joanne.wheeler@ppsel.org719-522-25801st / 2nd Grade
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Welcome to first grade!!!   I'm so excited to meet all of our first graders and their families this year! 

 I wanted to remind everyone to take the opportunity this summer to READ whenever and wherever you can.  Some quick ways to "SNEAK" in reading could be:  activity brochures, maps (amusemement parks, museums, campgrounds), signs on hiking trails, airports, or parks, menus at restaurants etc.  Reading is EVERYWHERE!  If your child likes to draw or write, pick up a "SUMMER JOURNAL" for them to record their summer vacation.  For families that hike or camp, make observations of the wildlife and the local habitat, add a few words to describe the area. These are just a few ways to keep your kiddos reading and writing during the summer!.

Don't forget about MATH!  Math is everywhere also, numbers, shapes, sorting items into groups (shells, rocks), counting them by 2's, or grouping them by 10's.  You could find the times a water park opens or closes,  how much it costs, count and group shells or rocks, play "I SPY" with different shapes at a playground,  or if you are driving, find numbers on road signs or count mile markers.  Whaterver you do, make it FUN! 

I can't wait to meet everyone this fall!  Have a GREAT summer!

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.