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PRA First Grade Distance Learning Plan: May 18-21, 2020


Happy Last Week of 1st Grade! 

  • PRA weekly announcements video featuring teachers!
  • Check out FLIPGRID during the week. Add your response and come back to watch your friends!
  • Watch this video from your Specials teachers celebrating the last week

Math

Phonics



Daily 5

  • Learning activity: Green word scavenger hunt - find, draw, and label objects that have the green word sounds we’ve learned from around your house. Page 1 is beginning sounds. Try page 2 (ending sounds) for an added challenge!

  • RAZ Kids: record a Level Up passage - don’t forget to continue to read on RAZ all summer for your own practice!

Writing

  • Learning activity: reflect on our first grade year using words and pictures

Social Studies

  • Lesson videos: Lewis and Clark BrainPop Jr. and BrainPop 
    • Watch these videos to learn about Sacagawea
  • Learning activity: STEM Challenge - Build a covered wagon!  
    • Use materials that you have at home (play doh, legos, k’nex, food, etc.).

Science

  • Learning activity: check out this list of virtual field trips
    • Click through links to use observation skills and curiosity 

in aquariums, museums, zoos, and landmarks!

Daily Read Aloud

PRA First Grade Distance Learning Plan: May 11-15, 2020


Say hi to your teachers and friends!

  • PRA weekly announcements video
  • Check out FLIPGRID during the week. Add your response and come back to watch your friends!

Math



>>> Due Friday by 3:45: email photo of pg. 198 from Repeated Addition and pg. 204 from Sharing Equally



If you feel that the activities are too much, please only complete even-numbered problems. 

Phonics




Daily 5



>>> Due Friday by 3:45: take the spelling test (open Friday 8:00am)


  • Word Work: choose 1-2 sheets to review ending blends from -mp, -nd, -ng, -nk
    • You do not have to do all - just pick the sounds that need practice!
  • Read to Someone: RAZ Kids - use the record feature while reading a Level Up book

Writing

  • Plan, write, and edit an informative paragraph about the habitat you chose for your science diorama project. You may use this blank plan and paper.

Teach us about a habitat. Describe the animals, plants, and climate of that habitat.


(No learning log - see Science section for info. on presenting writing in Flipgrid)

Social Studies

  • Learning Activity: add Lewis and Clark and Louisiana Purchase to your flipbook -  write the terms and draw a small picture

  • Optional Activity: Research Lewis and Clark or Thomas Jefferson on PebbleGo

Science

  • Lesson video: BrainPop Jr. Ocean Habitat (5:45) 
  • Optional activity: Write one fact about the ocean and list 3 animals on paper.

  • Explanation video: Diorama Project
  • Create a diorama or 3D model of one habitat we studied (arctic, desert, savanna, rainforest, deciduous forest, freshwater). Use any craft or recycled materials!

>>> Due Monday, May 18 by 3:15: Post a video on this Flipgrid of your project. Show us your diorama and read your informative paragraph (see Writing).

Daily Read Aloud

Specials

Optional assignments posted weekly - see Google Classroom join codes

  • Library: sg3kpk4
  • Science Lab: b7c3e6w
  • Art: 3iy56ck
  • Technology: eu6j7e4
  • PE: xtbq2jd
  • Music: z3e74ku
  • Character/Counseling: djceff7

PRA First Grade Distance Learning Plan: Monday, May 4 - Wednesday, May 6 (3 days)


  • PRA weekly announcements video
  • Tuesday at 9:30 - PRA ES character assembly live stream led by Mrs. Skattum
  • Check out FLIPGRID during the week. Add your response and come back to watch your friends!

Math


>> Due Wednesday by 3:45: email a photo of “Subtraction with Regrouping 2”


Phonics


>> Due Wednesday by 3:45: take the spelling test (open Wednesday 8:15am-3:45pm)

Science


Social Studies

  • Lesson Video (12:21)
  • Learning Activity: Print, cut, and assemble flip book or make your own. Add Daniel Boone and the Cumberland Gap (we will add more on as we learn more).

Daily Read Aloud

 
 

Assessment Days:  Thursday, May 7 & Friday, May 8 

>> All assessment tasks below are due Sunday, May 10 at 5pm


Please have your child complete the following independently. To replicate the school environment as closely as possible, we ask parents to not assist with any work or answer clarifying questions. We would like data to be as accurate as possible so next year’s teachers can best plan how to meet student needs. If your child asks for help, encourage them to “try their best” or “give their best guess.” Thank you!


iReady Math


About 2-2.5 hours total, split into several 30-45 minute sessions

iReady should be chunked 30-45 min. at a time with as many breaks as needed. Have out blank paper and a pencil for strategies and headphones to hear questions.

  1. Log on to iReady - see this for username/password, do not use “K-1 Card”. Contact Assessment Coordinator Liz Morgan for log-in issues.
  2. Before the test, remind students to take their time, and that questions adapt so they may be asked things we didn’t learn. They can put their best guess.
  3. Once the test starts, please do not define any vocab, answer any questions, or direct them to use any strategies.

