First Grade Procedures
In first grade, we will work very hard to help your child practice both personal responsibility and self-regulation. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Taking care of earthly blessings
- Making good choices
- Accepting responsibility for personal choices
- Understanding that actions have consequences
- Thinking ahead
- Working hard
- Using an appropriate voice
- Waiting patiently
As your child’s teacher, it is my goal to set clear, attainable expectations for all students, give them the tools and support needed to meet those expectations, and help them understand that it is their responsibility to meet those expectations.
The following procedures will be implemented in our classroom to help all children practice the skills outlined above, and in turn to create a safe and beneficial learning environment for all students.
Displayed in the classroom are voice level charts. The teacher will use these charts to demonstrate the amount of noise that is allowed at any given time. Once the teacher has announced a voice level, all students are expected to use a voice at that level or lower. The voice levels are as follows:
Level 0 – Silent
Level 1 – Whisper
Level 2 – Partners
Level 3 – Groups
Level 4 – Presentation
Level 5 – Outside
On the first day of each week, all students will receive 5 dollars. They are to place their dollars safely in their pencil pouch. Dollars should be taken out only when a student is ‘purchasing’ an item or a privilege. Dollars should not be taken home.
Throughout the week, a student may need to use these dollars to pay for the opportunity to do something they did not do at the appropriate time. Example: Tim did not use the bathroom at free time or recess with the rest of the students, and now he needs to use the bathroom during Spelling. Tim will pay one dollar to use the bathroom during class.
Students who do not need to spend their dollars on routine privileges may save up their money to purchase needed school supplies or a special privilege, such as Show and Tell.
Each student has a color chart with a paper clip on their desk. Each student begins the day with their paper clip on the green space. Throughout the day, their paper clip will be moved either up to blue, purple, then pink for meeting the classroom expectations, or down to yellow, orange, then red for failing to meet the classroom expectations. The following applies to each color:
Pink: Exceptionally exceeded all classroom expectations. Parents will be notified of a job well done.
Each student will have a supply bin assigned to them. This bin will be stored on a shelf in the back of the room. Students will keep all of their extra school supplies such as scissors, crayons, and extra erasers in this bin. Students may retrieve supplies from their bin or bring their bin to their desks during choice times or when directed to do so by the teacher. When no extra supplies are needed, bins will be returned to the shelf where they are stored.
- Exceeded all classroom expectations. Student will receive a sticker at the end of the day.
- Met all classroom expectations. Student should be proud of their good behavior.
- Most classroom expectations were met. Student will keep trying very hard!
- Student made a few poor choices and will correct this the next day.
- Student is not meeting the classroom expectations. Student will need to take a time-out, possibly lose privileges, and have a conversation with the teacher.
- Student is displaying very poor behavior. Depending on the behavior, the principal or parents may need to be involved and the student will lose privileges.
First graders will be given a pencil pouch that is theirs to use for the year. This pouch will be stored in the student’s desk will contain 3 pencils with eraser toppers. Each student is expected to keep track of these 3 pencils and erasers by taking one out when needed and returning it to the pouch when it is not in use. Students are also expected to take care of these pencils by using them to write on paper only, picking them up when they are dropped on the floor, and keeping them out of their mouths.
Upon arriving at school in the morning, it is each student’s job to check their pencils and ask the teacher to sharpen any dull or broken pencils before the day begins. Students who find themselves without a sharp pencil in the middle of the day must pay one dollar to rent a pencil.
At the end of the week, each student’s pouch will be checked. Students who still have 3 pencils and 3 erasers in good condition (accounting for normal wear on pencils and erasers) will be awarded with a small prize. Students whose pencils are too short because of normal wear on a pencil will be given a new pencil to replace it with. Students who are missing a pencil or eraser will be pay one dollar to replace each lost item. Students who have broken or ruined a pencil or eraser because of improper use will also need to pay one dollar.
Any time the class needs to leave the room and go somewhere else as a group, we will begin by lining up at the door. The teacher will first call the line leader to stand at the front of the line. The teacher will then dismiss students by their numbers. All students are expected to stand in line facing the door with their hands and bodies to themselves. The class will not leave the room until everyone is following these expectations.
The class will walk to the cafeteria together in a quiet line. Once we enter the cafeteria, the students who have brought their own lunch from home will sit in their spot. Students that are purchasing a school lunch will remain in a neat line with their hands to themselves. They will take a tray and hold it while they are served food. Students are expected to use ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ throughout this entire process. They will stop by the teacher to be marked down, and then will sit in their spot and eat. While talking is allowed during lunch, excessive noise may result in warnings and/or lost recess time. When students are finished eating, they must show their tray to the teacher before clearing it off into the garbage can and stacking it on the blue table.
At recess, students are expected to include everyone in their activities. No toys from home are allowed at recess. In the event that a student gets hurt at recess, the teacher will take care of minor injuries while parents will be contacted to handle more serious injuries. When the teacher calls for first grade to line up, all students will immediately stop their game and run to the line.
In the event of a fire drill, students will quickly and quietly line up at the door as directed by the teacher according to the lining up procedure. Students will keep their hands to themselves and their voices off so they can hear any directions the teacher gives. The students will walk behind the teacher out of the classroom, to the right, down the stairs, and through the courtyard. There, students will remain in a straight, quiet line to be counted by the teacher. When the drill is finished, the teacher will lead the line back to the classroom where students will walk to their assigned seats.
All students will be given a labeled water bottle to use for the school year. This water bottle may be kept at the student’s desk, as long as it does not become a distraction to that student. Students will have the opportunity to refill their water bottles at the drinking fountain before school begins, at free time, during recess times and after they finish their lunch. Students who fail to fill their water bottle at the appropriate times may be required to wait or to pay one dollar for the privilege.
Students will have the opportunity to use the bathroom before school, during free time, at recess, or at lunch. All students should take advantage of these opportunities. In the event of a bathroom emergency, a student will need to determine whether the teacher is busy or available. If the teacher is busy, the student may give the teacher a ‘thumbs up’ and wait for the teacher to acknowledge the sign and give permission to leave the room. If the teacher is available, the student may politely ask to be excused from the room to use the bathroom. If the student needing to go during class did not go during the previous recess, he or she will need to pay one dollar to use the bathroom.
When Mr. Pagel comes on for announcements, all students will sit in their desks with their backpacks on their backs or chairs, listening quietly with their hands folded. Students will stand next to their desks when the announcements are done AND the teacher has asked them to do so. Students will line up at the door when excused from their desks. At the teacher’s direction, students will leave the room in a line, choosing to give a hug or a handshake once they reach the stairs.