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My name is Janae Black. I am so excited to be your child's first grade teacher at Higgins Elementary!  This is my thirteenth year teaching first grade.  
I am a graduate of Whitehouse High School and I went on to the University of Texas at Tyler to graduate with a Bachelor's of Science.  I studied Early Childhood Development and Reading.
I am married to Jeremy Black and we have two precious daughters.  We love to travel, run, and spend time all together.  
I absolutely LOVE teaching first grade!  This will be an amazing year of growth and learning and I am thrilled that I get to go on this journey with you!  

Elementary Expectations for Online Learning

  • Students are  expected to work on Education Galaxy daily (minimum 1 hour daily).  
  • Students will read 30 minutes daily.
  • Students should  participate in some sort of physical activity for 30 minutes daily. 
  • Students will practice math facts 15 minutes daily.

May 18-22, 2020 Lesson Plan

 

ALL ASSIGNMENTS, PAST AND CURRENT, ARE DUE FRIDAY, MAY 22.

 

All assignments that have been assigned for the last three months are now open. If your child has not completed an assignment from the past three months, please make sure he/she completes them.  To see what assignments your child has not completed, click on the assignments cloud. This will show you a list of all assigned activities. If there is no grade for an assignment, he/she has not completed that assignment.  Click on the assignment, and it will give you a green triangle button that takes your child to the assignment needing to be completed.  Again, all assignments need to be completed by Friday, May 22. 

 

This week, there are 3 new assignments that need to be completed.  They will be open on Monday.  Please complete them by Friday.

  

Reading

Syllables

 

  • Watch Syllables Scratch Garden.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9S7DY2lgJlU&feature=youtu.be

 

  • Watch Clap It Out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psUPYR235O8&feature=youtu.be

 

  • Practice Syllables in Education Galaxy. 

https://app.educationgalaxy.com/login.aspx

 

*Read for 30 minutes each day.

 

Supplemental Reading/ Language Arts Resources

 

  • Syllable Blends

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ObhBGwoJVynCKUVoe8YFw-fTCOQVJs_7/view

  • Syllable Graph

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CNA7pZCc1vCtoQ7haMVHYs7pIKRTti0D/view

  • Syllable Sort

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1l8W1QjAYDJD3-gylhrwOmBP_7DBjg5eC/view

 

Word Study/ Writing

Letter/ Word Focus

 

Pattern

Sight Words

ranch      branch

bench      pinch


belch       mulch


range       change

strange    hinge

three

want

small

also

around



 

*If you can, please get your child a journal. They also need to be writing at least 2 times a week. It can be about anything.

 

Math

Composing and Decomposing Numbers

Representing Numbers

 

 

*Math facts 15 minutes a day. This can be done with flash cards, math practice pages, or on Education Galaxy in Math Skills Practice.  If you would like to print math practice pages Math Cafe is a great place to make some. https://www.mathfactcafe.com/

 

Online Addition Facts Practice

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1y5ZwZbtXvcFov6n1xnQClvxyhopM8ZnV/view

 

Supplemental Math Resources

  • Lesson 8-1 Counting With Groups of 10 and Leftovers

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1P4fAKF58FCDJqSWZzviQSoO-T-HDwYrO/view

  • Lesson 8-6 Way to Make Numbers

https://drive.google.com/file/d/12At0twENnxpKfyjY5HBS1SKqqPNLs84W/view

  • Lesson 9-4 Representing Numbers to 120

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WSETO2QbvgTaA4V1nNv5QAgaa9aGiq4d/view

 

Science

Special characteristics of plants - Go outside and find 5 different leaf shapes.  Trace these onto a piece of paper.  Which leaf would allow a plant to receive the most sunlight?  Which leaf is shiny on top?  This leaf would allow water to drip off easiest after rainfall.  Pull up 2 weeds and compare their roots.  Draw them in your journal.

 

 


May 11-15, 2020 Lesson Plan

 

Monday through Wednesday, students will work in the study plan. Make sure they watch the videos and practice both of these lessons before Thursday.  The assignments are over these lessons.  They will not be able to get into the assignments until Thursday. There are 2 assignments this week.

 

NEED MORE?