RAZ Reading Assessment


5-10 minutes total

  1. Starting on Monday, log on to RAZ Kids and click into Reading
  2. The assessment should pop up automatically. There are 3 parts to be completed all in one sitting:
    • Record their first read of a new passage
    • Record a verbal retell with as much detail as possible
    • Answer a short comprehension quiz

Opinion Paragraph Writing Sample


30 minutes total - 10 minutes, then 20 minutes

Write about your favorite animal. Include the name of the animal and why it is your favorite.


This can be broken into two sessions. Put away all reference materials and find a quiet space. Break this into two chunks. Have your child watch this video first.

  1. Read the prompt above to students and set a timer for 10 minutes to plan their paragraph without help. Print this blank template or draw it on paper.
  2. Give a warning when 1 minute is left.
  3. When the 10 minutes is up, stop even if the plan is not done. Save the plan.

Later that day or the next day:

  1. Set a timer for 15 minutes and tell students they’ll write and edit now (NOT draw yet). They should have their plan and can use this paper (print 2-sided).
  2. Give a warning when 5 minutes are left. Encourage them to use all the time.
  3. When 15 minutes is up, stop even if the paragraph is not done.
  4. Put pencil away and switch to drawing tools (crayons/markers). Set a timer for 5 minutes to illustrate. No writing should be done during this time.

>> Due Sunday, May 10 by 5pm: Email photos or scan of the plan AND paragraph


PRA First Grade Distance Learning Plan: April 27-May 1, 2020


Say hi to your teachers and friends!


  • Check out FLIPGRID during the week. Add your response and come back to watch your friends!

Math

If your child needs extra practice



>>> Due Friday by 3:45: email a photo of “Subtraction without Regrouping 3”



If you feel that the activities assigned are too much, please skip “Subtraction without Regrouping 1” and “Create a Subtraction Story Problem”

Phonics




Daily 5



>>> Due Friday by 3:45: take the spelling test (open Friday 8:15am-3:45pm)


Writing

  • Plan, write, and edit a personal narrative (a story that happened to you in real life). You’ll introduce the characters, setting, and main problem/goal on page 1. Then, describe three events that happened on each of the other pages.
    • Watch this video again if you need a refresher on planning/writing a story
    • Use this blank plan. Write on paper or print 1 copy of half-sheet book paper double-sided, fold, and staple along the fold to make a 4-page book.

>>> Due Friday by 3:45: fill out Weekly Learning Log

Science

                         BrainPop Jr. Rainforests (6:15)

                         Research Rainforest on PebbleGo

Social Studies


>>> Due Monday, May 4 by 3:15: Post a video on this Flipgrid of your project. Tell us who you chose to research, show us the artwork you made, and read your three facts. 

Daily Read Aloud

Specials

Optional assignments posted weekly - see Google Classroom join codes

  • Library: sg3kpk4
  • Science Lab: b7c3e6w
  • Art: 3iy56ck
  • Technology: eu6j7e4
  • PE: xtbq2jd
  • Music: z3e74ku
  • Character/Counseling: djceff7

PRA First Grade Distance Learning Plan: April 20-24, 2020


Say hi to your teachers and friends!

Math



>>> Due Friday by 3:45: email your teacher a photo of the story problem from “Addition with Regrouping 3”



If you feel that the activities assigned are too much, please skip “Addition with Regrouping 1” and “Create an Addition Story Problem with Regrouping.”

Phonics






Daily 5



>>> Due Friday by 3:45: take the spelling test (opens Friday at 8:15am, closes at 3:45pm)


  • Word Work: three sounds of -ed. Print single-sided, cut, read words aloud, sort, glue. Or, copy words onto paper, cut, read, and sort into a hand-drawn table.
  • Read to Someone: RAZ Kids - use the record feature while reading a Level Up book

Writing

  • Plan, write, and edit your own made-up fiction story. First, create characters, choose a setting, and come up with a main problem/goal. You’ll introduce these on page 1. Then, plan three events that happen (one for each of the other pages), including the solution at the end. Come up with a title last!
    • Watch this video again if you need a refresher on planning/writing a story
    • Use this blank plan. Write on paper or print 1 copy of half-sheet book paper double-sided, fold, and staple along the fold to make a 4-page book.

>>> Due Friday by 3:45: fill out Weekly Learning Log

Science

Social Studies

Daily Read Aloud

Specials

Optional assignments posted weekly - see Google Classroom join codes

  • Library: sg3kpk4
  • Science Lab: b7c3e6w
  • Art: 3iy56ck
  • Technology: eu6j7e4
  • PE: xtbq2jd
  • Music: z3e74ku
  • Character/Counseling: djceff7
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PRA First Grade Distance Learning Plan: Week of April 13-17, 2020


Say hi to your teachers and friends!

  • PRA weekly announcements video
  • Check out www.flipgrid.com/nkap  during the week. Add your response and come back to watch your friends!

Math


>>> Due Friday by 3:45: email your teacher a photo of the story problem from Addition without Regrouping 3



If you feel that the activities assigned are too much, please skip “Addition without Regrouping 1” and “Create an Addition Story Problem.”

