Mrs. Perrone
630-834-4541         Attendance Times:  8:07--3:00       Late Start:  9:37-3:00
                                  Lunch 11:25-12:25

Please send a note or email if going home for lunch or dismissal routine changes.

First Grade Learning

We've moved into our poetry unit.  In poetry we've

  • looked for rhyming patterns in poems.
  • discussed how poets change the shape of poems.
  • searched for punctuation and changes in text to signal how you should read the poem.
  • discussed how poets use repetition in poems to convey the meaning.
  • identified alliteration in poems.

Sight words introduced this week--all 100 first grade words have been introduced.    We've been reviewing the words.

Previous words--because, who, when, them, from, away, came, been, big, you, than, back, I'm, after, about, have, into, there, any, just, where, very, could, were, mother, over, ride, don't, said, that, one, with, five, their, what, but, here, our, going, three, want, able, bad, give, today, something, cat, world, tell, across, behind, because, home, down, end, fish, why, car, books, good, write, room, top, help, city, know, fast, hill, under, use, sleep, place, love, much, stay, name, new, paper, rain, door, fun, sky, both, time


  • talked about numbers in tens and ones.
  • used a place value chart to show ten more, ten less, 1 more, 1 less
  • determined greater than or less than
  • used <, >, = to compare numbers
  • we took our mid-module assessment on Friday

Math Fluency Games--these are games we frequently play in the classroom.

  • Partner game--each partner rolls a die 3 times, add the numbers together.  The person with the highest number gets a point.  First person to 5 points wins.
  • Addition or Subtraction top-it (War)--deal out a deck of cards.  Each person flips over two cards for addition largest sum wins the cards.  For subtraction smallest difference wins.  Keep playing until all cards are flipped.  Person with the most cards wins!
  • Race to 20--start at 0, keep rolling a die until you add to 20.  Ex--0 +6 =6, then 6 + 2 = 8, etc.  You must get to exactly to 20.

This week we worked on the vowel combination--ui, ew, ue.

We've moved onto opinion writing.  We started by some would you rather questions to determine an opinion.  Then we worked on developing reasons for our opinion.  The kids started writing books about toys or collections they have choosing which was their favorite and why.  It is neat to see them already apply things we've learned in our types of writing to their opinion pieces.

During our weekend writing time we explicitly work on using appropriate punctuation and capitalization.  We worked on identifying when to put a period.  As the kids write more sentences and details it can be difficult to determine when to put a period.  We've been working with text that is missing periods and capitals and the kids are working on determining where the periods should be.  We are also working on editing our work because we might have missed something.

We've been studying the amphibian animal family.  We've defined characteristics of amphibians and learned about different types of amphibians.

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Tuesdays 12:35-12:55

In our class...
1.  We listen when our teacher and classmates are talking.

2.  We follow directions quickly.

3.  We respect others, respect ourselves, respect our school.

4.  We raise our hand to share and ask for help.

5.  We are safe, kind and honest.

6.  We try our best and don't give up on challenges.

Specials Schedule
Monday:  Bonus (Music & Art)
Tuesday:  Library
Wednesday:  Music & PE
Thursday:  Art   
Friday:     Music & PE

Important Reminders

  • All library books due on Tuesdays
  • Late start 3/4 and 3/18
  • Spring break 3/22-3/27
  • The kids need snow pants and boots when there is snow on the ground.
  • Class size--24 kids

First graders can bring a daily snack of fresh fruits or vegetables.  Only fresh fruit and vegetables are allowed, per district policy.  Water bottles are also welcomed.  Please make sure the snack is ready to eat--oranges, cuties peeled.  Please pack the snack separate from their lunch.  Thank you!

Birthday TreatsHawthorne 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--24 students


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.