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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. When students display great choices based on our classroom rules, they have the opportunity (teacher discretion) to earn a star on their card. Students have the opportunity to earn 2 stars a day. When students complete their punch card (10 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 no longer be moving their card. They will receive a discrete reminder card giving them a quick visual of what is expected. I will then have a quick discussion with them to help them get back on track. 

Super Improver Levels

Beginner

Learner

Leader

Captain

Specialist

Super Star

Pro

Whiz Kid

M.V.K. (Most Valuable Kid)

Genius

Scoreboard & Mystery Motivator

Homework 

1.)    Weekly Reading Packet – This packet consists of practice for our phonics and reading skills along with our sight word vocabulary. This packet will come home on the Friday before it is due. 

2.)   Poetry Folders – Each week students will learn a poem. Poetry will help teach vocabulary and concepts based on the theme or skills we are learning, as well as help build their fluency as they read. Poems will be added to their Poetry Folder on Tuesday. Please practice current poem and previous poems throughout the week. Students who are fluent with the weekly poem can sign up to participate in Open Mic Friday. 

3.)  Math HomeLinks – To reinforce the skills we are learning in our math program. HomeLinks will come home after a lesson is completed.

4.)   Sight Words – Sight word vocabulary is an important part of reading. The 100 most frequently used words represent over 50% of all English texts. A strong sight words vocabulary builds a reader’s fluency, comprehension, and confidence. Our sight words correlate to our reading program. Every week students will be introduced to a handful of sight words that they are to master. Sometimes these words will also be spelling words. These words are broken into 14 lists (the first list is a review of kindergarten words). Everyone will begin with the first list. These words are taught in the classroom, but please practice these words at home. When your child has mastered their list, please send me a note. I will assess your child on these words. Once your child has read every word by sight (no sounding out of a word), I will send the next list home. If your child misses any words, I will let you know which words were missed. Once your child has mastered all the lists; he / she will work on spelling them and other special vocabulary words. 

 5.) Reading - 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. Research shows students should a minimum of 100 minutes a week. Students will have a reading log to complete throughout the year. Every time a students reads 20 books / chapters, they can earn a leaf on our reading tree. 

Snack 

In the first grade we have a daily snack time (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. If there are any questions regarding snack, please feel free to contact me.