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Welcome to First Grade!! My name is Caitlin Shiyou. I was born and raised all the way from Tupelo, Mississippi (birth place of Elvis Presley :)). I graduated from Mississippi State University in 2012 with a degree in Elementary Education. I am a HUGE Mississippi State and Cowboys fan! I met my husband in college and got married in June of 2014. I have a little boy who is two years old! I am very blessed. I am so excited to be teaching 1st grade for my third year. Your children impact my life each and every day! Let's have an outstanding year :).
 
I look forward to getting to know you over the coming year! Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!
 
Mary "Caitlin" Shiyou
281-357-3134 ext. 3047
maryshiyou@tomballisd.net (Preferred Communication Method)
 

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Class News! :)

September 18th - 22nd

 

Reminders:
 
We will be starting our Call to Excellence (morning announcements) in the cafeteria on Monday mornings. Please remind your child to go to the Gym on Mondays and not class. Every other day, it will be held in our classroom. 
 
Watch Dog Kick Off/ Pizza Party with Dads will be held on Tuesday at 6:00
p.m. 
 
Parent Orientation will be held on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. 
I hope to see everyone there. I will be discussing what we will be learning throughout the year, how grading works, conduct, and a lot more. 
 
Fall Pictures will be on Friday 9/22. 
 
 
 
What we are learning this week!
 
Social Skills:
Making Good Independent Choices, Using Positive Words, Respecting Personal Space, Telling the Truth, and Showing Compassion
 
Reading Workshop:
We will be learning new word work activities to implement during stations. We will continue to practice building our reading stamina. 
 
Writing Workshop: 
Students will write brief stories with a beginning, middle, and end.
I will demonstrate and model how to Touch  (on a blank page) and Tell, Sketch, and Write a story. 
Students will plan a first draft by sharing ideas with partners.
 
Social Studies:
Students will explain the purpose for rules and laws in the home, school, and community.
Students will identify characteristics of good citizenship, including responsibility in daily life.
 
Science: 
Students will classify objects by observing properties such as larger and smaller, heavier and lighter, shape, color, and texture.
 
 

Class News! :)

September 11-15

 Hello parents! This is what we will be learning this week along with a few important reminders. Please read through and let me know if you have any questions. 

 
Important Information:
-Don't forget to look for the newsletter in the Take Home Folders today. We also have added a Reading Challenge that is super fun!
-Grandparents Week is this week. Your child's grandparents may come eat lunch with them!
 
 
What We're Learning:
Reading: We are practicing how to shop from our classroom library by choosing books that are just right for us! We choose a book by thinking about what interests us, deciding if we know most of the words and if we understand what we are reading. 
 
Writing: We are working on strategies for spelling words. Students use the alphabet chart, word wall, and letter line to help them spell the best they can. First grade writing is accepting of inventive spellings! See this article for more information.
 
Spelling: OUR SPELLING TEST IS ON FRIDAY, 9/15. The words are the short a pattern. nap, map, cap, rag, tag These will be the sight words on the test: the, this, be, he, play
Please visit the Spelling City to play games with the words: www.spellingcity.com/misswalker13
 
Math: We are practicing skills from Kindergarten such as adding up to and subtracting from 10. We are using ten frames and part-part-whole mats with counters to help us.
 
Social Studies: We are learning about rules and laws in the home, school, and community. We are also learning about authority figures.
 
Science: We are learning about properties of matter (ooo ahhh). We are using our senses to describe objects and sort them by their properties.
 
*I am so excited for our FIRST FULL WEEK! :) 

Class News! :)

May 15-19

 Hello Parents! We are 3 weeks away! Here are some things you need to know:

 
End of Year Party
Our end of the year party is on May 31 at 2:30 pm. We are still pretty short on money for this party, so if you have not given your $5 for it yet, please try to do so this week. If you are willing to donate, we will accept that as well. Thank you all for making this year so great!
 
Final Tests:
Science Test: Wednesday - A review was sent home.
Math Test: Next Tuesday over time to the hour and half hour, measuring with nonstandard units (not rulers, but objects) and graphs which we have been doing all year.
SS Test: This test is way easy over Maps. 
 
