September 9th



*Friendship Theme
*Making Connections
*CharacterTraits and inferring their feelings
*Short vowels/word families

*Subtraction using math strategies (drawing a picture, number bonds, number line, tens frame)

*living and nonliving things

We are SO CLOSE to being finished with testing.  This week I am out Monday (half the day) and Tuesday to complete our final round of reading testing with a state test called the TPRI.  That means I will finally start reading groups, sending home books, and a nightly reading log starting next week.

Week of September 2nd

First things first, we celebrated a birthday on Friday! Happy birthday to our sweet Jaxon!!! We hope you have an amazing birthday weekend!  We had so much fun last week.  We read a book by Mo Willems, Pigeon Finds a Hotdog, that completely inspired us to change up our reading and writing plans.  I have to say though it has probably been one of my MOST FAVORITE writing lessons ever!

No School on Monday so relax and enjoy that extra time with your families. Graded papers will be making their way home this week. Please make sure to check their White Oak Folders to see their work, grades, and any school notes. I am working on finishing our reading testing so that appropriate books will start going home each night.  Thank you so much for being patient as I figure out where everyone is and how I can better help each child.  Pictures will be coming up next week.   This week we will be learning:

Math: How to solve word problems using different strategies including

number bonds                              number lines            tens frames


Reading: Identifying authors/illustrators, making connections, and how readers think about the story as they are reading it (questioning) .  We will focus on vowels, especially e and i since I have noticed a lot of reversals in that the past couple of weeks.  We will be reading the books, The Day the Goose Got Loose, One of Each, and The Giant Jam Sandwich,  that have to do with friendship themes.

Science: We are going to have lots of hands on fun learning about our senses!  We will end it Friday by making and eating applesauce!  I know there is one food allergy to apples so we will also have pumpkin pancakes- my mouth is watering already.


Week of August 26th

We had an amazing first week of school!  I loved listening to them talk about their ‘All About Me’ bags and watching them make new friends.  We have worked so hard on learning classroom procedures and expectations.  We will continue that into this week as well, especially since we are starting our reading and math stations.

This week we will be learning how to spell and read cvc words, rhyming words, identifying beginning and ending sounds, how to instantly recognize sets of numbers, addition strategies, colors, and an introduction into writer’s workshop.  It is going to be an incredibly busy week!

Spelling/Sight Words: to, the, of, and, as well as identifying beginning and ending sounds

Our books this week are: Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash, Sitting Down to Eat, Chicken Licken, and the poem Ball-Bouncing Rhymes.

Regular Weekly ELA Stations include: read to self, read to a partner, pocket chart, poetry, writing, word work, listening, tablets, and teacher table.  This week I will begin pulling students and seeing where they are reading and what I need to work on specifically with each one.  This will generally take a week or two.  After that I will begin actual reading groups and regularly sending home books to read and write about.

Meet the Teacher!

I have been working hard getting the classroom ready for 19 new first graders! Meet the teacher will be here in the blink of an eye, and I can’t wait to meet everyone on August 13th at 4:00pm.  Please bring all of the school supplies and teachers will also be taking up the $10 supply fee.  Don’t worry if there is an item that you have not been able to find.  This is going to be a wonderful year, and I will see you all very soon!