Get a glimpse of our day
Day 1 Library (Vets only; Grade 2)
Day 2 Phys. Ed. Mr. Sullivan
Day 3 Art enrichment (Pros only/1st graders)
Day 4 Art Mrs. Kerins
Day 5 NO Special. We do go to the computer lab.
Day 6 Music Ms. Hookway (Vets: return library books for Day 1)
8:30-8:45 Attendance, collect homework, lunch/milk count and notes regarding dismissal.
8:45-9:05 Math circle time: date in code, # of day of school, # of days left; Roman numeral and expanded notation for # of school day; temperature and weather chart, count money in the pocket chart and fill in the tens/ones chart. (On Wednesday only, we chart the times of the sunrise/sunset for that day to track the changes in the length of daylight hours throughout the year.), recite the monthly chant and chant our word wall words for the week.
We use the Readers' Workshop model for reading instruction and Writers' Workshop for writing development. These models include a 5-15 minute mini-lesson, 40-45 minute period of guided instruction, independent worktime and time to confer with students. This is followed by 5-10 minutes to share students' work.
On Monday, spelling words are introduced for the week. Differentiated instruction is given based on specific spelling needs.
10: Snack and Sharing Time preceded by 5 minutes of exercise time.
Each child has been assigned a specific day of the week to share.
11:00-12:00 Math for the Vets (2nd Graders) At this time, the 1st Graders or Pros, go to MAP or MAD for science and literacy activites.
We are currently using the Common Core State Standards to build numeracy, number concept skills, algebraic skills (finding unknown numbers), geometry, problem solving and math communication skills. Children are often asked to work cooperatively with a partner or in a small group, as well as independently. Games designed to instill "fact power" and other skills are played. Problem solving skills are supplemented with Problem Solvers and Exemplars. It is important for every child to review addition and subtraction facts to 20 to develop fluency. This is the ability to recognize the sum or difference instantly.
12:00-12:30 Lunch in the cafeteria; 12:30-1:00 Recess, outdoors weather permitting! Please dress appropriately for temperature changes.
1:15-2:10 Math (Pros 1st Graders) Vets go to MAP . Please refer to the notes on math for the Pros.
2:10-2:30 Social studies, Weekly Reader, or cursive worked around our specials.
2:30 Jobs, clean-up, try to guess the riddle of the day
2:35 Gather coats and belongings
2:40 Dismiss children to their dismissal area
What we are currently working on in class:
Readers' Workshop: We are learning about story elements, thinking beyond the text, good questioning and author's craft through our Cinderella book study. We are reading several of many different versions; some coming from other countries, some scary versions and some using personification (animals as the main characters)
Writers' Workshop: All are busily writing their How-to using the proper signal words, such as First, Then, Next, . . . Finally. Illustrations must be included for some of the steps to clarify the message for the reader. Hopefully, we will eventually get down to the computer lab to type a professional looking final copy!
Vets are wrapping up unit 2. We have reviewed addition and subtraction math facts to 18 and the short cuts to help us remember them to bulk up our "fact power." Our goal is to recall our number facts as quickly as if we were reading common words such as the, come, house. We have also introduced multiplication (adding equal groups) and algebra (finding missing numbers) in an exercise known as frames and arrows.
Pros are finishing unit 1. Emphasis has been given to writing numerals properly. Short jingles are recited to help the Pros remember how to form the numerals correctly. Tally marks have also been studied as a quick way to count objects. It also helps children practice counting by 5's and then switch counting by 1's.