Welcome to 1st grade!

About me!

Hi, My name is Beena Salman. I am excited to be teaching 1st grade for the 2019-20 school year. This will be my 13th year as a teacher. My husband and I have a son who is a Freshman at Texas A&M. We enjoy living in Texas and particularly love the cultural diversity and delicious food.

 

I graduated with a Masters Degree in Elementary Ed. from The University of AR at Little Rock. I also attained certification in ESL and acquired 18 hours of Graduate hours in Gifted and Talented Education.

 

We will work hard, learn a lot and have fun. I am excited  to make this the best school year yet!

 

I love to hear from parents throughout the year. Please always contact me with questions or concerns. email:sitwatmubashar@tomballisd.net

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Recent Posts:

Week of March 2nd:

Reading and Writing: Students will understand that biographies are a type of informational text that teaches the reader about someone’s life. This week we are learning about Dr. Seuss.

Math: Students will review 2D,3D shapes and Fractions and take their assessment on Thursday.

Science:  Students will identify and describe various types of natural water resources, Lakes, rivers, streams, ponds

Social Studies: The students will learn about mountains and valleys

Wishlist: If you are interested in donating items for our classroom, please check out our class wish list.

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/dl/invite/8rwrr4U?ref_=wl_share

March 5th: Dessert with Dear Ones 5:45-6:45 PM

Friday, March 6: Vocabulary Parade: Each grade has a different set of words: 1st: http://bit.ly/3clNK7s 

Spring Break!!!: March9th-16th

 

Week of Feb.24th:

Reading: The students will state the main idea, heard or read. The students will use details to support the main idea.

Non-fiction online resource: www.pebblego.com

U: decker

P: prairie

Writing: Students will locate facts about a selected animal using complete sentences.

Math: Students will identify 3D shapes and describes their attributes using formal geometric language. They will also learn about fractions.

Science:  Students will identify and describe various types of natural water resources, Lakes, rivers, streams, ponds

Social Studies: We will start a new unit: Physical and Human Characteristics of Places (Landforms)

 

Wishlist: If you are interested in donating items for our classroom, please check out our class wish list.

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/dl/invite/8rwrr4U?ref_=wl_share

From our Librarian - BOOK FAIR! It runs from Tuesday, February 25th 8:10-3:00- until Monday. March 2nd until 1:00 pm.

Spring Break!!!: March9th-16th

 

Week of Feb. 10th:

Reading: The students will state the main idea, heard or read. The students will use details to support the main idea.

Non fiction online resource: www.pebblego.com

U: decker

P: prairie

Writing: The students will write facts about non-fiction topic using complete sentences. 

Math: Students will take assessment on addition, subtraction strategies on Wednesday. We will begin new unit on 2D, 3D shapes.

Science: The students will identify and sort things that are made from soil, rocks, and clay.

Social Studies: Students will explore and explain the different types of maps.

Library day is on Thursday. Please remind your student to bring the books to school, in order to check out the new ones. 

Valentine’s Day: We will be exchanging Valentine cards on Thursday, February 13thduring the day as Friday, February 14th, is a student holiday. Your child will need to bring, a Valentine box decorated with their name neatly displayed, and enough Valentines for 21 children in the class. Please only write “From…” but skip the “To…” part or just write “To: my friend”. Please send it to school by Feb. 12th

Student holiday: Feb. 14th, Feb 17th

 

Week of Feb.3rd:

Reading: Students will learn to differentiate between important fact and interesting/fun facts in non-fiction texts.

Writing: The students will learn about informational text features. They will identify: table of contents, heading, photographs, labels, captions and glossary.

Math: Students will learn about addition, subtraction strategies and part, part whole.

Science:  The students will observe, describe, compare and sort components of soil by the size, texture and color.

Social Studies: We will review “Texas” and begin our new unit on “Maps”.

 

Library day is on Thursday. Please remind your student to bring the books to school, in order to check out the new ones.

 

Valentine’s Day: We will be exchanging Valentine cards on Thursday, February 13thduring the day as Friday, February 14th, is a student holiday. Your child will need to bring, a Valentine box decorated with their name neatly displayed, and enough Valentines for 21 children in the class. Please only write “From…” but skip the “To…” part or just write “To: my friend”.

Field Trip: Field trip permission slips were sent home on Friday. Please sign and return both the papers to school ASAP.

 

Week of January 27th:

Reading: We will begin our new unit on Non-fiction/ informational text.

Writing: The students will learn about informational text features .

Math: Students will learn about addition, subtraction strategies and part, part whole.

