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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:

15 Ice Cream Day

15 School Spirit Day - Wear School Colors (  Blue  Gold  )

27 Minimum Day 12:45 Dismissal

28 Happy Thanksgiving

28 & 29 School Closed 

 

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 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!

 

Mathematics

In Unit 3, children continue learning about number stories. In Unit 2, they solvedstories based on change situations in which starting quantities get larger or smaller. In Unit 3, they learn to model and solve parts-and-total situations in which
two quantities are combined to make larger quantities. They use parts-and-total diagrams to organize the information about these situations and write numbermodels to describe them.  
Children also explore the relationship between counting and addition andsubtraction. They practice counting up and back on number lines to add and subtract, investigate patterns in number lines and number grids that will help them count more efficiently, and do activities with calculators and Frames- and–Arrows diagrams to help them connect counting patterns to addition and subtraction.

 

Please read the Unit 3 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.  

 

Science

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

November's word of the month is Thankful.   All month long we will discuss what it means to be grateful for people and things in our lives.  This is such an important character trait for children to become familiar with at an early age.  We will read several books on being thankful and what it means to show gratitude.

 

 

   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 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!

 

 

 

Mathematics

 

 

 

In Unit 3, children continue learning about number stories. In Unit 2, they solvedstories based on change situations in which starting quantities get larger or smaller. In Unit 3, they learn to model and solve parts-and-total situations in which
two quantities are combined to make larger quantities. They use parts-and-total diagrams to organize the information about these situations and write numbermodels to describe them.  
Children also explore the relationship between counting and addition andsubtraction. They practice counting up and back on number lines to add and subtract, investigate patterns in number lines and number grids that will help them count more efficiently, and do activities with calculators and Frames- and–Arrows diagrams to help them connect counting patterns to addition and subtraction.

 

Please read the Unit 3 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 will be 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
       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

 

 

November's word of the month is Thankful.   All month long we will discuss what it means to be grateful for people and things in our lives.  This is such an important character trait for children to become familiar with at an early age.  We will read several books on being thankful and what it means to show gratitude.

 


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