Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, 2000 Master of Arts in Elementary Education, 2001 National Board Certification, 2007
Mrs. Kelly Murphy
Hello! My name is Kelly Murphy. I grew up in Smithfield, NC and am a 1996 graduate of Smithfield-Selma High School. I went on to receive both of my degrees in Elementary Education from East Carolina University. My husband and I have been married for 15 years and have 2 sons, Parker (10) and Landon (13). We enjoy traveling and going to baseball and basketball games. I taught Kindergarten for 16 years and am currently in my third year of teaching first grade! I am very excited about the new school year!
First Grade Schedule
Mrs. Murphy’s Class 2019-20
8:00 – 9:10 Math Instruction
9:10 – 11:30 ELA Small Group & Whole Group Instruction
(snack will be around 10:15)
11:30 – 12:00 Writing
12:10 – 12:35 Lunch
12:35-1:05 WAG (Work and Grow) Time
1:10 – 2:00 Enhancements
2:00 – 2:15 Daily Wrap-up / Extension of Today's Instruction
2:15 – 2:45 Recess
2:45 – 3:00 Pack Up/Dismissal
*Science and Social Studies will be integrated with ELA and Math Instruction.
Book in Bag Instructions
Once Beginning of Year reading assessments have been completed, students in my class will begin bringing home a Book in a Bag. Your child will read the book(s) nightly and we ask that you sign the reading log in the bag each night.
As you read with your child, please:
*Discuss the title and pictures before reading the text. Take a picture walk.
*Encourage your reader to skip unknown words, then read the remainder of the sentence. This provides clues and helps young readers figure out new words.
*Discuss what is happening in the story. Does the story remind your child of something he/she has experienced or of another story, movie or video game?
*Invite your child to re-tell the story in his/her own words. Question him/her about the characters in the story, where the story took place, important events, and the order in which those events occurred.
*Ask your first grader to explain what he/she likes (or does not like) about the story.
*Reread the book several times. Rereading builds important skills! J
*Ask who, what, when, where, why, and how questions about the story and encourage your child to use details from the story to answer the questions. A bookmark will be provided that will help you with questioning your child about the stories he/she will be reading.
During most weeks, we will be able to read with every child and assign them a new book if they have mastered the current one. On some occasions, a child may be asked to re-read their book one or even a few more nights if they are having difficulty.
Please let us know if you have any questions. We want to make this fun and are excited about starting this process with your child!
Mrs. Murphy & Ms. Brewer
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