Phonics






Daily 5


  • Lesson video: -ck practice word/sentence dictation (8:04)
  • Learning activity: dictation sheet to follow along with the video or use paper


>>> Due Friday by 3:45: take the spelling test (opens Friday at 8:15am, closes at 3:45pm)


Writing

  • Pick one of the following prompts. Plan, write, and edit an informative (non-fiction teaching) paragraph. Watch this refresher video of the process if you need

  1. Research the Declaration of Independence on PebbleGo. Write a paragraph explaining who wrote it, why they wrote it, and something it says.
  2. Research deserts on PebbleGo. Write a paragraph describing the animals that live there, plants that live there, and the weather.

>>> Due Friday by 3:45: fill out Weekly Learning Log

Science

Social Studies

Daily Read Aloud

Specials

Optional assignments posted weekly - see Google Classroom join codes

  • Science Lab: b7c3e6w
  • Art: 3iy56ck
  • Technology: eu6j7e4
  • PE: xtbq2jd
  • Music: z3e74ku
  • Character/Counseling: djceff7
 
 

PRA First Grade Distance Learning Plan: Week of April 6-10, 2020


Say hi to your teachers and friends!

  • PRA weekly announcements video
  • Check out our class Flipgrid at www.flipgrid/nkap throughout the week. I will be sending the first video this Wednesday. Record your responses and don’t forget to come back and watch your friends! I will also send, via email, the login info.

Math




Each week, if you feel that the workbook pages assigned are too much, you can complete the even-numbered questions on each page only.

Phonics





Daily 5


  • RAZ Kids: read leveled books during Daily 5 (please try out this new resource - watch the how-to video here and see your teacher’s page for student log-ins)

Writing

  • Pick one of the following prompts. Plan, write, and edit an opinion paragraph.
  1. Name a place you would like to go on a field trip and give three reasons why..
  2. Would you want to visit the arctic? Give three reasons why or why not.

Each week, a genre of writing will be assigned and we will offer two prompts to choose from. For more writing practice, do both prompts!

Science

Social Studies

  • Lesson Video (8:47)
  • Learning activity - Write 3 team complete sentences (copy/use the sentence starter provided in the box) on each page
  • Optional activity: research Thomas Jefferson on PebbleGo

Daily Read Aloud


Unless otherwise indicated, all videos will be books read aloud by Ms. Travis with temporary copyright permissions from the publishers.

Specials

  • Art  - 1st grade Art website or Google Classroom (code: 3iy56ck)
  • Music - 1st grade Music website or Google Classroom (code: z3e74ku)
  • PE - K-2 PE website
  • Technology - 1st grade Tech website 
  • Science Lab - Science Lab website or Google Classroom (code: b7c3e6w)
  • Character/Counseling - Mrs. Skattum’s K-1 Google Classroom (code: djceff7)
 
 
Hello families and firsties. Here is you first Distant Learning Plan.  I hope you have happy learning and enjoy what we have made for you.  We will have office hours to answer any lingering questions. I will email the kiddos when the GoogleMeets will take place, along with a link to join. Thank you!
 

PRA First Grade Distance Learning Plan: Week of April 1-3, 2020 (3 days)


Please work through this over the course of three days with your child as you are able. Video lessons are teachers introducing new concepts. We recommend students watch these earlier in the week. The learning activities and practice pages support those lessons and are to be completed throughout the rest of the week. If printer access is limited, assignments can be copied on students’ own paper.


Hello from your teacher!

  • Wed: Video Click the Video
  • Thur: Video
  • Fri: Video

Math

Daily 5

(60 min. daily)


Phonics

  • Lesson videos:
  • Magic E word work sheets: O-E and U-E
    • Explain how to complete these (directions on the page) and have students work during Daily 5 time
    • No print option: read the passage and write down Magic E words from it on paper or whiteboard, then add more magic E words found in books!

Writing

  • Next week we will begin assigning one of the above genres each week and provide two prompts to choose from. Students will pick a prompt and work through the writing process each day, finishing the end product (a completed paragraph or story) by Friday.

  • Fill out the Weekly Learning Log as Friday’s writing activity and grade
    • Remember, both hands on the keyboard
    • Type one Team Complete sentence into each box
    • Check CUPS

Science

Social Studies

Daily Read Aloud

Specials

  • Art  - see 1st grade Art website or Google Classroom (code: 3iy56ck)
  • Music - see 1st grade Music website or Google Classroom (code: z3e74ku)
  • PE - see K-2 PE website
  • Technology - see 1st grade Tech website 
  • Science Lab - see Science Lab website or Google Classroom (code: b7c3e6w)
 
Hello First Grade Families! Here is an in depth look at what's to come, along with access to extra resources. Let me know if you have any questions.
 

