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*Library books are due on Fridays

Daily Schedule

8:20-8:30     arrival, calendar

8:30-10:00   Language Arts

10:00-10:15  Recess

10:15-10:45  Language Arts

10:45-11:50  Math

11:50-12:25  Lunch

12:25-1:00    Math Workshop

1:00-2:00      Sci/SS/Art

2:00-2:25      PE  (M T Th F)

2:25               Dismissal

Wednesday Early Dismissal 12:30

Library Fridays 12:30-1:00

Computers  Mondays and Tuesdays 12:30-1:00


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Wish List

We are always in need of the following items if you would like to make a donation to our class.  Thank you so much!

  • white board markers
  • Crayola crayons (16 or 24 count)
  • sharpened pencils
  • glue sticks
  • white copy paper
  • wipes
  • tissues
  • sheet protectors
  • manilla file folders
  • colored copy paper
  • markers
  • sharpies
  • colored pencils
  • erasers

Deborah Henry


Welcome to Room 10!


News From First Grade in Room 10!

Room 10 is the perfect "Spot" to "Bee"!


Another successful year is in the books.  What an amazing group of children I have had the pleasure of working with this year.  Thank you parents!!

I'm looking forward to welcoming in my new students for the 2018-19 school year.  What an adventure we will have together next year.

Summer Homework for my students leaving first grade and those entering is to get outside and play, explore, experiment, run, skip, jump, ride a bike, scooter, skateboard or rollerblade.  Go to a park and swing, climb and slide.  Learn to tie your shoes if you don't know how yet.  Play with playdough, watercolors, paint with water outside. Remember your manners, say please and thank you, wait patiently and politely, don't interrupt and be kind. Read for 20 minutes EVERYDAY--yes, even Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!  The more your child reads the better reader AND writer he/she will become.  Reading to your child can be included in the 20 minutes.  When you read to your child, you are modeling good reading, as well as increasing your child's world knowledge and vocabulary.  Read, read, read to your child, and talk to your child about the stories and everyday happenings.

We will have Spelling Tests every week and cover the Dolch Words on list one through six-five words each week.  We will start with Dolch List 1, five words a week, and week 5 will be a review of all 20 words.


I will be inviting my new families to sign on to ClassDojo.  I will send my messages and updates to you through ClassDojo!


Enjoy your summer.  What an amazing year 2018-19 we will have:)!  



Math Games and Links

Front Row Click Here


Fun Brain - These games include math tic-tac-toe, math baseball, math car racing, and other motivating concepts to make practicing math concepts fun. Your child can easily adjust the questions to make them easier or harder while playing.   Click on search for games or on your childs age to find more math games.

Fema -This site contains word problems based on natural disasters, such as hurricanes, floods and volcanos. These will require pencil and paper.  The FEMA website also has crossword puzzles, jigsaws, mazes and word searches.

Super Kids -Create printable math worksheets for your child customized to whichever types of problems you would like him or her to practice.  Very easy to use.

Teacher Kids -This site offers multiple choice answers for word problems, time, money, rounding, and many other math skills in an online worksheet form that grades itself.

Place Value Practice

Calculation Practice - Practice balancing equations. h


Bang on Time! Practice telling time.

ABCya! Children's computer games & activities feature large and easy-to-use navigation buttons as well as voice instructions. Games and activities include: alphabetical order, upper-case and lower-case letters, counting numbers, connect the dots, numerical order, shapes, addition, e-storybooks and holiday games.


Lexia Core 5 Click here


Front Row Click Here


Fun Brain - These games include grammar gorillas, spell-a-roo, and alphabetize.

PBS Kids - This is a site where families can surf together, and where parents and caregivers are happy to have their children interact, learn and play.

Starfall - This is a wonderful site that has many interactive activities to go along with reading.

Enchanted Learning - Enchanted Learning produces children's educational web

sites and games which are designed to capture the imagination while maximizing creativity, learning, and enjoyment.

Teachers and Families - is a web resource developed by teachers for students and their parents. The site offers free learning resources for pre-K through high school students.

ABC Teach - This is the place for kids, parents, student teachers, and teachers. - Learning skills for life, games for Pre-k through 6th grade. - a fun educational website for teachers and kids, free elementary language arts activities, educational interactive games, reading, writing and book making online for kids.

Reading Games for Kids - These games are appropriate for kids ages 6 up.

On-line Stories and More - Intended for first grade, but could be good for review or remediation.

From this site you can hear Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Hector Elizondo, Lou Diamond Phillips, and more read some of your favorite stories.  Click here to listen to Polar Express, A Bad Case of Stripes, and Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch.

ABC Order - Practice placing words in alphabetical order.

Storybook Web:  This website contains a captivating collection of activities for children aged 5-8 years. The site is based on popular children's stories by authors Scoular Anderson, Debi Gliori, Mairi Hedderwick and Frank Rodgers. In addition to the range of interactive activities, you can watch

and listen to the authors reading excerpts from their stories and answering some questions about how they get their ideas for writing.

Spelling Practice:  You can practice your spelling words online!  Look, say, cover, type & check

An adaptable spelling tool for word level work. It is simple to input the words you want to focus on.

More spelling practice!! Type in your words and you can practice them by playing games and taking practice tests!

