Jazzmin Showalter

Welcome to Room 116! 

Contact: jshowalter@elmhurst205.org

Important Reminders:

Our class has voted toward our next class reward: 80's Day. The class earns this reward when we consistently follow classroom expectations and fill up our Positive Pom-Pom Jar! 

March 18: Late Arrival

March 2


  • Read 20 minutes every night 
  • 10 minutes of homework, when it is given
  • Practice sight words: door, fun, sky, both, time

Parent Resources: 

District Math Website




dClassroom LearninG 


 On Monday,  we started our new reading unit: poetry!  Students brainstormed what they already knew about poetry and we added this information to our poetree anchor chart. 

 On Tuesday, students learned about the purpose of poetry and why authors write poems. We noticed a lot of poems have rhyming words in them. Students use a hand signal to help them realize the part in the words that rhymed. We also learned that not all words that rhyme look the same: such as light and kite. 

On Wednesday,  students worked within their reading partners to highlight the rhyming words in the poem: Vacation. Students realized rhyming words were always at the end of the lines in the poem they read. 

On Thursday,  students worked on highlighting the poem Three Wishes, looking out for rhyming words. 

On Friday, students attempted to write their own rhyming poem. Students had the option to choose between two poems. We realized that creating rhyming poems can be challenging, especially creating ones that make sense! 

Writing:  This week we started learning about opinion writing. Before we can start writing, students had to learn the difference between opinion and fact. We performed an opinion and fact sort. This week, we will continue to learn about how to support our opinions with evidence. 

Phonics: Students studied the  ie and igh sound. We listened to a long i song to help us remember words with the new sounds we learned and brainstormed words with the igh and ie sound. 

Math: This week students continued to learn about Module 4. We continued to work with place value trying to find 10 more, 10 less, 1 more, and 1 less. Students used quick tens (tallies) and ones drawings to help us add on to numbers. Students crossed off quick tens and ones, to subtract from numbers.   Students also began working with dimes and pennies and noticed patterns of using a dime and penny in relation to place value of tens and ones. We learned we can trade in 10 pennies for a dime, to make counting easier. At the end of the week, students worked on comparing two numbers, thinking about whether the number was greater than or less than the other number. 


Monday (Bonus) : Music & Art

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