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Mrs. Durante- May 21st- May 25th

Classroom Annoucements

FIRST GRADE PICNIC- On Friday, May 25th at 11:30, we will have our end of the year picnic on the lower playground. Please bring chairs, blankets, and food for lunch. Students can still buy lunch if need.

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL- Friday, May 25th

FIRST GRADE SYMBALOO- This is where students can find links for i-ready, Teach Your Monster to Read, Prodigy and much more!

A Glance at Our Week

My website will be updated weekly by Friday evenings.

READINGThis week we continued to learn about the animals of the Amazon Rainforest in South America. Mrs. Smith's students presented their animal projects. The students wrote in their tree frog journals about their learning.  We are learning about multisyllabic words like (excuse, absent). We practiced tapping and making words by breaking them up into syllables.  

MATH- We continued Module 4. We practiced interpreting two-digit numbers as tens and ones, including cases with more than 9 ones. We practiced adding a pair of two-digit numbers when the ones digits have a sum less than or equal to 10.

FUNDATIONS- We finished Unit 12- multisyllabic words. We practiced segmenting and blending words. We learned that each syllable has a vowel and it is easier to read and spell these words by breaking it apart by syllable.
SOCIAL STUDIES/ SCIENCE- This week we continued to learn about the Amazon rainforest in South America. We continued to learn about the animals/ insects of the Amazon Rainforest from Mrs. Smith's class. This week we learned about Scarlet Macaws, Poison Dart Frogs, Fireflies, Blue Morpho Butterflies, Howler Monkeys, Vampire Bats, Ruby- Throated Hummingbirds and Pink River Dolphins.. We learned that the rainforest has different layers- forest floor, understory, canopy and emergent. We started to create a kapok tree and illustrating the animals who live in each layer.

Eureka Math

Eureka Math has many ways for students to practice.

Sprint/ Fluency Builders- We practice our fluency with timed (usually one minute unless directions state differently) tests. At the end of the test, the students circle the number they got to and then we correct our work with a different color crayon. If you wish to practice at home here are sprints and fluency builders for all of the modules.

Problem Set- Students practice independently in class. Teacher is there for support and then we go over it. Students explain their thinking and correct as needed.

Exit Tickets- Students complete exit ticket on their own and turn into teacher. Teacher uses this to inform instruction. This is not sent home.

Homework- Students should be able to complete at home on their own. If you need some help understanding what is expected, I found some resources where you can watch videos on how to complete each lesson.
  • Resource 1
  • Resource 2
  • Zearn- This a website that goes directly with Eureka.  Please use your child's username and password to log in.

Specials Schedule

PE- All week.  
TECH- (Every 3 weeks)

Scholastic Book Orders

If you would like to place an order through Scholastic books, please follow the steps below.

  • ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code: PLGCY

  • SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books and value packs

  • SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom

  • All book orders will be shipped to our classroom.


Homework should not exceed more than 30 minutes a night. Our purpose is to build responsibility and practice skills.
  • Read nightly for 10-15 minutes from their reading bags.

  • Word work skills- Fundations: Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Skills- blend, read, and write words. We will be starting Unit 12- multisyllabic words and  compound words. Please see parent resources in Fundations box for ways to practice with your child. 

  • Sight Words- Please practice reading and writing words in reading bag.

Unit 6 words- been, gone, other, bear, birds, Earth, table, ever, goes, laugh, only, across, air, enough, eyes, circle, grew, leave, toward
  • Math- 2-3 pages per week. Sent home Monday & returned on Friday in yellow folder. Here are the parent letters for Module 4. We will be finishing the module.

  • i-ready- online lessons (one reading & one math per week)

  • Friday Folders- Please review items and return folder on Monday.

Reading Bags

Your child’s reading bag will contain familiar books that we have gone over in class. These books are for your child to be able to read independently. Some books may seem easy, but they are meant for your child to practice expression and fluency as well as build confidence. Our goal is for your child to receive a new book about every other day.  Please know that all books do not have to be read every day.  Your child should read the newest book first and then any other books they can during a 10-15 minutes time period.

Please continue to make sure that your child returns his or her reading bags every day.  They are a vital part of our guided reading time.

After reading the book, ask your child comprehension questions about the story.

  • Who are the main characters?
  • What happened in the beginning, middle and the end?
  • What connections can you make with the story?
  • What does the story remind you about?


Fundations provides all students with a foundation for reading and spelling. Fundations emphasizes phonemic awareness, phonics-word study, high frequency word study, fluency, vocabulary, handwriting and spelling.