2018-2019 Supply List

Miss Reisdorff’s 2018-2019

1st Grade Supply List 


  • Pencil Box/Pouch (5″x7″) *labeled with child’s name
  • Ear Buds/Headphones (for iPod/iPad use) *labeled with child’s name
  • Scissors
  • 2 Glue Sticks
  • Markers and/or Colored Pencils
  • Box of Tissues/Kleenex (1 per child)

**I will supply a folder, pencils, erasers, and crayons**

Wish List:

  • Antibacterial Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Gallon and/or Sandwich Size Plastic Bags
  • Paper Cups, Plates, Napkins
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic Silverware
  • Sticky Notes
  • Construction Paper
  • Highlighters
  • White Paper Bags
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Pipe Cleaners



This is my last blog post of the 2017-2018 school year! WOW! Thank you for checking this weekly to see what we are up to and how you can best support your child. I also wanted to use this as an opportunity to tell you what an honor it has been to work with you as your child’s 1st grade teacher. These kids are so special to me and while it makes me sad to see them go, they are SO ready for 2nd grade! Thank you for everything you have done for your child this year. From packing lunches to listening to them read their baggie books, you have helped to make your child’s year a success!

Because next week will look different, I have made a list of some highlights of what we will be up to next week.

Monday: Field Trip to John Ball Zoo

Tuesday: Reading, summer writing prompts, word work, surprise craft, summer word search, math games

Wednesday: 1st grade memory book, reading, summer bingo *Summer packet will be coming home for you to complete during the summer with your child!*

Thursday: 2nd graders in training day (we will wear a special badge that says “2nd grader in training” and we will practice acting and learning like 2nd graders all day), school memories packet, classroom cleaning/organizing

Friday: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL! Alward Olympics and an Early Release Day!

Have a wonderful summer! I hope to see some of you next year!

Miss Reisdorff


WEEK OF 5/28/18


It is hard to believe that we’ve made it to Memorial Day Weekend and only have 2 weeks left of school! I know these weeks will fly by and will be filled with lots of celebrations so please make note of any dates and reminders I might send your way :). I hope you all have a fun, safe, and relaxing weekend!

Important Dates/Reminders:

  • Remember there is NO SCHOOL Monday, May 28th due to Memorial Day.
  • Our 1st Grade Celebration will be Friday, June 1st from 12:05-12:35. This will be a family picnic lunch so feel free to join us for the fun!
  • Our field trip to John Ball Zoo will be on Monday, June 4th. A reminder note will go home but please remember to have your child dressed appropriately, bring a sack lunch, and apply sunscreen that morning :).
  • There will be no more homework for the remainder of the year!

Reading: We will spend time looking at story elements such as characters, setting, and the problem/solution.

Writing: We will finish up our poetry unit by writing about an “I like” poem and having a poetry free write where we can write our favorite types of poems!

Math: We will finish up our unit on adding 2-digit numbers and take our math test on Thursday.

Spelling: We will complete some Daily Language Review worksheets and Make-a-Word pages to help us with spelling, grammar, and word families.

Thank you to any of you and/or your family members who are Veterans or are currently serving in the Armed Forces! Happy Memorial Day!

Miss Reisdorff

WEEK OF 5/14/18


Important Dates/Reminders:

  • A reminder note is coming home today but field trip money and the chance to have your name put in as a chaperone is due Tuesday, May 15th!
  • Scholastic book orders are due Wednesday, May 16th by 4p.m.
  • ALL baggie books must be turned in by Friday, May 18th! If you do not have your book in by this day you will need to send in $4 to cover the replacement cost for a new book.
  • There is no school on Monday, May 28th because of Memorial Day!

Reading: We will spend time making text to text connections and text to self connections.

Writing: We will have our “writing test” for informational writing to see what we have learned as non-fiction authors! We will begin our next unit on poetry on Thursday.

Math: We will finish our math unit where we will learn about measuring and then take our test on Thursday.

Social Studies: We will be presented with an issue (ex: should kids be allowed to chew gum in school), take a stand, and write why we feel that way.

Have a great weekend! And Happy Mother’s Day to all of our amazing moms!