Guided Reading Books
Our library books are due Wednesday, 5/17. Also, if you could please check your house for any books that look like they belong to DPES, I would greatly appreciate it. These will be the readers that came home in book bags. I am missing about 10 books.
 
Thank you!
Mrs. Shiyou

Class News! :)

Week of May 8th 

Spelling: 
hoped, acted, missed, walked, helped, looked, baked, hiked, first, after 
 
Reading:
Students will monitor and adjust comprehension (e.g., using background knowledge, creating sensory images, rereading a portion aloud.
 
Students will establish purposes for reading selected texts based upon desired outcome to enhance comprehension.
 
Writing: Students will write stories with a beginning, middle, and end. 
The students will review and practice writing "All About Books"
 
Math: 
Students will tell time to the hour and half hour using analog and digital clocks.
 
Students will use measuring tools to measure the length of objects to reinforce the continuous nature of linear measurement.
 
Students will illustrate that the length of an object is the number of same-size units of length that, when laid end-to-end with no gaps or overlaps, reach from one end of the object to the other.
 
Students will measure the same object / distance with units of two different lengths and describe how and why the measurements differ.
 
Students will describe a length to the nearest whole unit using a number and a unit.
 
Science: 
Students will analyze and record examples of interdependence found in various situations such as terrariums and aquariums or pet and caregiver.
 

Students will gather evidence of interdependence among living organisms such as energy transfer through food chains and animals using plants for shelter.

Science Tet on FRIDAY!! 
 
Social Studies: 
Students will locate places using the four cardinal directions.
 
Students will describe the location of self and objects relative to other locations in the classroom and school.
 
Students will create and use simple maps to identify the location of places in the classroom, school, community, and beyond.
 
Students will locate places of significance on maps and globes such as the local community, Texas, and the United States.
 
Thanks!
Mrs. Shiyou
 

Class News! :)

May 1-5

We are in the final month of school!! Here is what's happening:

 
Dates:
May 4: First Grade Program - Students need to be at school at 6:15 dressed as a small forest animal or in spring colors.
May 5: Fun Run - During our Specials time (2:45), students will participating in a fun run on the track. Pledge forms were sent home to collect donations for the fun run in order for our PTO to buy new playground equipment. If you need a new pledge sheet, please let me know. Remember our color is NEON/HOT PINK! :)
May 12: Muffins with Mom/Loved Ones - At 7:30, come enjoy muffins with your student at school!
 
What We're Learning:
Reading: We are working on our comprehension this week. Students are expected to be able to retell a story in order from beginning to end, make inferences about the character's feelings and actions, and answer their questions with evidence from the text.
 
Writing: The students will be putting all the learning we have been doing about mentor authors and their craft to use by writing a small moment story from scratch that includes details, dialogue and a sequence of events.
 
Spelling: doing, acting, bending, planting, washing, camping, helping, walking, where, could
 
Math: We are beginning our unit on Time and Measurement. We start with time. Students should be able to identify time to the hour and the half hour on digital and analog clocks. 
 
Social Studies: We are continuing our unit on Maps. This week students will learn how to locate their community, state and nation on a map and globe. They will also draw simple maps of familiar places such as their bedroom and the classroom.
 
Science: We are continuing our unit on Animals. This week is all about Food Chains. Students must know that every food chain starts with the sun, followed by 3-5 other plants and animals in a chain. They will also start to distinguish between predator and prey.
 
Thank you!
Mrs. Shiyou :)

Class News! :)

April 24-28

 Hello Parents!

 
Events:
 
 May 4th: First Grade Program @ 6:30

During the show titled “Spring is Here” the children will sing songs celebrating the arrival of spring.  Your child may dress as a small forest animal (i.e. squirrel, bunny, bird, etc. – painted faces are okay) OR flowers (i.e. wildflowers) OR in bright spring colors.

May 5th: FUN RUN!

Our class color is Hot Pink/Neon Pink and Fun Run in the Sun is the theme. Wear our bright color, crazy socks, shirts & headbands. Hats are allowed during the run! Our Fun Run time is (TBD). Volunteers are still needed for all times (8:50-3:45). Pledges are due, May 12th

 
What we're Learning:
Reading: We are reviewing making inferences about our characters' actions and feelings. We are also continuing to practice retelling.
 
