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, 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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What We’re Learning Sept. 18-22, 2017

This week we are moving through to the next story in our reading series, Tip and Tam. We are reviewing short vowel sounds of -it and -ig as well as beginning/ending sounds.  In our writing we are still working on … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, September 5-8, 2017

Monday:  Labor Day Holiday Tuesday:  Happy First Day of School, 2016-17! There is a homework schedule in the red folder, along with all important papers that need to be returned. Please do one choice (or all three) daily.  Return the … Continue reading

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Back 2 School

Orientation:  Meet me 10:30-12:30 on Thursday, August 31, Room C119.  I will be SO EXCITED to see you and begin our Fabulous First Grade year! See me again on Tuesday, September 5 as we kick off a great year as Fabulous Firsties!

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Until we meet again…

Have a fabulous and relaxing summer! Come by and see me next fall!!

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What We’re Learning, June 12-16, 2017

This is the last week of school. Monday:  full day of school; finish author studies Tuesday:  full day of school, finish author studies Wednesday—full day of school, finish author studies Thursday–full day of school; desk essentials will be sent home this day; water … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, June 5-9, 2017

Reading:  We are beginning our author studies this week. We will visit the books of Eric Carle, Doreen Cronin, Mo Willems, Leo Lionni, and others. Math:  We will finish our year end review and assessments Wednesday. Author studies incorporate math skills. … Continue reading

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Weekly Objectives May 29-June 2, 2017

No School on Monday; Memorial Day Holiday. Reading:  We are doing stories in our reading series and reviewing all skills. Math:  We are reviewing all skills. Science: We are reviewing all skills. Social Studies: We are reviewing all skills. Notes:  Last … Continue reading

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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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