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Greetings Students and Families!
My name is Charlene Walter and I have been teaching first grade at Dayton's Bluff for 6 years. I decided in second grade that I wanted to become a teacher. That decision never changed as I grew up. I received my Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education from Minot State University and a Masters of Science in Education with specializations in Mathematics and Literacy from Walden University.
My husband and I have lived in Minnesota since 2008. Our son was born in July 2017.
When I am not teaching, my favorite things to do are reading and gardening, especially creating fairy gardens and tending to my flower and vegetable gardens. I love summer and enjoying the outdoors in the sunshine! I also love watching sports. My favorite sports are hockey and football. I am a huge fan of the Minnesota Wild and the San Francisco 49ers. I also love all things Disney!
First grade literacy includes Readers Workshop, Writers Workshop and Skills.
Readers Workshop includes a whole group lesson, small group instruction, and independent reading time. First graders will work on recognizing sight words, reading strategies, oral language, developing fluency and comprehension of texts.
Writers Workshop includes a whole group lesson and conferring with students about their writing. Units of study in first grade include: Writing for Readers, small moments, persuasive letters, How-To books, Question and Answer books, realistic fiction, book recommendations, expert books, and poetry.
Skills includes whole group and small group instruction. During skills, first graders will review and practice reading skills such as letter recognition, letter sound-correspondance, oral language, phonemic awareness, and word knowledge.
Mathematics in First Grade is taught with whole group and small group instruction.
First graders work on the following mathematical concepts:
- Reading, Writing, and Representing numbers up to 120
- Counting forwards and backwards
- Less than, greater than, and equal to
- Comparing and ordering numbers
- Skip counting by 2s, 5s and 10s
- Addition and subtraction strategies
- Recognizing and creating patterns
- Studying 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional shapes
- Measuring by inches and feet
- Telling time to the hour and half-hour
8:15-8:30 Arrival and Breakfast to Go
8:30-8:55 Morning Meeting
9:25-10:25 Reader's Workshop
10:25-10:45 Math Review
10:45-11:05 Structured Play
12:40-1:10 Social Studies
1:10-2:00 Specialist (Gym or Science)
2:00-2:50 Writer's Workshop
*Music is on Wednesdays at 2:00
*Library is on Thursdays at 10:10
*Mr. Herman, the school counselor, visits the class for a less every other Tuesday at 12:35.