IF FINISHED WITH ALL ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE WEEK, THEN ....

Using Education Galaxy: 

  • Go into My Diagnostics, if you haven’t already, and complete the Pre -Test. This will create Recommended Topics.  After your child is finished with the Diagnostic test, go to the Recommended Topics tab and have your child practice the lesson in there.  The Recommended Topics are the areas your child needs more practice in.   

 

Reading

Setting

 

  • Watch the Brainpop Jr. video on Setting. Take a quiz after you watch it. 

https://jr.brainpop.com/readingandwriting/storyelements/setting/

 

 

*Read for 30 minutes each day.

 

Supplemental Reading/ Language Arts Resources

 

What is a Setting?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BVOIyUnk6s&feature=youtu.be

 

Watch Story Elements: Setting on Youtube. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5USpsvsNJw&feature=youtu.be

 

Letter Sound Dominoes

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UdkNp4sEhjDXEZYU6Gw_p3FKflNHgnw0/view

 

Upper and Lowercase Match

     https://drive.google.com/file/d/1koFxbz9Fdd8q6T9HevytwfH06q9K3TyE/view



Word Study/ Writing

Letter/ Word Focus

 

Pattern

Sight Words

batch        catch

match       fetch

ditch         


badge     bridge

edge       pledge       

dodge      fudge

any

same

tell

boy

follow



 

*If you can, please get your child a journal. They also need to be writing at least 2 times a week. It can be about anything.

 

Math

Multi-Step Word Problems

 

  • Word Problems with 3 Addends

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Wnn6QC3R_zE-AiKToUAQeeIFB0o6tukU/view

 

  • Practice on Math Playground- Part Whole 3 Parts

https://www.mathplayground.com/tb_addition_jr/index.html

 

 

*Math facts 15 minutes a day. This can be done with flash cards, math practice pages, or on Education Galaxy in Math Skills Practice.  If you would like to print math practice pages Math Cafe is a great place to make some. https://www.mathfactcafe.com/

 

Online Addition Facts Practice

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1y5ZwZbtXvcFov6n1xnQClvxyhopM8ZnV/view

 

Supplemental Math Resources

 

  • Adding 3 Numbers

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Bs6GyYf-OfOYxP5usfCvar-brUVFlvpv/view

 

  • Sum of All Addends

https://www.abcya.com/games/sum_of_all_dice

 

Science

This week we are going to be learning about the parts of a plant.

 

  • Watch the Brainpop Jr. on parts of a plants.

https://jr.brainpop.com/science/plants/partsofaplant/

 

  • Draw a picture of a plant with all its parts.  Label each part. Send me a picture.

 


May 4-8, 2020 Lesson Plan

 

Monday through Wednesday, students will work in the study plan. Make sure they watch the videos and practice both of these lessons before Wednesday.  The assignments are over these lessons. They will not be able to get into the assignments until Thursday. There are 2 assignments this week.

 

NEED MORE?

IF FINISHED WITH ALL ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE WEEK, THEN ....

Using Education Galaxy: 

  • Go into My Diagnostics, if you haven’t already, and complete the Pre -Test. This will create Recommended Topics.  After your child is finished with the Diagnostic test, go to the Recommended Topics tab and have your child practice the lesson in there.  The Recommended Topics are the areas your child needs more practice in.  

 

Reading

Plot

 

 

 

*Read for 30 minutes each day.

 

Supplemental Reading/ Language Arts Resources

 

Story Element Sort

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CGymWtMsDUxhBwPA-xkJMMOqBB9Ubxw1/view

    

Watch Story Elements on Youtube. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b--Ndkp9_40&feature=youtu.be

 

Word Study/ Writing

Letter/ Word Focus

 

Pattern

Sight Words

r - controlled

arm          art

part         chart


or            for

born       corn

much     line

right      means

old



 

*If you can, please get your child a journal. They also need to be writing at least 2 times a week. It can be about anything.