Science:  The students will identify characteristics of the seasons and day and night

Social Studies: We will focus on teaching tolerance, understanding differences, being helpful, and rights and responsibilities of a good citizen.

We will also learn about historical Texas figures, and landmarks.

 

Library day is on Thursday. Please remind your student to bring the books to school, in order to check out the new ones.

Please read with your student everyday and also practice sight words. The expected reading level is “I” by the end of 1st grade.

Books: Needing some leveled book ideas for gifts or just ideas when checking out book at our local library? See this attachment for suggestions: Leveled Texts to Share with Families.pdf  

 

Week of January 21st:

Good evening,

This is an overview of our week ahead:

Reading: Students will respond to a persuasive text.

Writing: The students will write persuasive writing.

Math: Students will use objects, pictures, expanded and standard forms to represent numbers up to 120 and take assessment on Tuesday. Our next unit is on addition and subtraction strategies.

Science:  The students will identify characteristics of the seasons and day and night

Social Studies: The students will identify the contributions of Martin Luther King Jr. to our country.

 

Books: Needing some leveled book ideas for gifts or just ideas when checking out book at our local library? See this attachment for suggestions: Leveled Texts to Share with Families.pdf  

 

Week of January 13th:

Good evening,

This is an overview of our week ahead:

Reading: The students will respond to a persuasive text. 

Writing: The students will write a persuasive writing sample.

Math: The students will use objects, pictures, expanded and standard forms to represent numbers up to 120. (place value)

Science:  The students will identify characteristics of the seasons and day and night.

Social Studies: The students will learn about Texas: location, pledge symbols.

Books: Needing some leveled book ideas for gifts or just ideas when checking out book at our local library? See this attachment for suggestions: Leveled Texts to Share with Families.pdf  

Student holiday: Monday, January 20th

 

Week of December 16th:

Good evening,

This is an overview of our week ahead:

Reading: Students will read and respond to holiday books.

Writing: The students will compose correspondence as thank you notes or letters

Math: We will practice how to use data to create a graph, and how to answer questions from the data of a graph. We will take our assessment on Tuesday.

Science:  The students will record weather information including the temperature as hot or cold, clear or cloudy, calm or windy and rainy or icy. Students will learn about characteristics of the seasons of the year

Social Studies: The students will learn about different holidays around the world.

Class party: Thursday, Dec. 19th 10:45-11:45. Menu: Pizza (Papa John’s), fruit, drink, dessert. Please come and join us! 

POLAR EXPRESS DAY and Pajama day: Dec 20th. Early dismissal at 12:50

 

Week of December 9th:

Reading: We will compare and contrast theme across different types of literature. We have been talking about themes this past week. We know that theme is the heart of the story and that it teaches us a lesson.

Writing: The students will compose correspondence as thank you notes or letters

Math: We will practice how to use data to create a graph, and how to answer questions from the data of a graph.

Science:  The students will record weather information including the temperature as hot or cold, clear or cloudy, calm or windy and rainy or icy. Students will learn about characteristics of the seasons of the year

Social Studies: The students will learn about different holidays around the world.

Books: Needing some leveled book ideas for gifts or just ideas when checking out book at our local library? See this attachment for suggestions: Leveled Texts to Share with Families.pdf  

 

Week of November 18th:

Good evening,

First off, I have to brag on our kids! On Friday, I was not at school and there was substitute teacher in my class. She just informed me that all the kids were so well-behaved, respectful, helpful and great listeners. So, kudos to them all around!

Reading: Students will learn about strategies to read: blends, digraphs, word endings, (-s, es, ed, ing)

Writing: We will brainstorm and write about people/things we are thankful for.

Math: Students will work on addition and subtraction story problems.

Science: Students will learn about the ways objects can move such as in a straight line, ziz zag, up and down, back and forth, round and round, fast and slow.  

Social Studies: Students will describe the importance of celebrating the Thanksgiving Day as part of our traditions in our families and in the community.

Books: Needing some leveled book ideas for gifts or just ideas when checking out book at our local library? See this attachment for suggestions: Leveled Texts to Share with Families.pdf  

Sight words: We are practicing 2nd nine weeks sight words. The electronic copies of all the sights were sent to you at the beginning of school year.

 

Week of Nov. 4th:

Reading: Students will respond to sensory poems, rhyming poems and poems with alliteration. (Alliteration is when the same consonant sound is used in a line or verse.)

Writing: Students will write a sensory poem (we will have nut free popcorns to compose a poem on popcorns. (Let me know if you don’t want your child to have them), poem with rhyming and alliteration. 