Writing: We are continuing to use mentor authors to make our writing better. We are adding dialogue, sensory details, and writing longer and stronger.
 
Spelling: trashes, foxes, benches, churches, mixes, gases, buses, lunches, away, very
 
Math: We are continuing our Geometry unit as we discuss 3D shapes. Students must know how to identify each 3D shape, count the faces, edges, and vertices on each 3D shape, and compare the 3D shape to a real-life object. The test is on Friday, April 28.
 
Science: We are continuing our unit on Animals. This week we are discussing the life cycle of a frog this week!
 
Social Studies: We are beginning our unit on Maps. Students must know the four cardinal directions, be able to make simple maps of places they know well, describe the location using relative and cardinal directions, and know how to find important places (community, state, and nation) on a map and globe.
 
Thank you!
Mrs. Shiyou

FIELD DAY! :)

TOMORROW IS FIELD DAY! 
Our color is LIME GREEN
Please pack a change of clothes and a towel for your child.  You may want to put sunscreen and/or bug spray on your child before they come to school. WE CAN'T WAIT. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE SO MUCH FUN!!! :)

*I sent out an email yesterday about attending our field trip today 4/18.  For some reason, some of you just received it.  This probably caused some confusion.  To be clear, the field trip is not tomorrow 4/19. It will be a regular school day. Thank you so much and sorry again!*

Class News! :)

April 17-21

I hope you all had a great break! Please read my whole post.  There is lots of important information. 
 
Tuesday, April 18: FIELD TRIP
  • Your child needs to wear: DPES or red shirt, tennis shoes.
  • Your child needs to bring: DISPOSABLE water bottle, lunch (unless buying from school)
**IMPORTANT UPDATE: THE DISTRICT HAS CHANGED THE PICK-UP POLICY. IF YOU ARE TAKING YOUR CHILD HOME, THEY WILL NEED TO TRAVEL BACK TO SCHOOL FIRST, THEN YOU WILL SIGN THEM OUT AT THE FRONT OFFICE.**
 
Friday, April 21: FIELD DAY
  • The first grade's color is green, if your child wants to wear it. It is not required.
  • Please provide a change of clothes.
 
What we're Learning:
Reading: We are continuing to work on our fluency as we read like storytellers and speak like the characters.
 
Writing: We are continuing to use mentor authors to make our writing better. We are adding dialogue, sensory details, and writing longer and stronger.
 
Math: We are continuing our Geometry unit as we discuss 3D shapes. Students must know how to identify each 3D shape, count the faces, edges, and vertices on each 3D shape, and compare the 3D shape to a real-life object.
 
Science: We are continuing our unit on Animals. This week we are discussing Animal Habitats and the external characteristics that animals have to help them live in their habitat.
 
Social Studies: We are finishing our unit on Texas. The students are to know the meaning of the Texas pledge, the state symbols and their importance, and the anthems and mottos of Texas.
 
Thank you!
Mrs. Shiyou

Class News! :)

 
 

April 10-13:

 Important Events

  • NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, APRIL 14
  • Easter Egg Hunt: April 13. Your student needs to have 6 eggs with a candy or treat inside and each egg has one letter of the word SPRING written on the outside. This is a student-only event.  We need these by April 12th.
  • Field Trip: April 18. A permission slip was sent home last Wednesday. Another one will be sent to those I have not gotten back yet. Without that form, your child will not go. We need these by April 11.
  • Field Day: April 21. If you would like to order a shirt for this event, please visit: http://www.BlueWaveApparel.com/DPESFieldDay and choose the shirt for 1st grade. They are about $8.
 
****FIELD TRIP VOLUNTEERS****
To chaperone the field trip, you MUST fill out the form on the following website: https://tomball.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=1801
  • If you are going to chaperone, and your form is approved, expect to be given a group of students other than just your own to accompany around the farm. If your form is not approved, you may only take your child around the farm; a friend may not go with them.
  • Siblings are not allowed to attend the field trip, so please keep that in mind.
 
What We're Learning
Reading: We are using our mentor authors to practice reading like storytellers. Students are expected to read with fluency which includes expression and intonation. We will learn how to speak like our characters using what we know about what is happening in the story and dialogue tags that the author includes.
 
Writing: Our author study continues into writing as we try the same craft moves as our authors in our own writing. We will be learning about adding details, dialogue and expanding our stories.
 
Spelling: gate, made, bike, these, home, rope, cute, flute, here, like
 
Math: We are continuing our unit on Geometry. Students are expected to identify, describe (by sides and vertices), and create 2D and 3D shapes.
 
Social Studies: We are continuing our unit about Texas. Students will learn about the Texas Pledge and its meaning.
 
Science: We are starting a unit on animals. We will learn how the characteristics of animals help them move, affect where they live and what they eat. We will also learn about life cycles and habitats.
 
Website Reminders:
  • First in Math: Students can login with the username dpe / password is their lunch number. 
  • Raz-Kids: Students login and type my teacher name: cshiyou. Then they can see their name. The password is their lunch number. *There's an app for this!*
 
Thank you!
Mrs. Shiyou

Class News! :)

April 3-7

Important Events

  • Easter Egg Hunt: April 13. Your student needs to have 6 eggs with a candy or treat inside and each egg has one letter of the word SPRING written on the outside. This is a student-only event.  We need these by April 12th.
  • Field Trip: April 18. A permission slip was sent home last Wednesday. Another one will be sent to those I have not gotten back yet. Without that form, your child will not go. We need these by April 11.
  • Field Day: April 21. If you would like to order a shirt for this event, please visit: http://www.BlueWaveApparel.com/DPESFieldDay and choose the shirt for 1st grade. They are about $8.
 
What We're Learning
Reading: We are using our mentor authors to practice retelling and summarizing a story. First graders are expected to retell a story from the beginning to the end with all of the important events in between. Important events to listen for are: character's names, problem, and solution.
 
Writing: Our author study continues into writing as we try the same craft moves as our authors in our own writing. We will be learning about adding details, dialogue and expanding our stories.
 
Spelling: tube, rule, cute, huge, cube, tune, prune, fume, our, just 
 
Math: We are beginning our unit on Geometry. Students are expected to identify, describe (by sides and vertices), and create 2D and 3D shapes.
 
Social Studies: We are continuing our unit about Texas. Students will learn about the Texas Pledge, symbols, mottoes and anthems.
 
Science: We are finishing up our unit on plants. The test will be this Friday, April 7. Students are to know the parts of a plant, what the parts do, and what a plant needs to grow.
 
Website Reminders:
  • First in Math: Students can login with the username dpe / password is their lunch number. 
  • Raz-Kids: Students login and type my teacher name: cshiyou. Then they can see their name. The password is their lunch number. *There's an app for this!*
Thank you!
Mrs. Shiyou
 

Class News! :)

March 27-31

 What We're Learning:

Reading: We are using our mentor authors to practice retelling and summarizing a story. First graders are expected to retell a story from the beginning to the end with all of the important events in between. Important events to listen for are: character's names, problem, and solution.
 
Writing: Our author study continues into writing as we try the same craft moves as our authors in our own writing. We will be learning about adding details, dialogue and expanding our stories.
 
Spelling: note, wrote, those, bone, pole, rode, woke, code, down, over
 
Math: We are finishing our unit on Money. There is a test on Thursday, March 30. Students are expected to identify each coin and its value, count a group of pennies, nickels, and dimes (not quarters), and describe the relationship among the coins (i.e. 5 pennies = 1 nickel). 
 
Social Studies: We are continuing our unit about Texas. Students will learn about the Texas Pledge, symbols, mottoes and anthems.
 
Science: We are learning about plants. Students will need to know what a plant needs to survive, the plant parts and what they do for the plant.
 
Website Reminders:
  • First in Math: Students can login with the username dpe / password is their lunch number. 
  • Raz-Kids: Students login and type my teacher name: cshiyou. Then they can see their name. The password is their lunch number. *There's an app for this!*
***IMPORTANT DATES***-
  • April 18th-- Field trip to Dewberry Farms.  Permission forms coming home in Wednesday folders.
  • April 21st- Field Day.  You may order t-shirts online. 
 
Thank you!
Mrs. Shiyou

Class News! :)

March 21-24

 Hello Parents! I hope you had a wonderful Spring Break!

 
What We're Learning
Reading: We are starting an author study. We will be reading books by authors such as Kevin Henkes, Ezra Jack Keats, and Helen Lester. We will be retelling and learning about characters.
 
Writing: Our author study continues into writing as we try the same craft moves as our authors in our own writing. We will be learning about adding details, dialogue and expanding our stories.
 
Spelling: hope, rope, home, dome, hole, cone, hose, smoke, more, before
 
 
Math: We are continuing our unit on Money. Students are expected to identify each coin and its value, count a group of pennies, nickels, and dimes (not quarters), and describe the relationship among the coins (i.e. 5 pennies = 1 nickel). 
 
Social Studies: We are starting a unit about Texas. Students will learn about the Texas Pledge, symbols, mottoes and anthems.
 
Science: We are learning about plants. Students will need to know what a plant needs to survive, the plant parts and what they do for the plant.
 
Website Reminders:
  • First in Math: Students can login with the username dpe / password is their lunch number. 
  • Raz-Kids: Students login and type my teacher name: cshiyou. Then they can see their name. The password is their lunch number. *There's an app for this!*
*SPRING PICTURES ARE FRIDAY 3/24!*
 
Thank you!
Mrs. Shiyou :)

Class News! :)

March 6-10

SPRING BREAK: March 13-17

Student Holiday on March 20
 
What We're Learning
Reading: We are starting our unit on poetry. Students will be expected to identify rhyme, rhythm and alliteration in poems as well as understand what the poem is about and visualize it. This week we are exploring sensory poetry.
 
Writing: We will be reviewing the kinds of writing we have done so far this year--narrative, how-to, informational and poetry.
 
Spelling: NO SPELLING THIS WEEK! We are still working on words in class but I am not testing them on Friday.  It is review :)
 
Math: We are continuing our unit on Money. This will continue after Spring Break. Students are expected to identify each coin and its value, count a group of pennies, nickels, and dimes (not quarters), and describe the relationship among the coins (i.e. 5 pennies = 1 nickel). 
 
Social Studies: We are finishing our unit on Goods and Services by discussing financial literacy (saving, spending, making choices, etc.) 
 
Science: We are learning about living and nonliving things. 
 
Website Reminders:
  • First in Math: Students can login with the username dpe / password is their lunch number. 
  • Raz-Kids: Students login and type my teacher name: cshiyou. Then they can see their name. The password is their lunch number. *There's an app for this!*
***MY CLASS WON A PIZZA PARTY FROM MATH & SCIENCE NIGHT.  THIS WILL BE ON FRIDAY 3/10 AT LUNCH. PLEASE SEND A DRINK WITH YOUR CHILD* :) I AM SO EXCITED!***
 
Thank you!
Mrs. Shiyou

Class News! :)

February 21-24

Hello Parents! I hope you had a wonderful long weekend!

 
Please visit my other posts to read about Read Across America Week. There is going to be an optional dress code each day as well as an exciting activity. Literacy Night is on March 2nd.
 
What We're Learning:
Reading: We are starting our unit on poetry. Students will be expected to identify rhyme, rhythm and alliteration in poems as well as understand what the poem is about and visualize it.
 
Writing: We will write our own poems! We will be using mentor poems to help us model our own writing.
 
Spelling: he, me, we, she, be, the, here, these, theme, eve
 
Math: We have a test this Friday, 2/24. Students are expected to know how to build numbers 1-120 with base ten blocks, determine 10 more, 10 less, 1 more, and 1 less than a given number, compare numbers up to 120 with the > < = symbols, and place numbers to 120 on an open  number line. You will see homework come home often during this unit, but remember it's at your own convenience when you complete it.
 
Social Studies: We are continuing our unit on Goods and Services, and we are starting to learn about financial literacy (saving, spending, making choices, etc.)
 
Science: We are learning about bodies of water (ocean, lake, stream, river). We are learning what kind of water each one holds (fresh or salt) and what they look like.
 
Website Reminders:
  • First in Math: Students can login with the username dpe / password is their lunch number. 
  • Raz-Kids: Students login and type my teacher name: cshiyou. Then they can see their name. The password is their lunch number. *There's an app for this!*
Thank you!
Mrs. Shiyou