Sunday, December 18, 2011

Spelling Words

Our kiddos aced the test last week (I haven't sent them out yet)! So I thought instead of using a list from our book I would create a list for our short week. We will be working on the "ent" sound and the silent "k"


Monday, December 12, 2011


Tomorrow the pence elementary will be making a trip to the Fairfield High School. 2 – 4th grade will be practicing for their concert tomorrow night (also at the high school) and we ( k -1st) will get the honor of watching them rehearse!

Students will leave at 9:45 am from Pence and will return to the school by 11:00am. I have not yet told the students about this, so it will be a great surprise tomorrow morning. J

A few parents have asked about the calendar for the school, I sent one home this past week and here is a school link in case it didn’t make it home.

Friday, December 9, 2011


This week flashed before my eyes! I looked at the calendar and realized we only have 8 school days before the holiday break! One big reason my week went by so fast was because I was away from the classroom while students enjoyed time with a guest teacher. On Wednesday I attended a PBIS meeting. This is something you will be hearing a lot more about in the future! I am on a team that will be working to implement a new behavior system at Pence. It is based off of giving students a lot of positive reinforcements. Then on Thursday the first grade team (Pence, Washington and Libertyville) and myself met in order to get assessments for this quarter and next quarter organized.

Since the students did a fantastic job for our guest teacher the past days, we have a fun filled day today! In the morning we started out learning about “La Bafana” who is a witch from Italy, and takes goodies to kids (like our Santa Clause) on January 5th ( and will also sweep the child’s room.

After learning about La Bafana the students learned about President Barack Obama, One of this quarters standards is to be able to identify who our current president is. We read about, listen too, and wrote to the president! Students began writing letters to Barack Obama asking him questions concerning his likes and interests. Next time you are with your child this would be a good question to spring on him/her.

Later in the day we listened to the story “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” and watched the original movie.  (Some of the students did not know what this contraption was). During our write-to-self time students compared how the Grinch felt at the beginning and the end of the story.

Next week is going to be a very busy week for our school. We will be giving out two important tests! One is the BRI (Basic Reading Inventory) where the students will read a passage so we can assess their reading growth.  We will also be taking the DMI (District Math Inventory). The DMI will be given on Monday, and the BRI will be administered on Friday. 

Math: We are learning about using a ruler and how to measure different items. For extra support give your student a ruler, remind them how to use it, and have them measure different items around the house. Help show them how important measuring is by having them help you measure different things. For example, if you are making a wood structure using a tape measure, let them read you the total inches. If you are crafting, have them help with measure out different shapes. 

Reading: KEEP READING! The more our students read, the more they will know. I also haven't been receiving back reading logs. Please sent them back with your student once you have them filled out. After Christmas, it will be assigned to your student that they have to read to you.

Social Studies: We are still learning about communities and citizenship for this quarter. 
With the snow coming more and more, please be sure to send your student with the proper gear to go out into the snow.  Students will not be able to play in the snow without snow pants and boots.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at (641)-777-3401.  

Thank you,
Daniell McEvoy
Fairfield School District

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Spelling list Theme 4 week 1 - And updates

Sorry these are a little late getting up!


This is a pretty easy list for the the group!! I want to also emphasize on writing the words nicely and so they are readable.

 Can you believe it is already December!

Math: We are starting to learn about measuring and how to use a ruler. Today we watched a clip from PBS kids on non-standard measuring and we will be measuring the room with our hand-spans, arm-spans and digits. To help practice at home, pull out a ruler and practice measuring different items.

Reading: These next few weeks we are going to work on summarizing. This is a tough concept for a lot of students. I'm going to be teaching the difference between re-telling (which most of them want to do) and summarizing.

READ READ READ: Some parents asked me what else they could be doing with their child. The number one thing I tell them is to read with them. It doesn't just have to be books, but read to them the newspaper or a magazine, if you spend family time watching television, read the words on the screen. Any words that you and your child come across, read them. This will help relay the message that reading is very important!