Setting up First Grade Distance Learning - Teacher Recommendations:

  • We understand your need to be flexible and how it can be difficult to work with your child at home. Please get through as much as you can of our Weekly Learning Plan and know that you have our support! This is not meant to replace the level of in-school learning that would be happening, but instead keep the most essential skills and content knowledge practiced and fresh in brains until we return. We believe the non-school work of being a child also yields essential learning. Through unstructured play, kids practice important socioemotional skills and problem solving. This is also a great opportunity to work on executive functioning (shoe-tying, household chores, helping with cooking).
  • Each Monday by 9am, your teacher will post the week's Learning Plan to their Edlio PRA staff webpage. Please visit your teacher’s page at 9am to see plans (you won’t receive the Edlio email notification until the evening). This will have a week’s worth of lessons for each subject. There will also be a video message from your teacher! Feel free to have your child email back photos and videos of themselves and/or of completed work. We also welcome letters (written during Daily 5 - see below) - you can take a photo so we can read and write back!
  • Optional live video office hours will be Wednesdays from 3-4pm. Log into your child’s Gmail account to find the Google Hangout link invite. If you have questions about the Learning Plan throughout the week, do not hesitate to email from 8:15am-3:15pm Monday-Friday.

Recommended Schedule

We recommend you create a regular schedule for school days and post it for your child to see. Below is an outline of the order we learn subjects at school. We also list recommended times for each subject, but feel free to adjust as needed for your family.

  • Students are used to this routine, but feel free to move subjects around. At school, math and language arts are first because students are freshest in the morning for these two critical subjects. However, you may want to tackle the subject your own child has the most difficulty with first thing in the morning instead.
  • Use a clock or timer during each block to help students stay on track and learn to pace themselves, especially at the end of recess to help know it’s time to transition back into learning. For indoor recess options due to inclement weather, try GoNoodle or Cosmic Kids.

Math

30 minutes

Recess

15-30 minutes

Phonics

15 minutes

Daily 5 (see description below)

60 minutes

Lunch and Recess

Writing

20 minutes

Science

20 minutes

Social Studies

20 minutes

Recess

15-30 minutes

Specials (see Specials Teachers’ plans)

15-30 minutes

Choice Time / Extension / Make Up

15-30 minutes


Ed Tech Resource Log-ins (print-friendly one page version here)


Pebble Go - database with articles on a variety of subjects at student level

Username: pra

Password: read

Epic! - library with tons of picture books and read alouds

Under “Student Login” enter class code: tpz8040

RAZ Kids - new! Library of good-fit books at your child’s level. Watch this how-to video with your child!

Teacher’s username: nkapchinske0

Student password: read

Freckle - use to review skills (Adaptive Math) and to memorize fact families (Fact Practice)

Class code: kapch2

BrainPop Jr. - teachers may assign videos

Username: firstname + student ID 

Password: firstname + student ID

(same as PRA email)

Class code: dragon4112


Daily 5

Daily 5 is our 60-minute language arts block. This is an ideal time for your child to work independently for one full hour without your assistance. Remind them they do this every day at school and know that the teacher is "off-limits" at this time unless working directly together. At the start of Daily 5, students pick which 4 choices they want to go to that day and in which order. We set timers for 15 minutes per rotation and let them know when it is time to switch!

  • 1: Read to Self - Students read independently and quietly. These can be books they've read or been read before, books on topics of interest, good fit leveled readers, etc. They can also be digital (Epic, PebbleGo, RAZ Kids).
  • 2: Work on Writing - Students have a few options, but no matter what, they should use Team Complete and check CUPS. They can write a letter (to a family member, friend, or their teacher), made-up red word sentences, a fictional story, a summary of a book, or journal about their day. Links to three-lined letter paper that can be printed out will be on the Weekly Learning Plan.
  • 3: Word Work - Students can work on the weekly green word concept worksheet throughout the week. It will be on the Weekly Learning Plan and should be finished by Friday. They can also practice red words (list of red words and games was sent in our Extended Spring Break packet).
  • 4: Listen to Reading - Students listen to a book read to them by a parent, sibling, other family member, or using an online resource (Epic, RAZ Kids) or a video online (Storyline Online, Vooks). You can also play the daily read aloud video from the Learning Plan at this time.
  • 5: Read to Someone - Please read with your child in a “guided reading” format using RAZ Kids for leveled books. This is a great time to practice reading strategies and fluency.

Parent Refreshers

Here are instructional videos to help you (and your child) recall how to practice spelling, math strategies, and the three types of writing at home. Thank you for doing your best to help students reinforce these good habits!

MATH - Open number line strategy: video

MATH - Addition place value strategy: video

MATH - Subtraction place value strategy: video

PHONICS - Spelling with red words and green words: video 

WRITING - How to plan and write an opinion paragraph: video

WRITING - How to plan and write an informative paragraph: video

WRITING - How to plan and write a fiction narrative or personal narrative: video

WRITING - How to check CUPS on all types of writing: video
 

Posts

May 17, 2020

Hello Families! Happy last week of school! WE DID IT!
 
For our final few days of the school year, this week's Learning Plan posted Sunday will have some light, fun academics including math games and hands-on activities. Everything is optional and nothing needs to be turned in. There will still be read alouds Monday-Wednesday, and a link to our traditional last day assembly. Final grades will be posted to Infinite Campus.
 
