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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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Week of May 21st - 25th

Important Dates:
 
*No Spelling Test This Week
 
*Please return ALL books to your teacher and or Library. 
 
*Books cost $5 to replace (unless it is a library book, then it varies) 
 
NO SCHOOL Monday, May 28th
 
*End of the Year Class Parties- May 30th 2:30-3:30 
****Please remember to make your reservation so you do not have to wait in the long line!*****
 
*Last Day of School EARLY RELEASE 12:50
 
 
 
Reading:
Students will monitor their comprehension and practice reading grade level text with fluency. 
 
Writing: 
Students will practice writing small moment stories. 
 
Science:
Students will observe and record the life cycle of a butterfly.
 
Social Studies: 
Students will identify and describe the physical characteristics of landforms.
 
Math: 
Students will review first grade material. 

Class News! :)

Week of May 7, 2018

 

Important Dates:
Sonic night- May 10th 
Moms and Muffins- May 11th at 7:30am
Science Test- May 11th
Math Test- May 11th
Spelling Test May 11th
 
Spelling: Inflectional Endings -es
trashes, foxes, benches, mixes, gases, buses, lunches, dishes, could, been
 
Reading:
Students will describe the characters in a story and the reasons for their actions and feelings. (focusing on character traits...who is the character on the INSIDE)
 
Writing:
Students will begin their last Major Grade. 
Students will create a form of Media Literacy. (billboard, magazine cover, cereal box, etc.) 
Students will create their project and present it to the class. 
 
Social Studies: 
Students will identify and describe the physical characteristics of landforms. 
(mountains, hills, canyons, valleys, plains, island, peninsula, and desert.
 
Science:
Students will continue learning about interdependence in food chains. (everything rely's on each other, if one part of the food chain dies off, others will as well) 
 
Math: 
Students will skip count by fives and tens to determine the value of a collection of pennies, nickles, and/or dimes.
Students will count a mixture of coins. 
Please practice with your student. They must identify coins (front and back), know the value of coins, and count a collection of coins. (all pennies, all dimes, all nickels, dimes and pennies, nickels and pennies, dimes, nickels and pennies, dime and nickels)

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Week of April 30th

Spelling:
bugs, bones, cubes, gates, homes, chips, shops, flops, after, where
 
Reading:
 
Students will describe characters in a story and the reasons for their actions and feelings.
 
Writing:
 
Students will discuss the different forms of media literacy. 
 
Students will use media literacy (newspaper, commercials, etc) to persuade others. 
 
Science:
 
Students will analyze and record examples of interdependence (food chains) found in various situations such as terrariums and aquariums or pet and caregiver.
 
Students will gather evidence of interdependence (food chains) among living organisms such as energy transfer through food chains and animals using plants for shelter.
 
Social Studies:
 
Students will identify and describe the physical characteristics of place such as land forms, natural resources and bodies of water.
 
Students will identify examples of and uses for natural resources in the community, state, and nation. 
 
Math: 
 
 
Students will identify U.S. coins including pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, by name & value.
 
Students will write a number with the cent symbol to describe the value of a coin. 

Do you have extra plastic bags????

 

I know you have numerous plastic bags from the grocery store or shopping! Now is your time to get rid of them. HEB is offering a monetary reward for the class who brings in the most bags. We need them by Monday so please look over the weekend. :)
This is their challenge for Earth Day which was this past Sunday. 

Class News! :)

Week of April 16, 2018

 

Important Dates:
Friday- Field Day (We still need Volunteers) 10:15-11:45 Lunch 11:45-12:15
 
Spelling:
hop, hope, glob, globe, not, note, cod, code, our, now
 
Reading:
Students will describe the plot (problem and solution) and retell a story's beginning, middle, and end with attention to the sequence of events. 
 
Writing: 
Students will write small moment stories.
 
Science:
Students will sort and classify living and nonliving things based upon whether or not they have basic needs and produce offspring.
 
Students will investigate how the external characteristics of an animal are related to where it lives, how it moves, and what it eats.

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 such as maps of the home, classroom, school, and community.
Students will locate the community, Texas, and the United States on maps and globes. 
 
Math: REVIEW
Students will identify examples and non-examples of halves.
Students will partition 2D shapes into 2 and 4 fair shares or equal parts and describe the parts using words (halves and fourths). 
 
Students will classify and sory regular and irregular 2D shapes.
Students will distinguish between attributes that define a 2D and a 3D figure and attributes that do not define the shape. 
Students will create 2D shapes from other 2D shapes. 
Students will identify 2D shapes and describe their attributes. 
Students will identify 3D solids and describe their attributes.

1st Grade Music Program

 

Dear First Grade Families,

 On Thursday, April 12 you are cordially invited to attend your child’s grade level music program.  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.

 Send your child to the gym at 6:15 for warm-up; the performance will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.  We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, April 12 at 6:15 p.m. for the show.

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Week of April 9th - April 13th

 

Important Dates: 
 
*Progress Reports will be sent home April 11th 
 
*1st Grades Music Program April 12th 6:30-7:30 
Please have your child in costume and in the gym by 6:15 p.m.
 
Social Studies: Texas brochure for a Major Grade. 
 
Spelling: 
bit, bite, kit, kite, pin, pine, fin, fine, saw, I'm
 
Reading:
Students will identify a story's characters, setting, problem and solution. 
Students will retell a story's beginning, middle, and end with attention to the sequence of events. 
 
