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Title: Welcome to Mrs. Mayer

Welcome to Mrs. Mayers First Grade Class
  • 2011-2012 School Year

A Bit About Me
  • Graduate of Miami University
  • Student Taught on an American
  • Air Force Base in Bitburg, Germany
  • This is my twelfth year in Beachwood,
  • and my eighth year teaching first
  • grade
  • I received my M.A. Ed from Baldwin
  • Wallace College
  • I enjoy spending time with family, reading,
  • and running

Miss Gray
I would also like to introduce
Lets Keep in Touch!
  • Best Way email
  • msm_at_beachwoodschools.org
  • Next Best Way phone
  • (216) 831-3933 ext. 236
  • please leave a detailed message, including when
    and where I can reach you

Class Website
  • Has weekly updates, class calendar, and student
    work and pictures
  • http//192.eschoolview.com/MichelleMayer.aspx
  • First year
  • Pilot
  • Work in Progress!

A Typical Day in First Grade
  • 900-915 Journals
  • 915-930 Morning Meeting
  • 930-1000 Whole group literacy
  • 1000-1030 Small group literacy
  • 1030-1045 Snack/Morning Recess
  • 1045-1110 Focused reading practice
  • 1110-1135 Language Arts
  • 1135-1210 Recess
  • 1210-1240 Lunch
  • 1240-130 Math
  • 130-215 Library
  • 215-245 Social Studies
  • 245-315 Science Lab
  • 315-325 Prepare for Dismissal/Closing Meeting

Weekly Special Class Schedule
Children should wear tennis shoes on Physical
Education Days!
Monday   Library Tuesday   Technology Wednesda
y   Music                          
P.E. Thursday   P.E.                   
 Music Friday   Art
Rules were created together by the class
during the first week of school. We brainstormed
a list of important things to remember, and then
narrowed them down to three rules Rules
  • Consequences for Good Choices
  • Positive praise
  • Extra pennies
  • Extra room privileges
  • Note home to parent
  • Call home to parent
  • Consequences for Not So Good Choices
  • Warning
  • Lose pennies
  • Lose room or recess privileges
  • Call home to parent

Three Great Ways to Get Involved

1.  Recess/Lunch Duty 2.  Class Store 3.  Parent
Read Aloud
The Class Store!
  • Money Exchange
  • Children earn three pretend pennies each day
  • Children can earn extra pennies when they
  • are doing the right thing
  • Each child has three banks..."Spend", "Save", and
  • Often during math class, they exchange their
  • pennies for nickels, dimes, and quarters
  • This is great practice in counting coins
  • Class Store
  • Once a month, children have an opportunity to
  • spend their pennies at the store
  • Items range from erasers and pencils to fun toys
  • Donations are always appreciated!
  • Volunteers are always appreciated!

Home Folders
  • Home folders will be sent home each night,
  • and should return each morning.
  • The folders should be checked and emptied
  • EVERY night, so important fliers and notes do
  • not get lost.
  • Notes to me should be put in the
  • folder to hand in first thing in the morning.

  • Every day our class has a few minutes set
  • aside for snack.
  • Please pack a snack each day for your child.
  • Snack can be put in a small sandwich bag and
  • packed separately from lunch.
  • Snacks will be kept in the cubby until snack
  • no refrigeration is available.
  • Suggestions pretzels, grapes, goldfish,
  • small crackersanything healthy and ready to
  • eat. No candy please. No nuts please.

Birthday Treat Information
  • Due to the Wellness program that our district
  • has adopted, birthdays will be celebrated once
  • a month, on the Friday of the first full week of
  • the month.
  • Parents of the children whose birthdays fall on
  • the same month may want to contact each other
  • about treats.
  • On your childs actual birthday, I would still
  • to acknowledge his/her special day. You are free
  • to come and visit, read to the class, etc. No
  • treats are allowed at this time.

Book Orders
  • Occasionally, I will send home order forms
  • to purchase books through Scholastic.
  • I will explain to the children that ordering
  • is OPTIONAL!
  • If you choose to order, please send in a check
  • made out to the company for the EXACT amount
  • due.
  • Please send check in an envelope with your
  • childs name and Book Order on the front.
  • Thank you!

  • Bus Notes/Transportation Changes
  • If your child is going to another childs house
  • play, or the regular transportation changes for
  • dismissal, your child must have a note the
  • that the change is going to occur.
  • If you call the office with a change in
  • transportation, please do so before 100 which is
  • typically the last chance I have to check my
  • mailbox.

And now it is time for
  • Everyday Math program
  • Program was crafted to capitalize on student
    interest and
  • maximize student learning
  • Divided into 6 math content strands that cover a
    number of
  • of skills and concepts
  • Operations and Computation (facts, mental math,
  • money, number stories, estimation, place value,
  • Numeration (counting, order, odd/even, relations,
  • Patterns, Functions, and Algebra (number
  • sequences, number patterns, visual patterns,
  • Data and Chance (tally charts, graphs,
  • mean, etc.)
  • Measurement and Reference Frames (weight, money,
  • time, temperature, area, etc.)
  • Geometry (2 and 3 dimensional shapes, symmetry,

Reading Groups
  •  New Literacy Program!
  • Consists of whole group comprehension/elements of
    narration lessons, flexible grouping within the
    classroom, and focused literacy instruction
    geared to your child's specific skills and needs.
  • There is flexibility within the groups
  • throughout the year.

  • Social Studies/Health
  • All About Families
  • Where We Live
  • Good Citizens
  • All Kinds of Jobs
  • Americans Long Ago
  • Beginning Map Skills
  • Nutrition, Hygiene, Five Senses
  • Science
  • New Science Lab!
  • Big Books with corresponding lessons
  • Three major themes with many corresponding
  • books and lessons
  • -Our Earth
  • -Life Science
  • -States of Matter

Writing Workshop
  • Throughout the year, your child will participate
    in a variety of writing experiences.
  • Each week your child will have Writing
    Workshop. At times the children will pick their
    own topic, and other times a topic is assigned.
  • During this time, your child will be introduced
    to the stages of the writing process (prewriting,
    drafting, revising, editing, publishing).
  • Your child will also be introduced to the five
    main goals when writing (purpose, direction,
    ideas, style, and presentation). We will begin to
    discuss the importance of each goal and look at
    examples of good writing.

  • Begins in September
  • 20 minutes per night
  • maximum
  • It will focus on reading,
  • practicing spelling words, and
  • math review
  • Each day a homework list goes
  • home, and an adult must initial
  • it each night

Technology Integration in the Classroom
  • Elmo!

Thank you for your attention! I will do my best
to provide your child a secure, comfortable,
loving place to learn. Never hesitate to email or
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