 

Math

Modeling Addition and Subtraction

 

  • Watch Missing Addends: Finding a Missing Part for Kids

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mvm0y1Qr_JQ&feature=youtu.be

 

  • Practice on Math Playground. 

https://www.mathplayground.com/tb_addition_jr/index.html

 

 

*Math facts 15 minutes a day. This can be done with flash cards, math practice pages, or on Education Galaxy in Math Skills Practice.  If you would like to print math practice pages Math Cafe is a great place to make some. https://www.mathfactcafe.com/

 

Online Addition Facts Practice

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1y5ZwZbtXvcFov6n1xnQClvxyhopM8ZnV/view

 

Supplemental Math Resources

 

  • Addition Stories Practice

https://drive.google.com/file/d/19lTShkhH3jkoEjdUNt8I43IfZ_mTGuYN/view

 

  • Subtraction Stories Practice

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZozwA2VSNLOBhQage0yrEW-9NoW2lAk5/view

 

Science

Camouflage 

Watch this BrainPop on camouflage  Take the quiz at the end of the video.  Draw your own animal with camouflage. This can be done on the same BrainPop site.

 


April 27- May 1, 2020 Lesson Plan

 

Monday through Wednesday, students will work in the study plan. Make sure they watch the videos and practice both of these lessons before Thursday.  The assignments are over these lessons. They will not be able to get into the assignments until Wednesday. There are 2 assignments this week.

 

NEED MORE?

IF FINISHED WITH ALL ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE WEEK, THEN ....

Using Education Galaxy: 

  • Go into My Diagnostics, if you haven’t already, and complete the Pre -Test. This will create Recommended Topics.  After your child is finished with the Diagnostic test, go to the Recommended Topics tab and have your child practice the lesson in there.  The Recommended Topics are the areas your child needs more practice in.  

 

Reading

Characters

 

 

 

*Read for 30 minutes each day.

 

Supplemental Reading/ Language Arts Resources

 

Characters

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhOBuYQJPEY&feature=youtu.be

 

Word Study/ Writing

Letter/ Word Focus

 

Pattern

Sight Words

r - controlled

blur         purr

burn        turn

hurt         curl

think       say

great      help

through

 

*If you can, please get your child a journal. They also need to be writing at least 2 times a week. It can be about anything.

 

Math

Review Addition and Subtraction Word Problems

 

 

 

 

Counting to 120

 

  • Here are some videos that are fun to practice counting to 120. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA9BhxGwGMs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzzQ8x-9HTo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6NfQM1LIGc

 

 

*Math facts 15 minutes a day. This can be done with flash cards, math practice pages, or on Education Galaxy in Math Skills Practice.  If you would like to print math practice pages Math Cafe is a great place to make some. https://www.mathfactcafe.com/

 

Online Addition Facts Practice

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1y5ZwZbtXvcFov6n1xnQClvxyhopM8ZnV/view

 

Supplemental Math Resources

 

  • Jessie Solving Word Problems" by ABCmouse.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3jP0vnFSxE



Science

Animal Habitats

  • Watch this video over Animal Habitats  
  • Watch this video over Habitat Basics
  • Answer this question:  How do habitats help an animal meet its basic needs?  Choose an animal and draw its habitat. Write 2-3 sentences explaining how the habitat helps the animal get its basic needs. An example of how you can draw your habitat:  Pin the moose







 


April 20-24, 2020 Lesson Plan

 

Monday through Wednesday, students will work in the study plan. Make sure they watch the videos and practice both of these lessons before Thursday.  The assignments are over these lessons. They will not be able to get into the assignments until Thursday. There are 2 assignments this week.

 

NEED MORE?

IF FINISHED WITH ALL ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE WEEK, THEN ....

Using Education Galaxy: 

  • Go into My Diagnostics, if you haven’t already, and complete the Pre -Test. This will create Recommended Topics.  After your child is finished with the Diagnostic test, go to the Recommended Topics tab and have your child practice the lesson in there.  The Recommended Topics are the areas your child needs more practice in.  

 

Reading

Pictures and Illustrations 

 

  • Watch- Illustrations in a Text

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DP2KGqAOR8&feature=youtu.be

 

  • Watch- Nonfiction Text Features

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mAl9QMJJTo&feature=youtu.be

 

 

*Read for 30 minutes each day.

 

Supplemental Reading/ Language Arts Resources

 

Vocabulary 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d_5RS0WU9a3SVB9NygBLWhLJHoEK77x4/view



Word Study/ Writing

Letter/ Word Focus

 

Pattern

Sight Words

r - controlled

sir            stir

girl          swirl

twirl        first

most          things

name         good

sentence

 

*If you can, please get your child a journal. They also need to be writing at least 2 times a week. It can be about anything.

 

Math

Personal Financial Literacy 

 

  • Watch Brainpop Jr.-  Saving and Spending 

https://jr.brainpop.com/socialstudies/economics/savingandspending/

 

 

*Math facts 15 minutes a day. This can be done with flash cards, math practice pages, or on Education Galaxy in Math Skills Practice.

 

Online Addition Facts Practice

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1y5ZwZbtXvcFov6n1xnQClvxyhopM8ZnV/view

 

Supplemental Math Resources

 

Income

https://drive.google.com/file/d/17FPX35BluDHcCnj-6OWz-ftBhybHeIDR/view

Wants and Needs

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1N9FMvMNZZNA9K5wHoXboh1LbnNzKWmWC/view

 

Science

  • Watch the video How Do Otters Stay Warm in Winter?
  • Read this book about Squirrels (see pg. 17)
  • Draw a picture of an otter and a squirrel. Write about the characteristics of otters and squirrels using adjectives to describe them. 






 

 

 


April 13-17, 2020 Lesson Plan

 

Monday through Wednesday, students will work in the study plan. Make sure they watch the videos and practice both of these lessons before Thursday.  The assignments are over these lessons. They will not be able to get into the assignments until Thursday. There are 2 assignments this week.

 

NEED MORE?

IF FINISHED WITH ALL ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE WEEK, THEN ....

Using Education Galaxy: 

  • Go into My Diagnostics, if you haven’t already, and complete the Pre -Test. This will create Recommended Topics.  After your child is finished with the Diagnostic test, go to the Recommended Topics tab and have your child practice the lesson in there.  The Recommended Topics are the areas your child needs more practice in.  

 

Reading

Persuasive Text

 

*Watch Identify Persuasive Texts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snTxlSDNMSQ&feature=youtu.be

*Watch- Persuasive Writing for Kids

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD9arWXIddM&feature=youtu.be

 

*Practice Persuasive Text in Education Galaxy. https://app.educationgalaxy.com/login.aspx

 

*Read for 30 minutes each day.

 

Supplemental Reading/ Language Arts Resources



     Word Study/ Writing

Letter/ Word Focus

 

Pattern

Sight Words

R- controlled 


her           herd

clerk        germ

herb        nerd

perm       perk

place     years

live        set

give

 

*If you can, please get your child a journal. They also need to be writing at least 2 times a week. It can be about anything.

 

Math

Length of Objects

 

Brainpop Jr.- Nonstandard Measurement

https://jr.brainpop.com/math/measurement/nonstandardmeasurement/

 

Practice in Education Galaxy. https://app.educationgalaxy.com/login.aspx

 

*Math facts 15 minutes a day. This can be done with flash cards, math practice pages, or on Education Galaxy in Math Skills Practice.

Online Addition Facts Practice

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1y5ZwZbtXvcFov6n1xnQClvxyhopM8ZnV/view

 

Supplemental Math Resources

 

Measurement Games- you do not have to sign in to play 

https://www.splashlearn.com/measurement-games-for-1st-graders

 

https://pbskids.org/sid/games/crystals-rule



Hand 2 Mind- videos and practice

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpTmUvLNouD83rcaDmrILdPX5tWL0OgDM

 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpTmUvLNouD83rcaDmrILdPX5tWL0OgDM

 

Science (NEW)

*Watch the Brainpop Jr. on Butterflies . https://jr.brainpop.com/science/animals/butterflies/

*Then play the game.

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/scienceforkids/life_cycle/butterfly_lifecycle.htm

 

*Draw a picture of the butterflies' life cycle and send a picture to your teacher.





 

 

 


April 6-10, 2020 Lesson Plan


Since Friday is a holiday, the assignments will be open on Wednesday this week. Monday and Tuesday, they will work in the study plan. Make sure they practice both of these lessons before Wednesday.  The assignments are over these lessons. They will not be able to get into the assignments until Wednesday. There are 2 assignments this week.


