Sunday, May 31, 2020

My Life in Quarantine -- First Grade Self-Portraits

I am so proud of you, brand new second graders!
These portraits are to celebrate your brave, creative, positive spirit!

And it's not too late to submit your self-portrait! If you have a chance to do it, just email or text it to me. I will post it on the blog and share it with Miss Nicole.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Happy Summer, Brand New Second Graders!

I will miss you, sweet second graders!  Have a fun summer!

Remember, tomorrow, Friday, (May 29) is our "pick-up/drop-off" time!
See you between 10:30 and 12:30 for a final "goodbye!"

Happy Birthday to Aliyah, Claire, Malcolm, Kellen, Sunny and Erica. All our summer birthday friends, this is a birthday card we created for you on Zoom! We wished you lots of ice cream and cake!

Last but not least, this award goes out to all our first grade parents! Thank you for your support! You are superheroes!

Monday, May 25, 2020

Fun Summer Reads!

I hope that the reading list here will help satisfy your appetite for learning in the summer months!
This reading list will be included in the summer learning packet to go home with you on Friday.

Best Books for 7 Year Olds (2nd Grade) 
18 Fantastic Chapter Book Series for 2nd Graders (7-Years-Old) 
Best NONFICTION Books for 7-Year-Olds

The invitation was delivered by bees. It wasn t addressed to anyone at all, but Ben knew it was for him. It would lead him to an old, shambolic museum, full of strange and bewitching creatures. A peculiar world of hidden mysteries and curious family secrets . . . and some really dangerous magic. Filled with her own wonderful illustrations, The Hippo at the End of the Hall is Helen Cooper's debut novel.

Magic School Bus Set of 9 BooksAny Magic School bus is a winner!

The Adventures of Taxi Dog
by Debra Barracca, Sal Barracca, Mark Buehner (illus.)

Jim, a New York City taxi driver, rescues a stray dog and dubs his new pet Maxi. Maxi accompanies Jim in his taxi and meets all sorts of people. With each new passenger, Maxi makes a new friend -- and even helps Jim get tips! The text is written in a bouncing rhyme, and Beuhner's paintings capture Maxi's doggy personality and Jim's geniality. Can you find the cat in every picture?

Amelia Bedelia (I Can Read Book Series)
by Peggy Parish, Fritz Siebel (illus.)

Meet Amelia Bedelia, the unflappable maid who does everything literally. With her purse on her arm and hat firmly on her head, Amelia Bedelia follows instructions to a T: Change the towels? Nothing a pair of scissors can't do! Dust the furniture? That's when the perfumed dusting powder really comes in handy. Dress the chicken for dinner -- well, do you want a boy chicken or a girl chicken? Amelia Bedelia's well-meaning gaffs cause readers to chuckle but her employer to fume -- it's a good thing she's such a good cook!
The Case of the Spooky Sleepover, Jigsaw Jones Mystery #4
by James Preller

Ralphie Jordan can't sleep. Something is making spooky noises in his room at night. It's a perfect case for Jigsaw Jones, who pieces together all the ghostly clues.
Chicken Soup with Rice, A Book of Months
by Maurice Sendak

"Each month is gay, each season is nice, when eating chicken soup with rice." It's nice in January, April, June, and December -- here's the every-month dish for everyone to remember.
Flat Stanley
by Jeff Brown, Steve Bjorkman (illus.)

Stanley Lambchop is a nice, average boy. He leads a nice, ordinary life. Then one day a bulletin board falls on him, and suddenly Stanley is flat. This turns out to be very interesting. Stanley gets rolled up, mailed, and flown like a kite. He even gets to stop crime. He's flat, but he's a hero!
The Giving Tree
by Shel Silverstein

A little boy befriends a tree. Loving and generous, the tree provides everything she can for him -- fruit, shade, a place for a swing -- throughout the boy's life. He, in turn, takes from the tree without noticing the sacrifices she makes. It isn't until he's old and infirm and gratefully rests on her stump that he understands all she has done. This powerful parable is fitting for all age groups.
The Great Kapok Tree A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest
by Lynne Cherry

A man walks into a lush rain forest and starts chopping down a huge kapok tree. Lulled by the heat, he sits down and soon falls asleep. The forest dwellers approach, each whispering in his ear a reason to keep the tree standing. Suddenly, the man wakes up, and for the first time notices the beauty all around him. Will he still chop down the tree? The beauty of Cherry's art helps to convey an important message in this environmental tale.
Is Your Mama a Llama?
by Deborah Guarino, Steven Kellogg (illus.)

A young llama is curious -- are all his friends' mamas llamas? Each animal tells Lloyd facts about its mother, and Lloyd -- along with young readers -- guesses what kind of animal each mother is. The rhyming text and illustrations give hints, and preschoolers will enjoy yelling out the answers, which are revealed by turning the page.
Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, Junie B. Jones Series #12
by Barbara Park, Denise Brunkus (illus.)

