Learn more about Mrs. Thompson and our curriculum by clicking the links under "In This Section"
HERE WE GO! Our First Grade 2022-2023 learning adventure begins!
My name is Christy Thompson, and I will be your child’s first-grade teacher! I am so excited and proud to be a part of the Kenwood community!
This is going to be a fantastic year and I can’t wait to learn all about your child!
The best way to contact me is via email.
During the first few weeks of school, we will be getting to know each other and building community. We will continue this during our daily morning meetings.
Our class will be meeting for literacy lessons each morning. We will start with a whole group lesson, and then I will work with small groups while others are doing independent work.
After specialists we will have math. Just like with literacy, we’ll start with a whole group lesson and then move into smaller groups and independent work.
Our last half hour of the day will be science or social studies lessons. Our science units include: Engineering-Designing Bridges, Electricity, Rocks, and Organisms. In social studies, our units are: Citizenship and Government (what does it mean to be a good citizen?), Economics (scarcity, cost, and benefits), History (what was it like to live 100 years ago?), Geography (natural and human made characteristics, maps). Literacy is embedded into these lesson, as well.
Keep an eye out for monthly newsletters to see what we are up to!
|9:30-10:00||morning meeting and number corner|
|12:10-1:05||literacy (small groups, independent work, Lexia)|
|3:45-3:55||get ready and dismiss|
Specialist Schedule (1st Trimester through December 3)
***Go to "In This Section" blue links on bottom right of the gray column to the right to learn more about Mrs. Thompson our curriculum.
If for some reason we need to go to Distance Learning, our Google Meet code will be:
thompson138 (type in Google Meet)
Google Meets: You will want to be on Chrome and go to Google Meet. This is where we will have our live lessons. (please make sure it is logged in under your child’s name and not yourself or a sibling)
Clever: This is the main app where you will be getting to our literacy and math programs.
Seesaw: We will be doing many activities on this program. Students will be able to record their voice, video, write, draw, or take a picture to submit their work. It can be found by going into the Clever app.
Things you can do before distance learning starts: Find a quiet place that can be considered your working place every day. Make sure you keep all of your school materials near your space. Make sure your iPad is charged. Practice finding the Clever and Seesaw app on your iPad.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1chBEzYNIop7qJJlVqrujQ_ode7HG7m4BhXKmA1YUpBU/edit (info on logging into Clever and Seesaw) https://source.mpls.k12.mn.us/clever-students-families (video on logging in)
Find a safe place to keep your child’s email address and login information. Make sure it is kept in a place where your child can get to it easily, in case they get logged out or need it for a new program we are using. You may also want to keep it in another place in case your child’s copy gets lost. Familiarize yourself with where you can find tech help: https://source.mpls.k12.mn.us/support-for-your-students
(I will do my very best to help, but my expertise is more in teaching than solving tech problems. The first place to look will be this site. If that doesn’t work and I can’t help, I will get in touch with our tech experts.)
Helpful hint: Last year, I noticed students who had headphones on were able to focus much more than students who didn’t. This was especially true of kids with siblings hearing each other’s online lessons or who had younger kids just being kids around them.
I understand this is a LOT of information! If you have any questions, PLEASE feel free to email me. I typically return emails within a few hours, but for sure within 24 hours.
It's going to be a great year!