70 Lloyd Road, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423
Mrs. Biegel


Welcome to Mrs. Biegel's 1st Grade!



Mrs. Jaime Biegel



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If you have any questions, please email me at: jbiegel@hohokus.org


Spirit Week October 12th - 16th

Monday:     We can’t MASK our respect...

              Wear your favorite mask!

Tuesday:    Let’s keep the PEACE...

              Wear tie-dye!

Wednesday: TEAM up against bullying...

               Wear your favorite jersey! 

Thursday:   Being a GOOD FRIEND is no sweat...

              Wear sweatpants/sweatshirts!

Friday:      HHK does not stay socially distant from 


              Wear our colors...blue and gold strong!


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 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!  




  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 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,  word hunt,  and games.   



Our first science unit is Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles.  We will observe the sun, moon and stars and make predictions about their cycles. This unit will start in the fall and we will continue making observations throughout the year to discuss the changes that occur during different seasons. Students will discuss why the days might seem longer in the summer and shorter in the winter as they observe the changes in daylight.  


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.