Miss Reisdorff

WEEK OF 5/7/18


It is finally beginning to feel like summer–not only with the weather but also as we begin to wrap up our year. We are under 30 “wake ups” and it is so fun to start to reflect on everything we have learned this year in 1st grade! I don’t want to get ahead of myself though because we still have the month of May and a little of June left together :). Here is a look at what is coming up this week:

Important Dates/Reminders:

Reading: We will spend a day learning how to read using punctuation (changing our voice if we see an exclamation point or question mark) and will spend the remainder of the week practicing retelling the story (thinking beyond the text).

Writing: We will continue to work on our informational writing and make sure that as good non-fiction writers that we teach our reader about an animal’s body parts, body covering, food, and shelter.

Math: We will talk about 2D and 3D shapes and how to make them.

Have a great weekend!

Miss Reisdorff


WEEK OF 4/30/18


It is basically May and I cannot believe that some of us have started a final countdown! This last full month of school will be very busy and we have some exciting adventures up ahead for first grade! Take a peek at what we will be doing this week:

Important Dates/Reminders:

  • Please R.S.V.P. to Alward’s First Annual Literacy Night if you are able to attend. We would like to have a rough estimate of families attending by Monday, April 30th.
  • A note about our spring field trip will be coming home on Wednesday. Be on the lookout for more information to come!
  • Our book fair will be May 7th-May 11th.
  • Alward’s First Annual Literacy Night will be on Tuesday, April 8th from 6-7:45.
  • Our next Early Release Day is Friday, May 11th.
  • Scholastic book orders will be due Wednesday, May 16th.
  • There will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day.

Reading: We will still be using our topic bags and will work on solving tricky words by thinking of our topic, how many syllables are in the word, using the pictures, and working on our fluency as good readers.

Writing: We will be finishing up our first informational texts by adding what our animal eats and where it lives. Students will then have the chance to write another informational text and completing the writing process on their own.

Math: We will continue practicing telling and writing time and begin to look at different properties of shapes (squares, rectangles, triangles, and circles).

Science: We will finish up learning about a butterfly’s life cycle and spend a day learning about a frog’s life cycle.

WEEK OF 4/23/18


I can’t say I ever thought we’d have a snow day in April, but Michigan weather can always surprise us! Fingers crossed that it’s all done and we can finally enjoy the spring we deserve. Even though it was a short week we were able to get a lot accomplished and these kiddos rocked their address test! Here is a look at what we will be doing next week:

Important Dates/Reminders:

  • Our 1st grade Reading Counts goal has moved down to 8 books instead of 12 books. Hopefully this helps more readers reach their goal and feel successful with their reading!
  • Scholastic orders are due online by 4p.m. on Wednesday, April 25th.
  • Popcorn Friday will be on Friday, April 27th.
  • Please R.S.V.P. to Alward’s First Annual Literacy Night if you can come! We would like to have an estimate of how many families by Monday, April 30th.

Reading: We will compare and contrast books about the same topic, gather information to determine the big idea, learn new vocabulary, and use what we know to figure out tricky words.

Writing: We will begin writing the first pages in our informational text. This will include a page about fun facts, the animal’s body parts, the animal’s body covering, and what the animal eats.

Math: We will begin a new unit in math and will learn how to tell time by the hour and half hour.

Science: We will learn about a butterfly’s life cycle.

Enjoy the warmer weather this weekend!

Miss Reisdorff

WEEK OF 4/16/18


Our first week back was a success! There were some sleepy faces the first few days but we were able to get back in our groove and kick off a new reading and writing unit! Here is a look at what’s coming up:

Important Dates/Reminders:

  • Alward’s First Annual Family Genius Night is Monday, April 16th from 6-8p.m. I hope to see you there!
  • Scholastic book orders are due by 4p.m. on Wednesday, April 25th.
  • Popcorn Friday will be Friday, April 27th.
  • Our Reading Counts goal for the Spring has changed to 8 books by May 8th. If your child reaches their goal, they will get a free pass at the dunk tank that will be at our Literacy Night on May 8th (more information to come soon). I will be one of the teachers in the dunk tank so encourage your child to reach their goal to send me into the water!

