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Welcome to 1st Grade!
 
About Miss Walker:
Hello! I am so happy to have you in my class this year! I graduated from Sam Houston State University. I have been teaching for 4 years at Decker Prairie--one year in fourth grade and 3 years in first grade. My favorite thing to teach is reading! My hobbies include going to the movies and working out. 
 
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*To get updates from me via text message, please follow the directions below:
Send the message @dpes17 to phone number 81010 -OR- Visit rmd.at/dpes17
 
Conference Times
Any day before school: 7:40-8:10
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 2:25-3:25
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday after school: 4:30-5:00
 
Fall Conferences are here!
If none of the available slots work for you, or you would prefer a phone conference, please let me know. Thank you!
 

Classes

Recent Posts

January 29-February 2

Hello parents! We are ready for a wonderful week. Here's what you need to know:
 
Dates:
  • February 14th: Valentine's Parties @ 2:30-3:30 - Info will be going home this week about boxes and cards.
  • February 15th: Math & Science Night! 5:30-7:00
 
What We're Learning
Reading: We are continuing our unit on nonfiction books. Students are loving this unit as they learn more about topics they are interested in.
Writing: We are starting our Research unit. This week, we will be researching an animal as a class and writing an All About book. Next week, students will choose an animal on their own and write an All About book.
Spelling: take, lake, shake, brake, date, plate, flame, game, back, them
Math: We are continuing our Place Value to 120 unit. This week we will be learning how to make numbers in different ways (this is a precursor to regrouping in 2nd grade). 
Science: We are starting a unit on Rocks, Soil and Water. This unit has a lot of fun outside activities!
Social Studies: We are finishing our unit on Technology and Inventors. Students have learned about Garrett Morgan, Alexander Graham Bell, and Henry Ford. This week we are discussing the types of technology we use/see at home and school.
 
 
Thank you!
Miss Walker

January 10-12

Welcome back and Happy New Year! Here's a look at what's happening in our classroom this week:
 
What We're Learning
Reading: We are starting a unit on informational texts! Students really love this unit!
Writing: We will be learning how to write All About Books. Please talk to your student about things (animals, sports/activities, places, objects) that they know facts about.
Spelling: There is no spelling this week.
Math: We are revisiting place value this week. We have already done place value to 30; this unit will go up to 120. 
 
During Science and Social Studies time, we will be practicing our Call to Excellence. Your student will get their part to take home and practice as well. We present on Tuesday, January 16th. ALL STUDENTS MUST BE AT SCHOOL BY 8:20 to participate. 
 
Save the Date: Math & Science Night is February 15th @ 5:30-7:00.
 
Thank you!
Miss Walker

November 27-December 1

Welcome back parents! I hope you got plenty of family time during the break. Only 19.5 days until Christmas break!
 
Important Information:
 

Jingle Bell Run December 8th during specials

PTO is hosting the annual Fun Run to raise money for recess equipment. Students can collect pledges to raise money! If you need a new pledge sheet, let your teacher know. You can also order a team shirt from: http://bluewaveapparel.com/DPESFunRun


Class Parties: Each class party is a $5 donation, or you can pay all $15 at one time. The Christmas party is December 22nd at 11:30 am.

What We're Learning:

Reading) We are working on a readers' theater of Stone Soup this week! Students are practicing their fluency and comprehension through the form of a play. It will be video recorded for you :-)

Writing) We are starting a short unit on letters. Students must understand the format of a letter and be able to write short, friendly letters.

Math) We are working on addition and subtraction to 20 with word problems. The way that I teach word problems is by asking the following questions: What do you need to find out? (Look to the question.) What do you already know? and What are you going to do to solve it--add or subtract? Students are allowed to use counters for this test on December 8th.

Social Studies) We are learning about timelines this week. Students will create a timeline of their life, so please talk to them about events from their past.

Science) We are learning about movement--how things move (straight, zig-zag, round and round, etc.) and what kinds of objects move that way.

As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please send me an email or give me a call! Thank you!

