Remote Learning 6/1-6/5

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Updates and Reminders:

  1. GoMath and Journeys Reading workbooks can be picked up from Disney School Monday-Friday 9am-1pm.
  2. PTA Scholastic Book Giveaway: Tuesday 9am-11am at door 6 (back of building). Children will receive 2 FREE books of their choice while supplies last. Remember to wear a mask and practice safe social distancing during your visit to Disney School.
  3. Please reach out if you need assistance during this challenging time. Visit Disney’s website for resources to meet your family’s social-emotional needs + assistance for housing, food, and other needs.

Be Safe! I miss you all!

UPDATE: The PTA book event has been moved to June 9th. More information to come.

Remote Learning 5/26-5/29

Download lesson plans below:

Reminders & Updates:

  1. Your child will be starting Chapter 12 math lessons this week. GoMath workbooks are available for pick-up at Disney School. Office hours are 9-1 Monday-Friday. The workbook pages are also available in the lesson plan document if you would prefer not to go to the school building.
  2. CPS has asked teachers to help prepare personal belongings for pick-up. I know we have some headphones and changes of clothing left in the classroom. I will send updates about when your child’s items will be available. (most likely the week of June 8th)
  3. The weather is the focus of our reading book this week. Spending time outdoors observing weather patterns, clouds, and how people enjoy different kinds of weather are wonderful extensions of our learning. Frog and Toad fly a kite in our story. Maybe one day this week will be a good day for your family to fly a kite too!

Have a great week, everyone! I miss you, and I hope you are keeping safe!

Memorial Day

Reminder:  No School Monday, May 25th

Memorial Day is a day to express our gratitude to all those brave hearts who laid down their lives to safeguard our nation.  Check out the “Explore Chicago” link on the sidebar to find local Memorial Day events for your family.

Remote Learning 5/18-5/22

Download this week’s lessons and links below:

Updates & Reminders:

  1. Progress Report Grades are due on Wednesday, May 20th. Be sure to have at least one completed assignment submitted to your child’s Exploratories teachers by this date. (Ms. Rowe, Ms. Dunne, Mr. Fahrenbach, and Mr. O’Neill) See Exploratories links in our daily lesson plan to connect with these teachers.
  2. Time has been provided on Tuesday to “catch-up” on missing assignments. Students were contacted via ClassDojo on Sunday with instructions. Please let me know if you have any questions.
  3. This week is the last week for GoMath chapter eleven. Disney has very nicely arranged for our class to pick up the GoMath chapter 12 workbook. I will be providing details about pick-up on ClassDojo soon. This is optional. I will continue to provide the worksheets in our lesson plans for families that would prefer not to come to the school building.
  4. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! You are the most AMAZING parents! Thank you for supporting your child’s learning at home, your patience & flexibility during this crisis, and for sharing your children with me! This has not been an easy time for any of us, but room 104 has SHINED in participation and classwork! The Exploratories teachers were thrilled to see so many assignments from our class last week. You are fantastic!

Have a super week everyone! I look forward to seeing your talent video in our class Flipgrid.

Lesson Plans week of 5/11-5/15

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Updates & Reminders:

CPS has updated the grading policy for the 4th quarter. Our class has had excellent participation in all activities, and their grades reflect this hard work. Thank you, families, for supporting your little learners! Here are some important things you need to know:

  1. Teachers are entering grades for work completed and activity participation in the online Aspen gradebook.
  2. Exploratories teachers will also be grading assignments. Please be sure to visit these teachers online. NEW! Links to room 104 Exploratory teachers are clearly listed in the daily lesson plans.
  3. I will not penalize any late written assignments. The final day for mid-quarter progress report grades to be entered by teachers is Wednesday, May 20th.

Have a great week! I look forward to seeing your smiles and book recommendations on Flipgrid.

Lesson Plans 5/4-5/8


Today is Star Wars Day! Here are some fun Star Wars activities for the little (or big) Jedi in your home. These activities are optional. Have a great week everyone & may the force be with you!


April 27- May 1st Remote Learning

 Reminders & Updates:

Student iPad pick-up is available M-F from 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM. Please message me if your family would like to borrow a student iPad from Disney School. Appointments are required.

If any families have questions for the school nurse, Mr. Kosuth, please email him directly at These questions could be related to the health sections of your child’s 504 or IEP, or regarding any medication that is at the school that you would like to retrieve.

Check your ClassDojo messages for passwords and login directions to our new class video-sharing tech link. We can’t wait to see and hear from you on Flipgrid this week!


Great work first-graders! Your photos and online assignments are FANTASTIC! Thank you, families, for helping your students at home. I am so lucky to have a class of amazing students and parents. I GREATLY appreciate all of your hard work! Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help your family during this time.

Remote Learning April 20-24

Well, it is official, our class will not be returning to Disney School as first-graders. CPS has announced that we will continue “Remote Learning” until the end of the school year. While we all knew this situation was likely to happen, it was still hard to hear. The next time I see those sweet smiles my class will be second-graders and off to start a new year in a new classroom. This was sad news for me and I took some time this weekend to think about how best to prepare my students for next year during this unique learning situation. I have made plans and gathered resources that will ensure your child is ready for second-grade. CPS has not yet provided teachers with details about 4th quarter grading, how families will retrieve personal belongings from classrooms, or what the fall will look like for Disney. I will continue to keep you updated about news via ClassDojo as this information becomes available. We will figure this out together!

