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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:


Wednesday, May 16- Payment Due

Wednesday, June 13 - Visit Turtle Back Zoo

*Buses leave school at 9am and return by 2:30 pm.


Reading Workshop

We are starting a new unit,   Learning About the World      .  This nonfiction reading unit is designed to show children how books can help us about the world.  The children will use all of the strategies they have been taught to help them with the task of reading nonfiction books.  

First, the children will be reading books with topics that they want to learn about and become "super smart" on those topics.  Throughout the first bend of the unit, the children will be using previously learned comprehension strategies along with previewing the text, predicting, noticing text structure, and synthesizing information from multiple sources (the picture, the print, and the text boxes).  Next, the focus will be on vocabulary. Developing good habits for decoding of unfamiliar words will be emphasized, in order to understand the meaning of the words they encounter.  This is especially important for the children to use the new vocabulary when working with their reading partner.  Finally, the children will be concentrating on rereading with a smoother voice so they begin to sound like experts.  At the end of the unit, the children will share a nonfiction book with others and give them the gift of knowledg e.  



Writing Workshop

Our next writing unit is 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. To start the unit, the students will review collections that they have brought into school and make choices about which item in their collection is the best, writing defenses for those judgments.  A letter will be sent home with more information.    Next, the students will write reviews about anything and everything like toys, restaurants, video games, etc. Lastly, the students will learn to write book reviews.  During the process of opinion writing, 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. 



Two ideas are emphasized in Unit 4: length measurement and addition fact fluency. Children begin the unit by directly comparing the lengths of two objects. Then they compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object, such as a piece of string. Later children learn to measure length using nonstandard units like paper clips. They learn that measurement units must be the same size. They also learn that the units must be arranged without gaps or overlaps. Also in this unit, children transition from displaying data in tally charts to displaying data in bar graphs. Their work with comparing lengths will help them interpret data by comparing the lengths of the bars in the graphs. Other lessons in Unit 4 focus on addition facts. One of the Grade 1 standards requires children to fluently add and subtract within 10. In order to achieve fluency, they must be efficient at recalling these facts and using the facts in a variety of situations. Doubles and combinations of 10 are some of the easiest facts for children to remember and are emphasized in Unit 4. Fact fluency is emphasized and developed throughout the year, so do not worry if your child does not achieve this goal right away. 

Please read the Family Letter that was sent home for more information and ways to help your child at home.


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

May's word of the month is Honesty.  Being an honest person is such an important trait to have and for some children, it is difficult.  Young children should learn early on that telling the truth and being honest is always the best policy.  Telling lies most of the time will get them in some sort of trouble.  It is also important for them to choose friends that are honest, as well.  We will also read several books on honesty. We will start to learn some Map Skills.  The students will learn how to read a map using the map key and compass rose. They will also learn directional words like North, South, East, and West.


“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.”