Writing: This quarter we want to also be working on knowing that the first letter of a sentence is capital, along with names, and at the end you need some kind of mark.

Thanks for reading :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

All parts come together to make one!

We have a very exciting two days this week! On Monday we learned A LOT about pilgrims and how they came to America. The first graders found out about how the pilgrims didn't have many of the resources that we have today. Did you know they only took two showers a year! Learning about the pilgrims made me very thankful for what I have today and all the great resources available to me. We also learned about Squanto and how the Native Americans helped the pilgrims plant food and learn better ways of hunting. Then, of course, after harvesting all the food they had the very first Thanksgiving feast. (Didn't become an official holiday until Abraham Lincoln was president!)

Then Tuesday we learned about features of today. We also discussed different buildings that make up a city. Your students where able to identify what buildings where important to a community and then we built them!

Here is what our creative juices made!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Some good stuff!

This is a first grade favorite! 

This is a fun video from the PBS electric company on possessive nouns! 

 We are also learning about contractions. Have you student refresh their memory with this short clip!

And here are a few of us doing what we do best! Being respectful, learning, and always having fun!

Some Good Stuff

Halloween is a little over, but this is a fun video from the electric company on possessive nouns.

This is a cute song on contractions!! Short and sweet.

This is a first grade favorite! They cheer when the coin song comes on. Enjoy :)

And here is some of us.....

Monday, November 14, 2011

1st grade rocks!


It is so exciting watching your students grow and learn everyday! First grade is such an important year since we start learning how to read books,  use money, to add and subtract, tell time, and much much more! This week we are focusing on: 

Reading: Contractions. How to combine he and is to make he's! Apostrophe is a tough word for our group to say, but they are catching on to the idea. When you are at home, try giving your students a few words that are separated, and have them figure out how to put them together.

Math: We will be learning about the dime tomorrow! Students received the homework earlier than anticipated. I put the sheets in the mailboxes at the beginning of the day, but instead of working on our math lesson, we had to discuss lunch room etiquette (more details below). Then at the end of the day I forgot to grab the sheet and therefore it went home. I apologize for any confusion this might have caused! 

Spelling: Don't forget to check out to practice the weekly spelling lists. Students just took the pre-test today and I am looking forward to seeing how much better they do on Friday.

Social Studies: We are learning about rules and laws. I am also adding a community aspect to our lesson and focusing on how the rules and laws help our community. Keep sending in those boxes so we can build our community next Monday and Tuesday. 

Issues in the room: Today we had a long discussion of lunch room etiquette. The first graders where being very loud in the lunchroom, among other inappropriate actions.  We took time out of our math lesson to identify what we did that was wrong, and what we are going to do after this. We also wrote an apology note to the teacher who was on duty for our actions. 

Another concern in our classroom has been tattling. We will be working a lot with what are things we are able to "let go" (i.e. if we are not hurt in anyway) and when to tell the teacher.  Students have also been tattling on each other about things that they are not involved in. For example: "I saw Johnny tell Sue to be quiet." We will also be working hard to learn about "worrying about ourselves" unless someone else is hurt. This would be a great discussion to bring up at home with your student. It is very helpful to the student to make the connection when issues are being discussed at home and in the classroom. 

Thank you again for all your help and support. I am so thankful for having not only great students, but great parents as well!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Spelling words: Theme 3 Week 3

Spelling Words:

Spelling words for the week!!
1. trip, 2. crab, 3. drip, 4, grin 5. grab 6. trap
Challenge - 7. crack 8. brown

Monday, November 7, 2011

Lots of stuff!!

1. You will be receiving a blue list of  words. These are VERY important. These are first grade sight words. Some of you told me you where making flash cards at home each week. Here are (quite) a few of them already made for you :)

2. Spelling: Don't forget to keep practicing those spelling words. We are on the 2nd week of spelling.
in, it, him, big, sit, did, dish, milk
** for extra practice, and to make spelling more fun. Go to Click on "student" top right hand corner. Type missmcevoy as the user name and yellow46 as the password. Then have fun! There are some great games to get your student practicing at spelling and typing.

