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Welcome to First Grade Parent Orientation September 14, 2016
Introducing. . . The First Grade Team v v v Angela Jackson Charla Manning Jessica Ramirez Sarah Ramirez Marina Rodriguez
Communication v v Alvin Website www. alvinisd. net * Please visit this website for important information (student handbook, calendar and dress code). * Please visit school and teacher webpages for current events. Alvin ISD Mobile APP http: //www. alvinisd. net/Page/15236 * Please visit this website to download a free APP for quick district communication. v Marlin Messenger (e-news) v Please visit this website to enroll. http: //alvinisd. schoolwires. net/Page/4569 v Teacher Email * (first initial, last [email protected] net) * Limited information pertaining to child as teacher’s respect student confidentiality v v Mary Marek Phone: 281 -245 -3232 Conference time: 1: 35 -2: 25 pm Student academic planner v Please check and return daily. v Read with your child for 30 minutes a day and record it on the reading log. v Change of Transportation must be received by 2: 30 pm. Please call the office, email me, or send in a written note.
v v v Grading Guidelines Grades and attendance are posted on the TEAMs Parent Self Serve. This website is a resource for parents/guardians to view their child's grades, attendance and discipline information. Email notifications can also be set to receive notifications whenever an absence is posted or for low grades or missing assignments. Register to activate your portal through the Alvin ISD website or by going to Skyward Mobile v Email Notification http: //www. alvinisd. net/cms/lib 03/TX 01001897/Centricity/Domain/2092/E mail%20 Notifications. pdf Alvin ISD Elementary Grading Guidelines: v With the Reading/Language Arts K-2 report card being based on a continuum of learning rather than based on a 0 -100 grading scale, multiple opportunities should be given for a student to master skill prior to documentation on the report card. This documentation will be noted as 3, 2, 1. Evaluation Key for Reading and Language Arts 3 - Proficient 2 - Working on 1 - Not Proficient
v Homework is reinforcement of skills learned in class. v Math A. S. T. R. O. S v Reading v v v Minimum of 20 minutes daily Students will be expected to do the written work on their own and ask for help only after they have given it their best effort. ***It is YOUR CHILD’S responsibility to complete daily homework assignments and get their planner and reading log signed daily. ***
Classroom Management � � � All students will be expected to behave in a manner which does not prevent me from teaching and/or other students from learning. If a student makes poor choices, behaviors will be documented using the academic planner. Examples of consequences are verbal warnings, think time, Behavior Reflections, walking at recess, and office referral. Capturing Kids Hearts * Good Things/Affirmations * Social Contract * Hand Signs
Math � Spiraling Curriculum-Each nine weeks we will revisit concepts learned from the � Concepts Include previous nine weeks and build on those concepts. ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ � Related addition and subtraction problems (word problems) Number Patterns Numbers to 120 Graphs Add/Subtract within 12 Time to the Hour and Half Hour (analog and digital clocks) Coins/Cent symbol – Pennies, Nickels, Dimes, Quarters Coins (skip count to determine coin collection value) Length Geometry (2 D and 3 D shapes) Number Patterns (skip count by twos, fives, tens up to 120 Fractions – ½ and ¼ Addition/Subtraction within 20 (using strategies to solve problems) Meaning of Equal Sign and Unknown Equations Personal Financial Literacy Working at Home ◦ Keep your child’s ASTROS homework that is sent in Tuesday Folders to review for Benchmark Assessments. ◦ Have your students show their work on their homework, not just their answers. (Underline questions, circle important data, write if they are adding or subtracting, draw pictures to check their answers)
ASTROS HOMEWORK v A. S. T. R. O. S. stands for Alvin Students Training Rigorously on Skills. v 2 ASTROS assignments per week. v The front 4 problems on ASTROS are a spiral review. v The back 4 problems are based on a focus student expectation or group of similar student expectations. For example, the ASTROS will be titled with FOCUS SE: 4. 2 A
A. S. T. R. O. S Example
