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First Grade Curriculum Night
Transcript of First Grade Curriculum Night
Becoming an Author
Our goal is to ensure that every child receives reading instruction on his/her level.
Read to Self
Read to Someone
Listen to Reading
Work on Writing
We use "The Daily 5" as the framework for our reading instruction.
During our reading block, we also teach and model the CAFE reading strategies during "focus lessons".
E- expand vocabulary
Types of Informal Writing
Beginning of the year:
Middle of the year:
End of the year:
We just adopted a new writing curriculum from Schoolwide called Writing Fundamentals.
This has 4 units that will teach your child to become an author/illustrator him/herself as we work on writing informative and opinion pieces as well as personal narratives.
Your child will have opportunities to write
response to text
Capitals only where appropriate
-Mixed capitals and reversals are
accepted until after Christmas
We teach math using three methods
*Whole group lessons
*Small group lessons
*Math stations that use hands on
games, peer interactions, and
When we start teaching addition
and subtraction, your child will
be expected to memorize math facts.
These should be practiced at home until
your child becomes fluent.
Our goal in social studies
is to help your child learn more
about their role at home, school,
and the community and how the
world relates to them. We will
be promoting global awareness.
SS is integrated into our
1Q- Geography and Environment
2Q- Culture and Government
We teach children how to understand
and manage their feelings, make friends and be a friend,
solve social problems, and become an outstanding citizen.
7 Habits of Happy Kids
Lessons with Mr. Deese
Your child will produce 4 products from each writing kit over the year
1. How writers work: Fiction Story
2. Nonfiction: Nonfiction Research book
3. Personal Narrative: Personal Narrative story
4. Fiction with Book Review: Fiction Story
Our goal is to spark the natural
curiosity of a first grader through
an inquiry-based approach
We get "kits" from the county to
enhance our science lessons. The
overall themes for each
1Q- Pebbles, Sand, and Silt
2Q- Balance and Motion
3Q- Plants and Animals
4Q- Earth, Moon, and Sky
Codington will hold a science fair in
late fall. First graders will have the
option to participate but will not
advance to regional or state fairs
until grades 3-5.
We have a quarterly written
assessment created by DPI and 3
Aimsweb Plus assessments that we
use each quarter. These
assessments measure understanding
of Common Core math objectives.
Your child will have the opportunity to participate in Codington's math fair after winter break. Winners will be selected to participate at the regional and state levels.
Students will use an interactive
textbook that includes ebooks, videos,
and activities related to our
4 Target Areas
Addition/Subtraction and the relationship
between the two
Place value and number relationships
Measurement and Data
We use a variety of assessments to monitor your child's reading growth.
LNF- letter naming fluency
PSF- phoneme segmentation fluency
NWF- nonsense word fluency
ORF- oral reading fluency
TRC- text reading and comprehension
We also assess the reading and writing of the first grade
* We use whole group focus lessons to teach our students phonics, comprehension, and writing skills.
* We develop and teach strategy groups to target specific skills where students show deficits.
* We confer one-on-one to monitor growth in those areas.
Core words should be practiced at home and at school. It is an expectation that students not only spell core words correctly in isolation, but also within their writing.
*We will test reading and writing beginning, middle, and end of year
Types of Formal Writing
Reading at home is very important!
Your child can read library books, personal books,
or raz-kids.com. Don't forget poems, catalogs,
magazines, and comic books! Aim for 10 minutes/night.
*We do not monitor books checked out from library. We
teach the students how to pick "good fit books", but
if a book is to hard, they can have someone read it to
them, and if it is to easy, that is great fluency practice.
We want our students to enjoy going to the library and finding
books that interest them.
Writing at home is very important!
Your child can write in a journal/diary, help you
write the grocery list, write sentences with his/her
spelling/core words...the possibilities are endless!
Think chalk on the sidewalk, dry erase boards, cute
notebooks, construction paper cards, etc.
Opportunities for science at home are endless!
Nature walks, constructing Legos or blocks,
observing the day/night sky, gardening/taking care of pets...
You can aid your child's understanding
of the world by taking advantage of your
child's observances of differences among us,
introducing different ethnic foods, discussing the
reasons for celebrating different holidays, taking your
child with you when you vote, encourage positive leadership
traits that he/she may see within role models, etc.
Math is very easy to integrate!
You can count grapes, beads, seeds; add
toy cars, marbles, Fruit Loops; create word
problems for your child to solve using real
scenarios; make a matching game with addition/sub
flash cards, etc.
Teachers will have different expectations
Each student is expected to read
every night for at least 10 minutes.
This can be them reading, listening to
someone read, or a mix of the two. Please
check your teachers website for helpful
links and information. Always email if you
have any questions.