Mrs. Long

Mrs. Long

1st Grade Team
ashleylong@mckeelschools.com

Hi... my name is Ashley Long and I am so excited to be a part of the First Grade team again this year! I am actually a graduate of McKeel Academy of Technology. After graduating from MAT, I attended the University of South Florida and earned my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. I am so blessed to have only ever taught right here at MAC! After teaching third and fourth grade for several years I decided it was time for a change. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to teach first grade for the past four years and continue this year as well. I love the energy, excitement and hunger these young students possess! As I begin my twelfth year teaching, my personal philosophy remains the same- no matter the age of the students in my class. I strive everyday to provide a classroom in which every student feels loved, welcome and uplifted- only then can we begin to learn together. 

Looking forward to an AMAZING year... 

Homework: 12/17 

  • Read each night! Even just for 15-20 minutes. You can read to someone, with someone or listen to someone. You can read a book, a magazine, on an iPad, however you choose... just LOVE it! You may log it in your agenda. 
  • Practice the Sight Words written in your agenda. This can be done however you choose to practice at home... sidewalk chalk, magnetic letters on the fridge, finger painting, etc. Make it FUN!! Practicing your words does not have to be boring! Sight words are just that, learned by sight. They usually break phonics rules, so we do not sound them out, we memorize them by sight. That is exactly how students are assessed at the end of each week as well. Students read their sight words to the teacher one-on-one. 
  • Practice Phonics Words, these words are also written in your child's agenda. We practice these words differently because they are taught differently. These words follow patterns and 'rules' and we can sound these words out. We focus on a different skill each week. A new skill is introduced on Monday, we practice all week and then students are assessed on Friday like a traditional spelling test. The more practice students can get at home with both sight words and phonics words throughout the week to reinforce what we are doing in the classroom, the better! 
  • Reading-  Just Read! Read your favorite holiday book with your family and loved ones.    
  • Phonics Words- none this week. 
  • Sight Words-  none this week 
  • Math Homework-  
  • (For extra math practice, try IXL.com, continue sections D, H or J) Students may also work on XTRAmath.org for practice with their addition or subtraction facts. *usernames and passwords are in the front of their agendas.   


  • Next Week's Sight Wordsnone 
  • Last Week's Sight Words-  around, or, before, work, garden, seed 

What Are We Learning About?  

Reading: - Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson. Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details. 

Writing - Writing a friendly letter (to Santa of course!)   

Grammar - Reviewing basic parts of a sentence, proper capitalization and punctuation. 

Phonics -   Review 

 Math- Add within 100, including adding a two-digit number and a one-digit number, and adding a two-digit number and a multiple of 10. Given a two-digit number, mentally find 10 more or 10 less than the number, without having to count; explain the reasoning used. Subtract multiples of 10 in the range 10-90. Understand subtraction as an unknown-addend problem. Add within 100, including adding a two-digit number and a one-digit number, and adding a two-digit number and a multiple of 10. Apply properties of operations as strategies to add and subtract. Commutative and Associative Properties of addition. Understand subtraction as an unknown-addend problem. Compare two 2-digit numbers. Count to 120, beginning at any number less than 120. 

Science-  Physical Science: Sort objects by observable properties, such as size, shape, color, temperature (hot or cold), weight (heavy or light), texture, and whether objects sink or float. The Nature of Science: raise questions about the natural world, using the five senses as tools, make careful observations, keep records, and ask- "how do you know?".  

Social Studies- Civics and Government- Recognize symbols and individuals that represents American constitutional democracy.  



 



Dates to Remember...  

 Tuesday: Dec. 18th: McKeel-ville Day! STEM & Literacy Activities, Grinch snacks too! Wear a Grinch shirt or dress like a character from Whoville. Remember no pajamas or slippers this year. 

Wednesday: Dec. 19th: First Grade Field Trip- Grace Manor & Barnett Park

Thursday: Dec. 20th: Hot Cocoa & Holiday Reading in the Classroom. Students may bring a snack to share with the class if they would like. Mrs. Long will be providing Homemade hot cocoa & gingerbread man cookies. End of 2nd 9 Weeks

December 21-January 4th: Winter Break! Have a safe & restful break. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!     

Monday: Jan. 7th: Students Return

Tuesday: Jan. 15th: AR Reward/ Book Character Dress Up

Friday: Jan. 18th: Report Cards

Monday: Jan. 21st: Martin Luther King Jr. Day/ No School for Staff & Students

Monday: February 4th: Student-Led Conference Night 

Monday: February 18th: President's Day/No School for Staff & Students


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