Thursday, August 22, 2019

1st 9 Weeks: Week 2


Important Dates:
·                     August 23 - T-shirt and Scholastic order forms and money are DUE
·                     August 29 - 1st Grade Parent Information Night - 5:15pm
·                     September 2 - No School/Holiday

Our Learning Next Week...
Reading: Students will be learning reading strategies to help them comprehend their reading such as, describing events in a story and asking questions while reading.

Writing: Students will generate ideas in their writing using a class inspiration board. Students will also practice routines for organizing writing folders and sharing ideas/writings with partners.

Math: We will continue with number sense up to 20. Students will be asked to identify words associated with math (tallies, #s, addition, etc). Students will also model counting and generating numbers up to 20 by using different tools (ten frames, math racks, number paths, etc).

Science: Students will continue to learn about the roles and responsibilities of a scientist as well as tools and safe practices that they use.

Social Studies: Students will be learning about our state of Texas. We will discuss important symbols, the pledge and be able to find Texas on a map.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

1st 9 Weeks: Week 1

We had a great first day of school! We are having fun getting to know each other and building our classroom community.

Important Dates:

·                     August 23 - T-shirt and Scholastic order forms and money are due
·                     August 29 - 1st Grade Parent Information Night - 5:15pm
·                     September 2 - No School/Holiday

If you have not sent in your order forms and payment for Scholastic News and our class t-shirt, please send them in by August 23.  Please place all forms and payment inside your child’s green daily folder. Thanks so much!

Our Learning Next Week...

Reading: Students will be introduced to reader’s workshop and setup and establish routines. They will also work on building independent reading stamina.

Writing: Students will explore different types of writing and the reasons writers write through the development of a class inspiration board. They will also work on building writing stamina through student-selected independent writing.

Math: Students will explore math tools (pattern blocks, tens/ones blocks, unifix cubes, etc) and sort/share noticings/practice the use of tools through various games/activities. Teacher will go over expectations with handling of all tools.

Science: Students will continue to learn about what a scientist is and what are the roles, tools, and responsibilities of a scientist. They also will learn safe science practices and explore science tools.

Social Studies: Students will learn the importance of rules and laws in the home, school and community. We will focus on our stallion star expectations of: safe, respectful, responsible, cooperative and always doing our best.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Welcome to 1st Grade!

My name is Mrs. Jessica Whitney and I am so happy to be your child’s 1st grade teacher. This will be a great year at Patsy Sommer. I know you will be amazed and excited to see how your child learns and grows. Here is a quick little video about our classroom and me!  Whitney Welcome Video

I am looking forward to meeting you at Supply Drop Off Tuesday August 13th in room A109 between 4:00-5:30 for last names that begin with M-Z or 5:00-6:30 for last names that begin with A-L. During this time, I will provide you with instructions for how to label your child’s supplies and how to organize your child's cubby for the first day of school. In 1st grade we utilize computers and iPads when we can. Your child will need a pair of over the ear headphones to be left here at school for the year.

Before then, be sure to visit my teacher website Mrs. Whitney's Class Website. Here you will find information about our classroom, our school and all about me! Please fill out the 2019 - 2020 Student InformationForm or by clicking on the tab labeled Student Information Form at the top of my website. One of the questions asks how your child will go home from school and it is important that I am aware of the arrangements in advance.

If your child goes by a different name, please email me so I can make sure to have their correct name on labels.

I am looking forward to getting to know and working with your family this year. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.


Supply Drop Off


Meet the Teacher/Supply Drop-Off

I look forward to meeting you and your child at supply drop off. Come on down to room A109 where I will be eagerly awaiting to meet y’all! This will be a time to go through and label all supplies, get to know the classroom, and meet your new teacher!

Tuesday, August 13th

M-Z 4:00-5:30
A-L 5:00-6:30

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Is Your Child Ready for 1st Grade


Is your child ready for 1st grade? If you have been enjoying the lazy days of summer as I have, then now is the time to get back in shape for school. There is an abundance of research that demonstrates most children require a full 9 weeks of instruction to simply get them back to where they were developmentally at the end of their previous school year. This is a lot of time wasted that could be spent advancing your child's development. I have searched several educational sources to create a 1st grade readiness checklist (skills your child should have mastered in kindergarten or over summer). If your child has mastered all of these things that great, continue to read and write at home. If your child has not mastered any of these skills, then take note and work diligently to accomplish these skills before school starts. 

Questions to Ask... 

1. Does your child know the entire alphabet, along with all the accompanying sounds in capital and lowercase?

2. Does your child read two and three letter words easily?

3. Does your child count from 1 to 100 and back down from 100 to 1?

4. Does your child understand, create, and identify simple patterns?

5. Does your child write his/her first and last name using correct casing?

6. Does your child write descriptive sentences, such as "The lazy cat refused to chase the rat"?

7. Does your child write all 26 letters in capital and lowercase neatly?

8. Does your child recognize and identify all of the basic colors

9. Does your child skip count by 2's, 5's, and 10's up to at least 100? (2,4,6,8...and 5,10,15,20...)10. Does your child write all of the numbers between 1 and 100?

11. Does your child know basic word families? (at, bat, cat, fat go together & an, ban, can, Dan, fan go together)

12. Does your child recognize and identify basic shapes?

13. Does your child recognize and identify basic coins (dollar coin, 50 cent piece, quarter, dime, and nickel) and their value?

