Mrs. Berzins

Mrs. Berzins

1st Grade Team
sarahberzins@mckeelschools.com

Hello! I am Mrs. Berzins and I am so excited to join the 1st grade team at MAC. This is my 7th year teaching and my 3rd year teaching 1st grade. I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with an ESOL and reading endorsement. This year will be filled with excitement, fun, and lots of learning. Your child will be given the opportunities to inquire and explore through hands on experiences. I am thrilled to work with your child to instill the love for learning and to help each one discover their strengths and passions. 

Homework: 12.10 

*Read 15-20 minutes nightly You can read to someone, with someone or listen to someone while looking at words and pictures. You can read a book, a magazine, on an iPad, however you choose... just LOVE it! You may log it in your agenda daily. 

*Practice Phonics and HFW'sTest is Friday. Check your child's agenda for what words are their's. Your child knows if they have the orange list or purple list. They all have the blue list.  (Read and spell) 

Ways to study Spelling/phonics and HFW -  index cards, rainbow writing (write consonants blue and vowels red), 3 x's each, write words in sentences, and spell out loud, sidewalk chalk, magnetic letter on the fridge, finger painting, etc. Make it FUN!! Practicing your words does not have to be boring!

*Reading: Read each night for 15 minutes and record in reading log 

*Writing: Sentence Fix Worksheet 

Phonics/ Spelling Words- cube, use, huge, rule, blue, clue, flew, dew (yes, these are review words) 

*HFW:  around, or, before, work, garden, seed

*Math Homework- Extra math practice, try IXL.com, continue section D and E) 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.   


Learning Targets

Reading: - Ask and answer questions about key details in a text. Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text. Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.  

Writing:  Expository (informational) writing 

Grammar:  Distinguish shades of meaning among verbs (e.g., look, peek, glance, stare, glare, scowl)

Phonics:  Long /e/  -  /ea/  /ee/

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. Apply properties of operations as strategies to add and subtract. Commutative and Associative Properties of addition. 

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.

Social Studies: American Symbols, Pilgrims, Native Americans, Thanksgiving - The difference between long ago and today


Mrs. Berzins' Class Schedule 

8:00-8:15 Morning Work 

8:15-8:20 Lunch and attendance 

8:25-8:55 MAC Time 

9:00-9:30- Phonics/Phonemic Awarness/Vocabulary 

9:30-10:30- Reading         * Fridays- Art 9:45-10:25

10:35-10:45- Calendar Math      *Thursdays- Media -9:00-9:30 

10:50-11:15  Lunch 

11:15-11:30- Playground 

11:35-12:05- Read Aloud/ Grammar/Writing

12:05-1:05- Math   

1:10-1:25- Snack/Bathroom

1:33-2:13  Block 

2:20-2:55  Science/ Social Studies/ STEM   

3:00-3:15  Clean-up and dismissal   


Dates to Remember 

Thursday: Dec. 13th: Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

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

Thursday: Dec. 20th: End of 2nd 9 Weeks

December 21-January 4th: Winter Break    

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


Field Trips  

Wednesday: December 19th: Grace Manor Nursing home / Barnett park 

Thursday: January 24th: Mr. Popper's Penguins / Barnett Park 

Friday: February 8th: Go'in Postal/ Munn Park 


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