Math: The student will work on the following strategies:

  • apply the count on strategy to add numbers up to 20. 
  • adding doubles when solving addition problems. 
  • make ten strategy to solve addition problems up to 20. 

Science: Students will identify and discuss different forms of energy such as light, heat and sound energy.

Social Studies: The students will form their own timeline using past, present and future.

Sight words: We are practicing 2nd nine weeks sight words. The electronic copies of all the sights were sent to you at the beginning of school year.

 

Parent- teacher conferences: If we haven’t met for the conference yet…no worries! I’m mostly available to meet with you: Mon, Wed, Thursday, Friday 2:45- 3:05 or 3:10- 3:30. Please email me to set-up conference time. I am also happy to speak with you on the phone, in case we can’t meet in person.

 

Week of Oct. 28th:

Reading: we are starting a new unit on poetry! The students will learn about how poets use sensory language. Students will also respond to rhyme in poetry.

Writing: Students will write a personal narrative (small moment) using the writing process. We will pay attention to correct grammar, punctuation, and capitalization.

This week, we will see how to take a big idea and put it into small moment stories. For example: Going to the beach is a big idea and everything that happened while at the beach (making sand castle, swimming, look for dolphins…) is the small moment. 

Math: The students will be able to represent numbers using objects, pictures, expanded and standard from up to 30 in more than one way. 

Science: Students will identify and discuss different forms of energy such as light, heat and sound energy.

Social Studies: The students will distinguish among past, present and future.

Sight words: We are practicing 2nd nine weeks sight words. The electronic copies of all the sights were sent to you at the beginning of school year.

 

Parent- teacher conferences: If we haven’t met for the conference yet…no worries! I’m mostly available to meet with you: Mon, Wed, Thursday, Friday 2:45- 3:05 or 3:10- 3:30. Please email me to set-up conference time. I am also happy to speak with you on the phone, in case we can’t meet in person.

 

Week of Oct. 21st:

Reading: The students will be able to discuss and identify the characters and setting using dramatic literature.

Writing: Students will write a personal narrative focusing on a small moment. We have been writing personal narratives. We get our ideas from our heart maps. This week, we will see how to take a big idea and put it into small moment stories. For example: Going to the beach is a big idea and everything that happened while at the beach (making sand castle, swimming, look for dolphins…) is the small moment. 

Math: The students will be able to represent numbers using objects, pictures, expanded and standard from up to 30 in more than one way. 

Science: Students will identify and discuss different forms of energy such as light, heat and sound energy.

Social Studies: The students will distinguish among past, present and future.

Parent- Teacher conferences: Link to sign-up for conferences:

 https://signup.com/login/entry/415807792046 

Sight words: We are practicing 2nd nine weeks sight words. The electronic copies of all the sights were sent to you at the beginning of school year.

 

School events:

Book fair   starts this week. Parents/family members may come to shop between 8:10-2:00, Monday-Friday after signing in the front office. Parents/family members may only bring their child with them before school (8:10-8:40), during their child's lunch, recess, and/or during Family Education Night

Thursday night Oct 24th - Family Education Night -FEN Flyer.pdf Come enjoy a snack, time with family, bookfair and participate in some educational activities with your student. 

Friday, Oct 25th - Kick off Red Ribbon Week by wearing RED  (Red Ribbon Week Oct 28th - Oct 31st)  Red Ribbon Week Flyer.docx 

 

Week of Oct.15th

Reading: The students will be able to discuss and identify the characters and setting using dramatic literature.

Writing: Writers will work on writing personal narratives. Stories that are about them and that are real.  The stories will have a beginning, middle and end and show a vivid picture of what is happening.  

Math: The students will learn about place value, or the value of the location of a digit in a number up to 30.  They will represent numbers in expanded and standard forms.

Science: Students will identify and discuss different forms of energy such as light, heat and sound energy.

Social Studies: The students will identify who can vote, the process of voting and why it is important to vote. They will practice voting as a way of making choices and decisions.

No school- Tomorrow, Monday Oct. 14th

Parent- Teacher conferences: Link to sign-up for conferences:

 https://signup.com/login/entry/415807792046 

Sight words: Please help your student practice the sight words every day. This is very helpful to be fluent readers.

 

 

Week of Oct7th

Reading: The students will discuss and identify the characters and setting using dramatic literature.

Writing: Writers will learn to add adjectives and verbs to make our stories paint a vivid picture for our readers. 

Math: We are learning about telling time to the hour and half an hour, and Measurement.

