Christmas is Just Around the Corner

The Christmas Season is among us and spirits are high. Even so, there still is work to be done. Remind your child that these are the times to stay focused on all expectations; academically and behaviorally.

This week:

Word Work: We will continue inflectional endings. The /ed/ ending makes 3 sounds: /d/  /t/  /ed/

Reading: We are coming to the end of the nine weeks period, students will be tested to see their progress.

Math: Taking surveys and analyzing data.

Writing: Christmas Stories- Now we are looking for a beginning, middle, and ending. Revise to check for capitals, punctuation, and spelling of no-excuse words.

Social Studies: Christmas literature with artwork and discuss customs and traditions of the season.

Upcoming dates to remember:

Dec. 19th- Early Release Day for students at 11:45 Lunch will be early also. This is also the Primary’s Pajama Day.

Dec. 20th- Christmas Party at 9:00. Early Release Day @ 11:45

Students will be exchanging 100 piece puzzles at the party. Boys exchange with boys/Girls exchange with girls. A note about this will come home this week.

Thank you for all you do!

Mrs. Benson



Thanksgiving Readers Theater

This Friday at 11:15, we will present our First Grade Thanksgiving Readers Theater. It doesn’t last long, but I hope as many parents who can attend will be there. Please continue to have your child practice reading their part with fluency and expression.

This week:

Guided Reading: I will finish up testing students on reading levels and we will practice the readers theater as a whole class. These types of readings are great to improve fluency. Students will continue to read to me daily.

Word Work: The class will continue to practice syllables and use the ability to break words into parts to better phonetically spell unknown words.

Math: Students will continue to use addition and subtraction in computation as well as problem solving. Students will also continue to use the hundreds grid to identify and use greater numbers.

Social Studies: After many shared readings of events from Thanksgiving in the past and present, students will compare and contrast these.

Students may leave after the Thanksgiving Readers Theater. You can sign them out in our classroom.

Thank you and I hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Mrs. Benson

The Great Flood

I’m sure most of you are aware that our classroom flooded this past Tuesday night. This was due to the rain and a drainage pipe on our roof that had become disconnected.  We lost a lot of books and Big Books and our room (carpet and ceiling tiles) had to be professionally cleaned and dried out. During this process, the students were well taken care of by our principal, Mrs. Koonce, and other classroom teachers. Our building has been well taken care of by our superintendent, Mr. Gilbert and Mr. Corbell, our maintenance director. Many thanks to all who helped. I must say, the students were real troopers throughout all of the changes.

With all of this said, the students’ instruction will not change much from last week. We will get all caught up this week with reading, writing, math, and social studies. Thank you for your patience and your support through all of this. I have amazing parents!

Mrs. Benson

Happy Halloween!

We’re going to try to get as much done as possible this week. I’m sure Halloween and the amount of sugar the kids have will have an effect on this! I’m sure we’ll manage. Also, remember that Wednesday, November the 1st is an early release day for the students. They will get be released at 11:30.

Guided Reading: Guided Reading will continue with practice on a readers’ theater.

Word Work: Syllables. This is a great help in student writing.

Math: This week the students will be introduced to subtraction through problem solving and using different math tools to solve.

Writing/Social Studies: We begin our study of American Symbols. This will cross over to our writing.

Spelling: we, there, can, an, your   The spelling test will be on Friday.

October 31-Tuesday- This is not a party day; however, the students will be allowed to dress-up.

November 10-Veteran’s Day Luncheon/Secondary Cafeteria/Open to any community veterans and families.

November 10-No Pep Rally

I hope you all have a safe and happy Halloween!

Mrs. Benson

Red Ribbon Week

There is a lot going on this week at the Primary. I hope everyone participates in Red Ribbon Week to support Drug Awareness.

Guided Reading: Reading Groups will continue and levels will be adjusted according to growth.

Math: Students will explore 2-dimensional shapes with continued spiraling of problem solving, addition and greater numbers to 100.

Writing/Spelling: New spelling words will be sent home on Monday with the test set for Friday. Writing will focus on why everyone should always stay drug-free.

Word Work: Alphabetic Order to the first letter.

Social Studies: Drug Awareness

Red Ribbon Week:

Monday: Wear RED

Tuesday: Wear dress-code appropriate PAJAMAS

Wednesday: Wear sports or COLLEGE SHIRT and crazy SOCKS

Thursday: Dress like a SUPER HERO

Friday: Wear NEON

Upcoming dates to remember:

Oct. 26: Report cards go home. Return signed the next day.

Oct. 31: Halloween/Costume Day for Students

Nov. 1: Early release at 11:30/Staff development

Nov. 6-10: Canned Food Drive

Nov. 15:  Fall picture retakes

Nov. 20-24: Thanksgiving Holiday

Thank you for all you do!

