First Grade high reader pull-out

September 25, 2018

We just started meeting this last week.

I think we are off to a good start. We have six very lively and intelligent first graders who come during the last 40 minutes of the day, Mondays through Thursdays.

We will be working on developing addition strategies, making predictions and context clues for reading, writing a personal narrative, and playing with words. I try to make everything fun. :) 

Contact me anytime -- dipasqualej@universityacademy.org

Mrs. DiPasquale




September 21, 2017

For the last two weeks or so we have been involved in a novel study for the book, A Horn for Louis about the how Louis Armstrong acquired his first trumpet when he was a seven-year-old boy living in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

There were a lot of details about things that are unfamiliar to children living today in Kansas City, MO. I brought in a pair of turn-of-the-century button shoes and a button-holer to let the kids get a feel for what Louis had to experience. We borrowed a trumpet for them to hold and pretend to play, and a menorah to hold as well, which figured into the story. A kind Jewish family helped Louis get his first trumpet and also were his employers (at age 7). He celebrated Hanukkah with them. 

We listened to and watched a few minutes of Louis playing the trumpet on Youtube -- notably When the Saints Go Marching In.

The story included such details as a barrel and dipper where they got water to drink, a well-dressed, rich (gambling) man called a "sport," a shack with no heat except a coal-burning stove, and trumpet music pouring out of the doors of the businesses in Storyville, a famous section of New Orleans.  


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