Frog and Toad

This Friday at 9:00, the first grade will be performing  “A Year With Frog and Toad.” This will be in the Elementary Cafeteria. I hope you all can come. Remember, students are to wear a black shirt with blue jeans or dark colored pants.

This week in class:

Guided Reading: Groups will continue along with lots of discussion and modeling of good comprehension skills.

Word Work: We will continue working with capitals and begin using all kinds of punctuation. This will also be assessed in their writing.

No spelling this week.

Math: Students will begin adding groups by skip counting to get the correct sum.

Writing: More writing, revising, and publishing. Checking for well-developed beginning, middle and ending; staying on topic;  capitals, punctuation  and spelling of all sight words.

Dates to Remember:

March 6: Visit from Spencer Ortho. at 2:00

March 10: “A Year With Frog and Toad” performance at 9:00

March 13-17: Spring Break

March 22: Spring Pictures

Thanks for everything,

Mrs. Benson

March Already??

March is around the corner and so is Spring. We have had some wonderful weather; however, we have had a lot of sickness. Lots of flu and strep have flooded our campus. We don’t ever want students to miss school, because they miss instruction. If your child gets sick, please keep them home until the doctor says they can return. This will help from spreading the virus to others.

This week:

Guided Reading: Groups will continue. We are presently introducing reading comprehension passages. Students are practicing reading passages and proving their answers; as well as, inferring their own reasonable answers in writing. We have been reading and doing this together. This will become independently done this week.

Word Work: We will begin discussing the importance of capital letters and examine when and why we use them.

Math: We will conclude our pattern unit and use what we learned in number patterns to begin counting in groups.

Writing/Science: Our study of Dental Hygiene will begin. We will discuss how to care for our teeth and discover what happens if we don’t.

Spelling: New spelling words will go home on Monday and the test will be on Friday.

I hope that everyone paid notice to the important note that went home on Friday announcing that our Chocolate Fund Raiser had been cancelled. We hated this happened and I hope any of you who had already sold some chocolate were able to relay this to your customer and get them their funds back.

I hope you all have a great week.

Mrs. Benson

President’s Day Holiday

I hope you all enjoyed your day off today. I enjoyed mine. Yesterday was a beautiful day and today we all received some much needed rain. This is a short school week, but there is a lot to learn.

Guided Reading: This week some groups will have their blue Guided Reading folders brought home; while others will be tested for improvement on levels and/or fluency.

Spelling: No spelling this week.

Word Work: Students will continue using synonyms in their writing and will add homophones to their list of words to identify.

Math: Students will apply patterning to understanding number patterns. Adding collections of coins will also spiral back through.

Social Studies/Writing: Students will read and research important presidents in history and write about them and how important the president is to the United States.

Upcoming important dates:

February 22nd: Early student release at 11:30

March 6th: Chocolate Bunny Fundraiser orders and money will be due.

March 13-17th: Spring Break


Thank you for all you do,

Mrs. Benson



Happy Valentine’s Day!

I first want to say the kids did GREAT last week at our Champs Assembly! Thank you to all of the parents that came to watch and lend their support. I hope to see all of you this week at the Valentine Party. It will be tomorrow at 11:30 in our classroom. If you plan on taking your child after the party please sign them out in the classroom.

This week:

Guided Reading: Students will be reading in their groups and some will be bringing home their blue Guided Reading folder with their book to read and an activity or sight words to go over. Be sure and list the book on your child’s reading log.

Word Work: This week the students will be identifying and using symonyms to enhance their writing.

Spelling: This week’s words… now, my, why, people, its  Test will be this Friday.

Math: We begin analyzing, continuing, and developing patterns.

Social Studies: This week and next week we will be reading and researching to learn more about our past and present presidents.

Dates to remember:

February 14-Valentine Party at 11:30

February 20- Presdident’s Day Holiday

February 22- Early Student Release at 11:30


February and the Groundhog Saw His Shadow!

I don’t know if the weather will be wintery for six more weeks, but just in case, dress appropriately so we can go outside when it’s possible.

This week in first grade:

Word Work: Antonyms (opposites)

Reading: We will be practicing our fluency through rehearsing for our Champs Assembly that is this Friday, the 10th.

Math: We will be applying all of our strategies to solve addition and subtraction story problems. We will also continue time and money.

Writing: Wee Deliver has begun and we will begin writing letters to our friends in the primary through our in-school postal system.

This Friday, the 10th, will be our class Champs Assembly. Parents are welcome to attend. It is held in our cafeteria. Students will have a note requesting that they wear their Roughneck t-shirt. Please make sure your child is here on time. We start heading up to get ready about 7:50-7:55.

Upcoming dates:

February 10-Champs Assembly at 8:00

February 10-Valentine Box due

February 13-Valentines due

February 14-Valentine Party 11:30

February 20-President’s Day Holiday

February 22-Early Student Release at 11:30

Thank you,

Mrs. Benson


Penguins Everywhere!

We are beginning our second week of our study of penguins. The students have loved it! Penguins have been immersed into our reading, writing, math, and science.

