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Spencer Pointe
Elementary School
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Mrs. McElroy
1st Grade - Spencer Pointe
jmcelroy@nlsd122.org

Classroom Tidbits

I hope that this page can help answer any questions you may have. 

Whole Brain Teaching

Whole Brain Teaching is a research based system that uses all areas of the brain, keeps students engaged, and helps them retain much more information. 

Whole Brain Teaching is a highly interactive form of instruction that delivers information to students in short “chunks.” Kids then teach what they have just learned to their partners, using hand-gestures to help remember specific vocabulary.  

Research shows that children retain more information when they have an opportunity to put it into their own words and use gestures to emphasize key instructional units …plus, it’s amazingly fun! For more information about Whole Brain Teaching please contact me, come by for a classroom visit and/or go to www.WholeBrainTeaching.com. 

Classroom Rules

1. Follow Directions Quickly

2. Raise Your Hand for Permission to Speak

3. Raise Your Hand for Permission to Leave

4. Make Smart Choices

5. Keep Your Dear Teacher Happy

Super Improver Wall

In our class we have a special behavior management plan titled Super Improvers. The goal for each student is to “level up” because of his or her great choices. There are 10 different levels that students will progress through (see below).

Each student will have a special card to fill for each level. Students will have the opportunity to earn a star each day by following the classroom rules. When students complete their card (5 to 20 stars), they will graduate to the next level. You will be notified by not only their excitement, but they will earn a certificate as well. 

 If a student has difficulty remembering our classroom rules, they will lose their Super Improver card. I will then have a quick discussion with them to help them get back on track. Students have the opportunity to earn their cards back through out the day.

Super Improver Levels

Turtle

Penguin

Kangaroo

Panda

Wolf

Tiger

Cheetah

Black Marlin

Red Hawk

Peregrin Falcon

Homework 

1.)   Reading Logs - Your child should read nightly.  Reading can consist of picture walks, memorization books, reading to a younger child, or being read to by an adult, or sight word practice. Students will have a reading log to complete each month. The classroom expectation is for students to color in a symbol for each night they read. Completed calendars will earn a prize.

2.)  Math HomeLinks – To reinforce the skills we are learning in our math program. HomeLinks will come home after a lesson is completed. We will review the completed Home Links the following day.

3.) Miscellaneous - Students may receive extra practice of needed skills from time to time. Also, there may be some fun family projects throughout the year. 

Snack 

In the first grade we have a daily snack time (5 - 10 minutes). Please send in a healthy snack and drink (if snack milk was not purchased at registration time) for your child each day. Students can bring plastic reusable water bottles to drink from during the day. Cookies, chips, candy and soda will not be accepted as a snack. Acceptable snacks include: fruit, veggies, crackers, yogurt, graham crackers, pretzels, fruit snacks, etc.  Please choose snacks that are easy to open since our time is limited. Also, please pack your child's snack separately from their lunch if possible. If there are any questions regarding snack, please feel free to contact me. 

Specials 

 Students will participate in PE activities everyday. PE class takes place every other day while teacher led PE occurs on days when PE class isn't available.Gym shoes are required in order to participate in PE activities. Students will also participate in art and music. These classes rotate every six weeks. We will also visit the library and computer lab on a weekly basis.