On Friday, your first grader’s semester one report card will be available to you online. This is a new report card from years past, and we thought it might be helpful to share what this document looks like from a grade one perspective.
Over two semesters, your child will receive instruction, and be assessed in multiple ways in over 70 different standards. This semester, they have been given instruction, chances to practice, and multiple types of assessment on 49 of these standards. The standards are uniform from grades KG to 5, so we are providing you the document we used that breaks those overall standards into grade specific standards. It’s quite the comprehensive report!
Your child will be receiving a B (for limited understanding of the standard), an A (for approaching the standard), P (demonstrates understanding of the standard independently), or EX (is performing above the grade one requirements for that standard) on each of the assessed standards.
If you see an N/A, it simply means that standard has not been addressed yet.
According to educational psychologists and curriculum experts, the developmental window for proficient is very wide at this young age. The children are developing at different times and at different rates. The bulk of children will demonstrate their understanding of the standards at the Approaching or Proficient level. If they receive a B, then interventions should be occurring. If they receive an EX, then extensions are being provided. Please note, that just because your child receives a certain mark on an assessment, does not mean that he/she would automatically receive that mark on the report card. Formal assessments are only one way we evaluate students. We are also using informal assessments to determine if the student is consistently performing at that level.
Below is a chart that includes the general standard that will be written on your child’s report card. Next to it, in the second column is that same standard written using grade one expectations and terminology.
We hope this is helpful. The Grade One Teachers
Unit of Inquiry: Form and Function
Through integration of reading and writing non-fiction books, we have been studying animals and plants. Currently, we are focused on form and exploring the following questions… How are plants and animals like others of the same kind? How are plants and animals like their parents?
Mathematics: Story Problems
We are exploring different strategies for solving addition and subtraction story problems. We use acting it out and visualizing to figure out if the story is about having more or less. This helps us decide if it is an addition problem or a subtraction problem. Below are some strategies we have learned to use, named after the student who showed us that strategy.
Art Walking Houses
Friday December 7th, our class will be bringing home an art project that they worked on with Mrs. Hobbs in art. They built houses out of a large cardboard box. Please be prepared to bring home a large “Walking House” on Friday.
Monday Dec. 3: ASA starts
Friday Dec. 7: PSA Popcorn Day, Art Houses go home
Monday Dec. 10: Library
Thursday Dec. 13: Polar Express Party- wear your pajamas to school
Friday Dec. 14: Early Dismissal at 11:30am
Winter Holidays Dec. 17-Jan. 6
School Resumes Jan. 7
Thanks PSA for a great event.
We have a busy week coming up with a visit from G9 students to teach us about keeping our bodies healthy to a Diwali celebration and school photos. Please note that for school photos on Friday, students need to be in school uniforms.
This Week’s Events
Monday: Be Healthy lesson with G9 and Library
Wednesday: Diwali celebration
Friday: School photos; assembly at 8:15am; PSA popcorn; Last day for ASA
Oct 22nd: G1 family picnic. Please join us for a family picnic at 11am in the Secret Garden (more details to follow)
Oct 23rd: International Parade- Your child is encouraged to wear their national costume or colors of their flag.
Oct 24th: Winter Bazaar- A great day for our school community to gather and celebrate our school diversity.
Clues have been left on our door the past few days at school with missions! We are word detectives in training, learning to stop at problems when we read and try to solve them. What will our next mission be? Check in with your child to find out!
How To Books
As writers, we are shifting gears and learning to write how-to books. Our focus is on writing an introduction and conclusion as well as writing sentences that start with a capital letter and end with punctuation. You can support by reminding your child “start with a capital letter and end with punctuation”.
This week we will launch our next unit of inquiry (UOI) Where We Are In Place and Time. Our focus is on Sky Patterns. We will be exploring the patterns of the motion of the sun, moon, and stars. We will begin by exploring the question “What do you see in the sky?”. Your support is needed with this UOI. Bring your child outside during the evening and daytime to notice what they can see in the sky.
Events This Week
Mon. Oct 22: Library
Thurs. Oct. 25: 8:15am Parent Workshop on What is Learning Support @Level 5
Fri. Oct. 26: No school for students (Professional Learning Day for teachers)
Wed. Oct. 31 Halloween Children may come to school dressed up in a halloween costume. Please no masks or toy weapons. There will be a parade at 8:30am on the Sports Field for parents to attend.
Join us on Tuesday 16th Oct. at 8:15am in the library to celebrate our first books. The children have been working on writing small moment stories which are true stories about themselves. They have learned to bring their stories to life with action, dialogue and feeling. Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday!
Events This Week
Mon. 15 Oct: Library
Tues. 16 Oct: Writing Celebration 8:15am @Library
Fri. 19 Oct: NO UNIFORMS, Painting Project in Art class
Sat. 20 Oct: PSA Family Movie Night 5:30pm @Sports Field
Here are excellent learning apps to continue your child’s learning over the holiday…
Use the student log in and password given by the teacher.
This website has reading books at your child’s independent reading level. Your child can listen to stories, read stories, and check their comprehension skills.
Access to your child’s Raz-Kids account was sent home early this week. This is a great resource to use for reading on the iPad.
Sight Words app by Teacher Created Materials
Reinforces sight word knowledge through reading, writing, and playing games with sight words.
Reinforces correct letter formation for capital and lower case letters.
Reinforces correct orientation for common letter reversals (b/d, p/q, n/u) and number reversals.
Fine Motor Skills
Finger exercises to develop strength, control and dexterity to improve handwriting.
Develop number sense such as number recognition, comparing numbers, ordering numbers, and counting.
Practice addition and subtraction skills through a problem solving approach.
Home and School Connections
It was wonderful to have a chance to share your child’s learning and progress at the parent teacher conferences. It is great to combine the goals from parents, teacher, and child. By working together,we can support your child’s growth this year. Some themes that recurred from parent meetings were building friendships and access to online reading materials.
We are building friendships slowly and steady with morning meeting games, reading buddies, and math games. The children are getting to know each other and find common interests. Last week, we completed a friendship assessment as a way for me to know who your child is friends with, who your child thinks is a good learning partner, and who your child would be interested in becoming friends with. To support new friendships, we will be initiating lunch bunch as a guided and informal way to support budding friendships. As part of our unit of inquiry, Who We Are, we will also be working on friendship by learning about emotions, developing empathy skills, and strategies for conflict resolution with peers. I encourage you to attend the Social Emotional Learning workshop led by our guidance counselors, Dalin Bywater and Susan Shufford this Wednesday Sept. 26 at 8:15am in Level 5 at Parkside.
We have access to online reading materials through Raz-Kids. Each child will have a subscription and information on how to access the website will be sent home this upcoming week.
Events This Week
Tuesday Sept. 24: Library (rescheduled since we missed it 2 Mondays in a row)
Wednesday Sept. 25: Social Emotional Learning workshop 8:15am, Level 5 in Parkside
Sept. 29- Oct. 7: Fall Break