My name is Ashley Flies and I am THRILLED to be your first grade teacher at Calvert Elementary School. This will be my 10th year at Calvert teaching first grade. I graduated from Peru State College with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and with a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. In December I graduated with my second masters from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
I am very proud to teach at Calvert Elementary School and look forward to seeing your child grow in my classroom.
Please visit our class DOJO page at https://www.classdojo.com/
- P.E.: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 12:30-12:55
- Music: Tuesday and Thursday 12:35-1:10
- Library: Friday 1:00-1:30
- Guidance: Wednesday from 2:35-3:05 (every other week)
Reading, Spelling, & Grammar- Each week during reading we have weekly spelling and high frequency words (posted on dojo), vocabulary words, phonics practice, comprehension with stories, retelling skills, and MUCH more! Each week after the pre-test, students and I write each learning target for the week on our focus wall. Ask them about this! The spelling test and reading test will always be on a Friday unless otherwise stated.
Zaner-Bloser Handwriting– This year we will be working on Zaner-Bloser Handwriting! The goal of ZB is to teach students to write legibly. Students will learn to write letters, words, and sentences that are legible to both writers and readers. By learning and applying the four Keys to Legibility (shape, size, spacing and slant) students will evaluate their writing and discover techniques to help them improve and refine their writing skills.
6 Traits of Writing– This year all grades are focusing on 6 traits of writing. Writing will happen every day and students will write in a variety of ways that touch on several different topic areas. Students will have the flexibility to choose to write about what matters to them. This will hopefully inspire life long writers.
Math-EnVision math is a technology based, interactive math program that guides students through 20 topics throughout the year. Each lesson has specific objectives, daily spiral review, problem of the day, quick check, guided practice, independent practice, problem solving, and vocabulary words. Throughout the topics we will work on addition, subtraction, ordering numbers, geometry, patterns, money, measurement, time, graphs, and MUCH more!
Technology- Students will be using iPods to listen to stories, take AR quizzes, and practice various skills. They will also be visiting the computer lab as time allows. In the computer lab students will be learning about and practicing the computer lab rules. Students will also be learning about computer safety and practicing logging on and off the computer. Students will also be taught using Mimio, a projector, teacher laptop, teacher iPad, and Document camera.
Our weekly spelling and HFW will be posted on our class DOJO page on Monday’s after we take the spelling pre-test.