Last Office Hour / Class Party
To make our last office hour special, this week's social time will span the whole hour from 3-4pm. Drop in for some or all of it! Encourage children to bring a snack to eat (it's not a party without food). I'll read a book, we'll do a little activity together, and there will be share time as usual.
 
Supply Pick-up and Book/Gift Drop-off
Tuesday-Thursday will be our drive-through for families (sign up for a time HERE). You can drop off library books and any other items at this time - you do not have to turn in any work. Please put each item in its own ziploc or paper bag labeled (e.g. "LIBRARY" on a book or "MS. K - 1ST GRADE" on other items) and they will be delivered to the correct location!
 
Contents of desks and cubbies will be bagged and given to you (including yearbooks if you ordered one). In your child's materials you will find their first grade portfolio! I've collected a body of work from the year. I hope you enjoy this keepsake - also, note the last page is blank, so please have your child fill it out next week :)
 
Summer Enrichment
We are offering our elementary Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) online this summer. The program will run June 2-12 from 9am-12pm. The cost has been lowered to $150. If your child needs some extra support in reading and math and you are interested in SEP, please fill out the interest form using this link: https://forms.gle/9aHdsoXPvWF8SYwC9 - if you have specific questions please reach out to Melissa Benson mbenson@prospectridgeacademy.org and Leandra Ruby lruby@prospectridgeacademy.org
 
THANK YOU FOR BEING AMAZING PARENTS!!!
 
Ms. K

May 1, 2020

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful week. Below is some important information in regards to next week.
 
If you haven't already, check out the PRA Virtual Scholastic Book Fair - workbooks for summer, leveled readers, picture books and chapter books can all shipped to your home! And don't forget to order your school supplies for next year!
 
Assessment Days
Next week there will only be three days of Distance Learning at the top of the Weekly Learning Plan. Instead of an Extensions Choice Board linked this week, there will be just a few optional activities listed for some of the subjects. On the second page of the Plan, there will be detailed directions for completing three at-home assessment tasks. Feel free to complete these on your own schedule and plan to finish all by next Sunday, May 10 at 5pm. Below is a brief version of the directions from the Plan so you can begin to process and prepare. Please do your best to complete all - we truly appreciate your help.
 
Students should complete tests by themselves. Please do not assist your child with any work or answer clarifying questions; if parents help, then these assessments will not be useful. We'd like results to be as accurate as possible so your child's 2nd grade teacher can plan how to meet their academic needs. If your child asks for help, encourage them to "try their best" or "give their best guess." Feel free to take breaks if frustration sets in. Thanks again!
 

iReady (Math section only for first grade, no Reading)

  • Time: Takes about 2-2.5 hours total, should be split into 30-45 minute chunks with breaks
  • Materials: Blank scratch paper, pencil, headphones to hear questions
  • Keep in mind: This test is adaptive, so students may get questions about skills we haven't taught. Remind them before they begin to just give their best guess if this happens.
  • Window: The testing window will be open Thurs. through Sun. night
  • Username: Uppercase initials + Student ID (e.g. NK1234567)
  • Password: ! + birthday (e.g. !01012013)
Opinion Paragraph Writing Sample
  • Time: 30 minutes total, split into a 10 min. planning session and then 20 min. writing/editing/drawing session
  • Materials: On the plan will be: prompt, video explanation, blank opinion plan, and lined paper. No reference materials should be out.
  • Turn in: Email a photo or scan of both (1) the plan and (2) the full paragraph hand-written - not typed
RAZ Reading Assessment
  • Time: 5-10 minutes total
  • Log-in: log into RAZ Kids (teacher username:nkapchinske0 / student password: read) and the assignment will pop up when first logging in starting Monday
  • Keep in mind: There are three parts to be completed in one sitting: record the first reading of a new passage, record a retell of the passage, then answer comprehension questions
Have a fantastic weekend!
 
Ms. K

Week 33: 4/27-5/01

Happy Friday to you all!  I hope everyone had a great week! Thank you for turning in all the work...I am really excited to see how well the kiddos are doing.
 
Reminders:
 
Homework:
 
As of right now math is the only assignment that I need emailed to me.  The learning logs are due on Friday's and count as attendance. Spelling tests are due by the end of the day as well. Please continue practicing reading on RAZ Kids. Your kiddo can read a book 2-3 times (do not record yet) then do a final recording for me to listen to. Next week the kiddos will be creating a Social Studies project, along with a short presentation. On Friday, Flipgird will be dedicated to recording the presentation. If your kiddo is not comfortable presenting on Flipgrid, please email a video of the presentation. More information will be available in the Weekly Lesson Plan next week.
 
Connections:
 
If your child does not participate in Flipgrid or social time and would rather have a short one-on-one check-in, please email me and we can set up a time.
 

Spelling Test

If your child gets less than 7 words correct on the spelling test, please review the concept with them and practice spelling words. The concepts we are including now are all review, and students should have them mastered. 

