Welcome to First Grade!
First Grade, where fun and learning go hand in hand!
Teachers College Readers Workshop is the literacy curriculum we use to help our students learn reading strategies to become better readers. Reader's Workshop begins with a 10 minute whole group mini lesson focusing on a reading strategy followed by an activity on the focus and 30 minutes of independent reading. Students are given the opportuity to apply what they just learn and demonstrate independent growth by responsibly selecting appropriate reading level books.
We also use Teachers College curriculum, Writers Workshop, for writing instruction. It follows the large group mini lesson and independent writing time detailed above. We start the school year with the small moments personal narrative unit where students will explore who they are as writers.
We will be using the EVERYDAY MATH curriculum which was developed by the University of Chicago School of Mathematics project. Everyday Math uses a broad, rich, and balanced approach in giving our students the skills needed to be successful in math. This year we will also be doing a daily math review using the Five Easy Steps Curriculum. We augment the Everyday Math curriculum with a Math Facts program. Our Math Facts program focuses on assuring students reach automaticity with basic addition and subtraction facts.
Social Studies and Science: These subjects are integrated into our daily PYP units of study.
Scholar Coach Program
Your child’s classroom will have a Scholar Coach working alongside their teacher this year. Scholar Coaches provide 1:1 tutoring for K-3 students in reading skills. This tutoring may be provided virtually or in person depending on the current status of the SPPS district. Scholar Coaches are part of the AmeriCorps network of service and Reading Corps.
In addition to 1:1 reading tutoring, Scholar Coaches also support core instruction and social emotional learning in their classrooms. Examples of what support a Scholar Coach might provide are Read-A-Louds, math help, writing assistance, and small group or class-wide phonics interventions as well as participation in the classroom community though classroom meetings.
We are excited to offer the Scholar Coach program at Benjamin Mays and look forward to this partnership with families, students and teachers.
Our first grade Scholar Coaches are Mx. E and Mr. Schwanz.
Our Reading Corps Scholar Coaches are excited to start working one on one, and in small groups, to support our Mays students. You may have noticed the Scholar Coaches in the Opening/Closing Circles each day. Scholar Coaches are providing extra assistance to our first grade students this year.
We need your permission for your student to receive one on one, or small group, services from our team of Scholar Coaches at Benjamin E. Mays IB World School. We have excellent tutors who are eager to work with your child at their instruction level, giving your child the attention and support they need. This is a great opportunity!
Students need a signed Consent Form to work with our Scholar Coaches.
To electronically sign the form, please click this link, CONSENT FORM. A form will pop up with a few questions. Type your answers into the boxes, and sign your signature using the mouse. If you choose to not have tutoring, that is okay too.
We hope to receive the signed permission soon so we can begin one on one and small group support. If you have any questions, contact your classroom teacher or Karen Shanahan (Mays Reading Corps Internal Coach) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651 325-2492.
Thank you for all you are doing to support your child during this distance learning time.
Students are expected to read to an adult, or older sibling, each night for 20-30 minutes. Students recieve a reading log every month, through the Pizza Hut Book It program, to be filled out each night.
The reason behind reading to an adult is so they can check for comprehension. Each student has been given a book bag to take between school and home each day. Students check their book bag in with the teacher and then change out books in the leveled library so they are reading books at their specific reading level.