Jazzmin Showalter

Welcome to Room 116! 

Contact: jshowalter@elmhurst205.org

Important Reminders:December 9: Late Start 


  • Read every night 
  • 10 minutes of homework, when it is given
  • Practice sight words: week, take, bus, year, can't

Parent Resources: 

District Math Website




Classroom LearninG 


 This week we began our non-fiction reading unit. Students are non-fiction text feature detectives and are studying their books looking out for specific text features. We learned text features are important because they help us understand the text.

On Monday, we learned about the three different genres of non-fiction: literary non-fiction, biographies, and reference books. 

On Tuesday, we studied the table of contents and how it teaches us how to find information in our books. 

On Wednesday, we studied headings and how they taught us what part of the book we were going to be reading about. 

On Thursday,  we studied labels, diagrams and captions, and identified the difference between the text-features in our own books. 

On Friday, students discovered that bold words mean they are important to the text, and looked up the words in the glossary. 

See if you have any non-fiction books at home to discover these non-fiction text features! 

Writing: Students started their informational writing this week. We brainstormed what topics we were experts on and took the role of "teacher." In order to teach someone, students had to think who their readers were. For example, if they are teaching someone about soccer, their reader might be someone who would like to play soccer. 

Phonics: Students have been studying the long u sound. Students have brainstormed words such as cube, tune, YouTube, cute etc. Next week we will begin to study the long e sound. 

Math: Students have begun solving subtraction word problems. They have been working on taking 9 away from double-digit numbers. As a class, we have realized that taking away nine is easiest when we break apart the double-digit number into 10 and the other part. For example,  if the problem was 12-9, you can decompose the 12 into 10 and 2 and then draw a picture. Then, you can cross out the 9 from the 10. 

Science: We started learning about magnets this week. Students brainstormed what they already knew and asked questions about what they wondered about magnet. We read a magnet book, and walked around the room to experiment what objects were attracted to the magnets, and what objects weren't. 


Monday (Bonus) : Library & P.E.

Tuesday: Music & P.E.

Wednesday: Library

Thursday: Music & P.E.

Friday: Art


First graders can bring a daily snack of fresh fruits or vegetables.  Only fresh fruit and vegetables are allowed, per district policy.  Water bottles are also welcomed.  Please make sure the snack is ready to eat--oranges, cuties peeled.  Please pack the snack separate from their lunch.  Thank you!


Class Rules

1.We respect others,
respect ourselves, and respect our school.

2. We are safe, kind, and

3. We listen when our
teacher and classmates
are talking.

4. We raise our hand to
share or ask for help.

5. We follow directions

6. We try our best and
don’t give up on