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Welcome to Mrs. Mayer’s First Grade Class 2011-2012 School Year.

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1 Welcome to Mrs. Mayer’s First Grade Class School Year

2 A Bit About Me Graduate of Miami University Student Taught on an American Air Force Base in Bitburg, Germany This is my twelfth year in Beachwood, and my eighth year teaching first grade I received my M.A. Ed from Baldwin Wallace College I enjoy spending time with family, reading, and running

3 I would also like to introduce: Miss Gray

4 Let’s Keep in Touch! Best Way: Next Best Way: phone o (216) ext. 236  please leave a detailed message, including when and where I can reach you

5 Class Website Has weekly updates, class calendar, and student work and pictures First year Pilot Work in Progress!

6 A Typical Day in First Grade 9:00-9:15 Journals 9:15-9:30 Morning Meeting 9:30-10:00 Whole group literacy 10:00-10:30 Small group literacy 10:30-10:45 Snack/Morning Recess 10:45-11:10 Focused reading practice 11:10-11:35 Language Arts 11:35-12:10 Recess 12:10-12:40 Lunch 12:40-1:30 Math 1:30-2:15 Library 2:15-2:45 Social Studies 2:45-3:15 Science Lab 3:15-3:25 Prepare for Dismissal/Closing Meeting

7 Weekly Special Class Schedule *Children should wear tennis shoes on Physical Education Days!* Monday: Library Tuesday: Technology Wednesday: Music P.E. Thursday: P.E. Music Friday: Art

8 Rules Rules were created together by the class during the first week of school. We brainstormed a list of important things to remember, and then narrowed them down to three rules: Rules

9 Consequences Consequences for Good Choices Positive praise Extra pennies Extra room privileges Note home to parent Call home to parent Consequences for Not So Good Choices Warning Lose pennies Lose room or recess privileges Call home to parent

10 Three Great Ways to Get Involved: 1. Recess/Lunch Duty 2. Class Store 3. Parent Read Aloud

11 The Class Store! Money Exchange o Children earn three pretend pennies each day o Children can earn extra pennies when they are doing the right thing Each child has three banks..."Spend", "Save", and "Give" o Often during math class, they exchange their pennies for nickels, dimes, and quarters o This is great practice in counting coins Class Store o Once a month, children have an opportunity to spend their pennies at the store o Items range from erasers and pencils to fun toys  Donations are always appreciated!  Volunteers are always appreciated!

12 Home Folders Home folders will be sent home each night, and should return each morning. The folders should be checked and emptied EVERY night, so important fliers and notes do not get lost. Notes to me should be put in the folder to hand in first thing in the morning.

13 Snack Every day our class has a few minutes set aside for snack. Please pack a snack each day for your child. Snack can be put in a small sandwich bag and packed separately from lunch. Snacks will be kept in the cubby until snack time, no refrigeration is available. Suggestions: pretzels, grapes, goldfish, small crackers…anything healthy and ready to eat. No candy please. No nuts please.

14 Birthday Treat Information Due to the Wellness program that our district has adopted, birthdays will be celebrated once a month, on the Friday of the first full week of the month. Parents of the children whose birthdays fall on the same month may want to contact each other about treats. On your child’s actual birthday, I would still like to acknowledge his/her special day. You are free to come and visit, read to the class, etc. No treats are allowed at this time.

15 Book Orders Occasionally, I will send home order forms to purchase books through Scholastic. I will explain to the children that ordering is OPTIONAL! If you choose to order, please send in a check made out to the company for the EXACT amount due. o Please send check in an envelope with your child’s name and “Book Order” on the front. Thank you!

16 Dismissal Bus Notes/Transportation Changes o If your child is going to another child’s house to play, or the regular transportation changes for dismissal, your child must have a note the morning that the change is going to occur. o If you call the office with a change in transportation, please do so before 1:00 which is typically the last chance I have to check my mailbox.

17 And now it is time for… Academics!

18 Mathematics Everyday Math program Program was crafted to capitalize on student interest and maximize student learning Divided into 6 math content strands that cover a number of of skills and concepts:  Operations and Computation (facts, mental math, money, number stories, estimation, place value, etc.)  Numeration (counting, order, odd/even, relations, etc.)  Patterns, Functions, and Algebra (number sentences, sequences, number patterns, visual patterns, etc.)  Data and Chance (tally charts, graphs, probability, mean, etc.)  Measurement and Reference Frames (weight, money, time, temperature, area, etc.)  Geometry (2 and 3 dimensional shapes, symmetry, etc.)

19 Reading Groups New Literacy Program! Consists of whole group comprehension/elements of narration lessons, flexible grouping within the classroom, and focused literacy instruction geared to your child's specific skills and needs. There is flexibility within the groups throughout the year.

20 Social Studies/Health o All About Families o Where We Live o Good Citizens o All Kinds of Jobs o Americans Long Ago o Beginning Map Skills o Nutrition, Hygiene, Five Senses Science o New Science Lab! o Big Books with corresponding lessons o Three major themes with many corresponding books and lessons: -Our Earth -Life Science -States of Matter

21 Writing Workshop Throughout the year, your child will participate in a variety of writing experiences. Each week your child will have “Writing Workshop”. At times the children will pick their own topic, and other times a topic is assigned. During this time, your child will be introduced to the stages of the writing process (prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, publishing). Your child will also be introduced to the five main goals when writing (purpose, direction, ideas, style, and presentation). We will begin to discuss the importance of each goal and look at examples of good writing.

22 Homework Begins in September 20 minutes per night maximum It will focus on reading, practicing spelling words, and math review Each day a homework list goes home, and an adult must initial it each night

23 Smartboard! Elmo! Technology Integration in the Classroom

24 Thank you for your attention! I will do my best to provide your child a secure, comfortable, loving place to learn. Never hesitate to or call!


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