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Mrs. Durante- December 11th- December 15th

Classroom Annoucements

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- First grade is looking for volunteers who would interested in partnering with us to bring an amazing enrichment program called Junior Achievement. This program is a resource for teaching the students our economic standards. Please take a moment to read the flyer for more information. If you are interested in volunteering, please let me know as soon as possible.

PTO'S COOKIES WITH SANTA- Friday, December 8th from 6:30-8:30

POLAR EXPRESS PARTY- Thursday, December 21st. More information coming soon!

WINTER BREAK- Friday, December 22nd- January 5th

NO SCHOOL- Friday, January 12th. This is a teacher work day.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY- There is no school on Monday, January 15th.

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 our author study of Mo Willems. We read Knuffle Bunny Free. We practiced retelling the events of the story to include characters, setting and major events with detail. The students were able to compare the character Trixie Now and Then. The students were also introduced to nouns by watching a Brain Pop Jr. video. We will be practicing more next week! 

MATH- We started topic J. This topic focuses on how addition and subtraction are related.  Students take a subtraction fact (7-2), then find the column of addition facts with a part of +2. From there they are looking for the addition fact in the column that equals 7 (5+2). Last they are able to fill out a number bond and write the addition and subtraction fact to go with it. 
FUNDATIONS- We continued with week 2 of unit 6 adding the suffix -s. We are learning to identify the base word then tap it and add the s. We practiced reading, identifying and marking words with the suffix -s.

SCIENCE/ SOCIAL STUDIES- This week we took the train to Paris, France. Students learned about the flag, geography, traditional foods and customs. We learned the French put their shoes out for Pere Noel on Christmas Eve.  We also wrote about Frances in our Holidays Around the World journals. Students were able to create a pic collage of their holiday tradtiions.

We also learned about the Indian holiday Diwali. One of the students in our class celebrates Diwali. He and his parents shared about the meaning and traditions of the holiday.

Eureka Math

Eureka Math has many ways for students to practice.

Sprint/ Fluency Builders- We practice our fluency with timed 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 1.

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.

Specials Schedule

MUSIC- All week. 
TECH-  (Every 3 weeks)
LIBRARY- Thursdays. Please bring books back on Wednesdays.

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 with the suffix -s.  We are in Unit 6. 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 3 words- hello, could, walk, pull, all, oh
  • Math- 2-3 pages per week. Sent home Monday & returned on Friday in yellow folder. Here are the parent letters for Module 1. We are working on Topic J- Development of Subtraction Fluency Within 10. We will be take our end of the module assessment at the end of the week.

  • i-ready- online lessons (one reading & one math per week) We will be taking our mid year i-ready diagnostics this 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.