Welcome to First Grade!

“Inside all of us is hope. Inside all of us is fear. Inside all of us is adventure. Inside all of us is… A Wild Thing.” "Let the wild rumpus start!" ~ Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

About Mrs. Saunders

About Mrs. Saunders
I earned my B.S. Degree in Child Development with a K-6 License from Meredith College in 2003. My first year teaching was in Chowan County at White Oak Elementary School, teaching 1st Grade. I began teaching in Suffolk Public Schools in 2004, and taught there until June 2016. I spent all of my 12 years in Suffolk teaching at Nansemond Parkway Elementary School. There, I taught 1st Grade for four years, looped to 2nd Grade and stayed in 2nd Grade for four years, and then taught 4th Grade for four years. I earned my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction through the University of Phoenix in 2007. This will be my fourth year here at T.S. Cooper; my first two years here, I taught 5th Grade Reading and Writing, and last year, I taught 1st Grade. I am so excited to be in 1st grade, again, this year!

I love teaching! Ever since I was a little girl, I have dreamed of being a teacher. I can remember playing school with friends, and even my stuffed animals! Helping others is one of my passions, and I truly enjoy teaching my students to love learning and to have fun while doing it!

I have a wonderful family, and am forever grateful for my many blessings! My husband, Brian, and I have been married for nine years, and have two wonderful boys. Carson is seven and starting 2nd Grade this fall, and Henry is four. We enjoy living the simple country life, and are the happiest outdoors!

Some of my favorite things:
Favorite Color: Yellow
Favorite Drinks: Coffee and Arizona Green Tea
Favorite Music: Contemporary Christian
Favorite NFL Team: Carolina Panthers (GO PANTHERS!!)
Favorite ACC Team: NC State WOLFPACK!!
Favorite Vegetable: Okra (fried is the best)
Favorite Fruit: Watermelon
Favorite Book: Charlotte's Web
Favorite Flowers: Daisies and Sunflowers
Favorite Season: Fall


Please use the "Read Alouds" and "Remote Learning" tabs to access all activities that your child can do while we are in this quarantine situation. I miss you all, and hope that you are safe and well!
Love always, Mrs. Saunders

**Please return packets as soon as possible. This way, I can look over completed work and provide feedback for the 4th grading quarter.**

One way that I like to keep parents informed of what is going on in the classroom as well as upcoming events is through the Remind app. This is an amazingly free app that allows me to stay in contact with parents/guardians on a daily basis! The messages come straight to your cell phone like text messages! Below, you will find ways to subscribe and join the group, Mrs. Saunders ~ 1st Grade, for my class. Choose which method is best for you!

Read Alouds

Read Alouds
Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Where The Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak (AR Quiz #5499)​​​

Day 28 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Crazy Hair Day" by Barney Saltzberg (AR Quiz # 72121)

Day 27 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "I Want My Hat Back" by Jon Klassen (AR Quiz # 155570)

Day 26 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Just The Way You Are"

Day 25 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "How to Catch the Tooth Fairy" by Adam Wallace (AR Quiz # 188171)

Day 24 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "The Berenstain Bears On the Moon" by Stan and Jan Berenstain (AR Quiz # 27522)

Day 23 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "The First Strawberries, A Cherokee Story" retold by Joseph Bruchac (AR Quiz #9579)

Day 22 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow" by Monica Sweeney (AR Quiz# 193432)

A fellow teacher, Alison, reads a book that she wrote about how this school year is very different! 

Day 21 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Lissy's Friends" by Grace Lin (AR Quiz #115036)
           Try some origami!        Origami Projects for Kids      Origami for Beginners

Day 20 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Rain School" by James Rumford (AR Quiz # 140157)

Day 19 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Violet the Pilot" (AR Quiz# 121543)

Day 18 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Willie's Wonderful Pet" by Mel Cebulash (AR Quiz # 31725)

Day 17 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Whistle for Willie" by Ezra Jack Keats (AR Quiz # 17550)

Day 16 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Coat of Many Colors" by Dolly Parton (AR Quiz # 166136)
               Check out Dolly Parton singing "Coat of Many Colors", which inspired the book!

Day 15 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" by Beatrix Potter (AR Quiz # 15796)

Day 14 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "The Berestain Bears Clean House" (AR Quiz # 84922)

Day 13 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Fluffy and Baron" by Laura Rankin (AR Quiz # 108093)

Day 12 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Pup and Bear" by Kate Banks (AR Quiz #500428)

Day 11 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Read to Tiger" by S.J. Fore (AR Quiz # 140220)

Day 10 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Ribbit" by Rodrigo Folgueira, AR Quiz # 157885

Day 9 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Bunny's Book Club" by Annie Silvestro (AR Quiz # 188339)

Day 8 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "The Giant Jumperee" by Julia Donaldson (AR Quiz # 50365)

Day 7 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Big Al" by Andrew Clements (AR Quiz # 6254)

Day 6 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Underpants Thunderpants!" by Peter Bently (AR Quiz # 158248)

Day 5 Read Aloud with Mrs, Saunders, "Spend It!" by Cinders McLeod (not AR, sorry guys!!!)