-, username: missmcevoy password: yellow46

3. Social studies will be beginning this week! Our first few lessons deal with laws and rules. Next time you are riding in your car, bring up the idea of rules and laws of driving. We will also be talking a lot about citizenship and what it means to be a good citizen in the classroom, school, and community!

4. Pence T-shirt order forms are also being sent home. Check out the school website to see the awesome shirt designs.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Spelling for Oct 31 - Nov 11

Due to our really short week, the same spelling words will transfer over until next week. 

We are focusing on "short i" words

1. in    2. it    3.him   4. big    5. sit    6. did    **Challenge words    2. Milk   (these words also focus on our study of double consonants at the end)

Ways to study: 
1. The good ol' flash cards
2. Make it a game of memory. Make two cards for each word and they have to match them up. 
3. Timed quiz. See how fast they can write all the words (while also trying to have nice handwriting) 
4. Take a word scavenger hunt. See if you child can find these words around the house, in a book, in a newspaper, while watching T.V. 
 - Then extend that to see if they can find more spelling words than you can :) 

Happy Spelling! 

Monday, October 31, 2011

Great day for an adventure!

We had a wonderful time at the park today, and I couldn't have asked for better weather! We learned about different kinds of animals and their "homes" or habitats. The students also learned about different kinds of animals and their bones. The kids played games that revolved around acting like squirrels and we took a great hike!

Keep watching for pictures!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Jefferson County Park, October 31st

The long awaited for trip is finally here!

Your student will need to bring a sack lunch, clothes that can get dirty, and good walking shoes. We will depart form Pence at 9:00am and we will return around 2:30 pm. Thank you to the great parent volunteers who are taking time out of their day to help this day run a little smoother!

Students will not be able to wear costumes or bring toys to the park. Students will be able to bring a water bottle but it will be their responsibility to hold on to. If you have any questions, feel free to call or email me at any time.

This will be a new adventure for me and the students!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Parent Teacher Conferences! Feb 21st and 23rd

Sign up for parent teacher conferences online!

1. Go to
2. Click on the "Schools" tab
3. Select Parent/Teacher Conferences
... 4. Sign in or register if you haven't already
5. Select PES P/T conferences (choose which day you want)
6. Click on the teachers name
7. Enter students name
8. Hit "Continue"
9. You should see a list of times available to select from.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions!



Monday, October 24, 2011

School Trip - Mark Twain! October 28th

Pence will be visiting the Fairfield Civic center on Friday morning. We will be learning a little bit about Mark Twain and his life. Check out the link above to see more information about this production.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Hello followers! You would not believe how much progress our first graders have made! Luckily, if you are a parent, conferences are Nov. 1st and 3rd and you will get to see for yourself. Keep up the great work reading and filling out those reading logs.

This week in first grade we are:

Math - learning about touch math with Miss Shepard. Touch math is a good technique for counting, adding, and subtraction. Ask your student to show you how to do touch math at home!

Reading - We are reading about bugs! Today we read a story about two kids who went on a picnic and they were blocking a bug from their home. Then we talked about the order of the story. When you are reading with your little genius at home, be sure to ask what happened first, next, and last and be ready to be blown away with how much your student can retell the story!

Writing- Our focus is on making words with the short Uu sound. We wrote about why we did, or didn't like bugs today. We should also be working on our word wall words at home! These are being sent home each week. It is very important to keep up with the words each week, the word wall is filling up and students are expected to know how to read and write them after they are posted to the wall.

 Check our these photos of our fabulous class.

Green team won our class competition last week! 

 These students learned a new game with nickels and pennies

During guided reading time students have different activities each day. Group six was at the computers reading from, and in the second page we have a student whose group was reading-to-self.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Its the week to show off what you know!

With report cards and parent teacher conferences right around the corner, students have been show me all the knowledge they have been absorbing these past few weeks. They have worked very hard on different kinds of assessments for our Standard Based Reporting. Some of our tests where taken individually, where others where given to our whole class at once! Tomorrow (Friday) we will be wrapping up our reading unit as well as our chapter 2 in math.

