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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:

14- School Closed/Staff Development

Week of Respect - Oct. 14-18

Tues.-  Team Up Against Bullying  :  Wear your favorite team jersey

Wed.-  Being a Friend is No Sweat  :  Wear sweatpants/sweatshirts

Thurs.-  Sock it to Bullying  :  Wear crazy socks

Fri.-  School Pep Rally  : Wear school colors


18- Halloween Permission Slips Due

18- Ice C ream Day

25- PINK Out for Breast Cancer Awareness

31- Halloween Parade and Party @ 1:45   


Reading Workshop

The unit we are presently doing is  Word Detectives Use All They Know to Solve Words   . This unit is designed to support the children's word-solving skills.  First, we will revisit the strategy work they learned last year to be the best word detectives they can be.  This will help the children to tackle any "bumps in the road" they come across when reading.  Then the children will build on their word solving skills by learning more efficient strategies that will help them read more challenging books. They will learn to use multiple strategies for problem solving words using their knowledge of word parts and known words, such as SNAP words.  Last, as reading detectives they will search for punctuation clues to help make their reading voices smooth like talking.  The importance of going back to reread parts or pages to smooth out lines once they've figured out the words will be stressed.  The goal of this unit is to make sure the children are active problem-solvers/word detectives who try several strategies whenever they come across mysterious or unknown words in their reading lives.


Writing Workshop

Our first writing unit is writing small moment personal narratives.  These are true stories about our self, but what makes them "small" is that it is only a small piece of a larger event.  We like to use the analogy of a watermelon.  The watermelon is the whole vacation to Disney World, but the seed of the watermelon, or small moment, is only one tiny part of that vacation like going on Space Mountain.  This can be a difficult task for some as we all have so much to tell about. 

The children will learn ways to plan out their stories by thinking of an idea, orally storytelling it across their fingers, across their pages or to their partner, sketching each part and then writing the words.  By following these steps, it helps keep the writer focused and ensures that they have enough to write about.  Make sure to ask your child frequently what stories they have written in writing workshop!  




In Unit 2, the children will begin learning different strategies for solving addition problems.  In our classroom, we will be adding strategies to our "Strategy Wall" that will list the strategies that are learned and practiced.  The strategies that are covered in this unit include  counting on   , using the   turn-around rule   , and using   pairs of numbers that add up to 10   (such as 3 and 7, or 9 and 1).  More strategies will be introduced and added to the wall to help the children become fluent with addition within 20, as the year progresses.    An important tool that will assist the children with addition is the ten frame  .  Ten frames are   helpful for learning pairs of numbers that add up to 10, as well as other facts within 10.  

Look at the Unit 2 Family Letter for other helpful information and explanations of the content covered.  


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 first science unit is Structure, Function and Information Processing.  We will be learning about biomimicry; using nature to inspire design.  The students will look at nature in many different ways and use their observations to inspire inventions.  We will continue to discuss and observe examples of biomimicry through explorations, and use it to solve problems, create designs and inspire inventions!


Social Studies

October's word of the month is Respect.  Now that the children have been exposed to the word responsibility and are starting to become responsible for themselves and their actions, they will also become respectful, as well. This is such an important character trait for children to become familiar with at an early age.  We will read several books on being respectful and what it means to show respect.

October is Fire Safety Month, so we will discuss this important topic and have a visit from the HHK Fire Department.  We will also discuss Christopher Columbus and of course, Halloween!



“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.”

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