Author Archives: Susan Markham

About Susan Markham

I am a dedicated first grade teacher and lover of books and words. My favorite place is the library. I try to instill a love of self and love of learning opportunities for my students. Keep everything fresh and new, and life is exciting!

What We’re Learning, May 22-26, 2017

Reading:  We are reading stories in our reading series. We are working on dictionary skills as well as nonfiction passages and main idea. Writing research papers are finished. We will concentrate on descriptive writing and paragraphs in preparation for second … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, May 8-12, 2017

Field Day is Friday, May 12.   Reading:  We are reading stories from our reading series.   We are focusing on the main idea.  We are working on all skills in writing (capitalization and punctuation, descriptive words) and sharing our … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, May 1-5, 2017

Reading:  We are reading several stories from our reading series.   Our word skills this week are long u digraphs (-ew and -ue). We are using the 5 Whs (question words): who, what, where, when, why, and how; beginning, middle, and end of … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, April 24 to April 28, 2017

Reading:  We are reading books from our reading series.  Our word skills this week are long i digraphs (-ie, -igh). We are using the 5 Whs (question words): who, what, where, when, why, and how; beginning, middle, and end of the stories we … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, April 17-21, 2017

Reading:  We are reading various stories from our reading series.   Our word skills this week are -oa and -ow patterns. We are using the 5 Whs (question words): who, what, where, when, why, and how; beginning, middle, and end of the … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning April 3-7, 2017

Reading:  We are reading different stories review of long vowels and patterns, adjectives that tell number, compound words, and verb endings of –ed and –ing. We are finishing with predicting.  We are working on capitalization and punctuation in writing, as … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, March 27-31, 2017

Reading: We have started Unit 4 in our Reading Street series with Mama’s Birthday Present. The word skills are long vowel patterns of /a/, including -ai and -ay. Writing skills will finish with sharing our writing and using descriptions. We … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, March 20-24, 2017

Reading:  We are finishing Unit 3 of our Reading Street series with the story, Where Are My Friends? We are making predictions and drawing conclusions for our comprehension skills. Writing is still making lists but also sharing our writing with … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, March 13-17, 2017

Reading:  We are reading stories from our reading series, including I’m A Caterpillar. Our word skills focus on -er, -ir, and -ur word patterns.  We are making lists in writing and writing short sentences from the list. We are also … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, March 6-10, 2017

**Tuesday, March 7, is our PTA meeting and first grade performance. Reading:  We are reading various stories from our reading series.  Our word skills this week are ABC order as well as compound words. We are working on lists in writing, … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, February 27-Mar 3, 2017

Reading:  We are reading various stories this week from our reading series.  Our word skills this week are compound words and finishing blends. Writing is focusing on lists. Math: We are learning about true/false number sentences (equality). Students need to know the … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, February 20-24, 2017

Reading:  We are reading different stories in class. Our word skills this week are -nk and -ng words. Writing is focusing on letter writing, describing words and all elements of complete sentences. Math: We are finishing story problems and will begin working on equality … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, February 13-17, 2017

Reading:  We are beginning the next unit in our Reading Street series, A Place to Play. Word skills use the -y vowel (e or I sound); we are also working on blends and descriptive words. Writing is poems, lists, or … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, February 6-10, 2017

Reading:  We are reading a nonfiction story on bees and how they are part of a community.  Our word skills this week are long e (CVCe pattern, ee), review long vowels (CVCe pattern), and blends. Writing will focus on lists and contributions. Math: … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, Jan 30-Feb 3, 2017

Reading:  We are reading stories that deal with making predictions and ask/answer questions.  Our word skills this week are long u (CVCe pattern), blends, and verbs. Writing will focus on describing words and other skills such as complete sentences, punctuation and capitalization, … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, January 23-27, 2017

Reading: We are reading several books, including those from the Reading Street series, The Big Circle. Our skills will focus on CVCe (long o), contractions, and blends. Our writing skills will focus on descriptive words and transition words (first, next, … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, January 16-20, 2017

Remember:   No school Monday, January 16  for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Reading:  We are still working with stories on character/setting and retelling.  Writing still focuses on complete sentences, punctuation/capitalization, and the use of describing words (adjectives). Math:  Review all skills; … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, January 3-6, 2017

Welcome Back and Happy 2017! Reading:  We are working on beginning, middle, end of stories and character/setting.  Our word skills this week are reviewing digraphs and verbs (action words) and -ed endings. Writing is a simple topic but still focusing on complete sentences, punctuation and … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, December 19-20, 2016

Hi Parents! This week is a short week, Monday and Tuesday. These are full days of school. Winter break begins Wednesday, December 21 and lasts until January 2, 2017. Monday:  Reading will be a combination of all skills learned as … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning and Doing, December 12-16, 2016

**Progress Reports go home Wednesday, December 14. Reading:  We are working with holiday stories and doing word work, reading skills, and writing with the stories. We are also using our reading series for the story of the week as well as the skills. … Continue reading

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