Ms. Walker



November 6-10

Hello parents! We have a lot of information for you this week.
 
Important Information:
-Tuesday, November 14: Family Literacy Night! 5:30-7:00 @ DPES!
 
Wednesday, November 15: Field trip to Dewberry Farms.
  • If you said you would like to volunteer to go, here is the link for you to apply: https://tomball.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=1801
  • Dress Code: Students should wear a Decker Prairie shirt or a red shirt.
  • Lunch: Lunches should be in a gallon sized plastic bag. Please provide 1 water bottle in addition to whatever drink they may have for their lunch.
  • Please make sure you sunscreen and bug spray your child BEFORE coming to school. We are not allowed to do this for them at school.
 
What We're Learning
Reading: We began our unit on Fairy Tales and Folk Tales. We will be practicing retelling and thinking about characters with these types of stories.
 
Writing: We are continuing to write small moment stories. This week we are focusing on creating strong leads and endings to our stories.
 
Spelling: OUR SPELLING TEST IS ON FRIDAY, 11/10. The words are the r-blend pattern. brag, drip, drop, drill, grab, brand, trap, crab, from, how
Please visit the Spelling City to play games with the words: www.spellingcity.com/misswalker13
 
Math: We are continuing our unit on addition and subtraction strategies. So far we have learned about Counting On and Doubles facts. This week, we are learning about Counting Back to Subtract, Related Facts, and Fact Families.
 
Social Studies: We are continuing our unit on Past, Present, and Future. We will learn how to create and interpret timelines and calendars.
 
Science: We are continuing our unit on energy. This week we are talking about Light Energy.

Hello parents! 
 
Important Information:
-Tuesday, November 14: Family Literacy Night!
-Wednesday, November 15: Field trip to Dewberry Farms. If you said you would like to volunteer to go, here is the link for you to apply: https://tomball.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=1801
 
What We're Learning
Reading: We are assessing the students' ability to retell a story using picture cues as an aid.
 
Writing: We are continuing to write small moment stories, but we are working on revising our stories to make them better. To revise means to change a word, phrase or sentence by adding or deleting. 
 
Spelling: OUR SPELLING TEST IS ON FRIDAY, 11/3. The words are the s-blend pattern. slap, slip, slit, snug, snap, bust, stub, spin, your, all
Please visit the Spelling City to play games with the words: www.spellingcity.com/misswalker13
 
Math: We are beginning our unit on addition and subtraction strategies. Please be on the lookout for video links and parent resources as some of these strategies will not feel natural. We are starting this week with addition strategies such as counting on, doubles and near doubles.
 
Social Studies: We are beginning our unit on Past, Present, and Future. We will learn how to create and interpret timelines and calendars.
 
Science: We are continuing our unit on energy. This week we are talking about Heat energy! We have designed a super fun experiment to try tomorrow! 

October 23-27

Hello parents! 
 
Important Information:
-Red Ribbon Week is this week. Please see the newsletter for how to dress each day. It is optional, but very fun!
-There is a Math Test on Friday, October 27.
-GO ASTROS!
 
What We're Learning
Reading: We are continuing our unit on Retelling stories and thinking deeply about characters.
 
Writing: We are continuing to write small moment stories, but we are working on the development of these stories. Instead of just writing what basically happened, we are writing EXACTLY what happened. 
 
Spelling: OUR SPELLING TEST IS ON FRIDAY, 10/27. The words are the short u pattern. hop, chop, hip, chip, cap, chat, cut, such, look, like
Please visit the Spelling City to play games with the words: www.spellingcity.com/misswalker13
 
Math: We are continuing our unit on Place Value to 30. Our test is on Friday, October 27. The students are doing very well with this concept! I will send home a "review" tomorrow if I can find a good one. 
 
Social Studies: We are learning about public officials. The students will be taking a test on public officials next week. Students should know about the mayor, governor and President and 1-2 things that each public official is responsible for. 
 
Science: We are continuing our unit on energy. This week we are talking about Heat energy! 