As a way to reward ourselves for all the hard work we have put in, tomorrow we will have a pajama day, and a movie at the end of the day. But sssshhhh, the students don't know about that yet :). Our reading units theme is "surprise' and I thought this would be a great way to wrap up a challenging week.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Don't forget:
1. Sign and turn in the Jefferson County Park permission slip form. October 31, 2011
2. Turn in those box tops!
3. Keep reading for our new "Out of this world" reading incentive.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


This week we will be touching on subtraction! This will be new to many students so I wanted to provide parents with some ideas for practice at home.

Here is a simple link to have your student watch at home.

You can also help by providing your student with different problems at home. Use items such as books. cans, spoons etc as models.

For example: Ask the child what is 7 - 3. Then have them show seven of the objects and then tell them to take three away. As a way to help reinforce the idea have them write out the problem with numbers as well.

Hope this helps :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Reading Incentive/Fundraising

Two big things are due TOMORROW!! (10-11-11)

1. Reading Incentive Cards are due. These are the yellow sheets that were sent home last Tuesday. Students where required to read 10 minutes per night and document their time.

2. If you sold anything for the Chippe Shop fundraiser, you will need to pick up these tomorrow.


Saturday, October 1, 2011

It's October already!?

Wow, can you believe it is already October? This year is going fast. Before you know it, the quarter will be over and we will be having parent teacher conferences. If you haven't already, sign up at the office for a time! If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact me at anytime rather than waiting for conferences.

On Friday, we took our Theme 1 week 3 reading assessment. We rocked this test! 3/4 of the class had a 90% or more. Way to go 1st graders! Our weekly assessments include reading the weeks sight words aloud to an adult, then filling in the missing letter to complete a word. 

Tuesday Pence will kick off the "Fall Reading Incentives." Students will be able to earn prizes for reading. The students already have the assignment of reading for 10 minutes a day, this will be able to count towards both our reading logs, and the Fall reading.

This week in math we started learning about time, and telling time to the hour. This would be a great thing to work on at home.  In first grade they are required to read time to the hour and half hour.

 On Friday, the Fairfield Trojans came to give us a little pep assembly. Our class made them signs and had the choice of giving the signs to the football players and cheerleaders.

Below are a few pictures of how we kick it in first grade. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Order those books!

Get those book orders sent in soon! September is almost due. The more books you buy for your first grader, the more books I can buy for the class!

Class Code: J3TMM

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Math, Reading and so much more!

We had an exciting week! We began a new unit for reading, math and worked more on our science sense unit! I was looking over some of our writing journals and I was blown away with the amount of progress these great kids have shown! In the beginning we were representing words with single letters (very common) and then when I looked at them on Friday I saw many of these students making complete simple sentences! We also took a math assessment where our class rocked! It tested making tally marks, counting by ones and twos, and identifying the a bigger number. On Thursday our students learned about number grids versus number lines.  They also learned a new game using dice and a number grid. The winner was the first one to reach 50!

Here is a little glimpse of the action :)

Math Rocks!!      

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Animals at School!!

We kicked off our Tuesday with a whole school assembly about the rain forest. We saw many of the animals that live in the different layers of the forest. We also saw a few from Madagascar! Which we were very excited because we could make the connection with the movie.

Monday, September 12, 2011

loose ends

I just wanted to write about a few loose ends!

1. Scholastic book orders: The more books you buy, the more points our class gets, the more books we get, and in turn we receive better readers!

2. Reading Log. I will be putting a reading log in your child's orange folder. Students will now have homework everyday, and that is to read for at least 10 minutes. For the next few weeks they can have someone read to them, but eventually it will be required that the student reads to the adult.

3. Chip Shoppe fundraiser: If you student didn't bring home a large packet of information on the school fundraiser let me know. The kids seemed really excited at the end of the day Friday for this!

4. Don't forget to look at the class wish list! We are in need of hand sanitizer and headphones!

Thanks and have a great Monday!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Always an exciting day in 1M!

