they need to think about their choices and try to make better choices. An orange card constitutes repeated inappropriate behavior with continual verbal warnings. A red card indicates severe behavioral issues. The principal may be asked to intervene, if a student receives a red card. I will call the parents whose child ends his/her day on red, as well as any student who is consistently receiving orange cards. Our color system also goes up, so when a student makes good choices they will be moved to good day, great day, and then outstanding day. When a child moves to great day you will receive a purple note, and a phone call for outstanding choices. Please encourage and praise your child for making great choices each day!
Communication / Classroom Information
Call (610)469-5688 if your child is going to be absent. At the tone, please state your name (parent/ guardian), your relationship to the student, the student’s full name, their grade and teacher, the reason for the absence or tardiness, and a return phone number. This is required by OJR policy and PA state law.
Together, parents and teachers make a GREAT team!