Mrs. Nikole Zurek

Phone: 281-412-1412


Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. Psychology M.A. Education K-6 Texas Teaching Certificate

Mrs. Nikole Zurek

Welcome to our 1st grade class page! I'm so excited about this year!

 This is my 15th year teaching, and my 4th year at Pearland ISD!  I have previously taught 4th and 5th grades in the Chicago, Illinois area, and I worked for five years at a charter school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I have worn many hats as an educator including a 1st grade Math Specialist and RtI Coach. Last year I taught 4th grade right here at Carleston! 

 I LOVE teaching all subjects, but especially reading and writing. I think that reading and writing are one of the best subjects because a book can take you places you have never been! I have been writing stories since I was a little girl, and even published my first children's book four years ago. It is called Walt the Onederful, and I can't wait to share it with you.

Not only do I work in Pearland, but I live in Pearland, too.  I have been married for 10 years to my husband Robb.  We have a 9 year-old son named Jacob, a 7 year-old daughter named Nora, and a Sheltie named Puck (can you tell I like hockey?). Jacob is a 3rd grader at Carleston, and Nora is a 2nd grader here!

I am confident that we are going to have an awesome year! I am so excited about the accomplishments your child will make. If you ever have any questions, the easiest way to get a hold of me is through email. 


Mrs. Zurek  

"The future of the world is in my classroom today"-Ivan Welton Fitzwater

  • My Resources

    Have you ever gone to the library and didn't know what to check out? Here are some book suggestions that go along with the reading strategies and writing components that we are learning. If you need any other ideas, please send me an email and I'd be glad to help. Enjoy!


    Picture Books for Reading

    Making Connections (Schema):

    1. The Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume

    2. Testing Miss Malarkey by O'Malley Finchier

    3. You're a Good Sport Miss Malarkey by O'Malley Finchier

    4. Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox

    5. Small Steps by Peg Kehret

    6. Thank you, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

    7. The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant

    Determining Importance:

    1. Can You Do This Old Badger by Eve Bunting

    2. The Art Lesson by DePaola and Bunting

    3. Fables by Arnold Lobel

    4. A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

    5. The Amazing Christmas Extravaganza by David Shannon


    1. The Cow Who Wouldn't Come Down by Paul Brett

    2. Twilight Comes Twice by Ralph Fletcher

    3. Marvin of the Great North Woods by Kathryn Lasky

    4. Like Butter On Pancakes by Jonathan London

    5. Sarah Plain and Tall by Sarah MacLachian

    6. Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

    7. Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco

    8. Whale Song by Dyan Sheldon

    9. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

    10. Owl Moon by Jane Yolen


    1. The Table Where Rich People Sit by Byrd Baylor

    2. Grandfather Twilight by Barbara Berger

    3. A Smoky Night by Eve Bunting

    4. Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting

    5. See the Ocean by Estelle Condra

    6. Teammates by Peter Golenbock

    7. Rag Coat by Lauren Mills

    8. The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco

    9. Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

    10. Tight Times by Barbara Shook Hazen

    11. Encounter by Jane Yolen


    1. Charlie Anderson by Barbara Ambercrombie

    2. Click Clack Moo, Cows that Type by Dorin Cronin

    3. Giggle, Giggle Quack by Dorin Cronin

    4. The Lotus Seed by Sherry Garland

    5. Emma and the Silk Train by Julie Lawson

    6. The Rough Faced Girl by Rafe Martin

    7. The Potato Moon by Megan McDonald

    8. The Bracelet by Yashiko Uchida

    9. The Faithful Elephants by Yashiko Uchida


    1. A Picture Book of Anne Frank by David Adles

    2. A Boy Called Slow by Joseph Bruchac

    3. Oliver Button is a Sissy by Tomie Depaola

    4. An Angel for Soloman Singer by Cynthia Rylant

    5. Tea With Milk by Allen Say

    6. Story of Jumping Mouse by John Steptoe



    Picture Books for Traits of Writing


    1. I'm in Charge of Celebrations by Byrd Baylor

    2. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

    3. Barefoot: Escape on the Underground Railroad by Pamela Edwards

    4. All the Places to Love by Sarach MacLachian

    5. Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia McKissack

    6. Rotten Teeth by Laura Simms

    7. Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth


    1. Mrs. Gumpys Outing by John Burningham

    2. That's Good, That's Bad by Marjorie Cuyler

    3. Westlandia by Paul Fleishmann

    4. The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman

    5. Snow by Uri Shulevitz

    Sentence Fluency:

    1. Old Black Fly by Jim Aylesworth

    2. Blood and Gore by Vickie Cobb

    3. Joyful Noise by Paul Fleischmann

    4. Water Dance by Tom Locker

    5. A River Dream by Allen Say

    6. Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! by Jack Prelutsky

    7. Heartland by Diane Siebert

    8. Consider the Lemming by Jeanne Steig


    1. The Jolly Postman by Janet Ahlbert

    2. Brothers of the Knight by Debbie Allen

    3. Going Home by Eve Bunting

    4. The Wall by Eve Bunting

    5. I Am the Cat, I Am the Dog by Donald Hall

    6. Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

    7. The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Pinkwater

    8. Math Curse by John Scienszka

    9. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by John Scienszka

    10. No, David by David Shannon

    11. Sleeping Ugly by Jane Yolen

    Word Choice:

    1. Bigfoot Cinderella by Tony Johnston

    2. Canoe Days by Gary Paulson

    3. The Dreamer by Cynthia Rylant

    4. The Old Woman Who Named Things by Cynthia Rylant

    5. Brave Irene by William Steig

    6. Shrek by William Steig

    7. The Z Was Zapped by Chris Van Allsburg

    8. Beetle Bedlam by Viasta VanKampen

    9. Voices of the Heart by Ed Young