Reading Workshop Format: 60 minute block of time Students are working independently, or in partners, in Literacy based work stations Teacher is working with small groups Purpose: Students are able to practice skills that were introduced in class or in small groups Teachers are able to work with small groups to enhance reading skills and strategies Goal: To instill a love of reading in all children For students to read with meaning Build fluency and comprehension To make at least one year’s growth based on the DRA
Book Level Comparison Chart Guided Reading Levels DRA Goal C/D 3 -4 Beginning of Year E 6 -8 Beginning of Year F 10 Middle of Year G 12 Middle of Year H 14 Middle of Year I 16 End of the Year
Beginning of First Grade DRA � DRA Level 3 ◦ “I like oranges, ” said the boy. “Do you? ” ◦ “No, ” said the girl. “I like apples. Do you? ” ◦ Repeated text with picture clues ◦ DRA Level 4 ◦ “Where is my hat? ” said Ben. ◦ Ben looked under his bed. “It is not here, ” he said. ◦ More sight words with picture clues and comprehension questions
End of First Grade � DRA Level 16 ◦ Birds make nests in the spring. Mother robin finds mud and twigs and leaves. She makes a round nest. She puts soft grass inside the nest. ~~~OR~~~ Monkey and his mother lived in the jungle. One day Monkey wanted to take a walk to look for butterflies. ◦ “Don’t go too far, ” said his mother. “There are lots of animals who eat monkeys. ” ◦ “Don’t worry, ” said Monkey. “I won’t go too far. ” ◦ ◦ Goals: ◦ ◦ Level 16 can be either non-fiction or fiction Story lines or information are more complex More focus on comprehension First grade sight words should be mastered at this point
Writers Workshop Writer’s Workshop This Year � • Where Writer's get ideas � • Writer's Workshop �. Procedures and expectations � • How to use different writing tools � • Telling stories in illustrations �
Word Study includes weekly phonics lessons and buddy study spelling. • 100 word spelling test • Students are choosing their 5 spelling words from the words that they did not know on their 100 word list. • We will transition to having 10 spelling words a week in about a month. • When we begin buddy study in the 3 rd 9 weeks, your child will choose 5 sight words that they do not know and 5 words from their spelling principle for the week. • Words are written in their planners on Monday. • Spelling tests are Friday. • Spelling Homework – Menu was sent home with a handwriting pad. The homework is not going to be turned in.
Social Studies Ø Making connections through knowledge, strategies, skills, and vocabulary to other learning area such as reading, writing, and math concepts. Ø Whole group discussions and lessons Ø Variety of Topics Ø Communities Ø Timelines, maps, graphs Ø Historical figures Ø Folktales and Legends
Science q. This year your Scientist will cover the following Topics: q. Introduction to Science q. Weather/Seasons q. My World (Soil, Rocks, Natural Sources of Water, Conservation and Recycling) q. Matter q. Energy and Forces (Forms of Energy, Motion and Magnets) q. Living and Nonliving q. Animals (Characteristics and Life Cycles) q. Plants q. Interdependence (Ecosystems and Food Chains)
Technology v Working independently and building stamina v v v Learning mouse control Enhancing fine motor skills Practicing basic computer functions Learning how to manipulate and operate various computer programs and devices Enhancing reading, math and phonemic awareness skills v Each week students will be visiting the computer lab as well as using the classroom computers to continue education. � � � � Some of the technology integration used in the classroom includes Promethean Board SMART Promethean Activslate Promethean Activote PC Computer/laptop computer Flip Video camera Samsung Galaxy Note and Kindle Fire devices
Student Friendly Websites � � � � Your child will be interacting with several of the websites listed below. Please feel free to use the following online website resources at home. Click on the link and it will take you directly to the webpage. Book Adventure - http: //www. bookadventure. com Starfall - http: //www. starfall. com Kids Spell - http: //www. kidsspell. com Storyline Online - http: //www. storylineonline. net Tumble Books – http: //www. tumblebooks. com Seussville - http: //www. seussville. com/ Online Story time http: //www. barnesandnoble. com National Geographic for Kids - http: //kids. nationalgeographic. com/kids/ NASA for Kids - http: //www. nasa. gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/index. html ABCya - http: //www. abcya. com/ PBS Kids - http: //pbskids. org/ Dance Mat Typing - http: //www. bbc. co. uk/schools/typing/ Internet Safety - http: //www. netsmartz. org/Safety. Tips
Thank you for attending tonight. Please email any questions, comments and concerns to your child’s teacher.