October 16-20

Hello parents! I hope you had a wonderful long weekend!
 
Important Information:
-Friday, October 20: Donuts with Dad (or a loved one) @ 7:30 in the cafeteria.
 
What We're Learning
Reading: We are starting our unit on Retelling stories and thinking deeply about characters.
 
Writing: We are continuing to write small moment stories, but we are working on the development of these stories. Instead of just writing what basically happened, we are writing EXACTLY what happened. 
 
Spelling: OUR SPELLING TEST IS ON FRIDAY, 10/20. The words are the s, h, & sh patterns. sip, ship, hot, shot, fish, hop, shop, she, as
Please visit the Spelling City to play games with the words: www.spellingcity.com/misswalker13
 
Math: We are starting our unit on Place Value to 30. Eventually we will go all the way to 120, but we start off slow. Please see the following article that talks about the common misconception that students think the 2 in the number 23 means 2, instead of 20
 
Social Studies: We are learning about public officials and the government. 
 
Science: We are learning about forms of energy. We continue this week with Sound Energy (my favorite!) It's about to get loud in here...

Place Value Parent Guide

This is a quick overview of all that place value entails. This was written for Common Core curriculum, but it applies to our Texas standards as well. We will be introducing the place value mat (tens and ones) this unit and the 120 chart at a later time. Please remember: we are only working with numbers 0-30 this unit!

October 10-13

Hello parents! I hope you had a wonderful long weekend!
 
Important Information:
-Thursdays are library days.
-FALL CONFERENCES: Please sign up for a conference using this link (http://signup.com/go/WiJWSfA) if you have not already.
-SAVE THE DATE: Our Family Literacy Night is November 14th!
 
What We're Learning
Reading: We are starting our unit on Retelling stories and thinking deeply about characters.
 
Writing: We are continuing to write small moment stories, but we are working on the development of these stories. Instead of just writing what basically happened, we are writing EXACTLY what happened. 
 
Spelling: OUR SPELLING TEST IS ON FRIDAY, 10/13. The words are the short u pattern. tug, nut, fun, jug, run, hut, rug, bug, was, me
Please visit the Spelling City to play games with the words: www.spellingcity.com/misswalker13
 
Math: We are starting our unit on Place Value to 30. Eventually we will go all the way to 120, but we start off slow. Please see the following article that talks about the common misconception that students think the 2 in the number 23 means 2, instead of 20
 
Social Studies: We are learning about being good citizens. Our focus this week is about the symbols of the United States.
 
Science: We are beginning our unit on Energy. We start this week with Sound Energy (my favorite!) It's about to get loud in here...

October 2-6

Hello parents! I promise to start getting these out on Mondays from now on (I have a reminder now). 
 
Important Information:
-Thursdays are library days.
-October 6 is EARLY RELEASE. Dismissal begins at 12:50.
-FALL CONFERENCES: Please sign up for a conference using this link (http://signup.com/go/WiJWSfA) if you have not already.
-Cougar Tales: Please see the Cougar Tales tab on my homepage to read the DPES October newsletter for campus news.
 
What We're Learning
Reading: We are continuing to learn strategies for reading. The strategies we have are: check the picture, check the word (Does it look right?), check the first letter then ask "What would make sense?"
 
Writing: We are learning about small moment stories. These are stories that are about ONE TIME, instead of an entire day or big event. (Example: Instead of writing about my entire Florida vacation, I would write about the time I stepped on a jellyfish.)
 
Spelling: OUR SPELLING TEST IS ON FRIDAY, 10/6. The words are the short o pattern. hot, jog, fog, hop, mop, dot, on, to, of, you
Please visit the Spelling City to play games with the words: www.spellingcity.com/misswalker13
 
Math: We are working with word problems within 10 for addition and subtraction.
 
Social Studies: We are learning about being good citizens. Our focus this week is about the symbols of the United States.
 
Science: OUR SCIENCE TEST IS ON OCTOBER 6TH. We are learning about properties of matter (ooo ahhh). We are using our senses to describe objects and sort them by their properties.

September 25-29

Hello parents! Several updates for you this week:
 
Important Information:
-Pledge Test: For social studies, we are testing the students recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. They will not be counted off for mispronunciations, but will be for missing/skipping words/lines. They do say this pledge every single morning at school, as they have since Kindergarten. They also must know that the pledge means making a promise to be a good citizen of America. Please practice it at home. I will be assessing on Friday, 9/29.
-Fall Conferences: These are happening later than usual, but please be looking for an email with a link to sign up. The sign-up is anonymous (to others) and will include times that I am available.
 
What We're Learning
Reading: We are reviewing/learning new reading strategies such as peeking at the cover/pictures to get ready to read, reading through the whole word (not just the beginning letter), and using the picture to help us think about what makes sense when reading.
 
Writing: We are learning about small moment stories. These are stories that are about ONE TIME, instead of an entire day or big event. (Example: Instead of writing about my entire Florida vacation, I would write about the time I stepped on a jellyfish.)
 
Spelling: OUR SPELLING TEST IS ON FRIDAY, 9/29. The words are the short e pattern. bit, kit, big, dip, fin, pin, in, it, is, his
Please visit the Spelling City to play games with the words: www.spellingcity.com/misswalker13
 
Math: We are working with word problems within 10 for addition and subtraction.
 
Social Studies: We are learning about being good citizens. Our focus this week is about the Pledge of Allegiance and its meaning. 
 
Science: We are learning about properties of matter (ooo ahhh). We are using our senses to describe objects and sort them by their properties. This week's properties are capacity and mass.

September 18-22

Hello parents! I hope this update finds you well. Please read through and let me know if you have any questions.
 
Important Information:
-OPEN HOUSE - Thurs, 9/21 from 6:00-7:30
-PICTURE DAY - Fri, 9/22: Students may bring a change of clothes for recess and PE.
 
What We're Learning
Reading: We are learning how to be awesome reading buddies this week! 
 
Writing: We are working on telling our stories across pages of a booklet. Next week, we will be zooming in on small moments. Instead of writing 3 stories on 3 different pages, we will be writing one story with enough details to go across all the pages.
 
Spelling: OUR SPELLING TEST IS ON FRIDAY, 9/22. The words are the short e pattern. leg, beg, men, net, wet, hen, for, see, little
Please visit the Spelling City to play games with the words: www.spellingcity.com/misswalker13
 
Math: We are working with word problems within 10 for addition and subtraction.
 
Social Studies: We are learning about being good citizens. The students will be expected to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and talk about what it means for a major grade next week.
 
Science: We are learning about properties of matter (ooo ahhh). We are using our senses to describe objects and sort them by their properties. This week's properties are length and mass.

A Note from Dr. Colson

September 14, 2017

Dear Parents,

Next week we have a few exciting events.  Our first one will be on Monday morning.  We will have our first Call to Excellence beginning at 8:30.  This is a time for all students to gather for morning announcements and to review our 8 Expectations for Learning, Life Principle of the Week and learn our new Callback for the week.  We will only do this on Mondays. Tuesday, September 19, we are having our WATCH D.O.G.S. kickoff beginning at 6 PM.  This will be for all of our Dads, Granddads, and other male figures of the family to come and see how you can help with safety on our campus.  On Thursday, September 21, we will have Parent Orientation for PK – 2nd Grade from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.  Parent Orientation for 3rd and 4th Grade will be on Thursday, September 28 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. 

I look forward to seeing you at Parent Orientation and WATCH D.O.G.S. kickoff.

Dr. Colson

September 11-15

Hello parents! I hope this update finds you well. Please read through and let me know if you have any questions.
 
Important Information:
-Don't forget to look for the newsletter in 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!
-TOMORROW, AUGUST 12 is our Library Ribbon Cutting Ceremony! The administrators and reading specialists will be there to see the students unveil the classroom library. It will be recorded and pictures will be taken. Please see my Reading tab on my Teacher Page for more information.
 
 
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, 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.