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What To Expect In First Grade!!!. Our team of teachers are Ms. Ditto Ms. Foley. First Grade Biome. Welcome to the Arctic! Throughout the year we focus on the Arctic and the Antarctic. Learning about the Environment, Geography, Animals, & Weather!. School Rules.

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what to expect in first grade
What To Expect In First Grade!!!

Our team of teachers are

Ms. Ditto

Ms. Foley

first grade biome

First Grade Biome

Welcome to the Arctic!

Throughout the year we focus on the Arctic and the Antarctic.

Learning about the




& Weather!

school rules

School Rules

P – Patience and tolerance for others

A– Always do your best

W – Work responsibly with a positive attitude

S – Show respect to everyone including yourself

school wide discipline policy
School Wide Discipline Policy
  • Continuity throughout school
  • Students receive two warnings then receive a letter representing their behavior
  • Levels – A, B, C, D
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School Wide Discipline Policy
  • Level A
    • Behaviors: not being prepared (includes not signing planners), off-task, not sitting in assigned seat, horseplay, being out of seat without permission, blurting out, some dress code violations, chewing gum or food
    • Consequences: Verbal warning
school wide discipline policy2
School Wide Discipline Policy
  • Level B
    • Behaviors: Chronic talking, minor disruptions (dropping books, humming), minor abuse of school property, physical horseplay, not completing work, some dress code violations, not returning forms on time
    • Consequences: moving to another seat, silent lunch, having to leave the room, or loss of privileges
school wide discipline policy3
School Wide Discipline Policy
  • Level C
    • Behaviors:cheating, minor disrespect, threats, frequent disruption of instruction, some dress code violations, physical/disruptive horseplay, stealing, undirected profanity
    • Consequences: moving to another classroom temporarily, parent conference, teacher-student contract, conditional suspension, or better choices sheet
school wide discipline policy4
School Wide Discipline Policy
  • Level D
    • Behaviors:major disrespect, possession of weapons, fighting, stealing, inappropriate touching, bullying, leaving school ground
    • Consequences:referral to the principal, calling parent, administrator time-out and student conference, parent conference, administrator-student contact, conditional suspension, or out of school suspension
positive reinforcement
Positive Reinforcement
  • Ms. Beil – Behavior Tickets & Treasure Box/Class Behavior Link
  • Mrs. Ditto - Behavior Awards/Treasure Chest/Class Behavior Link
  • Ms. Foley – Behavior Awards/Treasure Chest/Class Behavior Link
  • Mrs. Varela – Behavior Awards/Treasure Chest/Class Behavior Link
whisker s wahoo
Whisker’s Wahoo!
  • Reward on Fridays for those students who earned necessary points
  • Rewards include movie and popcorn, extra recess, games, tasty treats, crafts, etc…
student planner agenda
Student Planner/Agenda
  • Means of communication between home and school
  • Students are responsible for bringing their planners DAILY! If they are not brought to school signed, it is marked as being unprepared for class and disciplinary action may follow (automatic point deduction).
parent homework folder
Parent/Homework Folder
  • Mrs. Ditto – Folder goes home nightly (left side homework and anything that needs to be signed and returned, right side information for parents to keep at home)
  • Ms. Foley – Homework will go home nightly
  • Mandatory dress code for all students
    • White or maroon collared, sleeved polo-style shirt or blouse
    • Khaki or navy pant, short, skirt, or jumper
    • No flip flops
    • Shoes must be securely fastened to the feet and suitable for outdoor PE classes
    • Spirit t-shirts are worn on Friday!
reading sunshine state standards

ReadingSunshine State Standards

The Reading Process

Phonological Awareness, phonemic awareness, phonics/word analysis, vocabulary development, reading comprehension

phonological awareness

Phonological awareness is the knowledge that words are made up of individual sounds.

phonemic awareness
Phonemic Awareness
  • Phonemic Awareness: The ability to hear and manipulate sounds in words.

Phonemic awareness is not phonics.

Phonemic awareness is auditory and does not involve words in print

phonics word analysis
Phonics/ Word Analysis

Phonics- refers to a instructional design for teaching children to read. Phonics involves teaching children to connect sounds with letters or groups of letters.

Word Analysis- or "decoding." It is the process of using the written patterns of speech to figure out unfamiliar words.

vocabulary development oral and print
Vocabulary DevelopmentOral and Print

Oral vocabulary refers to words that are used in speaking or recognized when listening.

Print vocabulary is synonymous with reading vocabulary and refers to words we recognize and use in print.

reading comprehension
Reading Comprehension
  • Reading comprehension is understanding a text that is read, or the process of "constructing meaning" from a text.
websites for parents
Websites for Parents
  • Reading is Fundamental www.rif.org
  • Starfall www.starfall.com
  • Carl’s Corner www.carlscorner.us
  • Teach a child to read www.suceedtoread.com
writing expectations
Writing Expectations
  • First grade writing expectations.
  • Scoring Rubric
  • Monthly Cahoon Writes

Writing Workshop

  • Read aloud with focus
  • Shared / Modeled Write
  • Independent Write
  • Author’s Chair
  • Processes of Life
    • Growth, adaptations, grouping, habitats
  • How Living Things Interact with the Environment
    • Living/Nonliving, Food chains, Oxygen production, survival needs
  • Earth and Space
    • What it is composed of, how to take care of it, different materials
  • Processes that shape the Earth
    • Night sky/Day sky, Phases of the moon
  • The Nature of Matter
    • Classifying, States of matter
  • Force and Motion
    • Relative speed of an object, momentum, vibrations
  • Energy
    • Solar energy, Human energy
  • The Nature of Science
    • Investigating, cooperative learning, recording data, scientific process, predictions
mathematics voyages
  • Excursions-Hands-on experiments, use of manipulatives, and exploration. New Concepts Launched using excursion lessons.
  • Anchors-Math practice problems (Application), Homework practice.
math assessments
Math Assessments
  • Pretest-Instruction is based upon student needs
  • Subtopic Quizzes- Ongoing progress monitoring, reinforce needed skills
  • Posttest- Determine if benchmarks were met, remediate as needed
An ESE Teacher plans, teaches, and assesses with a General Education Teacher.

ESE Co-Teach Model: Gifted and VE

Mrs. Payne: Gifted Resource Teacher

Has a focus subject but provides support in all subject areas.

ESE Co-Teach Model: Gifted

Mrs. Boglin: Primary VE Resource Teacher

Mrs. Dorelus: Intermediate VE Resource Teacher

Focus is based on each child’s IEP goals.

Makes sure accommodations are provided

ESE Co-Teach Model:


excursions field trips
Excursions“Field Trips”

September 19, 2007

Pedestrian Safety

October 24, 2007

Florida Aquarium

January 15, 2008

Busch Garden’s Zoo School

May 20, 2008 Lowry Park Zoo


15 Minute Session in the Mornings


30 Minute Session in the Afternoon


(Don’t be late, don’t leave early!)

Weekly tests administered on Friday!

enrichment cluster
Enrichment Cluster


Gifted Talented Development Academy

Thursdays 1:25pm-2:25pm


Dance and Movement


Reader’s Theater

thank you
Thank You!

On behalf of the first grade team and the administration we would like to thank you for supporting our school!

Go Cougars!