Welcome to 1st Grade Enders-Fisherville Elementary 2015 - 2016 Curriculum Overview • Language Arts – reading, writing, phonics, spelling, handwriting • Mathematics • Social Studies/Science Common Core Reading •Shared Reading •Guided Reading/Daily 5 (Literacy Stations) •Independent Reading *McGraw-Hill Reading Wonders Examples of Reading Skills Introduced • • • • • ABC order Word families Rhyme Alliteration Nouns/verbs • Adjectives/adverbs • Punctuation • Word endings • Blends/Digraphs • Comprehension skills/strategies • Retelling • Fiction/Non-fiction • Test-taking skills Common Core Phonics • Helps children understand how letters go together to make words • Reviews letters to promote the building of words Spelling • Begins in mid-September. • Incorporated with the Reading Wonders program. • New Spelling Lists will be sent home on a Cycle Day 1. • Spelling Tests will be every Cycle Day 5. Handwriting • Handwriting Without Tears Program – Uses a traditional style of handwriting. – Developed through a team of Occupational Therapists with a developmental approach. Common Core Mathematics • Researched-based program called Everyday Math. • Spiraling curriculum- skills are not usually mastered with one introduction. • Designed to meet individual needs through multiple teaching to grasp a concept. More Math… • Homework daily -Typically Monday through Thursday. • Unit Assessments • Family Letter – Sent home before each unit. – Please read and keep for reference. – Gives explanations of concepts and game suggestions. Social Studies/Science • Also taught through themes and Shared Reading Big Books • Some topics covered: farm, Johnny Appleseed, seasons, weather, fire safety, Native Americans, dinosaurs, recycling, plants, nutrition, and life cycles. • Not graded. Special Classes • Art, Library, Music, Phys. Ed., Discovery • Each 1st Grade classroom will have a different daily special schedule rotation. • 1st Grade specials will be from 9:50 – 10:30. Communication • Calendars – Classroom calendar of events and themes for the current month. • Website Dismissal • Send a note stating who and when… • Wait in designated waiting area. • Also send notes for leaving early/coming late due to appointments. How Can I Help to Make My Child Successful This Year? • Check your child’s backpack daily. • Read- complete the daily guided reading homework as well as encourage extra reading. • Put math facts to memory. • Practice the quarterly word lists. • Keep toys at home. A Few Thoughts… Throughout our year together, please remember that all children learn differently and at various speeds. We will try our best to meet the needs of all of our students and we will always have their best interests at heart.