14. Does your child know the difference between consonants and vowels?

15. Does your child understand comparisons/opposites? (greater than/less than, hot/cold, shorter/taller...)

16. Does your child know that sentences start with a capital letter?

17. Does your child know that sentences end with a period?

18. Does your child know that questions end with a question mark?

19. Does your child tell time on the hour and half hour?

20. Does your child understand and recognize rhyming words?

21. Does your child recognize and understand one-half?22. Does your child speak in complete sentences?

23. Does your child mark vowels in a word or sentence if asked?

24. Does your child complete assignments based on oral direction? (draw a red line over the cat, circle the blue monkey...)

25. Does your child read months and days on a calendar?

26. Does your child make it until 4 pm without a nap?

27. Does your child know addition and subtraction facts 0-9?https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/tMMghlSQHSEhIo5FPeZ4W9U9qI1otbzok1rOPeHniE9DuIWUmEXyfM2Vua54CW0ihAVqCFVzRz7ylXwFPkdW8MkDObU0XzNF9FRxoOIqE0SccCb5U0J-5sK8Rhnnk7o8bfTbm7ji

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

2nd 9 Weeks: Week 2


Important Dates:
·         November 2: Picture Retakes
·         November 2: PTA Movie Night
·         November 8: TAG Parent Information Night 5:30 – 6:15
·         November 9: Veterans Day Assembly
·         November 12: At Home Timeline Project Due
·         November 19 – 23: Thanksgiving Break

Library is every Tuesday. Please return books!
Running Club - Mondays and Wednesdays 7:10 – 7:30

Classroom Announcements
Holiday Timeline
In Social Studies we have been talking about past, present, future and making timelines for our school day.  We’ve discussed that a timeline is a list of events put in sequential order.  Students are asked to make a timeline of a favorite holiday by November 12th.  There is a rubric that explains what needs to be included and an example of what a timeline looks like in a purple packet that came home with your child on Monday.  Please let me know if you have any questions!  

Report Cards
These are coming home along with data binders today.  Please be on the lookout.  You can keep the report card, but please sign and return the envelope with the data binder back to school. 

Campus Announcements
Book Fair
Don’t forget to check out the book fair all this week.  In fact, the book fair will be open late on Friday for the PTA movie night.  The last day to get book at the Book Fair is Monday, November 5th at noon.


OUR LEARNING NEXT WEEK...2nd QUARTER, WEEK 3
Math: Students will use the language of subtraction with lots of opportunities to explore subtraction situations with words, pictures, objects, and numbers.

Science: Students will identify and describe natural sources of water including streams, lakes, and oceans.

Language Arts
Reading: Students will identify the main idea and important details in their reading.

Writing: This is the second week of a three-week study on How-To writing. This week the focus is using transition words, writing an introduction, using detailed pictures to teach and revising and editing with a partner.

Balanced Literacy: In Social Studies, students will be learning about the importance of voting and Veteran’s Day. In Phonics, students will continue to practice locating and reading high frequency words.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

2nd 9 Weeks: Week 1


Important Dates:
·         October 25, 26: Vision and Hearing Screening
·         October 29: 50’s Day
·         October 30:  Book Fair-Student Preview
·         October 31 - November 2:  Fall Book Fair
·         October 31: Book Character Dress-up Day (look below for information)
·         November 1 Report cards go home
·         November 1: National Outside play day
·         November 2: Picture Retakes
·         November 2: PTA Movie Night
·         November 8: TAG Parent Information Night 5:30 – 6:15
·         November 12: At Home Timeline Project Due

Library is every Tuesday. Please return books!
Running Club - Mondays and Wednesdays 7:10 – 7:30

Classroom Announcements
Classroom Fall Items Needed
Mrs. Gustafson and I love to do activities together with our classes, so we have planned some fun activities for next week.  If you can help bring anything in, please sign up at this link!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0E48ABA728A13-fall3 Thank you so much for your help and your support.  We need these items by Monday, October 29th which starts our fun!

Holiday Timeline
In Social Studies we have been talking about past, present, future and making timelines for our school day.  We’ve discussed that a timeline is a list of events put in sequential order.  Students are asked to make a timeline of a favorite holiday by November 12th.  There is a rubric that explains what needs to be included and an example of what a timeline looks like in a purple packet that came home with your child on Monday.  Please let me know if you have any questions!  

50’s Day
On Monday, October 29th, students can come to school dressed as someone from the 50’s.  Dressing up is totally optional.  We will be doing some 50’s day activities with Mrs. G and her class.  Plus Mrs. Whitney just loves to dress up and have fun.  So students are welcome to come dressed up as well. 

Book Character Day
On October 31st, students can come to school dressed as a character from a book.  Here is the flyer.  Students are asked to bring the book with them if they can.  We will be parading around 3rd and K to show off our outfits.  All the 1st grade teachers will be dressing up!  But this is optional.


OUR LEARNING NEXT WEEK...2nd QUARTER, WEEK 2
Math: Students will be focusing on time to the hour and representing it on digital and analog clocks. Students will also identify the minute hand and the hour hand on a clock.

Science: This week we will focus on ways objects can move (round and round, straight line, back and forth, zig-zag, up and down, fast and slow).  Students are asked to bring in an object that can move by October 31.  An assessment over magnets and patterns of movement will be given late in the week.

Language Arts
Reading: Students will continue learning and identifying text features in nonfiction books and their purpose.  

Writing: We will begin a three-week study on How-To writing. This week, students will be introduced to How-To’s by making trail mix and learning how to list supplies and materials along with the importance of including detailed steps in their writing.

Balanced Literacy: In Social Studies, students will be reviewing past, present, and future with a Halloween activity. In Phonics, students will be working on recognizing and using high frequency words.