Welcome to Kindergarten & 1st Grade!
These early years of learning are a wonderful time to work with children, as this is where we build an excitement for learning. 

My name is Mrs. Joanne Driscoll, and I am your teacher this school year. Mrs. Renee Lombardo is our teacher assistant. We are a unique kind of class as a combined Kindergarten and 1st grade class.  Mrs. Lombardo and I are very happy you are a part of our class this year.

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Weekly Communication


Our Kindergarten Class Meetings will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 AM via Zoom. 

Our 1st Grade Class Meetings will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 AM via Zoom.

Look for the meeting invitation by the day before.

Now that we are fully involved with Distance Learning, we have planned a weekly calendar of activities for each week. All calendars are saved in the "Files and Documents" folder in the "Kindergarten Suggested Weekly Activities Calendars" or "1st Grade Suggested Weekly Activities Calendars" file.   

The calendars for the current week are also attached here:  

Kindergarten Activity Calendar June 8th - 12th 

First Grade Activities Calendar June 8th - 12th 


Specialist Activity Menu

1. The weekly calendar will be e-mailed to our families by 9:00 am on Monday morning.

2. We will be available during regular school hours to respond to messages and email in a timely manner. Office hours (for immediate response) will be on Wednesdays between 11-12.

3. Our class web page will be updated weekly with new assignments and news. Please check the class page at least once a week.

Please see "Files and Documents" for resources such as optional activities and strategies, a weekly calendar of optional activities, curriculum documents, a calendar of the standards of learning taught up to this point in the year, so you will have a list of all things that could be reviewed at home, and a list of Penn Elementary student programs, links, and passwords. We also have many resources available in the "Useful Links" tab. I hope everyone is staying well and we miss you!

Hi Everyone!

We miss you guys tons! Please check out the "Files and Documents" page and the "Useful Links" page listed over to the left to access additional information and activities.

Mrs. Driscoll and Mrs. Lombardo
Hi Everyone!

RAZ-Kids has tons of books for your child to read, listen to, and quiz themselves on.  Your child has the log in information in his/her daily folder.
 Direct log in access is on the "Useful Links" page listed to the left.
Student Accessible Websites


Please take advantage of the student accessible websites located on the Penn Elem Page. This can be found under the 'student tab' and consists of language arts and math activities for your child. These are activities students have been using in school.  Their login information is taped inside their daily folder if needed. 

OPTIONAL ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES BY CONTENT AREA  

Academic Area Activity
Language Arts

Journal-Write about your experiences at home use one of many Journal prompts.

Read a book and make a short video about it.

Visit: Storyline Online and enjoy a wonderful book read aloud by a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

Listen  to books read aloud in your home language:
International Children's Digital Library;Scholastic Daily Activities;Story Time from Space; or Unite for Literacy

Visit Word World where words come alive.

Create your own comic strips or graphic novels.

Explore these digital resources to build your English language skills:

Listen to these authors sharing picture books and excerpts compiled by author Kate Messner.

Brush up on your grammar skills: Khan Academy Grammar,

Mathematics

Bedtime Math- Stories and puzzles that helps parent talk math with their kids. Each day presents a non-fiction article, with videos and photos, followed by related math riddles for kids ages 3-9. This includes Cabin Fever Math which are engaging, hands-on math activities for families.

3-Act Tasks- Problem-based lessons, including engaging videos and photos, to foster students’ curiosity and incorporate mathematical reasoning and problem solving.

SPLAT!- Fun, very powerful, highly interactive number sense activities that can be used at any grade level!

Esti-Mysteries-Estimation Meets Math Mysteries.Each image invites students to wonder what number is represented by the image.

Greg Tang  Math- This site includes a wide variety of mathematics games and resources to challenge students’ math thinking, reasoning and problem-solving skills.

Open Middle- Challenging math problems at all grade levels with multiple ways to approach and ultimately solve the problem.

Thinking Blocks– Uses a visual model to support understanding of word problems.

Number Talk/Journal- Roll dice or use playing cards to identify a number then journal all the ways to make/solve for this number (use more than one for two digit and higher numbers).

 

Science

Explore and create on Google EarthandGoogle My Maps.

Explore Environmental Sciences-learn, play games, and tease your brain on National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences-KIDS.

Take a Virtual Field Trip to a place you have read or learned about this year on Discovery Education.

Explore learning about animals & many other topics on National Geographic.

Take a virtual field trip:
Discovery Education Field Trips (can filter by content)
More Virtual Field Trips

Explore a variety of scientific topics:
PHET Simulations (Physics,Chemistry,Biology,Earth Science)
Engaging science content YouTube videos
Interactive Periodic Table

Social Studies

Explore historical sites, geographical regions,and create on Google Earth andGoogle My Maps.

Interactive Map of the United States-find your state/capitals, identify the states that border your own, predict the geographical features in each area, etc.

Virtual Field Trips:

Learn about the history and the meaning of the U.S. Constitution through the Constitution Center’s interactive activities.

Learn about life in Colonial Times Jamestown/Yorktown Foundation.

Discover Rise and Fall of Jim Crow Laws-hear personal interviews, read articles, and watch videos on the impact of this time period.