Visual Thinking

Now that Star of the Week is over, we are going to start a new weekly activity. Each week I will be posting a ‘Fact of the Week’, ‘Wonder of the Week’ and ‘Picture of the Week’ (see below for this week). These will stay up throughout the week to allow for class discussions.  The […]

Reading – Long Vowels

We spent a lot of time this past week exploring long vowel words. We initially started out by learning that many long vowel words end with a silent ‘e’. However, as the kids were then thinking of long vowel words, they began to discover many that don’t follow this rule. This allowed us to begin […]

Curriculum Updates

Math We have started a new unit on place value. The kids will have a better understanding of numbers and how to break them down into 1s, 10s and 100s. The curriculum does not go past the 100s, but some kids are definitely interested in learning about bigger numbers so feel free to explain numbers […]

Internet usage and safety

The Internet is obviously an important part of our world that people use every single day. It can be incredibly beneficial to use at home and school, however, it’s vital to teach students how to use it properly and safely. Today we began talking about how to search the internet for information and images. First […]

Library information

Gev. Siegel-Gajewski asked that I share this information with you all. Online library card catalog Browse our online library catalog anytime, from anywhere.  Access it from the MJDS website. Choose: Quick links Student Resources Online Resources School Library Catalog You can also access our eBook library here *We have several hundred Ebooks available to read on […]

Fiction Genre

We have been exploring fiction books in Reader’s Workshop. The kids have learned the elements of fiction, the difference between realistic and fantasy fiction and that often we can learn something from fiction books. Check out this chart that shares the lessons we have learned so far.

First Grade Blogging

Today the kids and I talked about how to appropriately blog, comment and respond to comments on our Seesaw blog. We looked at the kinds of comments and posts that have already been made this year and talked about what’s great and what could be improved. I stressed a few things: comments must be kind, […]

Building Reading Confidence

When confronted with a new text, some kids can easily get overwhelmed by noticing words they don’t know, which causes them to feel as though they can’t read it.  Today I talked with them about working to do the opposite. They can first identify all the words they do immediately know.  Hopefully they will recognize […]

Homework help

As you know, one of my goals for your first graders is to help them learn how to be more independent and responsible people. However, they do still regularly need help from adults in their lives while they are working on this. Please help by asking your child each day if they have homework. They […]

What’s going on now in first grade?!

A big thank you to all of you for participating in student led conferences. I enjoyed watching your children shine as they helped lead the conference. We are beginning a new reading workshop unit with a focus on a variety of fiction books. A note going home in Friday folders today explains more about this […]

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