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, June 11-15, 2018

This is the last week of school. Monday:  testing finishes; we finish author studies Tuesday:  awards ceremony–10AM. Water activities, 1-2PM, pizza party to follow in the classroom. Wednesday—PBIS water games, 1-2:30; class party 2:30-3:30 in class. All class essentials and supplies … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, May 7-11, 2018

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 writing with others. Math: We are equality … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, April 30-May 4, 2018

Field Day is Friday, May 4, 1-3PM 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, … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, April 9-13, 2018

Welcome back from break! Reading: We are starting a new unit from our learning series, with vowel digraphs of long a (-ai and -ay). Our writing skills will focus on research. Math: We are focusing on graphs and data. Students will … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, April 9-13, 2018

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 26-30, 2018

Reading:  We are finishing our unit in our reading series. Students will compare using -er and -est. Writings will be a letter to a famous leader thanking them for their contributions, as well as a fun spring story. Math:  We … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, March 19-23, 2018

Reading:  We are making predictions and drawing conclusions for our comprehension skills. Writing is still making lists but also sharing our writing with others. Our reading benchmark is scheduled for Tuesday. Math:  We are reviewing for our math benchmark, scheduled for … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, March 5-9, 2018

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, as well as sharing our writing with others. Math: We are … 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 29-Feb 2, 2018

Reading:  We are reading stories that deal with making predictions and ask/answer questions.  Our word skills this week are long o (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 2-5, 2018

Welcome Back and Happy 2018! Reading:  We are working on beginning, middle, end of stories and character/setting.  Our word skills this week are long a (CVCe). Writing is a simple topic but still focusing on complete sentences, punctuation and capitalization and using describing words. … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, December 18-20, 2017

Hi Parents! This week is a short week, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. These are full days of school. Winter break begins Thursday, December 21 and lasts until January 1, 2018. We will return to school Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Monday:  … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, December 4-8, 2017

**READING BENCHMARK IS TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5 IN THE MORNING Reading:  We are reading books on sequence and character/setting. We will take a comprehension test on Friday. Our word skills are digraphs and blends. In writing we are working on writing … Continue reading

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

REMEMBER:  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 IS EARLY DISMISSAL AT 1:20PM.  BREAKFAST AND LUNCH WILL BE SERVED. OUR LUNCH TIME WILL BE 10:50-11:10 THAT DAY. THERE IS NO SCHOOL NEITHER THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23 NOR FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24 DUE TO THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY. … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning–November 13-17, 2017

READING:  This week’s story is Fox and a Kit from our reading series, focusing on main idea, character/ setting. In writing we are working on narrative stories with at least three details. MATH:  We are finishing ordinals and will begin … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, October 30-Nov 3, 2017

Reading:  We are reading several stories in class, including Pig In A Wig from our reading series. We will take a comprehension test on Friday.  We are working on capitalization and punctuation in writing. Look in the red folder for the new homework menu. … Continue reading

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

Reading:  We are reading various stories including Sam, Come Back! from our reading series. We will take a comprehension test on Friday. Our word skills this week are short a and ending digraph -ck. print knowledge, and titles and pictures. We are working … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, Oct. 9-13, 2017

Reading:  We are reading several stories from our reading series, focusing on short u patterns and sequence. We will take a comprehension test on Friday. Our word skills this week are ending sounds,  short vowels, and titles and pictures. We are working … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning Oct. 2-6, 2017

Progress Reports go home Wednesday, October 4 Reading:  We are reading several stories, including those from our reading series. We will take comprehension tests on Friday.  Our word skills this week are short vowel families, beginning and ending sounds, and rhyming words. … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning September 25-29, 2017

Happy Fall! Reading:  We are reading our next story from the reading series. Our word skills are focusing on short vowels and beginning/ending sounds. In writing we are composing full sentences. Math: We are still comparing numbers and ordering as least to … Continue reading

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