School Phone Number: 402-554-8424
School E-mail: Caroline.Darling@ops.org
1st Quarter Specials Schedule
Days 1/6 Art
Days 2/7 Music
Days 3/8 Library
Days 4/9 PE
Days 5/10 Art
2nd Quarter Specials Schedule
Days 1/6 Music
Days 2/7 Library
Days 3/8 PE
Days 4/9 Art
Days 5/10 PE
3rd Quarter Specials Schedule
Days 5/10 Library
4th Quarter Specials Schedule
Days 5/10 Music
My name is Caroline Darling and I will be your child's first grade teacher this year. This is my twentieth year teaching first grade at Dundee. I also attended Dundee as a student when I was growing up.
I received my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Iowa State University and my Master's Degree in Education with a Specialization in Early Childhood Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
My husband Mr. Darling teaches fourth grade here at Dundee. I have a eighteen year old stepson named Jake who will be a freshman at Hastings this year and a ten year old named Thomas who will be in fifth grade. We also have a little girl named Evelyn who turned two this summer.
We will be learning many wonderful things this year. Feel free to check this site frequently to see all of the great things we are doing. This site will inform you about any upcoming events and what we are learning. I look forward to a great first grade year!
Language Art Topics
Stories: What is a Pal?, The Storm, Curious George at School, Lucia's Neighborhood, Gus Takes the Train, Jack and the Wolf, How Animals Communicate, and A Musical Day
Focus Skills: main idea, summarize, infer, predict, sequence of events, story structure, and details
Mem Fox Author Study, The Writing Community, Getting Ideas
Phonics: clusters with "s", final clusters, digraph th, ch, tch, sh, wh, ph, long a
Stories: Dr. Seuss, A Cupcake Party, Sea Animals, How Leopard Gots its Spots, Seasons, The Big Race, Animal Groups
Focus Skills: questioning, author's purpose, story structure, sequence of event, cause and effect, conclusions, infer and predict.
Getting Ideas and Telling More
Phonics: long "o", long "u", long "e", ai, ay, ow, r-controlled vowels
Stories: Let's Go to the Moon, The Big Trip, Where Does Food Come From, Tomas Rivera, Little Rabbits Tale, The Tree, Amazing Animals, Whistle for Willie
Focus Skills: main idea, cause and effect, author's purpose, summarizing, conclusions, contractions
Phonics: ou, ow, oi, oy, i, y, and igh
Stories: A Butterfly Grows, A New Friend, The Dot, What Can You Do?, The Kite, A Boat Disappears, Winners Never Quit,
Focus Skills: understanding characters, summarizing, compare and contrast, story structure, sequence of events
Exploring Words Through Poetry, Opinion Writing, and Revisiting the Writing Community
The Daily 5
Throughout the year we will be using the Daily 5 as we work during the reading block. The 5 components of the Daily 5 are; Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Word Work, and Work on Writing.
The students will be reading books from the reading series and books from our expansive book room that are on their reading level. Everyday the students will work on writing through journaling and writing projects during the reading block. They will complete different word work activities in the many literacy centers in the classroom. They will be able to listen to books on CD at the listening center and have the opportunity to read to different partners. These Daily 5 activities will help them to build on the comprehension, fluency and writing skills.
Characteristics of Living Things
3rd Quarter Science
4th Quarter Science
2nd Quarter Social Studies
3rd Quarter Social Studies
4th Quarter Social Studies
Urban and Rural
Below are some websites that can be used for practice at home