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Welcome First Grade Parents. Bain School Curriculum Night 2012-2013. Overview of Curriculum - CMS. Literacy The Daily 5 and CAF, Imagine It! Month by Month Phonics Math Investigations, Kathy Richardson Assessments Science MacMillan Social Studies Harcourt Writing- Being a Writer!. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


Welcome First Grade Parents

Welcome First Grade ParentsBain SchoolCurriculum Night2012-2013Overview of Curriculum - CMSLiteracy The Daily 5 and CAF, Imagine It! Month by Month PhonicsMath Investigations, Kathy Richardson AssessmentsScience MacMillanSocial Studies HarcourtWriting- Being a Writer!

Independent ReadingWritingWord WorkSupported ReadingBalanced LiteracyLiteracy Balanced Literacy OverviewCAF focuses on Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding VocabularyStudents read every day (listen to reading, read to someone, read to themselves)Shared writing, guided writing, Independent WritingShort Focus Lesson on CAF Strategies: Preparing to read focuses on sounds/spellings to decode wordsReading and responding focuses on vocabulary, comprehension, and InquiryLanguage arts grammar, usage, and mechanicsAssessments are designed to monitor progress and allow for differentiation for each student.Teacher Conferences designed for small-group instruction. Focuses on and reinforces skills learned during whole class instruction.Literacy - ChangesLast Year:Imagine It - PhonicsImagine It -ComprehensionImagine It -WritingLucy Calkins - WritingTeacher Created - WorkshopNew This Year:Month by Month PhonicsCAF ComprehensionBeing a Writer WritingCommon Core WritingThe Daily Five Workshop Guide

Literacy Tips for Parentshttp://www.elmhurstpubliclibrary.org/Kids/ForParentsHelpingBeginningReaders.phpReadingBefore reading, look at the pictures.Look for patterns in the words.Use beginning sounds, pictures and sentence meaning to help with unknown words.Students should track the words with their finger.Reread a book for fluency.Discuss the book and make connections.

WritingLet students sound spell most words.Only correct spelling on commonly used sight words.Ask your child to read their story to you instead of saying what does this say?.Encourage your child to include details and a beginning, middle and end.Make lists, write letters, play school, etc.

Reading Fluency is ImportantOne of the most important things about reading in first grade is the speed at which students read. Fluency directs impacts comprehension.By the middle of first grade, students should be reading approximately 40 words per minute. By the end of first grade, students should be reading a minimum of 60 words per minute. One of the most important components of fluency is sight words. The better recognition students have of the kindergarten and first grade sight words, the easier reading is. Another important aspect of fluency is practice, practice, practice! When working with nightly reading, have students read a text twice or even three and four times. The more familiar they are, they can read more fluently. They also need to see fluency modeled. Show them what good reading sounds like. By working together, we can have these first graders reading with speed and accuracy!

Math Investigations - OverviewLessons are based on research to reach all learners. (http://investigations.terc.edu/)Mathematical processes and thinking are the emphasis, over rote memorization of facts.Skills follow a scope and sequence to build and expand knowledge.Skills correspond to the critical stages for mathematics.Skills taught meet the Common Core Standards.Incorporates the use of Math tools for hands-on learning.Children learn math skills while enjoying the games and activities.Provides opportunities for parents to play the games at home.Critical Learning Phases- Number SensesCounting Objects: one-to-one correspondenceOne More/ One Less: counting patternsChanging Numbers: describes relationships between numbers (counting on and counting back)More/Less : compare numbersNumber Arrangements: recognizes groups and know different combinationsCombinations of Numbers: combine parts used related facts ( ex. 3 + 4= 7 doubles + 1 to help solve )Missing Parts: knows missing parts by using related facts (ex. ____ + 7= 10 10 -7= 3)Ten Frames: decomposing numbers from 10 to 19, adding 2 single digit numbersGrouping Tens: 10 less or 10 more of a given number

Math - Investigations Skills 1st quarter:Introducing Math toolsComparing and combining quantitiesAddition

2nd quarter:Geometry (2D, 3D)PatternsStory problems

3rd quarter:Place Value (tens)Data collection/ GraphingMeasurementAddition/Subtraction