Book Adventure is a FREE reading motivation program for children in grades K-8. Children create their own book lists from over 7,000 recommended titles, take multiple choice quizzes on the books they've read, and earn points and prizes for their literary successes.

Wacky Web Tales!

ABCya! Children's computer games & activities feature large and easy-to-use navigation buttons as well as voice instructions. Games and activities include: alphabetical order, upper-case and lower-case letters, e-storybooks and holiday games.




Hello! My name is Debbie Henry and I am a 1st grade teacher. I love teaching! This is my 31st year teaching in the public schools, my 16th year in the Oakley District--12 at Gehringer Elementary and this is my 4th here at Almond Grove.  I started my teaching career years ago at the age of 16 when I began working with preschoolers thru elementary school age children teaching baton twirling in Antioch with the Antioch Anchorettes.  Prior to Oakley, I taught in Concord at Silverwood Elementary in the Mt. Diablo District.  I have taught first, second, fourth, fifth, and adults! Teaching in the primary grades is my favorite! I received my B.A in Liberal Arts from Chico State and my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University, Hayward.  I am a lifelong learner and I continually attend conferences and seminars to find out the newest innovations in the teaching profession.  I have many hobbies that I enjoy but one of my favorites is reading!  I hope that all my students can discover the joy of reading! These days I am enjoying my two sons as they are transitioning into independent adults.  My oldest son, Tom (26), graduated from Sac State with a BS in Environmental Science and was living in Walnut Creek and working in Emeryville.   However, he has just been transferred to the Minden Nevada office.  He is now living in Carson City, Nevada.  My youngest son, Jake (24) graduated from the University of Nevada at Reno with a BS in Business Finance and Economics.  He is now a full time employee with Bombora in Reno.  He is also a paralegal in the Army Reserves, so I usually get to see him once a month when he returns to the Bay Area for his training.  My husband, Dean, and I are loving all our new adventures as a family with young adults!  If you have any concerns or questions about your child's education, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Strive for Less Than Five Days Absent



Going to school is important to me because...


I contribute a lot to my class!

Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

Too many absent students can affect the whole classroom, creating commotion and slowing down instruction.


¡Yo contribuyo mucho a mi clase! Contribuyo...

   Las ausencias pueden afectar a todo el salón de clase si la maestra tiene que reducir la velocidad de aprendizaje para ayudar a los niños a ponerse al día.

   Demasiados estudiantes ausentes pueden afectar todo el salón de clases, creando conmoción y reduciendo el aprendizaje e instrucción.


1. Read together daily!!!! Children who read at home with their parents perform better in school.
2. Establish a family routine for homework. Set aside a regular, quiet time and place for students to work and be encouraging.
3. Be involved with your child's school. Parents who are involved with the school have students that perform better in school.
4. Focus on your child’s progress. By focusing on what your child does well, your child feels more successful.

5. Work with your child. Help your child with studying spelling words, math facts or preparing for a test, as this makes your child feel more confident with your support.
6. Look over your child’s papers often. When you show an interest in what your child is doing, often the child works harder to succeed.
7. Setting limits helps your child see your priorities. Don’t be afraid to set limits for TV, radio, video games or the like, especially during study time.
 8. Teach your child to be responsible. Your child is a student, so make them responsible for their education, such as putting their own homework in their backpacks.
 9. Make learning important. Find excitement in learning by taking your child on nature walks, going to special events and demonstrating that you want to learn things with them.
 10. Have fun with your child!!


Please use the following link to access the Common Core Standards.




Here is the breakdown of the slide I showed on Back to School Night to show the importance of reading everyday.

Why Can't I Skip My Reading Tonight?

Let's figure it out mathematically!

Student A reads 20 minutes five nights of every week.
Student B reads only 4 minutes a night...or not at all!

Step 1: Multiply minutes read a night x 5 times each week.
Student A reads 20 min. x 5 times a week = 100 minutes a week.
Student B reads 4 minutes x 5 times a week = 20 minutes a week.

Step 2: Multiply minutes read a week x 4 weeks each month.
Student A reads 400 minutes a month.
Student B reads 80 minutes a month.

Step 3: Multiply minutes read a month x 9 months/school year.
Student A reads 3600 minutes in a school year.
Student B reads 720 minutes in a school year.

By the end of 6th grade if Student A and Student B
maintain these same reading habits...

Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days.
Student B will have read the equivalent of only 12 school days.

One would expect the gap of information retained will have widened considerably and so, undoubtedly, will school performance.

Which student will read better?
Which student will know more?
Which student will write better?
Which student will have a better vocabulary?
Which student would you expect to be more successful in school....and in life?

Independent Reading

It is very important that your child reads to you for a minimum of 20 minutes each night. 

Remember, the more your read, the better reader and writer you will be!

Choosing a Good Fit Book

To help your child select a book that is just right for them, try this "I Pick Good Fit Books"
I select a book and look it over, inside and out.

Purpose:  Why might I want to read it?

Interest:  does it interest me?

Comprehend:  Do I understand what I am reading?

Know:  do I know most of the words-99% of them?

If your children can not read 99% of the words independently then it is not a 'good fit' book for independent reading.  It may be a book for you and your child to read together.