Below you will find a link to this week’s lesson document. You will notice that we have returned to our regular reading and math curriculum with links to videos and workbook pages listed. In keeping with the directives from CPS, this is a greatly reduced weekly workload. First-graders will complete approximately 90 minutes of learning activities daily. If your family wishes to do more practice I have provided additional resources for reading and math in the “Enrichment” pages at the end of the document. Students are always welcome to spend more time using learning apps like eSpark and IXL for enrichment too.

Click the link below to download this week’s lesson assignments and materials for students:

Assignments are listed on a daily chart. Feel free to modify the order of these assignments to fit your family’s needs. I understand that some days are busier than others. Students may use weekend days to complete assigned work if needed. Thank you, parents, for all of your help at home. You have been GREAT!

Remote Learning Apr. 13-Apr. 19

Welcome back to remote learning week 4! I hope this message finds your family healthy and safe. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance during this time. Here are some links to resources from CPS & Disney School:

  1. Meal Pick-Up Times- Disney School is NOT a meal distribution site. Families can pick up meals outside of their nearest CPS school – they DO NOT need to pick up meals at their school of attendance. Use this link to search for a school near you:
  2. Packet Pick-Up – Would your family prefer paper and pencil work for your children? Need extra enrichment activities for your Disney students? School meal distribution sites (see above) will have grade-specific packets available at the meal pick-up tables for students. These are optional activities. You may use these in place of the assigned digital work or as extra practice.
  3. iPad Pick-Up – Disney is providing iPads for students to borrow during the remote learning time. If your family would like an iPad please call the main office or email me to arrange an appointment for pick up.
  4. Counseling Office Website – Providing resources for families including ideas to emotionally support your child during this crisis and links for housing, utilities, internet, & food assistance.

CPS Grade 1 Remote Learning Expectations: Students should plan for 90 minutes of learning each day.

Reading: Complete the following activities by Sunday, April 19th

  1. Choose one of the reading activities from the menu each day (5 total). Read for 20 minutes each day. The kids enjoyed this activity so much last week I thought we would do it again. Try a new activity from the menu or repeat a favorite! Happy reading everyone!

2. Watch this BrainPopJr video to review nonfiction text features.

3. Practice IXL 2nd Grade Language Arts: (Have you already done these skills? Way to go! Try a 3rd-grade challenge of your choice!)

E.3 & E.4 Long and Short Vowels W.1 Use text features U.1 Compare and Contrast informational text passages

4. Follow the Scholastic Day 1 Grade 1-2 Activities Animal Studies – Spiders

5. Complete 60 minutes of eSpark reading this week.

Optional Enrichment Activity: Fans of Dav Pilkey can join the author and Dog Man for creative activities at Scholastic!

Math: Complete the following 5 shape activities by Sunday, April 19th. You do not need to print these pages… Students may draw pictures on paper from your home. Send a photo using ClassDojo or email to to show your work.

Activity 1: Shape picture challenge: You will need 1 die from a board game.

Activity 2: Create a picture using the shapes described. A shape drawing guide is provided.

Activity 3: Go on a 3D shape hunt. Draw the items you found.

Activity 4: Watch shape videos with a pet or stuffed animal.

Watch this fun Shape Practice video. Pay close attention to the quadrilateral section of the video!  What is a quadrilateral? Teach the meaning of a quadrilateral to your pet (stuffed pets work too!)

Grab a microphone and have a sing-along with your super-smart pet. Here is a shape song to sing together!

Activity 5: Complete 60 minutes of eSpark math this week.

Optional Enrichment: This website has GREAT shape games. Check out the geoboard, symmetry, and more!  Most of the games are tablet friendly.

Science & Social Studies: Complete the following activities by Sunday, April 19th. Families are welcome to share photos of children completing learning activities to be shared on Disney’s social media sites. Please include a note giving consent to share online with the photo.

  1. Field Trip!  Pack a picnic snack and see the animals of the San Diego Zoo!  When I checked the live cameras, the animals of the African plains were very busy, the koala was napping, the penguins were chatting, and the other animals were hiding. Just like a real zoo visit, some animals will be inside when it rains! I wonder who you will see on your virtual field trip?

2. New! Sesame Street Resources

  • Optional: Visit Sesame Street in Communities, where we just added relevant new videos, printables and learning-at-home resources for your family!

3. Choose one of the creative activities from below.  Complete at home with the help of an adult.

4. Optional Enrichment: Science is brought to life in this podcast that tells stories about science discoveries with help from actual scientists. They answer questions from why cats always seem to land on their feet to what a journey to the center of the earth would look like.

Have questions about this week’s remote learning? email or message me on ClassDojo

I’m sending smiles to brighten up your day! Watch ClassDojo for updates and awards. Stay safe and healthy everyone. I miss you!


Mrs. Brannigan

Happy Spring Break!

The Chicago Public Schools will begin vacation on Monday, April 6th. Enjoy a week of relaxing family time! New learning assignments will be posted on Monday, April 13th.

The Disney school building will be closed next week. CPS will continue to distribute food to families at a limited number of school sites. Please use the link below for a searchable map of locations near you:

Stay Safe! Be Well! See You Soon!