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Mrs. Biegel


Welcome to Mrs. Biegel's 1st Grade!



Mrs. Jaime Biegel



Please feel free to contact me at any time! 

Important Announcements

*Please check your child's folder for important notices that go home regularly.

If you have any questions, please email me at: jbiegel@hohokus.org

Important Dates:


24- Bingo Night



7- Wear  red  for Heart Health Awareness

13 - Jump Rope for Heart during P.E.

14 - Valentine's Day

17-19 - No School/Winter Break

21 - Ice Cream Day

25-26 - HSA Book Fair in the Library


Reading Workshop

We've just begun a new unit,   Readers Have Big Jobs To Do  .  In this unit, the students become “the boss” of their own reading, which means they are expected to use everything they have learned, so far, to solve any problems they encounter.  By reaching into their readers "toolbox", which is filled with all of the strategies learned, they can figure out tricky words they don't know.  The students begin expect and understand what makes sense in the story that they are reading.  Now is the time for them to understand the print, not just read it.  Throughout this unit and those that follow, the students will self-monitor and make a plan to solve words they don't know.  In addition, the students will  make movies in their mind to help with fluency (expression and pace) and comprehension.  The goal of the unit is to discover ways to sound like a Reading Star and to take responsibility for using the skills learned to get the job done.


Writing Workshop

We are well into our new writing unit,  Writing Reviews  . In this unit, the students will learn the important academic work of opinion writing in ways that are suited to six and seven year olds.  We have begun the second part of our writing unit where the students will write reviews about anything and everything like toys, restaurants, video games, etc.  Lastly, the students will learn to write book reviews.  This is a brand new writing unit that was added because the Common Core State Standards calls for a new focus on opinion writing and the expectations for first graders is that students will compose opinion pieces in which they "introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide a sense of closure".



  In Unit 5, children begin to use larger numbers and explore place value.  They will learn that the digits in a 2-digit number represent the number of tens and ones.  The children will use base-10 blocks to represent numbers and to demonstrate their understanding of place value by exchanging 10 ones for 1 ten, and vice versa.  The children will compare numbers using the symbols: <,>, and =.  They will go from comparing numbers with < and > to modeling comparison number stories.  In comparison stories, they will decide which two quantities is larger and then find the difference.  The children will also spend more time on measurement. They will measure different sections of a crooked path and add the length to find the total length of the path.  


Words Their Way

Our word study and spelling program,   Words Their Way,   is in progress.  Each child has been assessed and put into a group based on their skill level.  Each week your child will go through a rotation of activities to help them study the features of their sort.  Such activities include, sorting words/pictures according to their feature: closed sort, no peeking sort,  partner sort, memory,  word hunt, and games.  



Our next science unit is Waves: Light and Sound.  Through inquiry, prediction, observation, discussion and recording students will develop their science skills.   This unit focuses on students collaboratively problem solving, discovering and investigating to find answers and solutions.  Students will learn that sound can make matter vibrate, and vibrating matter can make sound.   In addition, students will learn that objects can only be seen when illuminated and that very hot objects give off light.


Social Studies

January's word of the month are determination and resilience.  These are great words to think about as we ring in the New Year.  We will talk about making "New Year's Resolutions" and how when people make these goals or resolutions they need to remain committed in order to achieve them.  All month long we will discuss what it means to set goals and how to make a plan to achieve them, but also not letting obstacles prevent us from continuing on.  This is such an important character trait for children to become familiar with at an early age.  

We will also learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. as an important figure in     history, who is celebrated this month.


“The Ho-Ho-Kus Public School is committed to a high standard of academic excellence in compliance with the
core curriculum content standards in a safe and nurturing environment that will allow students to maximize their
potential and prepare them to be responsible, contributing members of a diverse society.”