 
Upcoming Important Dates:

April 17, 2020

Happy Friday to you all! Thank you for working so hard this week and reaching out to me with questions or concerns. I am seeing some great work turned into me!
 
Important Reminders:
 
Homework:
  • Due today was 1)one math worksheet that you email me, 2)Spelling test completed by the end of the day, 3)Learning log. The homework will always be in green on the weekly Distance Learning Plan. Make sure to have all of this done...grades will be going into IC
 
RAZ Kids
  • It would be great to hear your kiddos read on RAZ kids. Kiddos should practice the same book 2-3 days, take the quiz, and send the "final read" to me. I have been sending messages and stars to the kids that have sent me a recording.
I would love to "see" your kiddo at some point during the week. If your kiddo does not join office hours/social time, please try an make a short video on Flipgrid. We are all trying to stay connected in some way and I love seeing your kiddos!
 
THANK YOU, again, for all of your hard word!
 

4/6-4/10

Hello Everyone! We did it...we got through a full week of Distance Learning! Awesome job to each and every one of you! I want to thank you so much for your feedback, as well!  Here are some updates and clarifications based on what we heard from you:

What is due each week and how do we turn it in?

Try to get through as much of the plan as possible. Specials are optional. This week, the only thing due was the Learning Log. We adjusted it to be more first grader-friendly.


Moving forward, anything "due" will be marked clearly in green on the plan. This coming week onward, three things should be turned in weekly:

  • Learning log (submit via Google Form)
  • Spelling test (submit via Google Form, which will open on Friday at 8:15 and close at 3:45pm)
    • Please make sure all reference materials are put away before starting. There will be a video embedded in the form of the words being read. Students can type the words directly into the form as they listen and then submit.
  • Photo of one specific math problem (email to teacher)
    • We will list which page and problem on the plan 

Can I get the Weekly Learning Plan before Monday?

YES! We heard this from so many parents that our elementary staff decided plans will now go up Sundays by 5pm. You should get an Edlio reminder that evening or you can go to my page. I’ll also send a copy of the plan directly to your child’s PRA email.


I don’t have a printer / I’m trying to save my printer ink!

All worksheets on our plan can be copied onto plain paper. Math problems can be written down and solved on paper or even a whiteboard. You can hand-draw a table for the writing plans and then write on plain or notebook paper. Phonics, Social Studies, and Science can all be copied onto blank paper, too. We will do our best to list “no print” options on the plan. Whatever works for you!


I need more books!

Please log into RAZ Kids to practice reading daily. I have your child’s current level. If your child records their reading, I can listen to it! Epic is also a huge resource. If you’d like paper books, Scholastic has a pop-up shop for parents to order books to your home. Use our class code J9VQ8 when you order!


Are you going to do live lessons?

Staff have decided to use asynchronous videos to accommodate the most families. Please use Flipgrid to keep in touch and schedule virtual playdates on your own! Our only live sessions will be optional office hours on Wednesdays (parent/student questions from 3-3.30 and open social time from 3.30-4). If you download this Meet Grid View chrome extension, kids can see everyone in the video call at the same time!

4/1-4/6

WOW! Happy first week of Distance Learning. I want to thank you all for the continuous support and feedback. We are doing our best to make things as straightforward as possible, since you all have become teachers overnight. It was really fun connecting with a lot of the kiddos and seeing their smiling faces. I also appreciate the emails and some of the pictures of the work the kiddos have been doing...keep it coming!
 
Here is some important information as we move forward...
 
The first grade team would love some feedback on how things are going so far. If you could please take a few minutes of time and fill out this parent survey I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you!!
 
Office Hours/Social Time:
 
Office hours will continue every Wednesday from 3-3:30. This is a time for questions only, and parents should be present during this time.  The kids can ask any clarifying questions about any of the work that was assigned etc..If you do not have any questions please make sure to wait until social time.
 
Social Time will be from 3:30-4. This will be a time for kids to connect with each other and myself. I ask that when your kiddos login, to please have the computer on mute. I realized this past week that is was really difficult to hear everyone. 
 
Extra Social Opportunities:
If your kiddo needs some extra social time with some friends, schedule a "virtual play-date" with 1 or 2 friends. Or have some peers work together during the school day. You can use your personal emails (not PRA emails, please) and platforms such as Facetime, Zoom, or the Google Hangouts. Let me know if this is something that interests you and I can pass along contact info.
 
Here is the Learning Log that is due every Friday. There are now only 2 questions that are required, the rest is optional.
 
Thanks again for all your hard work! 
 
Ms.K
 
 

Happy Virtual Learning!

Hello Families and my kiddos!
 
I hope this message finds you all well and rested!  I had a wonderful, relaxing spring break! I did some hiking with Justin and the dogs and got in the groove of cooking more! 
 
With all the uncertain times, one thing I am certain about is the excitement I have to see all of you again, even if through the computer. This new way of teaching and learning will be a BIG adjustment for all of us. As long as we stick together and do the best we can, I know we can do it! 
 
