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Welcome to Mrs. Biegel's 1st Grade!



Mrs. Jaime Biegel



Please feel free to contact me at any time! 

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*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

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Reading Workshop

This month in Reading Workshop is full of fun!  In the current unit,  Readers Get to Know Characters by Performing Their Books, the children will get to know the characters in their "just right" books, as well as those in our class read alouds.  They will visualize the characters, where they are, what they are doing, and how they are feeling.  Towards the end of the unit, the children will perform their books trying different ways to find the best fit for the story.  This unit allows children the freedom to express themselves through the eyes of their characters.    


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 7, children will explore 3-D shapes, relating them to objects that they are familiar with. They will make comparisons among the shapes as they look at similarities and differences.  They will identify names of shapes, and learn identifying characteristics such a flat and round. In addition, they will continue to practice their addition and subtraction facts by using fact triangles.

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 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.


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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.”