First Grade

Susan Banner : 1st Grade

Susan Banner

1st Grade

susan.banner@polk-fl.net
Tammy Moon : 1st Grade

Tammy Moon

1st Grade

Mrs. Moon came to the sunshine state in 1995 from New Jersey.  My husband and I have two boys, the youngest one attends here at Snively Elementary and the oldest is in middle school. I believe that all children can learn and I make it my goal to provide the children with the environment and support needed to meet their highest achievement.

tammy.moon@polk-fl.net
Guy Whittington : 1st Grade

Guy Whittington

1st Grade

Mr. Whittington is a graduate of Southeastern University and has been teaching in Title 1 schools since 1999.  He is certified as a “Highly Qualified” Elementary teacher working with children in Polk, Highlands, and Hardee counties since 1993.  He enjoys playing music and golfs during the summer break.  Mr. Whittington also serves the Eloise community by painting homes and distributing food to the needy through the Eloise Resource Center and Heartland Community Church in Eloise.

guy.whittington@polk-fl.net
Lisa Coy : 1st Grade

Lisa Coy

1st Grade

lisa.coy@polk-fl.net

The first grade team at Snively Elementary uses the Trophies Reading Series as our Reading Program. It consists of weekly spelling lists, stories, and vocabulary. Our goal as a team is to focus on what skills the students will need next year to succeed in second grade. We work on various things such as making predictions in stories, using background to understand stories, determining whether stories are fiction or nonfiction, as well as using basic elements of phonetic analysis to hear and blend sounds. During our ninety minute reading block every morning, the children participate in Literacy Centers as well as individual reading groups. This helps us as teachers to give more one on one attention to each child. Snively Elementary, as well as first graders,participate in AR reading. The children check out books from the library and take quizzes online. They acquire points and earn prizes such as pizza certificates for meeting their reading goals, which are set by each teacher.

Mathematics in first grade is very important. When children learn the basic Math skills in first grade, this helps them build a foundation for learning higher level Math skills later in their school career. We use the Scott Foresman Math series. The series starts off with basis addition and subtraction. We also work on counting by one’s, two’s, five’s, and ten’s. Other skills the children are learning are fractions, place value, measuring, money, and geometry. Each week we hold a Mad Minute Math Drill. The children have two minutes to complete as many problems as they can. If they complete the entire sheet with no errors they move on to the next level. Once four math drills are successfully completed in one month, the children earn a certificate. They are awarded the certificate on our morning news show, Tiger Talk News. These types of activities keep our children motivated and excited about learning.

Science is very important in First Grade.  We discuss things such as matter and what the difference is between a solid, liquid, and gas. We teach the children about the earth, space, the process of life, and how living things interact with their environment. Social Studies in another subject we focus on. Children are taught about different events in history and how different people in different cultures live, work, and communicate. We also talk about our United States Government and how it functions. First graders at Snively are exposed to economics. They learn the difference between goods and services, how different types of work benefit families and communities, and different ways to save money.

Overall, first graders at Snively are being taught wonderful things that will help them succeed in school years to come as well as in life its self. As a team, we are very proud of our students. We work hard each day to instill in them educational values as well as moral values. Our students are very special to us and we are all proud to be their teachers!

Our Favorite Links For Students

http://www.literacycenter.net/lessonview_en.htm

http://pbskids.org/go/

http://www.sesameworkshop.org/sesamestreet/?scrollerId=games

http://www.internet4classrooms.com/skills_1st.htm

http://abcteach.com/

http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/KidsClick%21/

http://www.puzzlemaker.com

Starfall Reading  www.starfall.com

www.kidbiz.com

Harcourt Publishers Learning Site  http://www.harcourtschool.com/index.html

Scholastic School Learning Site      http://www.scholastic.com

Our Favorite Links For Parents

Florida Department of Education   http://www.fldoe.org/Default.asp?bhcp=1

Standards:     http://www.fldoe.org/educators/standards.asp

Schedule

  • 30 min Journal writing
  • 90 min Reading & phonics
  • 30 min Individual reading
  • 45 min Specials
  • 30 min Science
  • 30 min Social Studies
  • 25 min Lunch
  • 40 min Math

Supply List

  • Six (6) folders with brads
  • Two (2) glue sticks
  • One (1) box of pencils (12 pack)
  • Two (2) spiral single subject notebooks with perforated edges

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