This will be a primary way of communication from me to you all. I will be posting the weekly assignments, videos, and other resources that will make this transition as easy as possible.  Make sure your kids are getting used to using their PRA email...I will be inviting them to a google meet every week.
 
Tomorrow you will receive a detailed outline of what to expect and Wednesday you will start receiving the videos and the required expectations of the kiddos. Thank you for your patience and I know we've got this! See you soon!
 
Ms. K

Week 27: 3/9 - 3/13

TGIF!! Hello everyone, I hope you all had a great week. We just wrapped up our final -ed spelling test. Please look in next week Thursday folders to see what your kiddo still needs to work on.  The kiddos also wrapped up another fun unit in Social Studies...look for the test in next weeks folders as well. I am excited to start a new SS unit and see all the excitement the kids express!
 
 
Looking Ahead:
  • 120th Day: On this day, your child may choose to dress up "as if they are 120 years old" and we will do themed activities in class. 
  • Pi Day: We will do themed activities, and students may dress like a mathematician. 
  • Root Beer Floats: As a fun activity to help students grasp the concept of solids, liquids, and gases, each class will be making root beer floats. If you have any concerns about ingredients or dietary needs, please reach out to me.
  • Word Problems: Math homework from now through Spring Break will be to practice word problems and addition/subtraction to 40 your own way (make up problems, use Worksheet Works, etc.). 
Week 27 Topics
 
Math: Addition & Subtraction to 40
Reading: Parts of a Story (characters, setting, main events)
Science: State Changes (Solid, Liquid, Gas)
Social Studies: American Revolution/Symbols
Writing: Fictional Narratives
 
Important Dates:
 
MAR 13 120th Day // Root Beer Floats // Pi Day
MAR 20 StuCo $1 Spirit Day- theme TBD
MAR 23-27- SPRING BREAK
MAR 30 No School, PD Day
 
Class Code - V9JQ8 Order Due Date - 03/31/2020
 
Scholastic Book Clubs Class Order Due Date is approaching!
 
Dear Families, This is a friendly reminder that your Book Clubs orders are due by 03/31/2020. You can place your orders online at scholastic.com/bookclubs using my class activation code: V9JQ8
 
Happy Reading, Natalie Kapchinske

Week 26: 3/2 - 3/6

TGIF! Hello everyone! I hope you all have had a great week. It has been a full week of learning for us. The kids completed their Numbers to 40 test and we will be moving on to addition/subtraction within 40. We also finished -ed saying the "t" sound. I noticed that some of the kiddos are still having a hard time understanding what a base word is and when to add -ed. Please be sure to look at the spelling test in next weeks Thursday folder to see if you need to have your kiddo practice more at home.
 
Looking Ahead:
 
  • Dr. Seuss Day: On Monday, 3/2, students can dress up as a Dr. Seuss character and bring a Dr. Seuss book if they'd like. 
  • Health Practices: Some reminders from the district about staying healthy: 
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay home when sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, or cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

 
Week 26 Topics
Math: Addition & Subtraction to 40
Reading: Reading Buddy Strategies
Science: State Changes (Solid, Liquid, Gas)
Social Studies: American Revolution/Symbols
Writing: Fictional Narratives
 
Important Dates
MAR 2 Dr. Seuss Day 
MAR 13 120th Day and Root Beer Floats

Week 25: 2/24-2/28

Happy Friday, Everyone! 
 
We had another great (short) week of learning. The kids watched Pocahontas today...be sure to ask them how the Disney movie was similar/different to that of the real story. We also started to learn how to complete a number pattern (hard skill for the kiddos). 
 
Be sure to keep practicing those kinder and 1st grade red words. I still have several kiddos that are struggling with the words still.  It will just get more difficult once in 2nd grade.
 
Looking Ahead:
 
Week 25 Topics (2/24)
Math: Numbers to 40
Reading: Compound Words
Science: Matter (Solid, Liquid, Gas)
Social Studies: Conquistadors, Early Settlers
Writing: Informative Paragraphs
 

Week 24: 2/18 - 2/21

Happy Friday, Families!
 
Thank you to all of you that attended conferences last night! I really enjoyed catching up with each of you and kudos to my firsties' who did an amazing job running the conferences. I will do my best to send home the resources, in Thursday folders, that I spoke with several of you in regards to math and handwriting.
 
Looking Ahead:
  • Pocahontas: Please be sure to return your child's permission slip for them to watch Pocahontas this week! 
  • Place Value: Please start or continue to practice the tens/ones picture strategy with numbers up to 40. Review the videos on my Math webpage if you need a refresher. 
  • Jump Rope: The elementary PE team has decided to pair up with the American Heart Association this year and do their Kids Heart Challenge - thank you to all who have made donations online
 
Week 24 Topics
 
Math: Numbers to 40
Reading: Base Words/Affixes
Science: Matter (Solid, Liquid, Gas)
Social Studies: Conquistadors, Early Settlers
Writing: Informative Paragraphs
 
Important Dates

Week 23: Feb 10-12

Hello everyone! I was sick last week and we decided as a group not to do the spelling test.  However, the substitute did teach the digraph -ph and I taught the red words first and about. I will ask the kiddos how to spell the two red words on next weeks spelling test. 
 
