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All About Mrs. Coward

Thank you so much for visiting our class website and for working with me to ensure that your child has a successful year in first grade. I am very excited to be your child’s teacher! First grade is an amazing year of academic growth for students. I look forward to getting to know you and your child as we become partners in education. I graduated from Sam Houston State University twice - Go Bearkats!!!! I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education as well as my Masters of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I am certified to teach grades 1 through 8, have my ESL (English as a Second Language) certification, and also have a TAGT (Texas Association of Gifted and Talented) certificate. I have been teaching for 20 years and have experience in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades. I love learning just as much as I love teaching! I have three sons. Riley is a ninth grader at Tomball High School and my twins, Ryan and Evan, are in sixth grade at Creekside Park Junior High. My husband and boys keep me very busy! I am excited to start this school year. Please contact me at any time with any questions or concerns that you may have. I am looking forward to working together to help your child have a successful first grade year. Sincerely, Mrs. Coward Contact info: gaylacoward@tomballisd.net 281-357-3060 ext. 4648 conference time: 10:55-11:50
 

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blue playdoh needed

Hi Parents,
We will need playdoh next Tuesday for a science lesson.  If you would like an easy recipe to make it, please see below.  I've made this many times for my boys :)
 
Colored Playdough

Materials

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • Food coloring
  • Saucepan
  • 1 cup flour

Directions

  1. Combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a saucepan and heat until warm.
  2. Remove from heat and add flour.
  3. Stir, then knead until smooth. The cream of tartar makes this dough last 6 months or longer, so resist the temptation to omit this ingredient if you don't have it on hand.
  4. Store this dough in an airtight container or a Ziploc freezer bag.

Timber Creek Math and Science Night is THIS THURSDAY, February 22nd!!

Please download a free QR Reader to your smart device to “FAST PASS” possible lines at the estimation stations and sign in! 

There will be several opportunities to enter to win PRIZES and the class with the highest attendance will win a PIZZA PARTY! 

We cannot wait for all the fun on Thursday night from 5 pm-7pm! 

week of February 20-23

*Monday is a student holiday!

*Join us on Thursday for Family Math & Science Night from 5-7 PM

Our Objectives for the week are:

Math: skip counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's, test on Friday

Science: identify and describe a variety of natural sources of water, including streams, lakes, and oceans

ELA: long i vowels (test on Friday); continue to read literary nonfiction and work on author study on Gail Gibbons; write research paper on an animal - students will learn how to hunt for facts in nonfiction books as well as pull facts from websites such as pebblego and national geographic kids.  Students will also make a poster about their chosen animal in class.

Social Studies: continue to understand how families meet basic human needs: discuss needs versus wants and goods versus services

Jump Rope for Heart

Dear Parents—

We are wrapping up Jump Rope For Heart with the American Heart Association. Thank you so much for helping our campus stay heart healthy and save lives at the same time! If you haven't had a chance to join the squad there's still a little time left to earn the #ScareSquad monsters. Sign up now at www.heart.org/Jump or download the Jump/Hoops App (App Store foriPhone or Google Play for Android).



Thanks for making our community heart healthy!

Interested in GT testing?

 

The Gifted & Talented parent recommendation window for spring testing is now open for students in grades 1 - 5. If interested in testing, please pick up a permission form & parent survey from the front office or send your request for permission forms to sherisims@tomballisd.net. Deadline for receiving recommendations is March 9th. Please contact Ms. Sims with questions. Test results will be available in late May.

Valentine's Thank You :)

 

Last week was full of fun, laughter, and blessings!  I loved all of their hugs, cards, and Valentine's treats.  I am thankful for each and every one of your children!  I wanted to say thank you to all of the moms that helped put the Valentine's party together and those that have stepped forward as co-room moms to help finish out the year - thank you Mrs. Frette, Mrs. Hernandez, Mrs. Ranzato, Mrs. Marshall, Mrs. Dalton, and Mrs. Huntsman!  Your time and help is very much appreciated!
 
