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First Grade at a Glance
Math: Go Math!
Math begins with whole group instruction. Each student has their own math workbook (big book) that we work through. For each lesson there is a page to work on as a group to learn the skill, then students have a page to work independently on, and then a problem solving page (real world).
Students will work independently to complete this.Students will take a chapter test before and after each chapter to show what they know and what they have learned.
Writing: ECAW (Every Child a Writer)
Through a whole group learning experience students are exposed to higher level writing in Demonstrated Writing. First graders will assist the teacher in writing a piece that focuses on a certain target. While some students may not be ready to use certain targets in their writing, it is good exposure for when they do reach that level.
Students will begin writing rotations. Students will sit in small group with the teacher. Each group is based on a certain ability level. The teacher is then able to differentiate instruction to specifically meet the needs of each group. Students will work on creating a writing piece as a small group on one side of their notebook. They will then be sent to Directed Writing where students will create a similar piece by themselves working independently. Next students will move to Brain Break where they can play learning games, puzzles, and fun activities. The final station is Handwriting we use the Seeing Red curriculum. In first grade students are still focusing on writing proper letter forms.
The curriculum works on a 15 day rotations. Every 5th day students are publishing their best work. Throughout the weeks a progress report (pvp) is filled out. At day 15 students are given a cold prompt and if they reach 85% or better on their progress report the group will move up to the next level. If not, that group will complete another week or more until reaching 85%
Reading: ECAR (Every Child a Reader)
Through a whole group learning experience the class will use a book a week. Each day the class will focus on a different fluency or comprehension skill. On the fifth day students will create a product to represent their understanding of the story.
Students will begin reading roations. Students will sit in Small Group with the teacher. Each group is based on a certain ability level. The teacher is then able to differentiate instruction to specifically meet the needs of each group. Each group will work on a book for two days. The book will have examples of certain blends, diagraphs, CVVC words and so on. As a group we build a word list and create sentences from these words. The second day of the book we practice using this skill through a game and students take turns reading to work on fluency. Students move next to Directed Reading where they independently work on creating sentences or drawing the beginning and end of the story. Students will then move to another Brain Break where they can play learning games, puzzles, and fun activities. The last rotation is Fluency here students choose books from our classroom library and work on independent or partner reading.
The only time students are given spelling tests is when assessing for mastery of a certain skill. If students can read a word with a certain blend three times or write it one time they have shown mastery
Each week students will bring home a red homework folder on Monday. Inside the folder will be important papers for parents to read and sometimes sign. On the same side of the folder will be graded/completed work.†
The opposite side of the folder will house the homework for the week. Each week students will be given a reading log. We ask that students read at least 20 minutes a night and fill out the reading log for that night. Included with the reading log will be a math worksheet or 120 chart to complete.†
Folders are expected to return to school on Thursday of each week.