Welcome to Team Hollis!
Reading: Gilbert Public Schools adopted the Harcourt Reading Series and Wilson Fundations.
First Grade teachers follow five key steps in guiding students to become proficient readers: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, and Fluency.
Accelerated Reader is Back!
Accelerated Reader, (AR), is a computer based comprehension program. Students will read books at their level and take a quiz on them in class. This is a supplemental program and is not graded. You might have some AR books at home, go to www.ARbookfind.com.
Writing we follow the Write from the beginning and Beyond program along with thinking maps, and writer's eye.
Mathematics: Gilbert Pubic Schools has adopted the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Math Series. It offers new ways to teach and learn the rigorous mathematics in the Common Core Standards.
Science Themes: Organisms, Weather, Solids and Liquids
Social Studies Themes: Geography/Citizenship, Pilgrims and Early Colonies, Arizona and Native Americans of the Southwest, Egyptian Civilization, Economics.
I have been teaching first grade at Ashland Ranch since it opened in August, 2001.
My husband, Dave, and I live at Power Ranch, in Gilbert. We enjoy traveling to bluegrass festivals in Arizona, Nevada, and California. We just became Grandparents in June 2016!