1st grade- Susan Johnson
Welcome to the Wonderful World of First Grade
Welcome to the wonderful world of First grade. Many of you are returning for your second year in my class, while others are beginning the first year of their journey. You will not believe how engaged in learning we are and all the wonderful knowledge your child will acquire. We are very busy in the mornings, beginning our day with classroom jobs and reading centers. Our afternoons after lunch are busy with recess, math, extra-curricular classes, enrichment activities, spelling, and handwriting. Our social studies and science units focus on a different habitat each quarter of the school year. Our current unit of study are the Wetlands including ponds, streams, swamps, marshes, and bogs. Students will learn physical characteristics of the wetlands and how animals adapt to the temperature and weather conditions, as well as how to care for the habitat as it relates to students and our world. Our class will continually focus on how we can care for the Earth in an effort to reduce global warming including ways to recycle, re-use, re-purpose and reduce our carbon footprint. While learning about our world, we will learn about ourselves and each other throughout the year during our weekly sharing time and our featured student of the week. Students verbally share experiences from their weekend and use this information in writing on Monday morning in a journal writing activity. With the changing weather, we will discuss weather patterns and seasons. Everyday will be filled with fun, play, learning, experimenting, and how to be a valuable part of the class.
Currently, students are enjoying an individual use tub of activities that allow them to be engaged during a few minutes of free time without sharing germs with anyone. Also, we have recess bins for when we can't make it outside which include legos, blocks, and different manipulatives. Each bin and contents are wiped down after use and ready to go when needed again. Our current core value is commitment. We are committed to providing your child the best possible learning experience. Our class continues to collect Boxtops for Education. Please be sure to collect and send in whenever possible.
Current Plan-Virtual Learning (no dates, currently)
Should we need to go virtually we will use the Google Classroom platform as well as learning packs to be used during zoom lessons. See below for nightly assignments during virtual learning. If at anytime your child is home sick for any reason we can easily scan and send any work that is missed. For an absence, we will email scanned work or arrangements can be made for pick up from the office.
Nightly Spelling-Daily Directions are in your child's spelling journal (Virtually-Done as one of our reading centers)
Monday-Cut, sort and write your words on your paper,
Tuesday- ABC Order, Write on your spelling paper,
Wednesday-Write sentences for all of your words. If you cannot finish during your reading/spelling center it will be for homework
Thursday-Sort and Glue your words on your spelling paper, practice spelling your words aloud
On short weeks of virtual learning a word study pack may be substituted for formal spelling.
Virtual Plan-You have all you need at home with you. You should complete papers with the date of today with the Teacher via Zoom. Any incomplete pages can be done for homework, during tutoring/enrichment time, or on Friday. Students will complete spelling or word study pack, logon to BookNook and Epic, and meet via Zoom with the teacher.
In Person Plan-Reading assignments will be marked with a sticky note requesting a parent signature in a reading book or the student may have a practice sheet in your child's folder. Student's may access EPIC reader at home to listen or read books online.
Virtual Plan- All math papers were sent home with your child and dated for each day. The teacher will ZOOM with the students for their lesson and they will complete their pages during the math zoom. Any unfinished work can carry over into the tutoring/enrichment time. If time is left during the math block your child should use Dreambox for extra math practice. Dreambox weekly goal is five lessons or one lesson/day for a shorter week.
In Person Plan-All math practice will be sent in your child's folder. We are learning number sense, larger numbers, one more and one less, part/part whole for beginning addition, writing numbers to 120, and subtraction. We use learning tools such as ten frames, number lines, counters, and learning mats.
Our online math program, Dreambox is beneficial practice for your child. You can easily download the app and have your child use it for extra math practice. While working virtually your child should login in daily and complete one lesson. Most days there will be time to do this after work is completed in the ZOOM math class.
Social Studies/Science lessons will be held each day while we are working virtually. Any resources needed will be sent home with the student. Also, your child should check Google Classroom for learning videos.
May 3- May 7-BOGO Book Fair during media class, Teacher Appreciation Week (activities are listed on your child's monthly calendar)
May 7-First Friday Dress Down Day
May 10-May 14- Homecoming Week ( daily activities are listed on your child's calendar)
May 14-Grandparents' Day, 10 AM
May 21-Dress Down Day, Noon Dismissal
May 24-Lower School Field Day
May 27-Dress Down Day, Noon Dismissal-Teacher Workday
May 28- Dress Down Day, Last Day of Classes, Noon Dismissal, Happy Summer!
Tuesday- Advisory, PE
Wednesday- Art, PE, Media
Thursday- STEAM, Music
Students are not checking out library books at this time.
Please wear athletic shoes on PE days.
Lunch Daily 11:00-11:30
Susan Johnson teaches K/1 multiage at Fuqua Lower School. She joined the staff in 1992. She graduated from Longwood University with a B. S. in Education.
Susan and her husband, Ben, reside in Buckingham County on a family farm. In their free time they like to spend it in the mountains of Nelson County.