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

  • After I read a non-fiction book, then what?  How do I show what I understand what I read?  Those are some questions we've been working on a lot this week.  Specifically focusing on non-fiction.  What was the topic of the book and what are some things I learned about that topic?.  That has and will be a major focus for us.  We are using all the things we've learned about non-fiction text features to help us learn and recall facts from non-fiction texts.
  • We explored how captions and labels help us read non-fiction.  We reviewed an old book, How To Grow a Sandwich to see how the captions and labels deepened our understanding of the text.  The kids then worked on this on their own as they reading during independent reading time.
  • 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.


  • Nouns vs verbs, past & present verbs--adding ed
  • oi--like in oil, spoil, coil
  • Chaining to review oo, ou, and oi
  • We read a fable, The Bag of Coins.  We identified words that had the vowel diagraphs we've studied.  We also worked on answering comprehension questions in complete sentences.
  • New tricky word--down


  • Targets--RDW--read, draw, write, solving for an unknown subtrahend or total, true number sentences.
  • We continued to work on RDW, the kids rated themselves and graded their answers.  We worked on using it to figure our what is known and unknown in a story problem.
  • We worked on strategies for solving expressions that are equal.  
  • We've been working on when to add--make ten, and when to subtract--take from ten.
  • We are nearing the end of our second module.  Next week we will be working on place value.

Writer's Workshop

  • We spent some time reviewing the stories we wrote before break.  The kids identified what makes their writing a "3."  They went back and edited their writing to see if they have those elements in their writing.  Then they worked on adding those into their writing.
  • The kids shared their writing with their writing partners this week to get feedback on their teaching books.
  • CAPITALS AND PUNCTUATION!  We are really focusing on using these correctly in our writing.  Sometimes we are getting a little lazy with our writing, so I am coming down harder on the kids to self-assess whether they have them in their writing.
  • We started researching Martin Luther King Jr. this week.  We are going to use our research to write an informational book using our research.
  • We wrote New Year's resolutions this week.  The kids had great ideas about things they want to learn or get better at this year.


  • Magnets!!  We spent this week growing our schema about magnets.  Magnets--have 2 poles, attract & repel, not all metals attract magnets, the Earth is magnetic, and you can make magnets.
  • In our classroom we searched for things that attracted to magnets.  The kids then made some predictions as to why magnets stuck to parts of the walls.
  • Attract and repel--these were scientific words we used for things to stick and push.
  • The kids traveled to each first grade classroom to conduct different experiments around magnetism.
  • Together we all watched a video about magnets.

Computer Lab

  • The kids worked on Zearn and some math games on ABCya.

Acceleration Block

  • Our acceleration block is 8:25-8:55 
  • In first grade we are calling it WIN (what I need) because that really is the purpose.  To give students an extra helping of what they need at their level in reading.
  • WIN in my classroom this week--regular WIN time will resume the week of 1/22

Hawk Buck--January Choices--switch seats, nickname day.

Attendance Times



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

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

Important Dates

  • No School MLK Day 1-15
  • Late Start 1-17
  • Institute Day 1-22, No School

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


  • 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

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