First Grade,
Mrs. Shannon Lopez

“To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love, For it is in giving that we receive. . .”
~ from The Prayer of Saint Francis

My name is Shannon Lopez and I am the first grade teacher at Holy Cross School! This is my fifth year teaching first grade at Holy Cross. First grade is a very special year where students begin to define themselves. I am excited to see how the students will grow in a positive classroom community full of encouragement, teamwork, friendships, play, and lots of learning! Students will build important reading and writing skills, master lifelong math skills, and assume responsibilities and routines.

My past experience in teaching includes substitute teaching, Special Education, and Speech and Hearing Therapy. I attended the University of Oregon where I studied Sociology and Spanish, Portland State University for Speech and Hearing Sciences, and Concordia University where I earned my Master's Degree in Teaching.

In my spare time you will find me walking and hiking with my dog Teddy and husband Nick, cooking, baking, reading, swimming, and running.

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"Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." - 1 Corinthians 13:7

Distance Learning: 

I am excited to meet all of my first grade students and families (even from a distance)! 

Please know that learning and teaching from a distance is a new adventure. I am excited to be on your team and lead you in all the first grade subjects we will cover. Remember to be patient with yourselves, your children, and with me. We will all need to be flexible and adapt as changes need to take place. We are in this together! 

Students will attend live (synchronous) teaching over Zoom every morning 8:30-11:30 am Monday-Friday. They will be able to show me their knowledge digitally (through the online learning platforms) and traditional paper/pencil schoolwork. In the afternoon, students will have the opportunity for asynchronous learning time to finish any assignments, work on independent learning, read, and practice math and/or English Language Arts skills.

You will receive an email from me on Sundays with a schedule/lessons, Zoom link, learning platform links, etc. I will try to keep our schedule as consistent as possible, but I will need to meet with smaller groups of students, so things may change. Again, I appreciate your flexibility as we get comfortable with our distance learning routine.

Click here for schedule >  Grade 1 Distance Learning Schedule 2020

Learning platforms/sites for distance learning:

Please use the link for the family connection to the Seesaw app. Seesaw is a simple way for teachers and students to record and share what's happening in the classroom. Seesaw gives students a place to document their learning, be creative and learn how to use technology. Each student gets their own journal and will add things to it, like photos, videos, drawings, or notes. You will be able to view assignments and your child's work:

Here are some helpful Seesaw tutorial videos: 

  • Parent Overview (Spanish coming soon) 

  • Student Overview (Spanish coming soon)

  • How to Use for Students (more detailed) 

  • PDF in English and Spanish 

  • Using the Family App 

Learning Targets:

  • Language Arts: Letter names and sounds review, learning to read, parts of a story, recalling information from text and spoken words, finding supporting evidence in fiction and nonfiction text, story sequencing, writing sentences and stories, 6 writing traits, learning and using the writing process, telling stories, sharing ideas and projects, handwriting, spelling, grammar, incorporating the ELA common core standards, and going beyond where appropriate.
  • Math: Patterning, number sense, counting, skip counting, place value, shapes, graphing, problem solving, beginning money, beginning geometry, addition, subtraction, and calendar activities.
  • Religion: Life skills, different kinds of smart, friendship, Mass participation, feelings, Church seasons and holidays, God’s community, the Catholic Church, Jesus, Mary, the Rosary, love for others, peaceful problem solving, the Holy Spirit, and the gifts of the Spirit.
  • Science: Insects and their habitats, how insects and plants help each other, properties of matter, composition of earth materials, balance and motion, the scientific process, and recording data.
  • Social Studies: Being a good citizen, families, communities, safety skills, importance of rules at home and school, beginning map and globe skills, important people from our history, personal and historical timelines, holidays, the United States, cultures of the world, resources of the earth, conservation of the Earth’s resources, and personal saving and spending to meet short-term goals.

Top Ten Ways to Keep the Brain Engaged

  1. Read, read, read!!! (and record your minutes for the scholastic challenge too!)
  2. Keep a special writing journal
  3. Read, read, read to your parents, sisters, brothers, cousins… anyone
  4. Practice adding, subtracting, and using numbers to 100
  5. Write a story to give to friends or family
  6. Read, read, read non-fiction articles, kid magazines or books
  7. Practice counting change (money)
  8. Play learning games on the computer (websites like abcya, starfall, or pbskids)
  9. Do art, craft, and music activities
  10. Play hard (get lots of exercise) and most importantly, have fun

Websites for Learning:

  • has a free video of the week and accompanying quiz and activities.
  • has a connection to Tumblebooks. Login the library and search for Tumblebooks. There will be a link to follow. You will have access to a selection of many children’s books. Some of the books have audio and will read to your child while the text is highlighted. Some books have follow-up activities. The library also has a link to Hoopla for videos online. I think you have access to two movies per month without charge.
  • has many free features for early readers and some math for first and second grade levels.
  • has some online features but I like their free apps. There are several apps that are online versions of math learning aids -- Rekenreks, numberlines, number pieces for place value, pattern shapes and more.
  • This International Children’s Digital Libarary website also has online children’s books but these are international stories in many different languages. There is no audio feature but the stories are much more interesting and international than the usual fare.
  • I have used this website to generate specific math drill sheets for mastering specific facts. In addition to the math drill, there are daily trivia questions, sudoku, puzzles and more.