Reading

Poetry


*Watch Brainpop Jr. Poems

https://jr.brainpop.com/readingandwriting/writing/poems/


*Practice in Education Galaxy. https://app.educationgalaxy.com/login.aspx


*Read for 30 minutes each day.


Supplemental Reading/ Language Arts Resources


Limericks Poems for Kids

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wy65TkCadfU&feature=youtu.be


Poetry for Kids

https://www.poetry4kids.com/


Shel Silverstein

http://www.shelsilverstein.com/


     Word Study/ Writing

Letter/ Word Focus

 

Pattern

Sight Words

aw:                         au: sauce

law          saw         fault

paw        claw           haunt

draw       yawn

lawn       hawk

sound     take

only        work

know




*If you can, please get your child a journal. They also need to be writing at least 2 times a week. It can be about anything.


Math

3D shapes


*Watch How to Describe 3D Shapes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-QwWFkz5hw


Practice in Education Galaxy. https://app.educationgalaxy.com/login.aspx


*Math facts 15 minutes a day. This can be done with flash cards, math practice pages, or on Education Galaxy in Math Skills Practice.


Supplemental Math Resources

 

3D Shapes Song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ8Jy1xgqPU


3D Shapes Game

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/earlymath/shapes_shoot.htm

(choose the 3D shapes game)


Brainpop Jr. Solid Shapes

https://jr.brainpop.com/math/geometry/solidshapes/



Science (NEW)

*Watch the Brainpop Jr. on a frog’s life cycle.  https://jr.brainpop.com/science/animals/frogs/


*Then play the game.

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/scienceforkids/life_cycle/frog_lifecycle.htm


*Draw a picture of the frog life cycle and send a picture to your teacher.





March 30- April 3, 2020 Lesson Plan

 

In Education Galaxy- https://app.educationgalaxy.com/login.aspx


Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, they will work in the study plan. Make sure they practice all of these lessons before Thursday.  The assignments are over these lessons.


Reading

Word Endings

Predictions

Topics & Themes


Math

Addition and Subtraction word problems

Review- Fractions and Time to the Half Hour


On Thursday and Friday, your child is to complete the assignments that are in the assignment area. They will not be able to get into the assignments until Thursday. There are 6 assignments this week.


Additional activities

*Read for 30 minutes each day.

*Math facts 15 minutes a day. This can be done with flash cards, math practice pages, or on Education Galaxy in Math Skills Practice.

*If you can, please get your child a journal. They also need to be writing at least 3 times a week. It can be about anything.


Letter/ Word Focus

 

Pattern

Sight Words

few               new

knew            chew

drew            flew

grew            stew

screw

down         made

may            part

people









March 23-27, 2020 Lesson Plan

 

In Education Galaxy- https://app.educationgalaxy.com/login.aspx


Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, they will work in the study plan. Make sure they practice all of these lessons before Thursday.  The assignments are over these lessons.


Reading

*Syllables

*Main Idea and Details

*Author’s purpose


Math

*Partitioning Into Fair Share

*Telling Time


On Thursday and Friday, your child is to complete the assignments that are in the assignment area. They will not be able to get into the assignments until Thursday. There are 5 assignments this week.


Additional activities

*Read for 30 minutes each day.

*Math facts 15 minutes a day. This can be done with flash cards, math practice pages, or on Education Galaxy in Math I’m Skills Practice.

*If you can, please get your child a journal. They also need to be writing at least 3 times a week. It can be about anything.




 


Letter/ Word Focus

 

Pattern

Sight Words

Review-

ow as in cow, now, how

 

New-

ow as in snow

slow

low

throw

grown

blow

water

called

its

find

new

Supplemental Reading/ Language Arts Resources

 

Sight Word Flash Cards

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LC4pD2pv-Y_D42XqODNuymky9oJMX5Ki/view

 

Read Alouds

https://www.smore.com/7ug9z




Supplemental Math Resources

 

Fractions

https://missgiraffesclass.blogspot.com/2015/03/fractions-in-first-grade.html

 

Telling Time

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrayvaGIuMY

 

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