We had so much fun on the 100th day of school that we forgot to take pictures!  I hope your child came home from school feeling "100 days smarter!"
 
Looking forward to another great week in first grade - see you all on Tuesday!
 
 

week of February 12-15

*Wednesday is our Valentine's party from 2:30-3:30.  Students will decorate a Valentine's bag, open Valentine's from classmates, and enjoy some snacks.  We have 19 children in our class.  For those of you wishing to personalize your Valentine's our classmates names are: Wess, Clara, Kate, Lola, Evie, Zoey, Kyle, Xavier, Peter, Jesiah, Ethan, Charlotte, Annie, Iker, Angelina, Amiesha, Zachary, Regina, and Jonathan  ***Bring a canned food item to donate - looking for 100% participation to help out our local food bank.

*Wear class tshirt on Thursdays during the month of February to help promote our Family Math Science Night on February 22 (theme is construction and our bright yellow shirts match perfectly).  

*Our 100th day of school is this Thursday (moved to this day due to ice days).  Bottle projects are due and we will have lots of fun rotating between the first grade teachers with 100th day activities!

*No school on Friday!  Teacher staff development day.

Our Objectives for the week are:

Math: new unit on skip counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's

Science: Gather evidence of how rocks, soil, and water help to make useful products.  Test on Wednesday.

ELA: long e vowels (test on Thursday due to no school on Friday); read literary nonfiction and begin an author study on Gail Gibbons; write research paper on an animal - students will learn how to hunt for facts in nonfiction books as well as pull facts from websites such as pebblego and national geographic kids.

Social Studies: continue to understand how families meet basic human needs: discuss needs versus wants and goods versus services

Dash and Bash - please help!

TCES PTO is looking for two Kinder or 1st Grade parents to fill lead spots for The Sweet Shoppe, our annual Dessert and Candy Bar at Dash and Bash April 13th. 
 
The deadline to fill these roles from Kinder or 1st grade parents will be February 13th.  After that, Dash & Bash planning committee will begin cutting events that remain open to fill.
 
Please consider volunteering for this amazing Dash & Bash event.  This is a FAN FAVORITE for young and old and we made over $1500 last year.   Grab a friend, have fun decorating, get your creative spirit going.  PTO will provide all expenses and materials.  Desserts and Candy items are all donated from parents and local businesses.  No baking involved. 
 
If you have any questions or interested in The Sweet Shoppe, please email Anita Andrews attcespto.secretary@gmail.com.

week of February 5-9

*Wear class tshirt on Thursdays during the month of February to help promote our Family Math Science Night on February 22.  

Our Objectives for the week are:

Math: place value to 120 - generate and compare numbers to 120 - test on Friday

Science: observe, compare, describe, and sort components of soil by size, texture, and color.  Gather evidence of how rocks, soil, and water help to make useful products.  *Many students did not bring their rock to school last Friday.  We will be using our rocks all week.  Please have your rock at school on Monday

ELA: continue long a vowels (test on Friday); continue reading nonfiction (informational/expository) text - practice making inferences; continue expository writing (major writing grade on Wednesday using district prompt).  On Friday we will introduce new genre of literary nonfiction and begin a research project on a animal.

Social Studies: understand how families meet basic human needs: discuss needs versus wants and goods versus services

week of January 29 - February 2

Our Objectives for the week are:

Math: place value to 120 - generate and compare numbers to 120 - introduce greater than > and less than < signs.

Science: observe, compare, describe, and sort components of soil by size, texture, and color.  Please have your child bring a rock to school by Friday.

ELA: introduce long a vowels (test on Friday); continue reading nonfiction (informational/expository) text - practice retelling nonfiction passages that were read with stating the main idea and details; continue expository writing and add text features as well as revise/edit writing.

