Mrs. Heinlein

"Elementary School community is an environment of excellence in teaching and learning where students reach high academic standards and learn to be self-motivated, well-rounded citizens.” 


Welcome to

Mrs. Heinlein’s

1st Grade Class Webpage

Welcome to 1st grade! As an alumni of Edgemere Elementary, it is great to be back in the community. I graduated from Towson University in 2009 with a bachelor in Early Childhood Education. I am also certified in Special Education and I am currently earning credits to get my masters in Human Resources and Instructional Technology. This is my 8th year teaching; I spent 4 years in Kindergarten here at Edgemere and 3 years in 2nd grade. I enjoy spending time with my husband and dog bandit, reading, and anything to do with Disney.  


"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go."
-Dr. Seuss


9:50-10:10-Reading Workshop
10:10-10:20-Bathroom Break
11:25-11:55-Science, Social Studies, Health

Specials Schedule-1st Quarter






Classroom Rules & Expectations
In our class, we follow the Edgemere Elementary Pride:
            Persist with all tasks
                                      Respect my teachers, peers, and myself
Interact kindly
       Do my best always
       Enjoy our diversity
    We have a behavior chart in the classroom and every student has their own clip. They have the chance to move up and down the levels. Each night, I will color the dates block on the Monthly calendar the color your child was on at the end of the day. Please sign the calendar every night. As a class we can earn cubes to get a class prize! These are the different behavior levels:

Our class will be using Class Dojo this year. ClassDojo is a behaviormanagement tool for the classroom. Each student has a profile – complete with their own avatar – to which teachers can assign positive and negative points (or 'dojos') throughout the lesson. Students will use the following point system for behavior at the end of the day:

5-6 points= Student went above and beyond and had an amazing day!

3-4 points= Student had a great day and was focused on learning.

0-2 points= Student is determined to come to school ready to do their best the next school day.  

Here is what to come in the 3rd Quarter:



Unit 1- Have I Got a Story to Tell You!:  


Students listen to and read a variety of literary texts (interactive read-alouds, shared reading, and  literature big books) in order to retell stories – beginning, middle, and end. They describe characters, settings, and major events in stories, using illustrations and key details in the text. Additionally, they compare the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.

Over the course of the unit, students create anchor charts – Elements of Fiction, Exploring Fiction Class Attribute Chart, "What Makes a Great Story?", and optional charts: “What Do Good Readers Do?” and “What Strategies do Good Readers Use?” These anchor charts serve as references throughout the unit and throughout the school year.

Unit 2-Amazing World!- 
Students listen to, view, and read a variety of nonfiction texts (interactive read-alouds, big books, leveled readers, videos, and nonfiction magazine articles). They identify the main topics and key details, using illustrations and text features to locate information. They use their skills of observation and inquiry to explore a variety of nonfiction texts by asking questions, making observations and connections, and communicating information with others through speaking and writing. They come to understand that nonfiction reading is “reading for information” and nonfiction writing is “writing to teach.” Over the course of the unit, students create two anchor charts – “Elements of Nonfiction,” and " Text Features of Non-Fiction and How they help us", which will serve as a references throughout the school year. 


Unit 1-Addition, Subtraction, & the Number System:
In this first number unit in Grade 1, students count, order, compare quantities, and work with the operation of addition. Students also work on finding addition combinations up to 10 and learn to make sense of and solve story problems. They are introduced to several of the classroom routines that practice and reinforce work with counting, developing visual images of number, collecting data, and working with concepts of time (calendar/clock).

Unit 2-Geometry:
This geometry unit focuses on two-dimensional shapes and the relationships between them. Students observe, describe, compare, classify, represent, and compose and decompose 2-D shapes. Students learn to use geometric language to describe and identify important features of familiar 2-D shapes. As they sort and describe groups of shapes, they begin to distinguish specific attributes of triangles and quadrilaterals. The Shapes software is introduced as a tool for extending and deepening this work. This tool is designed for K–2 students to explore how different shapes go together.



During the quarter, we will work on sentence structure and adding details to a sentence.
Please practice spelling at home by sounding things out. Students are working on restating the question in their answer.


Social Studies Science
Geography Basics X Marks the Spot          
My Local Community Creeper and Creature Feature
My State is a Community Making Waves
 My Nation is a Community 

Personal Health & Family Living
Healthy Living Part I
Healthy Living Part II

Events Coming Up!
Here are a couple of things to look out for:
*9/1-Sneak a Peek at Your Seat 2-3 pm
*9/4-Labor Day
*9/5-1st Day of School!
*9/12- Back to School Night 6-8 pm
*9/21-NO SCHOOL-Rosh Hashanah
*9/27- Picture Day
*10/20- NO SCHOOL-Teacher Day
*11/3- 1/2 day for students-End of the 1st Quarter


Link to the BPCS Parent Webpage-

Link to our Facebook Page-

Link to the schools Twitter account- @Edgemere_BCPS

Link to check your child’s progress-

Link to check your child’s behavior on Class Dojo-

Link to our class Twitter account-  

Here's to a great year! Please refer to your child's take home folder every night. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at or call the school at 410-887-7507.