Writing: 
Students will continue writing small moment stories. 
Students will write small moment stories with strong and catchy beginnings (dialogue, sound words etc.)
Students will add details to their small moment stories by adding more events and characters feelings to their stories. 
Students will write small moment stories with strong endings. 
Students will write small moment stories and be sure to have capital letters at the beginning of their sentences, spacing between their words, periods at the end of the sentences and spell sight words and know word patterns correctly. 
 
Social Studies:
Students will create a Texas brochure for a Major Grade. 
Students will be expected to:
Draw someone that is important to Texas (Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, Jose Navarro) and explain why they were important to Texas. 
Draw a Texas Symbol and explain why the symbol is important.
Draw the Texas Flag and explain what the Texas Pledge means.
 
Science:
Students will investigate how the external characteristics of an animal are related to where it lives, how it moves, and what it eats.
Students will sort and classify living and nonliving things based upon whether or not they have basic needs and produce offspring.
 
Math: 
Students will identify 2D and 3D solids and describes their attributes using formal geometric language. 
Students will partition(divide) 2D figures into 2 and 4 fair shares or equal parts. 
Students will partition 2D figures into 2 and 4 fair shares or equal parts and describe the parts using words. 

Class News! :)

Week of April 2, 2018

 

Important Dates: 
 
Friday April 6th- 1st Grade Awards Ceremony at 8:50
 
 
Here is what we will be learning:
 
Spelling: short a and long a words
can, cane, man, mane, tap, tape, cap, cape, day, away
 
Reading:
Students will describe a story's plot and retell the important events using transition words.
 
Writing:
Students will use craft move to write a small moment story. (strong beginning, strong endings, dialogue, feeling words, etc.)
 
Science:
Students will identify and compare the parts of a plant. 
 
Social Studies:
Students will identify contributions of historical figures, such as Stephen F. Austin and Jose Antonio Navarro and how they have influenced Texas. 
 
Math:
Students will identify 3D solids (cylinder, cube, cone, sphere, rectangular prism, and triangular prism) and describes their attributes using formal geometric language. (edges, faces, vertices) 

Spelling Test

Spelling Sentences

 

Starting this week, I will be taking the sentences students are writing on the back of their spelling tests for a grade.  Words that make up the sentences are words that are off of our word wall or previous spelling words that the students should be able to spell. 
 
The grade will consist of the following things:
  • capital letter at the beginning of the sentence 
  • spaces between words
  • words are spelled correctly
  • punctuation at the end of the sentence. 
The sentences are not sentences the students will study.  They are simple sentences for the students to practice the basic structures of a sentence. They will be taken as a daily grade, but not all of them will be recorded in the grade book.  

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Week of March 26, 2018

 

NO SCHOOL FRIDAY MARCH 30th

3rd Nine Weeks awards ceremony is Friday, April 6th at 8:50 am.

 Here is what we will be learning next week:

Spelling:

Long Vowel Review Week

 rope, cute, flute, here, like, gate, made, bike, these, home​ 

Reading:

Students will describe the plot of a fiction story and retell the events with attention to the sequence of events.

Writing:

Students will plan and draft a small moment story. Students will use craft moves in their writing such as dialogue, sound words, strong beginning, strong ending, adding details, feelings, etc.

Social Studies:

Students will recite and explain the meaning of the Pledge to the Texas Flag.

Students will identify anthems and mottoes of Texas.

Students will identify contributions of the historical figure Sam Houston who has influenced the state of Texas.

Science:

Students will identify and compare the parts of plants.

Math:

Students will identify 2D shapes based on their attributes. (focusing on regular and irregular hexagons) 

Students will create 2D figures, including circles, triangles, rectangles, squares, rhombuses, and hexagons.

Students will compose 2D shapes by joining other shapes. 

Party on the Prairie

 The festival runs from 1-6pm on Saturday. Silent Auction is from 1-5pm and Live Auction is from 4-6pm. 

 

Egg Hunt!

Easter Egg Hunt

 

We will have our Easter Egg Hunt on March 29th at 1:45 p.m. Parents are welcomed to join us for the Easter Egg Hunt.
 
I have sent home 2 PINK papers this week. PLEASE look at these Easter information sheets.
 
One form is the directions for your child to participate in the Easter Egg Hunt. Your child will need to bring 6 Easter Eggs (spelling out S-P-R-I-N-G) and a basket.
 
The other Easter form is a way for parents to pre-register for the Easter Egg Hunt. This will save you time when you arrive to visit your child on March 29th. 
 
If you have any questions, please email me at maryshiyou@tomballisd.net
 
Thank you! :)

Party on the Prairie

T-shirt sales for Party on the Prairie have been extended until March 9th! :) 

Class News! :)

Week of March 5th-9th

 

Important Dates-
 
Jax Burger will donate 10% to DPES on Wednesday
 
Spring Break- March 12th-16th
 
No School- Monday, March 19th
 
Social Studies Test- Tuesday
*Needs and Wants
*Goods and Services
 
 
Here is what we are learning! -
 
Spelling- he, me, we, she, be, the, these, here, each, there
 
Reading- 
Students will respond to rhyme in poetry.
Students will respond to alliteration in poetry.
 
Writing-
Students will write a poem using sensory words for a Major Grade. 
 
Science- 
Students will review sources of water and how we use them. (oceans, lakes, streams, rivers, ponds)
 
Students will discuss living and non living things. 
 
Social Studies- 
Students will review needs/wants and goods/services.
 
Math- 
Students will skip count by 10's, 5's and 2's by any given number to determine the total number of objects up to 120.