Presentation on theme: "Welcome to Curriculum Night"— Presentation transcript:
1Welcome to Curriculum Night First GradeAugust 20, 2013The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn.*John Lubbock*
2“We can do anything ISH as long as we try!” Ish emphasizes the power of believing in our abilities despite other’s reactions and despite our fear of failure.“We can do anything ISH as long as we try!”
3About Miss Makela “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya AngelouGrew-up in Gurnee, IllinoisAttended Carroll College in Waukesha, WisconsinMinor in Adaptive EducationNAU Elementary Education M.Ed.This is my 11th year teaching 1st grade at Cerritos!This is my kid…Wrigley
4Classroom Information P.E. TuesdayMusic FridayArt WednesdayLibrary Monday (Please return books each week!)Recess/Lunch 11:00/10:20Teacher Duty Friday after school at 2:30School Hours 7:40-2:35 Please drop your child off ON TIME!! Wednesday until 12:35Birthdays We will celebrate!!! Please do not send treats.
5We are an AWARE Classroom! We are an ALLERGY AWARE classroom. There are numerous allergies in first grade. It is critical that students do not share food. We are AWARE that the success and uniqueness of our class is driven by the diversity and differences between us. We are AWARE that our abilities and strengths will be celebrated and used as a basis to learn from one another. We are AWARE that we recognize each other through our strengths not our limitations. We are AWARE that people come first … not labels!!We are an AWARE Classroom!
6Thank You for all of you support!!!!! VolunteersVolunteering will begin later in the fall. Stay tuned for communication!Art Masterpiece and Jr. Achievement volunteers will be contacted by the appropriate person with further information.Class Parties: Please sign-up if you are interested in helping out or leading class parties. I would like to have a lead party parent for each party.Thank You for all of you support!!!!!
7Communication Teacher Parent Newsletters/bulletins (email) Send a note Notes homePhone callsParentSend a noteCall
8Folder and Agenda Please check daily Send lunch money, homework and notes in folder – Students are responsible for turning things in to “MORNING BUSINESS”.Homework will go home Monday and return on Friday
9Homework Sent home Monday and due Friday Spelling, writing, reading, and mathExtension of what we are doing in classMath games are sometimes sent as the math homeworkReading 15 minutes a nightPlease sign the homework so I know you checked it
10Big Cheese Every student will be the “Big Cheese” for a week. I will let you know the week prior to your child’s “Big Cheese” debut!Every student will receive a book of special letters from the class at the end of their week!
11Math NOW aligned with the new Math Common Core Standards Calendar mathMath InvestigationsHands-on mathProblem solvingMath journal for problem solvingOn-going assessments and a district test in the springGrades based on observations, class work, and assessments
13Balanced Literacy Program ReadingAssessmentsReading Logs and at-home Reading assignmentsBalanced Literacy Program1. Reader’s WorkshopWhat is it?Workshop time is motivated by mini-lessons and a set purposeLessons are derived from trade books , chapter books, poetry and many forms of rich/relevant literature AND often correlates to Harcourt lessonsConsists of small group and individual instructionStudents have individual reading goals and read at appropriate reading levelsOften students will have choice in the books they readWhy Workshop?Promotes higher level thinkingAllows students to make connections through literatureAllows students to read for meaningAllows students to feel ownership a sense of responsibility for their learningHarcourt Reading Program and PhonicsEmphasizes word work and language study – phonological awareness and phonics skillsExplode the Code phonics
14Writing Writer’s Workshop: Short mini lessons each day addressing a writing standardTeaching goes beyond the idea that writing is just handwriting and conventionsStudents will work individually and collaboratively on writing projectsIndividual students and small groups will conference with me regularly about their personal writing goalsWriter’s Workshop Yearlong Plan Includes:Genre studies (narrative writing, friendly letters, expository writing, poetry, etc.)Specific units of study (conventions, voice, etc.)The habits and processes of writers (neat writing, steps of the writing process, etc.)In Writer’s Workshop Students Will:Create rubrics as a tool to judge their own writingPublish their work oftenKeep a portfolio of his/her written workShare/publish with authentic audienceOther Writing Practice:HandwritingWriting in content areas“Big Cheese” letter writing
15Spelling Harcourt – 10 spelling words/week Spelling lists will be sent home weekly once we begin homework. Tests on Fridays.Apply spelling to daily writingPhonics/word families
16Science Sky and Weather Rocks, Earth Materials, and Conservation Living Things and Their HabitatsBalance and MovementThe Scientific ProcessHands-on and inquiry based
17Social Studies Our self, family, and community Mapping skills Geography and mappingArizona History and Pilgrims, farmingCustoms and traditionsUS historical figuresAncient EgyptThematic units integrated across the curriculumCharacter Counts- School wide program for citizenship throughout the year
18Why a Leadership Focus?We believe that every child possesses leadership skills.We believe that every child will serve as a leader in some way, either in their careers or with family and friends.We believe that character education is essential.We believe that students must be taught how to collaborate with others.We believe that leadership training will have a positive impact on student achievement.
19Data Passports School-wide Individualized Goal Oriented (attainable and measureable)Monitoring of goals and progress.Intrinsic motivation for personal best.Allows for REFLECTIONWill be used for student led conferences in Spring.
20Housekeeping All receive “What’s Up in Room 53?” email? If you have not signed up for Listserv please do so soon to get all school and district communicationsThank you so much for all of the donations!
22I dreamed I stood in a studio And watched two sculptors there, The clay they used was a young child’s mindAnd they fashioned it with care.One was a teacherThe tools she used were books and music and art,One was a parentWith a guiding hand and a gentle loving heart.And when at last their work was doneThey were proud at what they had wrought,For the things they had worked into the childCan never be sold or bought.And each agreed she would have failed If she had worked alone.For behind the parent stood the school,And behind the teacher stood the home.
23Good Night! Thank you for coming to Curriculum Night! I look forward to teaching your child! We are going to have a great year!