Thank you!

Week 22: 2/3-2/7

Happy Friday to you all! It was a fantastic full week of learning. 
 
The kiddos did their middle of the year writing assessment and I am so proud of the growth that I saw. We also, finished up the electricity and Mexico units. So, look for your kiddos "show me what you know" in next weeks Thursday folders.
 
I am going to start posting the green and reds words on my language arts page, as of today. Thank you!
 
Reminders: 
  • Continue to have your kiddos read for 20 minutes a night...this is part of the homework that is required for 1st grade
  • Look at you kiddos spelling test and see what you should be working on at home. I still have kiddos missing capitals and periods and mis-spelling Kinder red words. The words continue to get harder and once they move to second grade there are more words to add on to the kinder and 1st grade lists
 
Looking Ahead:
 
  • Picture Day: Feb 3 in the morning. Please send your photo order if you'd like individual photos taken. Dress code is still uniforms. 
  • Illness: Please remember our school illness policy and keep your student home if they have a contagious illness (flu, strep, pink eye) for 24 hours or until they are no longer contagious. Please also notify our school clinic by contacting Nurse Francis.
  • Valentine's Day: Class will be sent home in next weeks Thursday folders! Students should make/write a valentine card for all 25 classmates, including who it is to & from. 
Week 22 Topics
Math: Picture/Bar Graphs
Reading: Retelling/Comprehension
Science: Matter (Solid, Liquid, Gas)
Social Studies: Early Settlers
Writing: Informative Paragraphs
 
Important Dates
 
 

Week 21: 1/27 - 1/31

Happy Friday, Everyone!
 
Thank so much to the parents that came out to CORE Knowledge night...I had a great time working out with your kiddos!
The firsties had a fabulous short week. Ask your kiddo about electricity and what holidays are celebrated in Mexico! We just finished our "show what you know" about length and will start weight full force next week.
 
Reminders: and New Information:
  • Illness: Please remember our school illness policy and keep your student home if they have a contagious illness (flu, strep, pink eye) for 24 hours or until they are no longer contagious. Please also notify our school clinic by contacting Nurse Francis.
  • Valentine's Day: Class lists will be coming home soon! Students should make/write a valentine card for all 24 classmates, including who it is to & from. You can start working on these anytime!
  • Kinder Red Words: I know I am very repetitive with this, but please keep practicing red words with your child. There are 4 red words on each spelling test, two of them will be kinder words. Please look at your child's spelling test to see what they need to work on. I am still seeing many of the kinder words spelled incorrectly. Thank you!
Looking Ahead:
 
Week 21Topics
Math: Weight
Reading: Retelling/Comprehension
Science: Electricity
Social Studies: Modern Mexico
Writing: Opinion Paragraphs]
 
Current Concepts
Green Words: swing, hang, long, stung (-ing, -ang, -ong, -ung)
Red Words: knew, know
 
Character: January
Courage is doing what is right in the face of fear. 
 
Important Dates
January 31     Elementary Night at Blackout Basketball Games
January 31     K-12 BLACK OUT Spirit Day
 
 

Week 19: 1/13-1/17

Welcome Back to School and Happy New Year! What an awesome last semester we had.  I also want to give a HUGE shout out to all the hard work my class put in...it really showed on the assessment days.  There was a lot of reading growth and I am so proud of my firsties!  
 
Reminders: 
  • Homework consists of reading every night for 20 min.  You can read to your kiddos or have them read a good fit book to you.
  • I will start sending home the math homework in next weeks Thursday folders.
  • There will be a list of the required first grade red words, as well. Keep practicing the kinder words if your child still does not have all of them down.
  • The kiddos will soon have 4 red words on their spelling test, starting week 21. Two first grade and 2 kinder red words...practice, practice, practice!
 
We will have our first full week back, next week. Here is what to look forward to...
 
Field Trip 1/17: Students should wear purple first grade shirts with jeans or athletic bottoms. Please pack your child a sack lunch with their name and ensure that everything inside is disposable. I'd encourage a small water bottle in the lunch, too. Chaperones, arrive at 8:30 please! 
 
Green Words: child, shelf, gulp, milk (Ending "l" blends -lf, -lp, -lk, -ld)
Red Words: now, most
 
Week 19 Topics
 
Math: Length
Reading: Retelling/Comprehension
Science: Electricity
Social Studies: Modern Mexico
Writing: Expanding with Details
 
Character: January
Courage is doing what is right in the face of fear. 
 
 
 
Important Dates
January 13, 2020         Box Tops Collection 2 Begins
January 14, 2020         Your Pie - Dining Fundraiser 5 PM – 9 PM
January 14, 2020         ES Open Enrollment Session 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
January 14, 2020         HS Open Enrollment Session 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
January 14, 2020         MS Open Enrollment Session 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM 
January 17, 2020         1st gr - Field Trip 9:45 AM – 2 PM
January 20, 2020         MLK Jr Day - NO SCHOOL