Mrs. Durost- Multiage 1-2-3
Mrs. Durost and Mrs. Warren work with students in grades 1-3 in the areas of reading including: phonics, word work, spelling, independent reading, partner reading, and reading groups. Teachers work with students in guided reading lessons. At this grade level students are taught how to read nonfiction and fictional texts. Vocabulary, reading strategies and reading comprehension are the key focus of the guided reading lessons. Students also read on the on-line program Raz-Kids, a supplemental program that supports their reading instruction. Students may listen as well as read texts at their independent reading level and answer comprehension questions. Once students show proficiency at each a level, they are given an assessment to see if they are ready to move to the next level. This is a great way for students to read independently at school or at home.
Students will learn to write book responses about books they read independently as well as in a group.
Read-a-louds are also an integral part of the reading program trying to fit books in daily!
Students also have weekly writing lessons called "Writers' Workshop". The WriteSteps Program is used as a resource to teach the writing curriculum K-6, aligned with Common Core Standards. Students learn how to write narrative, informative, explanatory, opinion, and research pieces. Students learn how to develop a draft, revise and edit their work with assistance from adults. At grade 3, students should have good control of the writing process with limited adult support. Students also learn how to be peer editors to help other students in their writing.
Students will also have opportunities to write poetry, picture books, and creative writing.
In our science curriculum, students are learning how to work in Interactive Journals. On one side of the journal they show what they are observing by drawing, diagrams, pictures, or anyway they want to show what they are seeing and learning. On the other side of the journal, they write about what they are learning or wondering about. This is a great way to teach students to observe, think, collect data, and they write about their learning. The topics students will be learning about are: weather and climate, plants and animals' habitat and relationships, life cycles of plants and animals, magnets forces of push and pull, waves of light and sound, and beginning engineering. We will use the School Pond to teach many of these concepts.
In Social Studies, students will student the birth of America, Early Americans History, Native American History, Rights and Responsibilities; how a president is elected, State of Maine, and the features of our country. A variety of activities are planned to teach these concepts.
One of the most important features of our curriculum is teaching our students to be Self-Directed Learner. Which means:
- I can be respectful of others, our school, and myself
- I am a team player
- I am polite
- I have self control
- I monitor my behavior
- I cooperate with others
- I am prepared and ready to learn
- I am where I am supposed to be
- I follow directions
- I complete my work on time
- I work without redirection
Our school goal is that all or our students can develop these behaviors and habits before they leave our school!!!