Hawthorne Elementary School

E-mail Mrs. Perrone

Perrone, Anne
First Grade Teacher aperrone@elmhurst205.org

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Birthday Treats

Hawthorne has a non-edible treat policy for birthdays.  Please do not send any treats containing food or candy.  It is not necessary to send anything, but if you would like to send something some ideas are:  a book for the class, pencils, stationary, erasers, mini notebooks, puzzles, etc.  


Class size--23 students

Guest Reader

Thursdays 2:30-2:50



Going to be absent?

Please remember to call the absent line if your child will be absent--630-782-5794 


Work cannot be sent home ahead of time, but will be available when they return to school.  Not everything is able to be sent home, much of our learning happens through our discussions, stories and hands on activities.  Please send the completed assignments back within a week.

Mrs. Perrone

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First Grade Connection

Welcome to Mrs. Perrone's first grade class website.  I hope you will find this a helpful resource throughout the year to keep you connected to what we are learning about in class.  Please continue to check out what is happening in our classroom and what we will be doing in the future.

Our Week in Pictures

Our Week in First Grade

Reader's Workshop

  • Targets--connecting to poems and mood of poems
  • This week talked about how making connections deepens our understanding.  We focused on connecting to the feelings or experience.  We read a poem, "Are We There Yet."  It was funny because they all immediately remembered a time where they said the same thing.  We went further by connecting to the message and then to other stories we've read.  We were able to use evidence to connect it to an Elephant and Piggie story, Waiting is Not Easy.  
  • During independent reading time the kids are working on the skills we worked onto together.  They are also working on following the expectations of independent reading--reading the whole time.  We are up to 30 minutes of sustained reading.  It is awesome!  During this independent reading time, we are also working in guided reading groups.
  • Turn & Talk--we do this a lot in class, to ensure that all kids are participating and thinking the kids often turn to a partner to share their thinking instead of just one person sharing an answer.


  • doubling consonants before adding endings
  • plural nouns with s and es
  • Unit 5 phonics reader--Kate 


  • Targets--we took our Module 4 assessment, using double tape diagrams to compare amounts, and breaking numbers larger than 40 up into tens and ones
  • During fluency this week we worked on counting forwards and backwards to 120, sprints, and number bond partner work
  • We used double tape diagrams this week to compare amounts for more/fewer
  • We started Module 6, but will only complete part of the unit.  We will then transition to our last module 5--shapes.

Writer's Workshop

  • This week we've been working on writing about what animal would make the best pet.
  • The kids are working on writing with an introduction, 3 reasons with examples and then a conclusion.
  • We read, Pigeon Wants a Puppy to help us get started.


  • Our caterpillars are here!!  We are starting our life cycle unit by observing the life cycle of a butterfly.
  • We've measured and recorded our observations of our 5 classroom caterpillars.


  • Our fire safety test!  Firefighter Jeff tested the kids on their address and phone number.  They had the opportunity to practice calling 911, stating their emergency, name, address and phone number.
  • They did a great job!

Social Studies

  • Maps!  We worked on navigating and interpreting maps.  We practiced our addresses by finding our houses on google maps.
  • We located maps in familiar texts and worked on interpreting what they were showing. 
  • We read a Scholastic Magazine about a legos that were lost a sea.  The kids LOVED this magazine.  We 

Computer Lab

  • Zearn and math games

Acceleration Block

  • Our acceleration block is 8:25-8:55 
  • SWBST--Somebody Wanted But So Then!  We used this strategy to help us retell fiction stories.  Somebody--main character, Wanted--what the main character wants, But--problems/obstacles toward want, So--attempts to solve or get want, Then--how does the story end.  We first read, Manana Iguana and used it to help us learn the strategy.  The kids then chose a story to practice the strategy with a partner.  They shared with different groups

Hawk Bucks

Attendance Times



Late Start Days--9:45-3:00

Student Council Store

Student Council will have a school supply store open on Mondays and Wednesdays.  This is an opportunity for students to purchase some items they may need for the classroom.


Dry Erase Marker: $1.00

Pencil: $0.25

Highlighter: $1.00

Eraser Cap: $0.25

Post Its: $.50

Things to Remember

  • Send a note if your child's departure routine changes or is going home for lunch
  • All snacks must be packed separately from their lunch and only be fruit or vegetable 
  • Scholastic Book Code GR8RB
  • Raz Kids code aperrrone4

Specials Schedule

Monday:          PE 2:25-2:55              

Tuesday:         PE 1:55-2:25

                        Music 2:25-2:55

Wednesday:   Music 1:55-2:25            

                        Library 2:25-2:55

Thursday:       Library checkout

Friday:            Art  2:25-2:55

Important Dates

  • Late Start 4/25
  • Celebration of Learning 4/26 5:30-7:00
  • First Grade Spring Sing, May 7 1:55-2:25


  • 10 minutes/night
  • Eureka homework does not need to be completed
  • CKLA Phonics activities are extra practice at home, not mandatory homework
  • Read for enjoyment each night
  • District Math Website
  • Tricky words to practice--I, a, is, to, no, so, all, some, of, from, were, word, are, have, the, who, said, says, why, was, when, where, what, which, there, here, be, me, she, he, we, they, their, by, my, you, your, would, should, could, because, down, how, picture, today, yesterday, tomorrow

Classroom Rules

1.  Keep your hands, feet and objects to yourself.

2.  Listen with your eyes, ears, and still hands.

3.  Raise your hand during class discussions and quiet work time.

4.  Do your best printing, coloring, cutting, and gluing.

5.  Walk from place to place in our classroom.

6.  Follow directions the first time they are given.




1 cube taken away = 5 minute walking ticket during recess

2 cubes = 10 minute walking ticket

3 cubes = 15 minute walking ticket/possible minor

4 cubes = parent contact/possible major