This week:

Word work: We will be identifying and using singular and plural nouns.

Guided Reading groups will continue with groups and levels changing continually. I’m super proud of the students for working hard on their reading homework and reading every day.

Math: We will continue making combinations of 10 and other higher numbers, time to hour and half-hour and coins. And as always using these skills in problem solving.

Writing: There will be no spelling this week so we can focus on process writing. The students will plan, write, edit/revise, and publish a writing piece. In this writing, they will need to revise and edit for capitals, punctuation, spelling of all sight words, and penmanship.

Dates to remember:

February 10-Champs Assembly 8:00

February 14-Valentine’s Day Party 11:30

Thank you for all you do,

Mrs. Benson



Well…The Cowboys are Out:(

The Cowboys are out but I’m still a diehard fan. That really didn’t have anything to do with this week’s lessons but I had to share with someone…

This week:

Reading: Guided Reading groups will continue. Be sure and watch for their blue Guided Reading folder to come home.

Word Work: After working with compound words last week and continuing through this week, verbs will be introduced this week.

Math: We will be reviewing and using combinations of 10 in problem solving and computation. Time and coin collections will also be practiced and assessed.

Science: Last week we began our Penguins Unit. This will continue through this week and possibly next week. We will be collecting data on different types of penguins, using what we’ve learned in measurement to compare penguins, and writing about what we’ve learned in a research-type paper.

Spelling: Students will receive 10 new spelling words on Monday and the test will be on Friday.  These words are: her, time, more, into, two, like, has, him, would, and see.

Upcoming dates to remember:

January 25- Early Student Release at 11:30

February 1-100th Day of School

February 10- Mrs. Benson’s Class’ Character Assembly 8:00

February 14- Valentine Class Party at 11:30

February 20- President’s Day and School Holiday

Thank you for all you do,

Mrs. Benson

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

With our temperatures dropping pretty low this week, please make sure that your child comes to school with a coat on. We don’t go outside if it “feels like” 35 degrees or below, but when we can go out, we are going! Please just be aware of the weather forecast.

This week in…

Reading: It’s time for the mid-year TPRI (Texas Primary Reading Inventory), so students will be tested to see their improvement in these reading/writing/comprehension skills.

Word Work: We will continue analyzing and sorting nouns and now adding adjectives to describe them. This will be assessed in their writing. We will also begin an author study of Audrey Wood. This author uses adjectives in her writing in creative ways. The class will adapt some of her writings to use their own nouns and adjectives.

Spelling: The students will receive 5 new words this week on Monday, but there will be no test on Friday. It will be next Wednesday, after the holiday.

Math: Measurement will continue, as well as, problem solving with addition and subtraction. Telling time to the hour and half/hour is being introduced and practiced.

Please be aware of some upcoming events:

January 16- School Holiday

January 25-Early Release/Faculty Inservice

February 10-Our class Champs Assembly

Thank you,

Mrs. Benson

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas Break and are ready to begin an exciting New Year. Expectations will be higher as the students push through to the end of the year.  Report cards will go home this Thursday.

Reading: Students’ levels will change for their take-home reading so be sure and look for this. Remember, if they are reading something that you think is too easy, it’s to improve fluency. Some students will begin bringing home chapter books once a week. I do not expect the book to be read in one night. Simply record the chapters read on their reading log and make sure it is completed by Friday. They can bring home picture books also if they want.

Word Work: We will begin analyzing nouns and classifying them. This will lead into describing these nouns with adjectives. This will not only be our focus in our word work but also in our writing.

Math: We will begin our unit on measurement and how important it is to understand how to measure with non-standard units. We will also be introducing time to the hour and half/hour along with identification and values of coins.

Science will be blended with our shared reading and writing of Winter and weather changes.

Champs Assemblies begin this week. They are held every Friday morning at 8:00 with one particular class hosting and presenting the week’s character trait. We will be presenting in February. I will send more information home about this closer to the date.

Thank you for everything you’ve done. Our Christmas party was outstanding and thank you for all of the gifts. I had some on my desk after everyone had left that I wasn’t sure who they were from. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You all have amazing kids that I am blessed to teach.

Mrs. Benson

End of the First Nine Weeks

Everyone should have received their report card. If you haven’t already signed and returned it, please do so as soon as possible. We are beginning our second nine weeks period. Hard to believe!

This week:

Word Work: We are continuing alphabetical order to the second letter.

Guided Reading: Guided Reading groups continue. Each student will be preparing for our Thanksgiving Reader’s Theater that will come up before the holiday.

Spelling: There was no test last week, so the spelling test will be Thursday.

Math: Subtraction was introduced last week, this will continue with subtraction problem solving and computation strategies.

Social Studies: We will begin studying national symbols.

Things to remember:

October 31-No costumes

November 2-Early Release at 11:30

November 18-Thanksgiving Reader’s Theater  (Time to be announced.)

November 21-25-Thanksgiving Holiday

Please email or call if you need anything. Thanks for everything you do and a special thanks to those that came to help on the field trip. We had a great time.

Mrs. Benson