Day 4 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "Arthur's Tooth" by Marc Brown (AR Quiz # 5502)

Eric Carle reads The Very Hungry Caterpillar! (AR Quiz # 5496)

Jimmy Fallon reads "Everything is Mama" (Funny! Jimmy Fallon makes Mrs. Saunders laugh!!!)

Day 3 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders, "The Koala Who Could" by Rachel Bright (Quiz#191924) 

Day 2 Read Aloud with Mrs. Saunders , "The Flea's Sneeze" by Lynn Downey (Quiz#44271)

The Bad Seed (AR Quiz No. 190573)

The Good Egg (AR Quiz No. 500400 )

Remote Learning

Remote Learning
Digital Books (Read Alongs with Animation!)

Make a Time Capsule!!
What an amazing idea to help us remember this time that we are going through!

Chlorophyll Painting!!! (video lesson)
Chlorophyll Painting Directions

EPIC, An Online Access to Many Books!
EPIC (online books!) (class code yrn2289)
***What is EPIC??? (This is a video to showcase EPIC, and all it has to offer!!)

Free Online Access to AR Books!!!
School Name: Read at Home
Username: readnow
Password: myon

Are the books you are reading at home AR books? Find out here!

Awesome 2 Weeks of Learning with Scholastic!
3 Weeks of Remote Learning from Scholastic! 
(These are great lessons that incorporate fiction and nonfiction books on a topic,
have a short video, and activity to go along with the theme for the day!)

Great Resources!
Online Activities for 1st Graders!

Accelerated Reader (AR) 
(All books that are being read aloud are AR books, and many of the featured books on the Scholastic Remote Learning days are AR as well!)

Letterland (K-3)
School ID: gates655
[Student’s Name] Password: 1234

Making Words with Oscar Orange and Mr. O (o. oa. ow; Unit 22) 
You can either print this out or recreate with paper (it would also be neat for your 1st grader to create this game)!

Storyline Online (famous actors/actresses reading stories) (Many of these books are AR books!)

 Starfall (K-3)

 Free Rice (increase vocabulary while donating rice to countries for food)

Home Based Art Lessons
Virtual Museum Tours
Free Art Tutorial
Free Drawing Lessons
Color Our Collections
Google Arts and Culture

Learning Vocabulary Fun

Starfall: lettter, number, word, direction and reading skills

Word Sort

Story Starters: Write your own stories!

20 Math Games for Children (5-8 years old)

Math Playground: Have fun with math!

Counting with Ten Frames 

Math Skills Practice

San Diego Zoo for Kids! (You can watch videos, learn about animals at the San Diego zoo, and watch live cams of some of the animals!)

Save a Species Videos (brought to you by SeaWorld)

Georgia Aquarium's LiveCams!

Computer Skills:
Bees and Honey: Practice using the mouse!

Mini Mouse: Practice using the mouse!

FREE Typing Lessons and Practice!

Our Schedule

Our Schedule
8:05 8:30  Breakfast 
(1st Graders who need breakfast will eat in the classroom, other students will read, take AR tests, work on spelling words, and work with sight words.)
8:30 - 9:00 Math Groups (students are pre-assessed on skills at the beginning of the week, and take a post test at the end of the week)
9:00-9:15 Morning Meeting, Calendar Time
9:15 - 10:00 Connect Class 
  • Mon.-PE (wear sneakers/tennis shoes)
  • Tues.-Library
  • Wed.-Music 
  • Thurs.-PE (wear sneakers/tennis shoes)
  • Fri.-Music
10:00 - 11:15 Letterland Letterland Information , Reading Stations    
11:15 - 11:45 Lunch
11:45-12:15 Writing (Each week, students will complete a writing following the writing process.)
12:15 - 1:00 Reading (Whole Group Instruction)
1:00 - 1:30 Recess
1:30 - 2:00 Reading Groups
2:30 - 3:10 Snack 
(During snack, the teacher will read a chapter book aloud to the students and discuss the events in the story.)

Important Dates

Due to the pandemic with the Coronavirus, school will be closed through Friday, May 15th, and will return on Monday, May 18th.
Thank you for your patience as we all try to navigate through these uncharted waters together!

18: School Reopens for Students!!!!

5: Last Day of School, End of 4th Nine Weeks, Early Release, 1:00 PM
Important Dates

Supply List

**It would be wonderful to have boxes of band-aids donated! As you can imagine, we go through band-aids very quickly!**
Supply List

Delays and Early Dismissal Schedules

                  Early Release Schedule 

8:30 - 9:00  Connect 

9:00 - 9:45  Letterland

9:45 - 10:45 Reading 

10:45-11:15  Lunch

11:15 - 12:15  Math 

12:15-12:45  Writing 

12:45 - 1:00  Pack-Up, Snack 

                 2 hour Delay

*Breakfast is not served when there is a 2-hour delay.*

10:30 - 11:15 Letterland

11:15 - 11:45 Lunch

11:45 - 12:45 Reading

12:45 - 1:00 Writing

1:00-1:30 Recess

1:30 - 2:30 Math

2:30-3:10 Pack-Up, Snack

Delays and Early Dismissal Schedules

Contact Mrs. Saunders

Contact Mrs. Saunders
Email:  (This is the quickest and easiest form of communication for me.)

School Phone Number: