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Hello, I am Mrs. Willard and I am so excited to be teaching FIRST GRADE here at Decker!! This will be my 4th year teaching and 1st year here at Decker Prairie! I graduated with my undergrad in Elementary Education at Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) near Dallas in December of 2013. I then decided to go straight into getting my masters in Curriculum Development and graduated in the Spring of 2015. When I am not at school you can find me enjoying the outdoors with my husband and our 85 pound white german shepherd. We love to mountain bike, build things, disc golf, and many other things. I know this year is going to be amazing and I am so blessed to be here at Decker! 
 
 

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February 19th- 22nd

Reading- We will continue our non fiction research project. 
Writing- We will write our research in complete sentences.
Math- We will take Unit 7 test and begin skip counting.      
Social Studies- We will learn about different bodies of water.  
Science- We will finish our rocks, soil and water unit.  
 
Word Study: suffix -ing
doing, camping, planting, acting going, helping
 
Sight Words:
get, come, because, were, use
 
Dates to Remember:
February 21st Class Picture Day
February 22nd Go Texans Day! Wear your cowboy hats and boots. 

February 11th-14th

No school Friday/Monday 
 
Reading-We will begin our non fiction research project. 
Writing-We will write our research in complete sentences.
Math- We will represent a given number in more than one way.      
Social Studies- We will identify the four cardinal directions and a compass rose.  
Science- We will finish our rocks, soil and water unit.  
 
**Send 21 Valentine Cards to school leave the TO part BLANK.

February 4th-8th

Reading- We will review nonfiction and their features.   
Writing- We will write expository writing samples and self check our writing skills.  
Math- We will compare and order numbers up to 100.  We will represent a given number in many ways.      
Social Studies- We will identify, explain, and create maps.  
Science-We will explore rocks and soil and discuss why they are important.  

myOn

We now have myOn for our students to use at school or outside of school!
Here are the steps to find myON for your child to use at home:
  1. Go to http://www.clever.com or from this site, click "Library Links" and then the myON button
  2. Select at top right: "Log in as a student"
  3. Type in and select our school's name
  4. Select "Log in with Google"
  5. Enter your child's login: their#@elem.tomballschools.net
  6. Their password is tisd+birthdate (example: tisdmmddyyyy)
  7. This will take you to Clever, which houses all of the sites that our school or district pays for that the students can access. Scroll down and click on "myON"
  8. I would bookmark or save at this point

January 21st-25th

Reading- We will find the main idea and details in nonfiction texts.  
Writing- We will write expository writing samples.   
Math- We will represent numbers up to 120 and begin our place value unit.    
Social Studies- We will identify important Texas historical figures.  
Science- We will review day/night, sun/moon, and clouds in order to prepare for our unit test.   
 
**Continue to read with your child every night for 20 minutes to help with their fluency and practice their 1st grade sight words.** 
 
Important Dates:
Career Day February 7th
NO SCHOOL February 15th and 18th

December 17th-21st

Reading-We will complete a variety of reader's responses.  
Writing-We will write letters.  
Math-We will collect and sort data.  
Social Studies-We will continue learning about Christmas around the world.  
Science-We will finish our weather unit.  
 
Thursday-Polar Express day/pajama day Your child may wear pajamas and bring a small blanket to use while watching the movie. We also ask that you have them bring tennis shoes for Recess instead of slippers. 
Friday-Party and early release 

December 3rd-7th

Reading- We will continue reading all types of poetry.   
Writing- We will write different types of poems.  
Math- We will solve word problems to 20 and use strategies to help us.   
Social Studies- We will describe and explain beliefs, customs and traditions.(family)
Science- We will explore weather.
 
Word Study: Long "a" 
came, gate, name, mane, shade, flame
 
Sight Words: she, do, they, put
 
**Continue to read with your child every night for 20 minutes to help with their fluency and practice their 1st grade sight words.** 
 
**Upcoming Events**
December 20th Polar Express Day @ 9am
December 21st Early Release @ 12:50 
No School December 24th - January 8th 

November 26-30

Reading-We are introducing Poems and talking about their characteristics and meanings. 
Writing-We will continue to write small moment stories.   
Math-We will solve word problems to 20 and focus on different strategies to help us.   
Social Studies-We will describe and explain beliefs, customs and traditions.    
Science-We will continue our exploration with magnets. 
 
Word Study: Wh and Th
thin, whip, bath, what, wham, moth, with
 
Sight Words: my, up, did, when
 
**Continue to read with your child every night for 20 minutes to help with their fluency and practice their 1st grade sight words. 

November 12-16

Reading-We will continue to retell the stories we read.  
Writing-We will write a small moment story.   
Math-We will solve word problems to 20.  
Social Studies-We will describe and explain beliefs, customs and traditions.    
Science-We will use positional words to describe location and begin exploring magnets.  
 
Thanksgiving Break 19th-23rd.  
 

Ready Rosie

This is an exciting year! You and your child have access to a new program called ReadyRosie through email or text.  It is packed with meaningful activities that you can do at home to support your child’s learning.  Through this program, you will discover activities and games by video, that you can play related to classroom learning.  You will be able to have more fun than every with your child through meaningful interactions. 

Please be on the lookout for a letter in your Wednesday folder that will ask you to complete the bottom with your name and address. By completing this form, you will be giving us permission to enter your address into the system so you may get the awesome emails from ReadyRosie, assigned by the teacher.  You will be unable to receive the emails until you return the completed form.

 

Thanks so much!

November 5-9

Reading-We will continue to retell the stories we read.  
Writing-We will write a small moment story.   
Math-We will continue to solve problems within 20 and take the unit assessment (Friday).
Social Studies-We will understand how timelines are used and create our own timeline.     
Science-We will explore how things move.  
 
**Book Fair is this week! You may take your child to the book fair before school, after school, or during their lunch period. Students may not be pulled out during class time to go to the book fair with you. If you send money with your child I can send them throughout the day to get what you have discussed. 
 
 **Also parents, if you have not signed up for a Parent Teacher Conference please do so ASAP. You have until November 16th to do so. I look forward to meeting with you soon!

Wish List:
-Fine Black Expo Markers
-Index Cards (White and Colorful)