Here is what you can expect in room 72 .....
Grading System: Grading will be numerical (4, 3, 2, 1) on report cards. There will be conferences on November 21 and 22. Please sign up for a conference if you haven’t already done so!
Reading: We will be having whole group Read Aloud and Shared reading, small group guided reading, and Reading Workshop. In Reading Workshop, students will be reading books of their choice, at their independent reading level. Reading levels will be identified by letters of the alphabet. I will be holding individual reading conferences with the students during this time. The children are expected to read 15 minutes each night as well.
Math: We will continue to work on addition and subtraction facts. We will also routinely focus on mental math and word problems. Some other math content will include: place value, money, telling time, geometry, fractions, measurement and an introduction to multiplication and division.
** ALL addition and subtraction facts to 20 MUST be memorized this year! Please practice at home! **
Spelling: Weekly spelling lists will be sent home on Mondays and tests will be on Thursdays. There will be nightly spelling work sent home.
Language/ELA Writing: During the year we will be practicing writing personal narratives, informational and opinion writing during our Writer’s Workshop. We will focus a lot on grammar and conventions (capitalization, punctuation, etc.)
Handwriting: Students will be expected to form letters and numbers properly and write neatly and legibly on all assignments. Cursive will be introduced in January.
Social Studies: Social Studies, science and health will be taught during our Read Aloud & Shared reading time. We will be studying citizenship and government, holidays and traditions, basic economics, geography and land forms, and communities and change.
Science: Topics such as animal and plant life cycles, plant life, physical states of matter, and a healthier you and me will be covered.
Testing: Please expect weekly quizzes in: Math, Spelling and Reading. At the end of each unit, we will have a unit test. Social Studies and Science Assessments will be given throughout the units.
Homework Folder: Your child should bring home his or her homework folder nightly. The Left side of the folder should hold homework and notes that need to be signed and returned to school. Papers on the Right side of the folder should remain at home.
Homework: Homework will be given Monday through Thursday nights. A weekly homework sheet listing the assignments and boxes for signatures will be housed in your child’s homework folder. Please read and sign daily. Homework should take approximately 25 minutes. If it takes much longer than that, please contact me!
· Students will be expected to read for 15 minutes nightly.
· Students should also expect to have math and/or spelling work.
**If students do not complete their homework, they will lose their free time until ALL homework and daily classwork is completed.
Snack: Our district is encouraging students to pack healthy snacks. Each child should bring his or her own snack to eat daily. We will have snack towards the end of the day. Students will not be permitted to share their snacks with others due to allergy concerns.
Birthdays: Your child may bring a special snack on his or her birthday if they wish to do so. There are 20 students in the class. If the snack requires napkins and plates, please send them in. Please refrain from sending in cakes that need to cutting or any other elaborate snack as it takes too long to cut and serve.