What an exciting day in class today!
Hand Writing: We learned about spacing and discussed what good writers do.
Reading: There are new words on our word wall after our reading lesson today! We started theme 1 in our reading series.
Math: This was an exciting day because we learned about larger and smaller numbers and we started some addition! Here is an example of one of our word problems: What is two more than three?
Science: (yesterday) We talked about what science is and we did an experiment using a hypothesis, which is an educated guess.

Important announcements::: 1. Assembly on Friday about fundraiser.  2. Scholastic book orders went out today! If you order books, our class gets points for books! 3. If you haven't already, students need to purchase milk/juice tickets. These are $6.00.

We have also been taking a lot of assessments to show Ms. McEvoy all the great things we learned and remembered from kindergarten! These where reading, number recognition, and letter sound assessments.

 Students are getting reading to listen to some Junie B Jones.
 Way to go using that dictionary! Each student has a dictionary as a tool for writing!
Students are working in their write-to-self journals. The topic is "My favorite animal is a...."

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sept 6 2011

Today we had a lot going on! It was the first day of guidance for the year. Mrs. Ledger read the students a story about taking your time when completing work, or as I say “doing their personal best.” You may see the page that they where given to color while she was reading. We also had our first day of library! The students each got to pick out two books. We will have library every Monday for the rest of the school year. (It was on Tuesday this week since we didn’t have school yesterday.) If your student brings a book home, make sure it gets returned otherwise they won’t be able to check out any more books.

We also took a BRI or Basic Reading Inventory assessment. Each student was assessed on their reading ability. Then we will group the students according to their score so that they have more individualize instruction. Everyday (once scores are in) we will have small group learning time. If your students talk about taking a reading test, this was it.

Thank you for those of you who have been checking the orange folders and sending them back. These are very important! If your student has lost his/hers please let me know right away so I can replace it. These help me communicate with you what’s going on in the classroom and in the school.

If you have any of the following you would like to donate to the class we would be very appreciative:
1.     Socks (for erasers)
2.     Hand sanitizer
3.     Head phones for an Ipod/computer
4.     BOOKS!!! (We can always use more books)

Last, but not least, this week I will be sending home a reading log. I will be asking the students to read or listen to a book read to them every night. Then they will need to record the time (minimum of 5 minutes a night). Students with the most minutes read will be able to pick a book off my shelves to keep as their own.

Wrap it up:
*First day of Library and Guidance
* BRI – Reading test
* Orange Folders
* Wish lists
* Reading Log


Monday, September 5, 2011

Wish List #2

1. Hand Sanatizer
2. Board Games (for indoor recess)
3. Fish food/supplies
4. Post- it notes
5. 3 ring binders (prefer the floppy covered kind - $0.20 at walmart)
6. And as always Books books and more books!
*** Don't forget to also collect those box tops and soup lablels.

Friday, September 2, 2011

What a (hot) week!

We made it through our first full week of school. Well, almost full. I think everyone was happy we got out at 1:30 these past two days!

I'm sure by now, your student has told you about the fish in the room. Unfortunately two of our guppies didn't last long. I discussed with the students the importance of keeping fingers out of the tank, because we think this is what might have cause the problem. The other culprit might have been the heat. I will be adding new fish to our tank once the building has cooled down. If you have extra fish supplies i.e. weekend feeders, food, nets, etc feel free to donate to the class and sent them along with your students.

On Thursday, the students had Mrs. Morris come to the room and talk about one of our students who has autism. She told the students about the behaviors that he displays that are different from what they might do, and explained why. I thought she did a great job tell the students about him. It would also be helpful for the parents to also talk to students about diversity and students who are different. We have a very diverse group and I am incorporating a lot of activities that promote inclusion.

It was great seeing the students 'homework' bags today. One of the directions where to decorate the outside of the bag with a picture of what you wanted to be when you grow up. Some of our careers where: teacher, cop, truck driver, ninja, principal, bull figher, and two race car drivers. They have quiet the aspiring goals!

FSD has purchased a great online reading program. This is a great interactive sight to help students work on their reading skills. 

1. Go to this website:
2. Log-in: Username:  dmcevoya     Password: azkap447
3. Child will choose their name
4. Pick a book and listen to the story the first time. Read the story the second time.
5. As students read the books they get a check by the completed books. Then they become more challenging as the student progresses. After the first few levels, students will begin to answer questions as well bout the book.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

This and That

1. Early dismissal tomorrow, September 2nd.

2. Specials Schedule: Mondays: Art and Library Tuesday: (Every other) Guidance Wednesdays/Thursdays: Music and P.E.
** Please send students with tennis shoes on Wed./Thurs.

3. If you have a water bottle to send with your student, please do so. I want to make sure the students stay hydrated in this heat! It also helps cut down on the number of times they need to leave the room.

4. Field Trip: October 31st to Jefferson County Park

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Brushing up and getting rid of the cob webs.

We are finally getting into the nitty gritty. Last week we worked extensively on procedures and how to do the basics. Students have been demonstrating to me all those awesome skills they learned in kindergarten. Tuesday, we finally got to open up the handwriting book, and today we dove right into the first math lesson out of the books.

Soon I will be sending home a little more homework to do! This week I've been trying to figure out what the students needs are. As I tell them, it's my job to be the teacher, but it's their job to learn! One of the easiest ways for you to help your child succeed is to simply read to them, and to have them see you read as well.

An important upcoming event: October 31st we will have our first field trip! We will be adventuring to the Jefferson County Park!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Week 1

Wow! What a great week. We already learned a lot about school and about each other. Our groups has 21 very unique and diverse students. It's a privilege to be their teacher! I can't wait to see the learning that will happen. 

Just a reminder, those orange folders are VERY important. If they come home after school they need to go back to school the next day. This will be how I communicate with you. It will also contain your child's homework. I will be keeping track of each assignment and it's very important to me that the students compete each one and understand the importance of assignment completion, and taking their time to do quality work. 

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

First Day Jitters

Wow! What a great first day of first grade! The students and I had a fun time learning a lot of new things (both on my end and the students) We learned about classroom procedures and school expectations. The students got to show off some of their skills with color identification and hard working skills. I read a book to the students about a girl who was nervous about everything including the first day of school. The students informed me their biggest worry was having a "mean teacher"! But they were relived to find I wasn't a "mean teacher."

Can't wait to see everyone back again tomorrow!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Class Wish List: #1

From time to time I will post an updated wish list. These are items that you might have laying around not being used or would like to donate to our class! 

1. Books! (We are always looking for good books to add to our library)
2. Kids Music/CD'
3. Tubs big enough to hold medium to large books
4. Board Games 
5. Fabric (Large enough to cover a bulletin board) 
6. Hand sanitizer  
7. Sandwich and gallon sized ziplock baggies

If you are also able to volunteer around the room please let me know! I could always use an extra helping hand :)

New and exciting things are underway!

The last few weeks have been very exciting! I've been getting the room ready for the students and meeting some other wonderful teachers as well. The Pence staff has been so kind and generous. These kids are lucky to have such great educators.

Being that I am the new teacher, there are always wonders and curiosities about who I am. Well, I graduated from COE college in December and I substitute taught in Cedar Rapids for the remainder of the school year. Substituting was a very rewarding and exhausting experience.  This past summer, I spent my time teacher for a private school, Summit School, also in Cedar Rapids. I taught 8 bright preschool students on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and co-taught 16 energetic preschoolers Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays. I also taught three other week long camps for kindergarten through second graders, those camps where "Mad Scientists", "Ice Cream You Scream" and "Back to School Brush-up."

This year is going to be full of new and exciting experiences for the students and myself as well! My goal is to be constantly updating this blog as well as our class Twitter and Facebook pages. Feel free to follow along and get in on all the action!

Twitter: MsMcEvoy1
Facebook: Ms. McEvoy's 1st Graders
My Email address: