Welcome to First Grade!!

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    This website is an excellent resource to find information on our classroom discipline plan, class dojo, report card guidelines, testing information, homework policy and so much more. Explore and learn! If you have any questions or concerns please contact me at my school email address rachel.burrage@marion.k12.fl.us or call 352-671-7125.

    Ms. Burrage’s Discipline Plan

    The following goals have been established in my classroom and throughout the school to ensure a positive learning environment for all students as we SOAR about all others:

    1. Strive to do your best.
    2. Obey the rules.
    3. Achieve your goals.
    4. Respect teachers and others.


    Our rules to help us achieve the SOAR goals are:

    1. Follow all directions
    2. Be kind and Be respectful
    3. Take care of your classroom and school.

    class dojo

    Class Dojo

    Class Dojo is the fasting growing classroom management system in the country with one in every three teachers implementing the program in their classroom. Research shows that the classic "clip/color chart" is ineffective for collecting student behavior data and unsuccessful to correct or change behavior AND promote positive behaviors. My goal is to use Class Dojo to motivate my students to do the "right thing" and reward them for their positive behaviors. It also allows me to know when and why a student is not on tasking or making a good choice. It allows me to help the student more efficiently. I am ALWAYS happy to answer any questions about Class Dojo and the best part about Class Dojo is I am accessible any time right through the app.


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    Report Card Guidelines

     Grades are taken for:

    • English Language Arts
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Studies

     Within each of these subjects grades are broken down into categories and have weighted percentages.

    English Language Arts is comprised of: 

    Foundational Skills (30%) would be phonics assessments like spelling tests. It also includes reading fluency and accuracy grades as well as sight word checks.

    Comprehension (40%) grades are taken from the reading weekly assessments and district unit assessments. Up until January all weekly and unit reading assessments will be read out loud to students. This will be to assess their listening comprehension. From January to the end of the year students will read the test on their own. At this point we will be assessing reading comprehension. If a student, is unfamiliar with a word they will still have the right to raise their hand and ask for assistance. The teacher will help the child with the word if it is in the question or answer choices but not in the passage. This accommodation will also be available during our end of the year reading assessment.

    Communication (30%) grades are but are not limited to writing prompts, grammar checks, book responses, handwriting activities, speaking and listening exercises.

    Mathematics is comprised of:

    Assessments (50%) are chapter tests from our textbook series Go Math and district created assessments.

    Number Fluency (20%) are fifteen minute timed tests created by the district. There are about two checks a month. Each consisting of 15 questions.


    Here is the schedule for Number Fluency Checks (NFC) for the 2016-2017 school year:

    • NFC 1 & 2: Numbers to 20 with ten frames
    • NFC 3 & 4: Add and Subtract within 5 with frames
    • NFC 5: Doubles to 10 with ten frames
    • NFC 6: Doubles +1 up to 10 with ten frames
    • NFC 7: Doubles and doubles +1 with frames
    • NFC 8: Making a ten with frames
    • NFC 9: Subtracting from 10 with frames
    • NFC 10-13: Addition facts to 10 with frames (horizontally & vertically)
    • NFC 14 & 15: Add and subtract within 10 with frames (vertically)
    • NFC 16: Addition facts to 10 with frames (horizontally & vertically) 

    Classwork/Practice (30%) are the problems we work on together in small group and independently at math centers. These are sometimes taken from the workbook pages, math journals or checkpoint quizzes.

    Science is comprised of:

    Assessments (40%) are provided from our textbook or created by the first grade teachers to assess Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS). These assessments can be in the form of a paper and pencil test with multiple choice questions or a performance task grade with a rubric. 

    Science Notebooks (30%) are kept in the classroom. These notebooks contain lab write ups, observations, diagrams, data records, vocabulary, labeled drawing, etc. Not all assignments are graded but if one is the students are told beforehand. Each assignment is graded with a rubric.

    Classwork/Participation (30%) is daily assignments, quizzes and lab participation. 

    Social Studies is broken into:

    Performance Based Tasks (55%) are projects or presentations that are graded with a rubric. Assessments are also available through various textbooks and resources.

    Classwork/Participation (45%) are not limited to but can be daily assignments, discussions, projects or quizzes.

     Homework Policy


    Homework is sent home monthly. I want this to a no stress time for extra practice on play based skills. Spelling words will be sent home every week.



    Help is always welcome in the classroom. Fill out a volunteer form at the front office as soon as possible. The school will need to make a copy of your driver’s license or ID. If you do this early in the school year you won’t miss out on attending great field trips and other school events with your child.


    I want to work with you because you know your child best. You know what works at home and you know your child’s interests. 

    Please feel free to contact me by phone, email, or schedule a conference throughout the year.


    I look forward to having a wonderful year with you and your child.