Social Studies: continue to describe how technology has changed the way we live and how it has changed over time.  Students will create a booklet showing how transportation, communication and recreation technology has changed from the past to the present.  This will be done Thursday and Friday for a major grade.

week of January 22-26

*A book order went home last week - it is due online by Friday.  If you are interested in building up your child's own library at home, please visit www.scholastic.com/bookclubs  Our classroom code is MBNJQ

Our Objectives for the week are:

Math: place value to 120 - continue to represent numbers in different ways (standard form, tens and ones, expanded form, base ten blocks, picture representation, place number on an open number line, tell a number smaller or larger than a given number)

Science: continue to observe and record changes in the appearance of objects in the sky such as clouds, the moon, stars, and the sun.  Test on Thursday.

ELA: spelling short vowel review words with blends and digraphs (test on Friday); continue reading nonfiction (informational/expository) text.  We will go over nonfiction text features (titles, headings, captions, pictures, drawings, table of contents, glossary, index, labels, diagrams, maps, etc) as well as dig into texts to discuss main ideas and details; continue expository writing.

Social Studies: continue to describe how technology has changed the way we live and how it has changed over time.  Discuss how mailing a letter has changed.  Identify historical figures who exhibited inventiveness (Alexander Graham Bell, Ben Franklin, Thomas Edison, Garrett Morgan, Louise Braille)

adjusted objective for week of January 18-19

Hi Parents,
 
We will NOT have a spelling test this week, but we will practice what our test should look like in class so that students are prepared for the next week (please remember that we will be taking off points for incorrect use of capital letters, a letter to parents went home last Wednesday about this in your child's homework folder). This week we will just practice short u words, then next week we will actually test on all the short vowel review words on Friday.
 
 

week of January 16-19

Remember that Monday is a student holiday!  See you all on Tuesday!

Our Objectives for the week are:

Math: place value to 120 - review ways to show numbers, build numbers with base ten blocks

Science: continue to observe and record changes in the appearance of objects in the sky such as clouds, the moon, stars, and the sun.

ELA: spelling short u words with blends and digraphs (test on Friday - please remember that we will be taking off points for incorrect use of capital letters, a letter to parents went home last Wednesday about this in your child's homework folder); continue reading nonfiction (informational/expository) text.  We will go over nonfiction text features (titles, headings, captions, pictures, drawings, table of contents, glossary, index, labels, diagrams, maps, etc); continue expository writing.

Social Studies: continue to describe how technology has changed the way we live and how it has changed over time.  Introduce a few famous inventors and what they are know for.

week of January 10-12

Happy New Year's to you all!  I have missed the kids so much and look forward to seeing you all back on Wednesday!

Our Objectives for the week are:

Math: place value to 120 - review counting forwards and backwards and 10 more/10 less than a given number

Science: observe and record changes in the appearance of objects in the sky such as clouds, the moon, stars, and the sun.

ELA: no spelling words this week (no test on Friday); we will be spending the next 5 weeks on reading nonfiction (informational/expository) text.  We will go over nonfiction text features (titles, headings, captions, pictures, drawings, table of contents, glossary, index, labels, diagrams, maps, etc); begin expository writing where students will write about things that they know to teach others.

Social Studies: describe how technology has changed the way we live and how it has changed over time.

Field Trip Rescheduled! week of December 18-22

Parents,

If you have not heard yet, we are postponing the field trip to Wednesday.  We are sorry for the inconvenience of rescheduling the field trip.  I know some of you had taken off of work to help chaperone, however it would be miserable to go to The Christmas Tree Farm if it were to rain on us.  I will send home the tshirts on Monday.  If you are unable to chaperone and you have already sent in money, we will get it back to you.  If you are still available or would like to join us, please let me know.

 

Wednesday - field trip, bring a sack lunch, wear tennis shoes

Thursday - Polar Express Day in the library - wear pj's to school, bring a water bottle that has a sports top, wear tennis shoes for specials.

Friday - Christmas party at 9:45, early release at 12:50

 

Our Objectives for the week are:

Math: graphing and data - test on Thursday

Science: weather and seasons

ELA: no spelling words this week - no spelling test - we will review our sight words; continue with fun How-to's this week: we will write about our how-to's.

Social Studies: Continue our Christmas Around the World rotations.  We will be learning about Mexico, Sweden, and USA this week.