4th quarter:Predictions/patternsNumbers to 100 + beyond

Science MacMillan - OverviewUnits of study involve learning about the natural world around us.All units integrate inquiry into each lesson through using the skills of:ObservationInferPredict and communicateMeasurePut Things in OrderCompareClassifyInvestigateMake Models and Draw ConclusionsRead and Use PicturesWriteFind InformationUse Tools

Science MacMillan Units of Study1st quarter:Inquiry SkillsEarth and the Universe

2nd quarter:Force and MotionMagnets

3rd quarter:PlantsAnimals

4th quarter:Earth and the EnvironmentEarth MaterialsSocial Studies Harcourt - OverviewAll units are designed around a central theme.Each unit integrates learning across the curriculum through:ArtScienceLanguage ArtsTechnologyReadingMathUnits use the expanding approach by starting with topics that are close to the student and guides them through topics that are more abstract.Social Studies Harcourt Units of Study1st quarter:Rules at home, school and the communityAuthority figures at home, school and communityComparing schoolsFolklore2nd quarter:Kids VotingNative AmericansWorld CulturesMartin Luther King, Jr.Looking Back3rd quarter:Presidents DayBlack HistoryDental HealthMaps4th quarter:Good CitizensEconomicsInteracting with our EnvironmentWriting- Being a Writer! OverviewWriters Workshop is based on providing students the opportunity to write each day.Writing structures are established and carried out each day.Trade books are used as examples of good writing.Teachers and students write together daily.Students build stamina, fluency and competence in writing.Students choose from various genres:NarrativeExplanatoryOpinionPoetryResponse to Reading: Fiction and Non-Fiction

Writing Stages First Quarter Early DevelopingRelates drawings and writing to create a more meaningful text. Drawings show a sequence of events. Writes a few short, patterned, repetitive sentences focused on a topic. Writes about familiar topics and experiences. Shows evidence of using language from books. Writes left to right across several lines. Uses spacing between words consistently.

Spells simple words and some high frequency words correctly. Uses temporary spelling with some phonetic elements. Uses capital letters for names and the beginning of sentences. Uses periods correctly. Uses question marks and exclamation points inconsistently. Reads own writing with fluency.

Writing Stages First Grade End of Year - Developing Uses drawings to enhance meaning of writing. Writes several sentences about a topic. Writes in complete sentences. Writes in a logical sequence. Uses list-like details and descriptive language. Uses vocabulary appropriate for the topic. Spells many high frequency words correctly. Uses temporary spelling that can generally be read by others and is moving toward conventional spelling. Uses capital letters and end punctuation correctly and consistently. Begins to write with a sense of audience.

Writing Tips Interviews: Encourage children to ask family members about life experiences, take notes and write short articles or stories based on what they learn. This can be especially fun if they ask a grandparent about a historical anniversary or an activity that is no longer common, like listening to radio shows. Journals: Buy your child a special notebook to write in. Encourage him to write about daily activities, important life events, feelings and other personal topics. Television: Turn watching television into an educational activity by asking children to write about a program they've seen. They can retell the show's story, or better yet, explore the values and meanings it expressed. Reading: Read aloud to your children. This will improve their writing by exposing them to well-written sentences and well-expressed ideas. Proud displays: Have a place in your home where you display your children's writing. This will build their confidence and encourage them to write more often. Dictation: Encouraging very young children to generate ideas and think in complete sentences. This will help prepare them to write alone when they get older. Encourage children to dictate stories and ideas to you, and keep them so they can read them later.

Raz-KidsInteractiveBooks for 1st Graders


Accelerated Readerwww.arbookfind.comStudents in First Grade start AR as they are ready.Students need to be independent readers before they are ready for AR.All students will be on AR before the end of First Grade.

Tips for how to help your child:Talking and asking questions during math games: How did you know that? How did you figure that out?Asking questions during and after reading books: Do you know why the character? How would you like this story to end?Praise! www.elmhurstpubliclibrary.org/Kids/ForParentsHelpingBeginningReaders.php

Important Bain Elementary StaffJohn LeGrand, Principal Joyce Fullington, Assistant PrincipalShawn Shaver, PTA PresidentTwila Quattlebaum, SSSKelli Drye, Literacy FacilitatorPatricia Wasco, Speech Pathologist

Thank you for coming to Curriculum NightPlease remember to email me with any questions you have.