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 I am so blessed to be your child's teacher this year!  This will be my 11th year teaching at Blackhawk and my 10th year teaching first grade.  First grade is the year students become readers and writers.  It is the year of growth!  Your child will work towards meeting the PA Core Standards for first grade.  This is going to be an exciting year with numerous hands on activities to develop a deep understanding for math and reading concepts.  We will learn to read independently, speaking and listening techniques, and conventions and grammar to address our goals for language arts.  AR and guided reading groups increase differentiated instruction. Students participate in Daily 5 activities as I meet with small groups to improve their individual needs. First grade mathematics include but are not limited to working with numbers through 120, knowing addition and subtraction facts to ten with fluency, telling time to the half hour, composing and decomposing 2D and 3D shapes,  and making graphs. I also enjoy STEM challenges and may be asking for donations throughout the year to help our class complete these challenges. 
 
Throughout the school year, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns please email me at anytime. 
 
 
 
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Our Classroom Needs....
  • New or gently used age appropriate books (if you are able to write the AR level and test code on the inside cover that would be greatly appreciated)
  •  Blank cards (birthday, thank you, get well, etc.)
  • Fun writing paper
  • New or gently used age appropriate games for indoor recess
  • Stencils
  • Stickers
  • New or gently used art items (like perler beads and boards)
  • New or gently used Legos 
 
First Grade Supply List
Please help your child prepare for the first day of school by opening their supplies, labeling each item with their initials (with the exception of pencils, tissues and wipes) and placing them in their labeled pencil case or large labeled baggie.  Thanks for helping to organize and reduce our trash on the first day of school!  
 
*Please feel free to bring your child's supplies to orientation.  
 
1st Grade Orientation
1st Grade Orientation will be Monday August 27 at 1:15.  This is an opportunity for the kids to meet their new teacher and their classmates.  It is also a time when the parents will also get to meet the teacher and hear about the happenings in first grade.  I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday!  
 
*Please feel free to bring in your child's school supplies during this time too.  This will lighten their load of the first day of school.  
 
Goals for the First Marking Period

ELA: 

  • Students should know and apply their spelling words and high frequency words.
  • Students should be able to comprehend what they are reading and understand new vocabulary words.
  • Students should be able to write a complete sentence and check for CUPS (capitals, usage, punctuation, spaces and spelling)
  • Students should be able to use grade appropriate conventions and grammar in their everyday writing.

MATH: 

  • Students should be able to represent and solve addition and subtraction problems using various strategies. 
  • Students should be able to compare, order and measure objects using nonstandard units of measurement.

SCIENCE: 

  • Students should be able to determine the different properties of materials that objects are made from. 
  • Students should be able to determine how materials can change (dissolve, rust, etc.)

SOCIAL STUDIES: 

  • Students should be able to identify various national symbols.
  • Students should be able to identify the difference between needs and wants, goods and services. 
 
Classroom Expectations
We will be working on 5 rules in our classroom this year. 
  • Listen
  • Follow directions quickly
  • Keep hands and feet to self
  • Make smart choices
  • Be safe, honest and kind
Each rule has a coordinating color.  When a student needs to work on specific rule, the corresponding color will be placed into their "Star Chart".  For the first marking period, students will receive 5 minutes off of recess if they have 3 sticks in their chart and 10 minutes off of recess if they have more than 3 sticks in their chart.  During this time students will be able to reflect on what they need to work on and fill out a communication sheet to go home and be signed so parents are also aware.  At the conclusion of the day students without sticks in their chart will get a stamp on their card.  Students can also receive "stars" for demonstrating outstanding understanding of the classroom rules. Each star will earn the student 2 stamps on their card.  When students complete their card they will be able to move up on our "Mr. Potato Head Super Improvers" wall and choose a reward coupon.  You will know when your child moves up on the super improvers wall because we will celebrate their accomplishment with a sticker party and a crown.  Throughout the year as the classroom expectations are understood, the number of sticks for loss of recess will decrease.
I look forward to seeing your child's awesome learning and behavior.  
 
Homework
Homework is a great way to connect learning at home and school.  Students get to share what they are learning with their family.  I try to follow a similiar homework schedule throughout the year, however, special activities or projects may replace a typical homework.  Completing homework is a great way to introduce responsibility to students.  I do keep track of homework and hold students accountable for it.  Here is a typical homework schedule:
 
Day 1-Practice Spelling Words
Day 2-Math  Practice
Day 3-High Frequency Words (HFW) and Vocabulary Practice
Day 4-Math Practice
Day 5-Read Storytown Story
Day 6-No Homework
 
Even through practice spelling words and HFW is homework for one day, some students may need daily practice with these skills to master the spelling skill and HFW words for the test.  In addition, students should be reading or read to nightly.  Please let me know if you have any questions about the homework.  
 
Accelerated Reader (AR)-Students are required to pass (85% or higher) ONE AR test a week.  These books could be from the school library, classroom library or from home.  Students should be reading books that are on their level.  If at anytime you feel their AR books are not a good fit book, please let me know.  Please use the website arbookfind.com to look up the book's test number prior to sending it to school with your child.  I look forward to seeing many our our student names on the "Whale Done" AR boards in the cafeteria. 
 
 
Math
We will be working through 12 math chapters that accompany the GOMath! series in first grade.  To notify you of the beginning of new chapter, I will send home a letter to introduce the skills that we will be working on and also activities that can be done at home to help your child master these skills.  Throughout the chapter your child will bring home work to show you what we are learning.  Please only practice skills that have been taugh so far. Please don't go ahead of what we are working on in school.  Math tests will be given at the completion of a chapter and following at least one day of review.  Test dates will also be announced on the Newsletters.  
ELA
It takes 6 days of instruction and assessing for each lesson.
Day 1: Introduce spelling words, getting started story, grammar and briefly vocabulary words
Day 2: Introduce HFW (High Frequency Words), main story selection, 3 vocabulary words
Day 3: Introduce comprehension skill, 3 vocabulary words
Day 4: Review spelling words, HFW, grammar, comprehension skills and stories, 6 vocabulary words
Day 5: Assess spelling words and HFW
Day 6: Assess comprehension skills and stories and vocabulary words
 
First Grade Links
Schedule

Our specials schedule works on a four day rotation.


                       STEAM & Computer

                        GYM 
 
                        MUSIC & Library 
 
                        ART
 
Please see the News & Notes that goes home for a more detailed schedule for each lesson. We also try to write what special we have in our agenda's everyday with our homework.  
 
                        
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Fax: (724) 846-2021
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