Back to School Night

Ms. Shapiro's 1st Grade Class

Classroom Rules and Procedures

—School-Wide Rules

Zilker Panthers are….

•Respectful, Responsible, and Kind


Discipline Plan

—Redirect Behavior & Proximity Control

—Verbal Reminder of Rules/Expectations

—Positive Reinforcement

—Natural & Logical Consequences

—Cool-down for aggressive behavior

School Policies

•School Hours

•School begins at 7:45 am

•School ends at 2:57 pm

•Dress Code

•Please pack/wear running shoes

•Birthday Treats and Invitations

Language Arts

• D.E.A.R. Time: Drop Everything and Read!

• Handwriting: Handwriting Without Tears “Where do you start your letters…at the top!”

• Phonics, Grammar, & Shared Reading

• Word Work: Making Words, Active Spell, Word Scramble/Wheel of Fortune, 2nd Semester Spelling Tests

• Guided Reading & Literacy Centers

• Writer’s Workshop

• Prompt Writing


  • Morning Warm Ups: Number of the Day, Story Problems, Daily Math Review, Bubble Gum Math
  • Calendar
  • Go Math!
  • Small Group/Math Centers


  • 5 Senses
  • Matter
  • Force, Motion & Energy
  • Sun, Earth & Moon
  • Landforms
  • Organisms
  • Scientist of the Week
  • And more!

Social Studies

  • Rules & Citizenship,
  • Communities & Homes,
  • Families,
  • Mapping,
  • Geographic Landforms,
  • U.S. Symbols and Leaders,
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Holiday Celebrations


1st Grade Assessments


  • Monthly assessment: fun, quick early reading assessment while educators get the data they need to help students grow.
  • Adjusting to each student’s ability, the interactive assessment keeps developing readers engaged while they work through fun activities.

TPRI (Texas Primary Reading Inventory)

  • —Students are evaluated as:
  • —Developed
  • —Still Developing

—DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment)

  • —Measures reading comprehension and fluency

*Required by the district.

Reading at Home


—Reading Bags

—Library Books

—Book Orders


Menus sent home weekly

  • —Must choose at least four boxes to complete each week
  • —Graded on Report Card (as completes or doesn't complete)
  • —Mix of products and projects


  • —Read
  • —Activities
Homework Projects
  • Star of the Week
  • Scientist of the Week
  • Adventures with Maybelle
  • Flat “Students”

Daily Schedule & Calendars

  • Copy in B.E.A.R. Books
  • —Special Areas- Art, Music, P.E.
  • —Share & Care Schedule
  • —Library Schedule
  • —Computer Lab
  • Garden Lessons

Field Trips

Each year the first grade classes go on approximately four field trips each year. Some field trips additional adults will not be able to join us since seating is limited (for example trips to Paramount or Zach Theatre). We do, however try our best to plan at least one trip in the fall and one in the spring where an unlimited amount of chaperones are welcome and needed (such as The Austin Rodeo and The Austin City Zoo). When we have the trips finalized we will let you know so that you can make necessary arrangements if you would like to join us. This trips can only be a success with your help!

Tentative Trips for 2017-18

October- Discover Hill at Austin's Science and Health Resource Center

November- Paramount Theatre- "Pinkalicious"

March- Austin Rodeo

April- Sweet Berry Farm- "Berry Fun" Trip

May- Austin City Zoo

Volunteers in the Classroom

—Details of Kinds of Work Needed:
  • Check Volunteer Box
  • Take items home to cut, staple, etc..
  • Send in Weekly Snack for the class
  • Volunteer in the Classroom
  • —Holiday Celebrations
  • Chaperone Field Trips
—Best Times to Volunteer
  • Literacy Centers M-Th 11:30am-12:30pm
  • Math Centers T-Th 8:30-9:15am
  • Computer Lab F 2:00-2:45pm
Link to Sign Up:
—Wish List:

In Closing

Email is the best communication but you can also send me notes, call and catch me in person.

  • Please keep me informed, never hesitate to call or email me about anything!
  • You are your child's best advocate!

Any Questions?