ELA – English/Language Arts
ELA is guided by the reading program ”Wonders” by McGraw-Hill. This program consists of theme-based comprehension skills and strategies, concepts of print, guided reading and interactive read aloud. We work on beginning reader skills such as phonemic awareness, phonics, rhyming words, opposites, alphabet recognition, listening for sounds within a word, sight words, and learning to read word families. Your child will learn to read this year (or become a stronger reader than he or she already is)! How exciting!!!
Handwriting and Writing Workshop
We will use the “Wonders” writing program as well as activities to promote fine motor control. We will work on forming letters correctly on lined paper. In writing workshop our goal is for children to enjoy writing. The students will complete a narrative, informational, and opinion piece of writing by the end of the year. We start the year by learning how to draw so that they are able to expand their writing.
We will be using a math program called Math in Focus. This program will cover the following concepts: comparisons, sorting, classifying, numbers 0-100, shapes (solids and flats), patterns, measuring, problem solving, addition and subtraction, counting and writing numbers. We also have a daily calendar routine when we learn the days of the week, months of the year, graphing and tallying, place value, addition, subtraction, and counting by 1’s, 5’s, & 10’s.
Daily 5 Literacy Stations
Students will be engaged in independent reading, writing, and listening stations as well as teacher directed guided reading groups. Leveled groups will be starting in September.
Students will be engaged in math games and activities to reinforce the skills that we are working on. This is also when students will be pulled to work on enrichment and remediation activities with the teacher.
Science and Social Studies
We use the FOSS science curriculum. We will investigate three units this year including: Trees and Weather, Materials and Motion, and Animals (worms, insects, and fish). Our social studies themes include Family and Friends, and Holidays (celebrated by different cultures around the world).
100 Book Club- Students should be reading every night. Record the titles of books that you read to your child on the 100 Book Club log. Please keep this log in the BEE Binder. As the year progresses add titles of books that your child reads to you as well.
Leveled Readers- Books that are on your child’s level will be sent home nightly soon. Please make sure you return the book the next day. This will be used during class the following day. This is a book that your CHILD READS TO YOU.
Rainbow Words- Your child will bring home sight words to practice. Sight words are words that must be memorized. They do not follow the “normal” rules when sounding out words. Your child will need to master each set of words to be able to move on to the next color set.
Take-Home Centers- These monthly packets will be differentiated centers that your child can do at home. Everyone will get a language arts, math, and phonemic awareness activity, but they will not all look the same. These are optional activities that will reinforce the skills that your child needs. They do not need to be returned.
Everyday we have snack time in our room for 10 minutes (in the afternoon). Please be sure to provide a HEALTHY snack each day for your child to enjoy that he or she can finish in that amount of time. If you are able to pack the snack separately from your child’s lunch it is very helpful. Children may also bring WATER only to drink. Please do not send juice, soda, tea, or milk for your child to drink in the classroom. Please make sure water bottles are clearly labeled with your child’s name and have a spill-proof lid.
Attendance is essential to academic success. If your child needs to be late or absent, please notify the school. You can call 484-524-0099 to report your child absent for the day. New for this school year, Pottsgrove School District is now accepting electronic excuse notes. To excuse your child via email, please send a notes along with the date, student’s first and last name, grade and reason of absence to your child’s school within 3 days of the absence. Ringing Rocks absence emails must be sent to: RRAbsent@pgsd.org. If your child is ill and will miss 3 or more consecutive days of school, your child must bring a doctor’s note to school.