joanne.wheeler@ppsel.org719-522-25801st / 2nd Grade
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Summer is a great time to explore and have fun, but don't forget to practice reading.   We read for many different reasons and from  various materials including brochures, maps, books, graphs, photographs, and many other sources that you may find for free.   Have your kids pick up some of these items as you travel this summer so they continue to read during the summer!  

Check back soon for more information.

Have a wonderful break!

Ms. Wheeler

Homework Due Every Day: Read 15 minutes and parents sign planner.

Due Friday:  Turn in weekly spelling packet, Spelling test, sight word test.

Homework is expected to be turned in on time.   If it is not turned in the morning that it is due (except for absent work) students can complete it during their recess.

Here are the rules that our class has decided upon. 
1.        I will raise my hand before speaking.
2.        I will keep my hands, feet, and body to myself. 
3.        I will listen quietly when others are talking.
4.        I will treat others the way they want to be treated.
5.    I will always try my best. 
6.    I will have fun!


Expedition Info

Westward Ho!

Westward Ho!  Pioneers

1st and 2nd grade

Guiding Questions:

  • How are our lives similar or different from the lives of pioneers?
  • How do we know about the past?

Big Ideas:

  • Technology changes over time.
  • People live in social communities in order to survive. 
  • Individuals can affect history.

           Through this expedition students will play the role of historical detectives as they explore the lives of pioneers from the 1840’s to the 1890’s.  Students will analyze and infer information from various historical documents as they discover why pioneers moved west, what life was like in a pioneer train, and why pioneers chose to settle where they did.

Ms. Wheeler was graduated from The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a MA in Curriculum and Instruction and a BA in Geography and Environmental Science. She has been with PPSEL since 2004. Prior to working at PPSEL she was employed in Harrison School District working with special needs students in grades K-5. Ms. Wheeler has been an outdoor camp councilor in New Jersey and has also assisted in coaching youth soccer in New Jersey and in Colorado Springs.

Ms. Wheeler grew up in New Jersey and moved to Colorado Springs in 1992 to pursue her studies in education. Additionally, she enjoys the many outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer. Ms. Wheeler loves spending time with her dogs taking them hiking and swimming. She plays soccer, skies, and enjoys watching football and racing on the weekends.