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Mrs. Walker's 1st Grade Page

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Meet Mrs. Walker 1st Grade

Hello First Grade Parents,

We are having so much fun learning about Antarctica and penguins. Last week we picked the penguins that each of the children will be studying.  This week I will sent home the details of the penguin project.  Projects will be due February 13th. I have included one of our favorite videos about penguins. 

Penguin Song

In math we are continuing to work on counting by 2's, 5's and 10's.  We also learned about odd and even numbers.  This week we will work on "greater than", "less than" and "equal to". 

In science we are going to learn about how blubber keeps penguins warm by doing an experiment using Crisco.  Students will be submerging their hand in a water table full of ice.  Some will have their hand in a baggie filled with Crisco, others will not.  We will discuss how penguin blubber acts as an insulator to keep them warm in the Antarctic waters. 

In ELA we are continuing to practice writing good sentences.  This week we will work on including adjectives to make sentences more interesting. 

Please make sure your student is reading the books in their book bags each night.   Any students who have not mastered the words in their sight word books should practice nightly.  Students who are reading chapter books should read 5-10 pages each night. 

I am including the spelling list in case the original gets misplaced.  


My name is Marigrace Walker and I have had the privilege of being a part of Immanuel Lutheran School since 2006 when my oldest son Liam started middle school.. I joined the staff of ILS last year as the first grade teacher.

I received my Master's Degree in Education from Bank Street College of Education in Manhattan. My past experience includes teaching positions at The Bank Street School for Children and Rye Country Day School, and Principal of Hudson Valley Christian Academy. I have worked as the educational consultant for children's television programs including:
Dora The Explorer, Out of The Box, Salty's Lighthouse, and Blues Clues. I also worked with Donna Shalala, the then Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Clinton, developing policies and practices for Early Childhood Classrooms.

I have been married to my wonderful husband Ed for 26 years. We have three children; Liam, Evan and Emma. We also have a very goofy German Shepherd named Arka. When I am not at school I enjoy practicing Pilates and spending time with friends and family.

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