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Mrs. Biegel

 

Welcome to Mrs. Biegel's 1st Grade!

 

 

Mrs. Jaime Biegel

jbiegel@hohokus.org 

201-652-4555

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:

Oct. 11 - Crazy Socks

Oct. 12- School Spirit Day

Oct. 14- Richard's Run

Oct. 31- Halloween Party and Parade

 

Reading Workshop

Our first reading unit is Building Good Habits.  In this unit we will spend time setting up our routines and expectations for Reading Workshop.  Our goals for this unit are to build stamina, work independently and confidently, develop a relationship with a partner and become strong, confident readers!

After the initial reading assessments are administered, the students will be reading "just right" books.  They will spend time reading independently as well as with a partner who is also reading the same type of "just right" books.  The children should also get into the habit of reading for 15-20 minutes outside of school to continue to build their stamina and fluency. 

   

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!  

 

Mathematics

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.  

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.  

 

Science

In science we will study 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

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 .

 


“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.”