Here are some components of a typical K-1 day.
Each day is filled with new friends, new ideas, new games and new things to share together. We will read, write, sing, play, learn and grow together.
A typical day in K-1 includes:
Morning Meeting - is when the children will be, reading and identifying important features in a morning message, and sharing important events in their lives, critical thinking skills, number talks, and handling daily business.
Calendar Time - is a time when we discuss weather, days of the week, months of the year, patterning, odd and even numbers, counting by 5's and 10's, money, place value, and temperature.
Shared Reading/Read Alouds – You will see many read-alouds throughout the day. These are key for building students' concepts about print, fluency, vocabulary, and love of reading. You may see fiction, non-fiction, and poetry all used as read-alouds during different points of the day. Your child will also be exposed to a variety of chapter books throughout their time in the classroom.
Literacy Centers – While students work together in small groups through centers, they have the chance to practice using skills and concepts that they have learned in whole group or small group instruction. They may move through centers such as listening, teacher time, writing, pocket chart, ABC center, or a variety of teacher created exploratory centers.
Writing Workshop – During writing workshop, students take the lessons they learned during interactive and shared writing and apply them to their own work. They may be writing booklets, journal entries, stories, personal narratives, poetry, non-fiction texts, books, or letters. Students will have the opportunity to revise and publish their work to share with the class.
Word Work – This is a time for students to learn how letters and words work. Students will focus on specific concepts in areas such as early language skills, phonics, phonemic awareness, spelling patterns, and high frequency words.
Recess – Recess is an important time for students to build gross motor skills and social skills. This is often the children's favorite part of the day! They will have the opportunity to use balls, chalk, jump ropes, sand toys and other playground toys as they enjoy this time with their friends while developing and strengthening their social skills and friendships.
Lunch – Lunch time is generally around 11:00 a.m.. The students will eat in the cafeteria as a class with a teacher assistant nearby to help out. They will have the option of bringing their own lunch from home or eating the school’s lunch. The school lunch menu can always be found on the MPS website.
Reader's Workshop/ Book Bags - During book bag time the students read books from their book bags in a comfortable spot around the room. These are all books that the students have chosen as just right books or from selections that were read during guided reading group time. Students will also have 2-3 interest books above their level that they can use reading strategies to support their development, take a picture walk, find high frequency words, while enjoying characters or topics of interest.
Math Trailblazers – Math is built on the idea of students exploring and constructing their own mathematical knowledge. They will be using manipulatives such as pattern blocks, unifix cubes, geoboards, Judy clocks, pattern tiles, and geoshapes. Math will also be surrounded around number talk conversations, and 3-act tasks to support the conversational aspect of math and the students ability to prove their thinking.
Science – Science is a time for discovery and exploration. Students will be learning about weather, animals, properties of everyday objects, tools, and measurement. There will be hands-on experiments and activities that inspire students to build understanding through scientific inquiry.
Social Studies – Social Studies is often integrated into the other areas of the day. You may see students reading a book about citizenship or graphing favorite Thanksgiving Foods. The Social Studies Curriculum allows for opportunities to learn about communities, holidays, families, citizenship, and basic economics.
Specials – Students will visit specials throughout the week. All students will attend Physical Education (twice a week for 30 min. each), STEAM Lab and Music. Students will also be exposed to coding using the Laptops in our classroom for 30 minutes a week to develop Computer Science skills.