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 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 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, 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 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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What We’re Learning, November 28-Dec 2, 2016

REPORT CARDS GO HOME TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29. **Upcoming in the classroom**  December 12-20, we will have the “7 Days Before Winter Break” themed activities. Each day will be a different theme of winter symbols, traditions, and countries that celebrate holidays … Continue reading

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What We’re Learning, November 7-11, 2016

Timeline projects are due today. Students will present this afternoon during Science and Social Studies. Reading:  We will be working on sequence/beginning middle end of stories as well as character and setting. Our word skills will be focusing on short o. … 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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