Kimberly Tarriff

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Welcome to Mrs. Tarriff's First Grade Classroom

Letter that was emailed to parents on March 13, 2020

As we now know, schools will be closed until March 30th. A packet was sent home today in colored folders in their book bags. Please follow the parent letter and guidelines on how students should complete their work. They have been given enough work for a potential 10 days off. They have work for reading, spelling, writing, math, science, and social studies. Special area teachers should also be posting on their websites or sending home packets as well. The goal is to simulate a regular school day, every day, for the children so please do not allow them to go ahead!
All work will be collected when students return to school and used as evidence of their learning. Please keep everything in the colored folder. 
If you have any questions or concerns at any time, please reach out through email. I will be available to assist with any questions or help with any assignment. Please also check my school website for updates. 
I know this is a big change in routine for all of us. I really want your children to know that I am still here for them and their families. I hope to make this experience as easy for you as well. 
I hope everyone has a healthy weekend!

Mrs. Tarriff 😊

Weekly Student Schedule K - 6 (HES)






Reading/Writing (40 Mins)

Reading/Writing (40 Mins)

Reading/Writing (40 Mins)

Reading/Writing (40 Mins)

Reading/Writing  (40 Mins)

Math (40 Mins)

Math (40 Mins)

Math (40 Mins)

Math (40 Mins)

Math (40 Mins)

Media Center (20 Mins)

Social Studies (20 Mins)

Science (20 Mins)

Social Studies (20 Mins)

Science (20 Mins)

Physical Education

(20 Mins)


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This is a great resource to assist in talking with your child about everything that's going on.

Week of 3/23-3/27/2020


Reading & Spelling (Suggested time= 40 minutes)



Every day students will complete 2 stories. Students will read the story, then answer the questions that go along with it. Please remind students to go back into the story to find their answers. *If students finish their reading packets before the end of this week, they may read a book of their choice and complete one of the graphic organizers included in their folders.


📖  Please continue to have students read books from their pouch or home.  They may complete a graphic organizer with any book.  You can also try to log onto any of the free reading websites that I have listed! *Mrs. Tapke's reading students may visit her classroom website for activities that they can do for additional support.



-ea and -ee words


Videos (optional) that students can watch at home:



kids vs. phonics ee/ea


Every day, have students choose one task from tic tac toe board to practice their spelling words.


Other options: 

-write each word in a sentence

-write a story using at least 5 of your words

-rainbow write your words with 3 crayons

-write your words 3 times each

-write your words in ABC order


*Once done students can:

-Complete any optional pages sent home

-Login to iReady and complete a task.



Every day, students will complete 1 page from the “Sentence correction” packet.


 Math (Suggested time= 40 minutes)


Students will complete 3 pages daily.  Students will practice addition and subtraction facts within 20 using number bonds, ten frames, and addition sentences.


*Once done, students can:

-Practice counting various objects around your house and add them up.

-Practice homemade flashcards

-Login to iReady and complete a task. *Mrs. Stockton's math students may visit her classroom website for activities that they can do for additional support.


Writing (suggested time=20 minutes)



Students will write personal narrative stories about their trip to the zoo using transition words. “My Trip to the Zoo”


Students will write informative stories about their favorite toy using the the 5W’s.  “My Favorite Toy”


Students will write informative stories about their favorite food using the 5 W’s.  “My Favorite Food”


 *If students finish either of these early, they can draw a picture to go along with their writing.  Please remind students to label their pictures and add details!!


 Social Studies/Science (Suggested time= 20 minutes)


Tuesday:  Students will locate animals by using a grid.  “Location on a grid” worksheet Optional video:

Thursday-Students will match the animal to the habitat.  “Match the Animal to its Home” worksheet Optional video:




Good News!!

Many websites are offering free subscriptions for students at home.  One that students are familiar with is called EPIC.  Please follow the directions below if your child would like to go on.  These books can be used to go along with the graphic organizers that were included in the colored folders.

Please let me know if you have any difficulty logging on and I will do my best to help you!!
Happy Reading!