Science: Students will identify and discuss how different forms of energy such as light, thermal and sound are important to everyday life.

Social Studies: The students will Identify who can vote, the process of voting and why it is important to vote.

Early release on Friday, Oct. 11th at 12:50

No school on Monday, Oct.14th

Parent- Teacher conferences: Link to sign-up for conferences:

 https://signup.com/login/entry/415807792046 

Sight words: Please help your student practice the sight words every day. This is very helpful to be fluent readers. 

 

Week of Sep. 30th

Reading: The student will learn to make text to self, text to text and text to real world connections.

Writing: Writers will learn to add adjectives to make our stories paint a vivid picture for our readers. We will also use 

transitional words to stories such as: first, then, finally to lead the reader to the next part.  We will learn to add words to our writing that describe the people, places and things in your story.

Math:  We will begin our new unit on Time and Measurement.

Science: Students will observe properties of objects as heavier and light. Students will also tell properties of objects measured.

Social Studies: The students will learn about attributes of good citizenship: Fairness and Equality.

 

Progress notes will be coming home on Wednesday.

Parent- Teacher conferences: Our conferences will begin on Friday, Oct. 11th after the early dismissal. I will be sending an online link to sign- up for the conference time. I look forward to seeing you.

Sight words: Please help your student practice the sight words every day. This is very helpful to be fluent readers

Week of Sep.23rd

Reading:The student will describe the reasons a character is acting or feeling a certain way in the story.
Writing:Writers will learn to add transitional words to their stories such as: first, then, finally to lead the reader to the next part.  We will learn to add words to our writing that describe the people, places and things in your story.
We will review how all stories have a beginning, middle and end. 
Math:The students will compose 10 with two or more addends with and without concrete objects. We will use addition, subtraction and part, part, whole strategies. Students will take their assessment on Thursday
Science:Students will measure and record the length of objects using nonstandard units.  Students will also tell properties of objects measured
Social Studies:The students will identify the characteristics of a good citizenship.
Sight words:Please help your student practice the sight words everyday. This is very helpful to be fluent readers. 

 

Week of Sep. 13th:

Reading: Students will describe characters in a story and the reasons for their actions and feelings.Strong readers pay attention to their character's actions to figure out how they are feeling.

Writing:The students will begin writing a personal narrative using beginning, middle and end.

Math:We will explore, count, write and compare numbers to ten in different ways. We will explore, addition, subtraction and part, part, whole strategies.

Science:Students will classify objects by properties of size, mass,  shape, ​color and texture. We will measure objects using standard and non standard units of measurement.

Social Studies:Students will identify the responsibilities of authority figures in the home, school, and community.

Week of Sep. 9th:

Reading:Students will review fairy tales, fables and folk tales. We will discuss, characters, setting, problem and solution in the story.

Writing:Students will tell a story using beginning ,middle and end and will write using own ideas and  build stamina to write.  Students will use pictures and words that match.

Math:Students will order a set of numbers from least to greatest and greatest to least using the values of each number.

Science:Students will classify objects by shape, color, size texture, and mass

Social Studies: Students will identify rules and laws that establish order, provide security, and manage conflict.

 

Heart map was sent home on Friday. It's due on Tuesday. Have fun doing this project with your student:)

Library is on Thursday. Please remind your child to bring the library book to school.

 

Week of September 3rd:

Reading: Students will retell a folk tale including beginning, middle, and end with attention to the sequence of events 

Writing:The students will generate ideas to write about.  They can write about a topic they choose.

Math: The students will write a number in standard form and think of a number greater or less than that number. We will use math terms greatest, least, greater than, less than, most .

Science: The students will learn to classify objects by color, shape, and texture.

Social Studies: Students will discuss and review Eight Expectations. 

 

Week of August 26th:

Reading: We will discuss how to pick a “just right” book. Does the book have purpose, are they interested in the book, are they able to comprehend what the words are saying, and do they know most of the words. We will model it with different books in the library. We will also start a very fun unit on fairy tales, fables, folklores, and nursery rhymes. We will notice the characters, setting, problem and solution in the story

Writing: We will discuss the expectations during Writing Workshop. We will generate ideas through personal experiences about our lives and share them with others. We will write a short story and share it aloud,

Math: Students will discuss to use objects to represent numbers up to 30

Social Studies: Students will understand the purpose of rules and laws in the home, school and community

Science: Students will learn about what the scientists do and lab safety rules.

Snacks: Please don’t forget to pack a snack for your student.

Parent orientation night: Thursday at 5:40

No school: Sep. 2nd