Reading: We will continue reading books about the same topic and make connections between fiction and non-fiction, find interesting facts, make text to self connections, and compare and contrast our books.

Writing: Now that we have decided what animal we will be an expert on, we will being writing our informational text by coming up with our facts, sharing details with our partner, creating our table of contents, and including fun facts!

Math: We will finish up unit 6 with a few days of reviewing comparison bars and data collection and then take our test on Wednesday.

Social Studies: We will focus more on maps and learn how to identify water and land on maps and how to make a map with a key. We will also take our address test so be sure to practice at home!

Stay warm this weekend,

Miss Reisdorff

WEEK OF 4/9/18


I know our minds are already on “break mode” but here is a look at what we’ll be doing when we return from break! We’ll already be past the first week of April!

Important Dates/Reminders:

  • Don’t forget to email me a picture from your spring break! I am going to put them together in a presentation for our “guessing game” when we come back to school. I can’t wait to hear what everyone did!
  • Our Special Person Days will resume Tuesday, April 10th.
  • We have an Early Release Day on Friday, April 13th.
  • Alward’s First Annual Family Genius Night is Monday, April 16th from 6-8p.m.
  • Scholastic book orders will be coming home when we return and will be due Wednesday, April 25th.
  • Popcorn Friday will be Friday, April 27th.

Reading: We will start a new unit where we read across genres. We will choose books all on the same topic and then discover what we can learn from them! Topics could be: cats, space, snakes, farm animals. We will see how many times books about the same topic will have similar facts, pictures, and ideas! We will explore these with fiction and non-fiction books.

Writing: We will start a new unit where we will learn how to write informational texts. We will choose an animal we feel we are an “expert” on and then begin looking at the facts we know about this animal (shelter, food, body covering, etc.).

Math: We will finish up unit 6 and continue to look at data and learn how to use comparison bars.

Social Studies: We will start a unit called “Me on the Map.” We will learn about maps, our state and city, and be able to say and write our own addresses from memory.

I hope you all have a wonderful spring break! Safe travels for those of you who will be heading out of town. Regardless of where you are, I hope  everyone enjoys some rest, sun, and special time with family!

Miss Reisdorff

WEEK OF 3/26/18


We are in the final stretch until spring break! With two spirit days next week as well as our Mo Willems and Monster Days, we are going to have a blast this last week of school! Take a look at what is ahead for us in first grade (with so many activities I have arranged our week by day and not by subject area):

Important Dates/Reminders:

  • Spring break is from March 30-April 8th (NO SCHOOL FRIDAY). Have safe travels and enjoy your time with family!
  • Our next Early Release Day is Friday, April 13th.
  • Alward’s First Annual Family Genius Night will be on Monday, April 16th from 6-8p.m. Please RSVP if you have not already done so.
  • Don’t forget to double check the calendar for our Special Person Days! If your child would like their special person to come in and read our class a story, please make sure they have a background check completed. When you know who this person will be, please also send me an email with their name and relationship to your child!
  • Send in or email me a picture from your child’s spring break! We will try to guess whose picture it is and have that child explain to us this part of their break. Your child can be in the picture or it can be of something you did or somewhere you went!

Monday: We will have a special read to self time, write about our plans for spring break, practice sorting and comparing data, and complete a sentence dictation and spelling test.

Tuesday: To wrap up our Authors as Mentors unit we will have a Mo Willems celebration day! We will read our favorite Mo Willems’ books, write our own Elephant and Piggie stories, and rotate between the three 1st grade classrooms for some fun Mo Willems inspired activities! *Spirit day theme = Beach Day*

Wednesday: We will have our “Monster Day” which is a tradition for 1st graders! Students may come to school with a blanket and wear their pjs. We will read “Where the Wild Things Are,” write our own monster poem, make a monster craft, and watch Monsters Inc. in the afternoon!

Thursday: We will have some mystery readers come read to our class and will spend the afternoon in our Alward Teams. *Spirit day theme = Dress up like your favorite character*

Have a safe, fun, and warm spring break!

Miss Reisdorff