Hawthorne Elementary School

Ms. Renee Gaston

Welcome To First Grade - Room113

Welcome to the exciting, adventurous journey I call first grade!  This is my thirty third year teaching first grade at Hawthorne, and I am looking forward to a year filled with friendship, fun, growth, and development with your child.  In my classroom, I recognize each student as a unique person with individual needs and learning styles.  My main goal is to find the strengths in every child and build on them.  I believe that it is my responsibility to provide the students with the tools they will need to become lifelong learners.  I hope to instill in the children a love of exploration and discovery.  I want the learning process to be a positive experience.

Weekly News

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The following concepts were covered throughout the week:


Language Arts:


- continued to read and discuss nonfiction books

- discussed main idea and supporting details

- continued to ask and answer questions to understand key details in a given text

- identified vowel teams and worked on the "oo" and "oi" and the "oy" sounds

- creative animal writing ("If I had animal hair like a ___."  and  "If I had animal eyes like a___." and "If I had animal teeth like a ___.")

- wrote in our weekend journal

- wrote special thoughts for our classroom star

- introduced opinion writing (opening sentence, stating three detailed reasons for your opinion and conclusion: restating opinion in a different way)





- compared counting by ones and counting by tens to decide which way is more efficient 

- used the place value chart to record and name tens and ones

- identified greater than or less than of two numbers

- used the symbols <, =, > to compare quantities and numerals

- interpreted two-digit numbers as either tens and some ones or as all ones

- added and subtracted tens from multiples of ten

- added tens to a two-digit number

- wrote two-digit numbers as addition sentences that combine tens and ones

- used the counting on and the make ten strategy when adding

- worked in our math journals and application booklets



Social Studies:


- discussed St. Patrick's Day





- discussed the the Arctic habitat and the rain forest habitat



Calm Classroom:


- technique ~Triangle Breathing





Extra Information

~  Please check red folder each night.


~ Library books are due every Friday.


~ Please pack a fruit or vegetable each day for a snack.


~ "Sharing Time" is every Friday.  Please bring in something to share with your classmates (an item or a thought).




Specials Schedule

Art  - Wednesdays

Library - Fridays   

Music -  Mondays and Thursdays       

P.E. - Mondays and Thursdays


Math Resource

Class Size

We have 20 students in our classroom.


Boys ~ 9


Girls ~ 11


March Birthday

Yash ~ 3 ~ 26





Kelsea did a terrific job as our classroom star.  She enjoyed sharing her beautiful poster with the class and sitting in the rocking chair.  The boys and girls found it interesting to learn that Kelsea likes to go to the library, the park, and the zoo.  


Kelsea was our last classroom star.  It was so much fun learning about each other!