Mrs. Benson

October’s Tricks and Treats

October is a long but busy month. Please make sure you always check your child’s planner and folder for important messages and notes. This week:

Word work: This week and next week we will make words and apply the sounds of digraphs: /sh/ /th/ /ch/ /wh/ /ph/ /gh/.

Guided Reading: The students will work in their groups on leveled books. Watch for the blue Guided Reading folder.

Spelling: This week’s words are: or, by, one, had, not.  The spelling test will be this Friday.

Writing: This week we will be writing about our favorite season and we will write a class spooky story.

Math: This week is all about problem solving with addition and finding combinations of a number. Example: Combinations of 5 are 0+5=5, 1+4=5, 2+3=5, 3+2=5, 4+1=5, 5+0=5. We do this with pictures, cubes, etc.

Upcoming events:

Oct. 20- End of the first 9 weeks/ Teacher work day/ Student holiday

Oct. 23-27- Red Ribbon Week

Thank you for everything you do,

Mrs. Benson




Fall has started out to be really hot. Hopefully, it will cool off by the end of the week. Watch the weather for appropriate dress-jackets,etc.

This week:


Word Work: We are moving on to /s/ blends this week. Continue to work and practice on short and long vowel sounds at home as we will be in class also.

Guided Reading: Guided Reading groups have begun. Some students have brought home a guided reading blue folder with a book, sight words and/or an activity. Always return this back to class the next day and write the book on their reading log. If you haven’t seen a blue folder yet then your child will bring one home this week. These come periodically, not on a certain schedule. Sometimes we do the activity in groups and sometimes it goes home.

Math: We will be exploring the different combinations there can be for a certain sum. ” How many ways can we add to get 7?”

Science: We are still looking at color combinations as we go right into the Five Senses.

Upcoming Dates:

Oct. 4 : Student Half-Day/Staff Development. Students will be released at 11:30.

Oct. 20: Student Holiday/Staff Development

Have a great week!

Mrs. Benson

Parent Orientation is This Tuesday!

Parents, don’t forget that this Tuesday at 5:30 is Parent Orientation for K, 1, and 2.  I hope all of you are able to come, but I understand that prior commitments sometime get in the way. Just remember, this is not a time for individual conferences. We will be discussing class routines, grading systems, behavior system, and 1st grade expectations. We will set up parent conferences in October to discuss individual children. Also coming on Thursday are school pictures.

This week:

Guided Reading: Groups will begin this week based on the reading levels that all this testing has shown.

Word Work: We will begin long vowel sounds this week

Writing/Spelling: Students are writing during Writer’s Workshop and sharing their writing. New spelling words are: they, his, with, at, and as. The spelling test will be this Friday.

Math: We are continuing to combine groups up to 20, but now transitioning to writing the math sentence with this. We will also continue naming the greatest, least, and equal numbers.

Science: This week begins our study of color and how colors mix and change into new colors.

I hope you have all had a good weekend and thank you to all who donated school supplies to Beaumont ISD. I believe this is a great lesson for young people to learn; helping those in need.

Mrs. Benson

Keep up the Good Work!

Parents, please continue to read every day and sign the reading log. Most days I have had 100% of the class have their log signed. This is awesome! Keep it up!

This week:

Guided Reading: Students will continue with their guided reading stations. Individual reading testing has concluded; however, this week we will begin TPRI testing. This is a state mandated test that has to be done 2-3 times a year. This should be done in the first couple days this week.

Word Work: Students will continue using and analyzing short and long vowel sounds with an assessment on short vowels this Friday.

Math: Along with intentional problem solving involving addition; students will become familiar with ordering whole numbers, greater than, less than, and equal.

We will conclude our Kevin Henkes book study and write about our favorite book. Spelling words this week are he, was, for, on, are. The test will be on Friday.

Again, thank you for your support.

Mrs. Benson

September … Fall isn’t Far Off

Thank you to all the parents who sent snacks and treasures for our treasure chest. Our class can always use these items. This Friday is the Monster Truck Rally at 7:30 at Lonestar Speedway. This is a huge fundraiser for the White Oak Education Foundation, so everyone try to come out and have a family night. Parent Orientation is scheduled for September 19th. You will receive a note with details this week. Also coming up is Picture Day on September 21st. More information about this later.

This week:

Reading: Continue reading at home every day. Students are reading to me each day and are involved in Guided Reading Stations.

Word Work: short vowel sounds and assessment on ending sounds

Writing/Spelling: New spelling words are it, is, in, you, that. Spelling test will be on Friday. Please look for the new words on Tuesday. They will be on yellow and white paper. The ones circled are the ones your child needs to work on. We will be exploring our own writing this week through the writing process.

Math: We will continue to work on one-to-one correspondence while working with our math tools: 10 frame, number line and 100 chart. We will also be using intentional problem solving to find answers to some math questions involving addition.

We will continue our study of Kevin Henkes books and find the lesson learned in each.

I hope you all have had a great Labor Day weekend!

Mrs. Benson