Contact Info

Feel free to contact me anytime

School Phone Number: 402-554-8424

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Specials Schedule

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 1/6 Art

Days 2/7 Music

Days 3/8 Library

Days 4/9 PE

Days 5/10 Library

4th Quarter Specials Schedule

Days 1/6 Art

Days 2/7 Music

Days 3/8 Library

Days 4/9 PE

Days 5/10 Music


Welcome to Room 105!!

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!

First Grade

 Language Art Topics

1st Quarter

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

Writing Focus


Mem Fox Author Study, The Writing Community, Getting Ideas

2nd Quarter


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.


Writing Focus

Getting Ideas and Telling More


3rd Quarter


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


Writing Focus

Writing Stories About Me and Writing Nonfiction


4th Quarter


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

Reader’s Theater

Writing Focus:

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.

 1st Quarter


  • Using pictures to add
  • Adding with zero
  • Adding number up to 10
  • Adding in any order
  • Using pictures to subtract
  • Using pictures to subtract and compare
  • Subtracting all or none
  • Subtracting from 10
  • Take apart numbers
  • Counting on to add


2nd Quarter

  • Counting back to subtract
  • Add to check facts
  • Break apart to subtract
  • Use addition to check subtraction
  • Related facts
  • Fact families
  • Choose the operation
  • Ways to make numbers to 20
  • Equal and not equal
  • Count by 1's to 120
  • Count by 10's to 120
  • Building numbers with 10's and 1's
  • Model and write numbers to 120

3rd Quarter

  • Greater than
  • Less than
  • Using symbols to compare
  • Comparing numbers
  • 10 less and 10 more
  • Adding 10's
  • Subtracting 10's
  • Using the 100's chart to add
  • Using place value to add
  • Double digit addition and subtraction
  • Counting and identifying like coins
  • Ordering length
  • Measuring with nonstandard units
  • Measuring with inches
  • Telling time to the hour
  • Telling time to the half hour

4th Quarter

  • Read picture graphs
  • Making picture graphs
  • Read bar graphs
  • Make bar graphs
  • Tally chart
  • Sort 2 dimensional shapes
  • Describe shapes
  • Combine shapes
  • Symmetry
  • Equal and unequal parts
  • Halves
  • Fourths
  • Three dimensional shapes
  • Identify Shapes
  • Combine shapes

1st Quarter


Characteristics of Living Things

  • The 5 Senses
  •  Living/Nonliving
  • Basic Needs of Plants
  • Roots, Stems, Leaves, Seeds
  • Apples
  • Animals are Living Things
  • Animals Grow and Change
  • How Animals Stay Safe
  • Habitats


    3rd Quarter Science

    Physical Science

    • What is Matter
    •  Liquids and Mass 
    • Solids in Mixtures 
    • How Matter Changes
    • Solid to Liquid
    • Liquid to Gas
    • Gas to Solid
    • Gas to Liquids
    • Water Cycle
    • Evaporation
    • Force and Motion
    • Magnets


    4th Quarter Science



    Earth Science

    • The Sun
    • The Moon and Stars
    • The Planets
    • Earth Materials and Man Made Materials
    • Rocks
    • Soils
    • Taking Care of the Earth

  • 1st quarter
  • School is Our Job
  • Rules of the School
  • Friendship
  • Character Counts



   2nd Quarter Social Studies

  • Symbols of Our Country
  • Election
  • Neighborhood
  • Communities
  • Where in the World do I Live?
  • Native Americans
  • Holidays Around the World
  • Character Counts 



3rd Quarter Social Studies

  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Black History Month 
  • Presidents
  • Dental Health
  • Economics
  • Needs and Wants
  • Spending and Saving
  • Careers


4th Quarter Social Studies


  • Our Earth Our Resources
  • Recycling
  • The Farm

Urban and Rural