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Board: First Grade 08-18-2014, 08:28 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By chalk_talk

Thanks for the ideas and encouragement. We've been told that we'll have access as a grade level to a "classroom set" of iPads. We haven't had any kind of training, so it was nice to see everyone's...
Board: First Grade 08-08-2014, 11:58 AM
Replies: 5
Posted By chalk_talk
Breakfast anyone?

Our school will begin to serve breakfast this year. While we don't have any details, we've been told it will be served/eaten in our class and should only take "ten minutes". Not every child will be...
Board: Units of Study 07-10-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 19
Posted By chalk_talk
Planning time is essential. Encourage your staff...

Planning time is essential. Encourage your staff members to read the material for each unit and discuss what a lesson would look like. Refer to the anchor charts in the UoS. Use the materials in...
Board: First Grade 07-10-2014, 04:28 PM
Replies: 12
Posted By chalk_talk
WTW resource

Thank you for posting this link. WTW seems to require a tremendous amount of organization.
Board: First Grade 05-24-2014, 02:12 PM
Replies: 8
Posted By chalk_talk

Just sat in on a meeting with Grade 1-5 teachers. They all seemed to agree that "paragraphs" aren't taught until end of third grade and well into fourth. We've been using the Units of Study/Writing...
Board: The VENT 11-23-2013, 08:17 PM
Replies: 49
Posted By chalk_talk
44 minute prep time

The previous postings were eye-openers.
We are a public school; our district is pre-K to 8. In the elementary school, we have 44 minutes of prep time while our students are at their "special" - PE,...
Board: First Grade 08-23-2013, 08:08 PM
Replies: 25
Posted By chalk_talk
no morning snack this year

This is our first year with recess before lunch time. There won't be time for a morning snack. I'm not sure whether we'll be able to squeeze a PM snack into the day.
Board: Units of Study 07-11-2013, 09:27 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By chalk_talk
curriculum from KY

Thank you for sharing this link to the KY curriculum. They've done a lot of hard work in putting this together.
Board: Primary Grades (K-2) 12-30-2012, 09:40 AM
Replies: 19
Posted By chalk_talk
lockdown and fire drills

Last year we changed from two fire drills per month to one fire drill and one lockdown drill per month. Staff are not always told about the "reason" for the lockdown and we don't always evacuate the...
Board: First Grade 11-10-2012, 05:47 PM
Replies: 31
Posted By chalk_talk
one recess per day

First graders have a 25 minute lunch followed by a 25 minute recess. There is one 42 minute PE period per 6 day cycle. We start at 8:30 and end at 3:30. We have "second lunch" which makes it a 3 1/2...
Board: First Grade 11-05-2012, 07:40 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By chalk_talk
curriculum and pacing guides

There is no easy answer to this. With the spotlight on high stakes testing in the upper grade levels, it trickles down to those of us in the elementary grades. The guides and curriculum are the...
Board: First Grade 07-24-2012, 03:55 PM
Replies: 39
Posted By chalk_talk
great job

Thank you so much for these EDM materials. You are very generous to share your hard work.
Board: First Grade 07-05-2012, 03:50 PM
Replies: 3
Posted By chalk_talk
scholastic news

We use Scholastic News. It seems to supplement our social studies and science curriculums nicely. I've used some of the pieces to support non-fiction writing and reading. Some teachers have sent the...
Board: Primary Grades (K-2) 06-24-2012, 10:18 AM
Replies: 6
Posted By chalk_talk
oops sorry!

Sorry for mis-reading your question! I knew you must have meant something else! Five days out of school and my brain is already mush! <!--giggle-->
I agree with using Determining Importance in...
Board: Primary Grades (K-2) 06-22-2012, 06:06 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By chalk_talk
I put them under the C

I would put them under the "comprehension" column. While it might involve being "accurate" and determining the meaning of new words "expanding vocabulary", the depth of thinking that is involved in...
Board: TEACHERS' LOUNGE ARCHIVE 06-22-2012, 05:49 PM
Replies: 22
Posted By chalk_talk
back on Sept 4

We finished on June 14 - no snow days to make up this year - hooray. In-service days on 9/4, 9/5; students come for a full day on 9/6... that gives us a "two-day" week to start the year.
Enjoy your...
Board: First Grade 06-17-2012, 03:14 PM
Replies: 16
Posted By chalk_talk
strong boy characters

Not for read alouds, but as a series for independent readers: Nate the Great; Henry and Mudge. Read alouds: Henry Huggins, Henry and Ribsy (this is a very old series of chapter books by Bevery...
Board: Primary Grades (K-2) 05-02-2012, 04:52 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By chalk_talk
no real receipt

I was promised by a scholastic rep that a real "receipt" would be mailed to me to cover a large purchase (over $400). That was last May, I'm still waiting...luckily, I used my credit card statement...
Board: First Grade 05-02-2012, 04:42 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By chalk_talk
checked out

I understand. We have six weeks left, but our first graders already feel they are "out of here" and on their way to second grade. Definitely need to "change things up" a little bit and re-energize.
Board: First Grade 10-22-2011, 07:58 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By chalk_talk
math problem

I could have written the very same question. I have a new student (started 2 wks ago) who speaks Spanish and no English in a class of 22 (with 4 of the students having IEP's). The student is...
Board: Units of Study 10-02-2011, 12:41 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By chalk_talk

Just started using Linda Hoyt and Theresa Therriaut's Mastering the Mechanics. It seems to have good ideas for ways to integrate writing mechanics in the writers workshop format.
Board: Primary Grades (K-2) 08-02-2011, 10:15 AM
Replies: 3
Posted By chalk_talk
student of the week

I've borrowed this idea from another first grade teacher.
After listening to the student of the week explain their favorite food, color, book, discuss pets, family members, etc. We write a book...
Board: TEACHERS' LOUNGE ARCHIVE 08-01-2011, 06:11 AM
Replies: 5
Posted By chalk_talk
thanks for posting the link

I wondered how that worked!<!--giggle-->
Board: Daily 5 07-30-2011, 03:58 PM
Replies: 3
Posted By chalk_talk
barometer student

I think I remember this from D-5:
I've asked a "barometer student" to model the "wrong" way to read and then have students offer ways to improve. The "model" then demonstrates all of the "correct"...
Board: Daily 5 07-30-2011, 02:19 PM
Replies: 12
Posted By chalk_talk
thank you

Thank you so much for sharing your work. It was especially kind of you to let us know why you've "gone away"! Your team should be very grateful - you are an excellent resource!

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