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, Oct. 10-14, 2016

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 September 26-30, 2016

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 reviewing shapes; students need to know that instead … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, Sept 12-16, 2016

Reading:  We are working through our reading series, Reading Street.  Our word skills this week are short a families (-at, -an), beginning and ending sounds.  We are working on capitalization and punctuation in writing, as well as writing complete sentences. A rubric … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, September 6-9, 2016

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 journal Friday to be checked … Continue reading

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Until we meet again…

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

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What We’re Learning, June 13-17, 2016

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; … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, June 6-10, 2016

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 30-June 3, 2016

No School on Monday; Memorial Day Holiday. Tuesday, May 31 is Field Day, during our resource time. There is no SOL testing that day. Reading:  We are doing stories in our reading series and reviewing all skills. Math:  We are reviewing … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, May 23-May 27, 2016

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 9-13, 2016

Weekly Objectives      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 … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, May 2-6, 2016

Reading:  We are reading several stories from our reading series.   Our word skills this week are long i digraphs (-ie and -igh). 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 25 to April 29, 2016

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

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What We’re Learning, April 18 to 22, 2016

Reading:  We are reading various stories from our reading series.   Our word skills this week are ai and ay 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, January 11-15, 2016

Reading:  We are reading various stories, including our reading series The Farmer in the Hat. We are working on blends, character/setting, long vowels (a_e pattern), beginning/middle/end of stories, as well as narratives in our writing. Math:  We are starting with calendar skills. … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning–November 16-20, 2015

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 skip counting and will … Continue reading

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