Hello, I am Bristol Wenzl. I am excited to be in my tenth year in the education profession. I taught one year of kindergarten at HTRS and this is my ninth year of first grade at Calvert Elementary. Teaching children is a passion of mine. It is a reward for me to have the opportunity to watch students learn and grow. I strongly believe that all children deserve the right to be the best that they can be. It is my goal each year to meet the needs of all of the students in my classroom.
I received my Associate of Arts Degree from Central Community College in Columbus, Nebraska in May of 2004. I then continued my education at Peru State College where I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education in December of 2006. I received my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction through Peru State College in December of 2011. I am currently working on my Master of Education in Educational Leadership through Doane College.
I was born and raised in Auburn, so it is very exciting for me to be back as a teacher in the district. My husband Matt and I live in Auburn. We have a 8 year old son named Brenton and a 4 year old daughter named Ainslee. In our free time, we love playing outside and going for walks. I also enjoy exercising, sports, and spending time with my friends and family in my free time.
*Please visit our class Dojo page https://www.classdojo.com/
Our class Dojo page will always have daily reminders and important information about your child’s education.
Reading- Each week during reading we have weekly spelling and high frequency words (posted on Dojo page), 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 learning target poster. 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 Zaner-Bloser 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-Trait 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.
Science & Social Studies- The Nebraska Science and Social Studies standards will be covered in our language arts curriculum and instruction. We will be completing additional classroom activities and projects as time allows.
Technology- Students will be using iPods daily in the classroom. Students will use 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 of the computer. Students will be able to identify the parts of the computer, open Safari and Microsoft Word. Students will be allowed to get on student friendly websites and explore. Students will also be completing activities on our classroom Mimio.
PE: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:20-1:45
Music: Tuesday, Thursday 1:45-2:20
Guidance: Thursday 2:30-3:00 (every other week)
Library: Wednesday 1:45-2:15