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Welcome!. Please sign up for conference times and party volunteers at the back table! Next, please find your child’s desk!. First Grade Curriculum Night. Ms. Leeker’s First Grade Class Room 18 Progress South Elementary. Grading.

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  • Please sign up for conference times and party volunteers at the back table!
  • Next, please find your child’s desk!
first grade curriculum night

First Grade Curriculum Night

Ms. Leeker’s First Grade Class

Room 18

Progress South Elementary

  • The Fort Zumwalt School District has established a grading system that is used in all first grade classrooms. Students will receive grades in academic areas that include Reading, Spelling, Writing, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science.

3= Proficient

2= Developing

1= Beginning

  • Students will also receive progress grades in citizenship, life-long learning skills, and homework. This scale is as follows:

3= Excellent

2= Satisfactory

1= Needs Improvement

Welcome to 1st grade! It is going to be a great year. Here is a list of topics that are important to our classroom. I hope you find it helpful.
absences and make up work
Absences and Make-Up Work
  • When your child misses a day from school, work will either be completed at home or will be sent home upon his/her return.
  • If the absence is for more than a day and you would like make-up work prepared, please call in the morning to let the office know.
  • Please let the office and I know if you have plans for your child to be absent.
  • Also, please be aware that much of the work we do in first grade is interactive. There will be little paper pencil work to complete. It is important your child be present at school when possible.
graded papers
Graded Papers
  • Papers that come home may be graded in several ways. If an assignment has been recorded in the grade book, it will have the grade earned written on. Other work that is completed together in class may have stickers, stamps, stars, smiley faces, etc.
homework packet
Homework in first grade will be sent home every Monday on a homework packet in your child’s daily folder. These activities will reinforce areas that we are studying in class. Homework should take your child no more than 15 to 30. If your child is having difficulty with any assignment, please let me know. Homework Packet
daily folder
Daily Folder
  • Each day your child will bring home a daily folder. This folder is a vehicle for our daily communication. Each morning the students are responsible for returning and empting their folder. All notes to me, or anyone else at school should be placed in the daily folder.
  • Informational notes, weekly homework, weekly newsletters and graded papers will also be sent home in this folder. Please check your child’s folder, remove, and review papers on a daily basis.
parent volunteers
Parent Volunteers
  • It is district policy for every volunteer to fill out a background check form. This procedure is for the safety of our students. So, if you plan on volunteering this year (parties, field trips, classroom help), please be sure you have filled out a form.
parent teacher conferences
Parent TeacherConferences
  • This year parent teacher conferences will be held on October 17th from 5pm-9pm and on October 18th from 11am-8pm. Sign-up sheets are posted tonight.
We always enjoy celebrating birthdays. For birthdays that fall during the school year we will recognize that student as close as possible to the actual date of their birthday. For students whose special day falls during the summer months, we will celebrate at the end of the year.

You may send in treats for birthdays, however, they must be store bought and pre-packaged.

classroom rules
Classroom Rules
  • We have worked together during the first week of school to make our classroom rules. We discussed and talked about how our rules fall under Progress South rules which are: Respect self, others, and learning.
discipline plan
Collaborative Problem Solving is a philosophy that has been adopted by the Progress South Community. The foundation of the philosophy is, “Children do well if they can.” This philosophy helps build skills by talking through unsolved problems. Discipline Plan
positive reinforcement
Starting this week in every child’s daily folder you will find a monthly calendar. Each day if your child has not had to be reminded 3 times for a certain behavior they will receive a Happy Face stamp on their calendar. If I had to remind a student 3 times I will write a note in the calendar about what happened that day. Positive Reinforcement

Moving on to curriculum

guided reading
Guided Reading
  • Literacy stations: Poetry, Writing, Read to Self, Read to Someone, Spelling
  • Running Records, Anecdotal notes
  • I will instruct them on their instructional level (the instructional level is one or two levels above their independent level. This book should be challenging for them but I will be instructing and helping them learn new was to read challenging books)
  • They will read to themselves on their independent level (they should be able to read the words in their independent book and comprehend what they are reading).

Writing Workshop

  • Started Writing Workshop this week
  • Seed Notebooks (writing ideas)
  • Corrections (punctuation, capital letters, spelling words, etc. )
  • Writing Binders (draft, revise, edit, publish)
  • Support at home
    • Stretching out the sounds on their own!
    • Have them write the word the way they think it should be spelled. Then ask them to sound out the word. Make sure that they hear the sounds of the word.
word work
Word Work
  • Spelling Words
  • New list each week
  • There will be an “assessment” at the end of every week.
  • Once the students have been assessed I will expect them to use the words correctly when reading and writing.
  • Sight Word Challenge
  • Every student has a sight word challenge book.
  • When the students feel they have mastered a list they will turn their books in to me and I will assess them to determine if they can move on.
  • Their goal should be to master a list a week.
  • We practice sight words like they were spelling words.
  • * exploration and investigations
  • Limited Paper pencil activities
  • Strategy groups
  • Investigations 1
  • Focus: number sense, organizing and comparing numbers, addition/subtraction
social studies science
Social Studies/Science
  • Our Country (Symbols)
  • Community
  • Current Events
  • Consumers and Producers
  • Incorporate literature
  • Making connections
  • Plants and Animals
  • Living and Non-Living
  • Weather (Daily Calendar)
  • Force and Motion
e mail
  • E-mail is a wonderful communication tool! Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions. I do not usually check my e-mail throughout the day. The best times to reach me are before and after school. For any time sensitive issues (like transportation changes), it is important that you call school instead of e-mailing just in case I do not check my e-mail after you sent a message or in case I am absent. eleeker@fz.k12.mo.us
Thank You!

If you have any questions, I’m here to help!

Please take the time to fill out the district papers!