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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:

Feb. 1- National Wear  Red  Day for Heart Health Awareness

Feb. 8- School Spirit Day

Feb. 12- Jump Rope for Heart K-4

Feb. 15- Ice Cream Day

Feb. 18-20- Winter Recess-School Closed

Feb. 26-27- HSA Book Fair in the Library


Reading Workshop


This month in Reading Workshop readers will be Learning About the World: Reading Nonfiction to gain information about a particular subject and become “experts.”  Readers will learn how to read aloud nonfiction text like experts; not allowing tricky words to keep them from learning important information.  They will explore different components of nonfiction that allow readers to obtain information efficiently. 


Writing Workshop

Our next writing unit is Informational Writing.  In this unit, the students will make a list of things that they are an expert on.  In order to be an expert, they need to know so much about the topic that they can teach it to others without doing research.  From their expert list, they will choose an idea and create an "All About" book.  In their books they will include different chapters like a "different kinds of..." page, a diagram page, a how to page, an information page and even a glossary!  This is such a fun and exciting writing unit for the students and it's amazing how much the children know about one specific topic/thing.  Make sure to ask your child periodically what topic they are writing about.  At the end of our unit, we will celebrate by having an expert fair.  Each student will have a "booth" (their desk) and have to teach the people who visit their booth about their topic.



In Unit 4, children continue to work with addition facts and develop more strategies to work with more difficult facts.  Using double facts (i.e. 6+6=12), they learn to solve nearby facts by using the    near doubles        strategy. If they know 6+6=12, then they will learn that 6+7=13, because 7 is 1 more than 6 and 13 is one more than 12. Children will also gain experience with an important strategy for mentally adding numbers.     Making 10        is a strategy that involves breaking apart one addend, making a 10, then adding what remains to 10.  This strategy takes advantage of property of addition that can help children add more efficiently.  

Also in Unit 6, children apply their skills with number stories and place value to continue building strategies for solving 2-digit addition problems.  

Children also begin telling time to the hour on analog clocks.  Digital clocks and time to the half hour will be introduced in the next unit.  

Please refer to the Family Letter that was sent home for specific information on the unit.


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 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

January's word of the month is commitment and self-discipline.  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 and self-disciplined in order to achieve them.  All month long we will discuss what it means to be self-disciplined and committed to what we do.  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.

February's word of the month is Friendship/Loyalty. We will discuss this important topic and read several books on how to be a friend. The students will cooperate with a small group to make a cooperative creature. They will have to use each child's idea, while cooperating, to create their creature. This is a fun activity and it is interesting to hear their feedback on how difficult it can be to cooperate with one another. We will participate in "Read Across America Day" to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday. We will also learn a little bit about Dr. Seuss's life in our Scholastic News. 


“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.”