Frustrated because the rules for her class's Pet Day will not let her take her dog to school, Junie B. Jones considers taking a raccoon, a worm, a dead fish, and other unusual replacements.
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
by Kevin Henkes

Lilly the mouse adores her teacher, Mr. Slinger -- until he takes away the purple plastic purse she was proudly showing off to her class. Lilly is so angry she draws a nasty picture of Mr. Slinger and slips it in his bag. At the end of the day, Lilly gets her purse back and inside is a sympathetic note and a bag of treats. As in all his other books, Henkes shows an incredible sensitivity to children's feelings.
Martha Blah Blah
by Susan Meddaugh

When the current owner of the soup company breaks the founder's promise to have every letter of the alphabet in every can of soup, Martha, the talking dog, takes action.
Mrs. Katz and Tush
by Patricia Polacco

In this special Passover story, Larnel Moore, an African-American boy, and Mrs. Katz, an elderly Jewish woman, develop an unusual friendship through their mutual concern for an abandoned cat named Tush. Together they explore the common themes of suffering and triumph in each of their cultures.
by Janell Cannon, Jewell Cannon

Stellaluna, a little brown bat, is accidentally dropped by her mother. The helpless baby falls smack into a nest of fledglings and is immediately accepted as one of the family. Stellaluna tries to fit in but keeps acting unbirdlike, hanging upside down and wanting to fly at night. By chance Stellaluna is reunited with her mother and finally learns to be a proper bat.
Tonight on the Titanic, Magic Tree House Series #17
by Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (illus.)

The Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie away to the decks of that ill-fated ship, the Titanic. There they must help two children find their way to a lifeboat -- while they are in danger of becoming victims of that tragic night themselves.
You Can't Eat Your Chicken Pox, Amber Brown
by Paula Danziger, Tony Ross (illus.)

Amber Brown has survived third grade -- even though her best friend, Justin, moved away. Now she's heading to London with her Aunt Pam -- and then to Paris. Before she gets there, Amber finds out she has chicken pox. Amber Brown is a kid with problems. Now that she can't go to Paris, how will she convince her dad to move back in with her mom?
Zelda and Ivy
by Laura McGee Kvasnosky

Zelda and Ivy are sisters with a flair for the dramatic. Whether they're performing a circus act, fashioning their tails in the latest style, or working wonders with "fairy dust," their exploits are described with wit and charm in a very special trio of stories exploring the intimate dynamic between an older and younger sister.

Friday, April 17, 2020

DUOLINGO login info

Duolingo is a free platform for learning languages.
I am inviting your child to learn Spanish with us there!
I set up our first grade classroom and I am excited to walk you through the registration process here.

Here is the short version:
If you are on a smartphone or tablet:
1. Download the Duolingo app and open it up.
2. Press Get Started. Then select Spanish.
3. Set your Daily Goal and continue (you can change this later).
4. Create a Profile:
On Android, press the menu icon at the top right corner and press
Create a Profile.
On iOS, press Profile in the top left corner and press Create a Profile.
5. Type in your Name (pick a username that Ms Jutka can recognize),
   your child's or your own Email and Password, then press Create.
6. Go to your Profile and press Progress Sharing.
7. Type in your Classroom Code:  kchxhk
8. Press Join Class.
Voila!!! You are in!!!

Here is the detailed version with visuals:

1. First, go to

2.  You will be asked to get started by picking a language to learn: Spanish

3. Next, create your child's profile

4. When you sign up, please do use your child's first name, so I can recognize them on the roster.
(e.g. use EliTISA1 vs. Pokemon35)
Email: you are welcome to use either yours or your child's email account.

5.  Now, go to settings (Click on the blue profile picture and then choose "settings" in the pulldown menu.)

6. Here, at settings, you will need to attend to 2 things:
a/ Click on "Email not verified. Verify now." (in red)
b/ Click on Progress sharing. 

7. Finally, type in our classroom code: k c h x h k

Congratulations! You are now in TISA first grade's duolingo classroom!!
Thank you for getting there!!!!

Looking forward to learning espanol together!
Hasta la vista!

Thursday, April 16, 2020


Each student has their own individual Google account.
Your child can use this account to access their Gmail and their Google Classroom.

Your child has an email address
The email address is the first 4 letters of their first name followed by
(If your kiddo has a 3-letter first name, add their last initial as the 4th letter.)
password: 12345678 (same for each child).

To get to their gmail (emails, zoom links) or their google classroom (distance learning), your child can click on the "waffle." YUMMM!!!  The "waffle" is the icon for Google apps. (See pictures below.)

Using Google - SSIS- Help Desk - LibGuides at Hamilton School District

Google Docs

Creating your first Google class - Teaching with Google Classroom

Google Mail (Gmail) Basics

READWORKS login info

How to get to student assignments:

1. go to
2. enter class code: AABCN4
3. find your name
4. enter password: 1234 (same for every student)
5. complete your assignment

KEYBOARDING login info

KEYBOARDING Without Tears (!)
Web page (NOT an app!):
educator pin: 112602
click on your class: first grade
click on  your name (= username): same as your username for Istation (4 letters of first name)
click to enter your secret code: AB

My Life in Quarantine -- First Grade Self-Portraits

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