Class Log In Instructions

Have your students open up their web browser and
Log in with your class code
Select their name and they’re in!
View and edit class roster
I hope yesterday went well for everyone! Thank you parents for your support at home. Please reach out to me if you have any questions! I would love to hear from the children so please let them know that they can send me a little message if they want to keep in touch😉
I found some free websites and activities for the children if they want to keep busy throughout the day!  My son and I watched author and illustrator, Mo Willems, yesterday in his home studio. It was very cute and kept my son busy while I answered some emails! 

Elephant and Piggie Book Lovers⤵️
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems- Tune in at 1PM
20 Free Virtual Field Trips for Kids⬇️


**Great Information Shared by Our Social Worker, Mr. DiLorenzo**

Strategies to Help with Children's Anxiety, Parent Anxiety, & Uncertainty of COVID-19

3 Ups, 1 Down, and a Cheer
This was the last thing mentioned on the webinar, but it was my favorite, which is why I am putting it first. Let's encourage our families to sit down at dinner and say 3 positive things that happened during the day, 1 challenging thing, and 1 person you'd like to cheer on or shout-out. There's a lot of frustration going on, but we can always find something positive, even if it is small. 

The 4 C's- Control, Challenge, Commitment, and Connection
Control- Because there is a lot going on right now that it is out of our control, we need to find things that we can have some control over. An example could be creating a daily schedule for yourself and your children, finding different activities to keep you active, etc.

Challenge- It's easy to view this time as a problem and constantly looking at all the things going wrong for us. When we have this "problem" mindset, that makes the situation seem insurmountable and unable to overcome. Instead, let's look at this time as a challenge and find ways to keep us comforted and safe. This is especially important for our children. No one knows when the situation will improve, but we can still do things that will bring positivity to our lives.

Commitment- This is a tough one, because we all have various commitments that we now have to adjust. It's suggested that we create new routines and find different ways to maintain a sense of "normalcy" and stick to a plan of action.

Connection- Finally, it is important that we still feel a sense of connection. Plan virtual play dates for the kids, so they can still connect with their friends. If you are unable to visit grandparents, have the children write them letters or draw pictures to mail over. There are many things that can be done to maintain connection to others.

How to converse with your child about COVID-19:
If children ask about COVID-19, it is suggested that you do not sugar coat it to the children, but make it age appropriate. A conversation about it with a Pre-K student will look totally different than a conversation with a 6th grader. It's ok to not have the answers, and it's ok to share that with the children because it's the truth. Honesty is the best way to go. However, if a child inquires about it, start the conversation off by asking them what they think they know about it. Then ask what their fears are surrounding this situation. Then, you will have an opportunity to brainstorm with your child different coping strategies to help them feel more safe and comfortable. It was also suggested to have older children conduct research into COVID-19 using only reputable resources, such as CDC, WHO, etc and share what they learned. Have them research ways they can give back to the community during this time. Finally, remember to validate their emotions. It's ok to disagree with what another person is feeling, but we shouldn't discourage or belittle another person, especially a child, when they convey a particular emotion. A good response would look like, "I know you're feeling scared. It's a scary time for everyone. Let's find some things that might make you feel safe."

I am so excited to be your child's teacher this year! Please contact me anytime if you have any questions or concerns. I am looking forward to watching your child grow this year!

Reminder:  Please return your child's dismissal form if you have not done so already. Thank you!!!

Monday- Library
Tuesday- Spanish
Wednesday- Gym and Art *Sneakers 
Thursday- Computers and Gym *Sneakers
Friday- Music

Important Reminders
Please send your child's plastic folder to school everyday along with a small snack. We have a short "working" snack in the morning. 
Please label all envelopes, bags, and any other important items. 

Students will receive 1 sheet of math homework and 1 sheet of literacy homework each night except on Fridays.  If your child is having a lot of difficulty with something, please write me a short note and I will work with him or her the next day. Please READ each night too! We are adding members to our Reading Club now!!

Spelling Words:

Trick Words: