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: 04.15 

*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: Comprehension Ws 

*Phonics/ Spelling Words-  jumped, tricked, looking, cooking, pumped, mixed, called, working, playing, clicking

*HFW: night, men, made, gave, buy, money 

*Math Homework-  

(Extra math practice, try IXL.com, continue section N & O ) 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: Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe key ideas. 

Writing:  Writing an Opinion Piece

Grammar: Expand simple and compound sentences. 

Phonics:  ed and ing endings 

Math: Distinguish between defining attributes versus non-defining attributes; build and draw shapes to possess defining attributes. 

Science: Make observations of living things and their environment using the five senses. Identify the major parts of plants and differentiate between living and nonliving things.

Social Studies: Use physical and political/cultural maps to locate places in Florida. Identify key elements (compass rose, cardinal directions, title, key/legend with symbols) of maps and globes . Locate on maps and globes the student's local community, Florida, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico. 


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 

Friday, April 26th: All Pro Dad Meeting/Breakfast, 7:00-7:30am (cafeteria)

Saturday, April 27th: Mother/Son Event (grades K-5 only)

Thursday, May 9th: CFA Spirit Night, 5-8pm, North location only

Friday, May 17th: All Pro Dad Meeting/Breakfast, 7:00-7:30am (cafeteria)

Friday, May 24th: Last Day of School



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