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Mrs. Durante- February 19th- February 23rd

Classroom Annoucements

VALENTINE'S DAY PARTY- Thank you to the Hansen, Clark and Lacy families for making our party a success. The students had a wonderful time playing games, building creative structures and making a craft. Thank you to all who were able to attend and those who were able to donate items/ food.

NO SCHOOL- Friday, February 16th. It is a teacher work day.

PRESIDENTS DAY- There is no school on Monday, February 19th.

PARENT- TEACHER CONFERENCES- Tuesday, March 13th & Thursday, March 15th. More Information coming soon.

SPRING BREAK- Monday, March 19th- Friday, March 23rd

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 read about matter.  Students applied their learning to the 3rd graders who came to teach us about matter with experiments. We also read about North America as an introduction to our new social studies unit.  We practiced s, r & l blends by matching pictures and identifying the beginning blend.

MATH- We continued Module 2. We started topic B on subtraction. We learned to break a number apart by ten and then subtract. 

FUNDATIONS- We continued Unit 8- blend sounds br-, gr-, bl-, pl, st-, and learned about thr- & shr. We are also learning about r controlled vowels- ar, or, er, ir, and ur. We practiced tapping words, making words with our letter tiles and writing words. We also practiced the suffix s. We practiced all trick words- could, should, would, over, her and number.
SCIENCE/ SOCIAL STUDIES- This week we flew back to North America.  We made our suitcases into the American Flag. We will be learning about U.S. Symbols and notable leaders.

We also had the 3rd graders from Mrs. Landgrave's class come and teach us about solids, liquids and gases.  They performed experiments for us. We had conversations about if the items they were using were solids or liquids. Then talked about what happened to those solids and liquids as the 3rd graders performed the experiments.

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 Module 2.

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.

Specials Schedule

PE All week. Please wear or bring tennis shoes. 
TECH- All week! (Every 3 weeks)
LIBRARY- Thursdays. Please bring books back on Wednesdays.


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 8-consonant blends (fl, bl, st, and more) and digraph blends (shr, nch, and more). In week 2 we will introduce r-controlled vowels (ar, or, er, ir, ur). 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 4 words- opened, every, any, saw, soon
  • Math- 2-3 pages per week. Sent home Monday & returned on Friday in yellow folder. Here are the parent letters for Module 2. We will be working on topic B.

  • 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.

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.