Posted in Grade 1 Reading, Homework, Jewish Studies

Tonight’s Reading Recording

We finished book 1! Woohoo! 

Celebrating in stations tomorrow👍

Starting book 2 tonight. We introduced sound in class and read over it, as we always do. Kids (most of them) are excited to start the new book and so am I.  Line 7 in this book is a proper full sentence, so I read it twice in the recordings.

Tonight’s sounds are Ee and Yee:


Posted in General Studies, Grade 1 Reading, Homework

Weekly Homework and Global Read Aloud

Everyone is doing a great job using their reading strategies to complete their reading homework. Please remember to sign each night (M-Th). New books have been handed out today. Exciting news to share, we are part of a Global Read Aloud. This event fosters global connections through shared reading from picture books and exemplifies one of our North Stars, we learn better together. This year we are connecting with Yavneh Academy in Paramus, NJ.  1A participated in a Google Hangout this afternoon and were excited to ask the questions they had prepared on Friday in anticipation of this event. 1B will also connect this way with the same class, sometime this week. The picture book study is the work of Yuyi Morales

Excited to read Dreamers this week and be part of a shared Flipgrip to amplify our learning! 




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Take Home Homework Folder

Today the students will bring home their red Take Home folders. In these folders is everything you need to be able to support your child as he\she completes their English reading homework. We have gone over in class the various decoding strategies to use when they come across a word that is unfamiliar to them. At this point in the year they would benefit from  reviewing the strategies before they begin to read. We will be working on digraphs (sh, ch etc…) and long and short vowel sounds in class. I have provided anchor charts for them to refer to if they come across a vowel sound they cannot yet reproduce. Please remember to sign the reading log every evening, it is located in the back of the Take Home folder.

  • The homework should not take more than 10 minutes. 
  • Please let me know if it is taking too long (you may write a note and place it in the note tote or send me an email).
  • Alternate between the sight word list (not this week) and book, so that the homework session does not exceed 30 minutes for all three subjects.
  • Please sign it every day and remind your child to return it to their note tote bag.
  • Happy reading!
Posted in General Studies, Grade 1 Reading

Science Book Suggestions

I hope you are all having a wonderful start to summer break!

I just want to post a list that Brigitte and I created with a few different science books that may interest your children over the summer! Don’t forget, you can always use the AR Book Finder that we shared with you earlier this month.

Happy Reading! See you in September!

Posted in Grade 1 Reading

Looking for Just Right Books?

Over the summer, you may be looking for ‘Just Right’ books for your child to read. You can use the Zone of Proximal Development (which will be noted in your child’s report card as the reading range) to search for books through the Accelerated Reader Bookfinder site. 

Mrs. Thompson (from Grade 5) made a fantastic tutorial video to help walk you through the process.

Please reach out to Morah Lianna or Morah Ann Lynn if you have any questions or need any help. 

Posted in General Studies, Grade 1 Reading

New Reading and Retell Homework

Dear Parents,

This is what homework will look like this week:

  1. Monday read new book
  2. Tuesday reread book
  3. Wednesday fill in box entitled-Characters ( use a pencil and remember to print neatly using smaller letters ).
  4. Thursday fill in box entitled-Setting
  5. Friday fill in box entitled-Problem
  6. Do not do box entitled Beginning, that is Monday’s Homework


Posted in General Studies, Grade 1 Reading

Poetry Month

Happy Poetry Month!

Hello Everyone!!
Poetry is one of the parts of our writing curriculum that we introduce in April as it is Poetry Month! We read, discuss, analyze, and even memorize poetry every week…poems that help to bring our curriculum to life.  Children love poetry.  The tongue twisting words, the alliteration, the onomatopoeia, the fun language, the rhyme, the rhythm, and so much more. The students will keep all their poems in their red take home folder. They have brought home today (in their red folders) two poems to read for homework and are asked to highlight the rhyming pairs. Please remember to have your child reread these poems practicing the proper expression, pace and phrasing. Homework due on Monday. Today we began to build a Poetree and shared what we know about poetry and after listening to a few poems read by Morah Lianna and myself, our students were able to add many leaves of knowledge to this tree. Our Grade 1 poets ended the afternoon brainstorming ideas in order to create a poem about spring. 
Happy April!


Posted in General Studies, Grade 1 Reading

March Madness Round Up

The Grade 1 class room was BURSTING with excitement this month as we “bounced” (my attempt at a basketball reference) through our March Madness Book Bracket. 

First, a big shout out to our amazing guest readers this month; Morah Dora, Mrs. Cleveland, Miss M, Ms. Gordon, Mrs. Reichstein!! Thank you for being part of our March Madness Fun! Don’t worry, Dr. Mitzmacher is already gearing up to be a guest reader in Grade 1 in the near future. 

Today was the final face off between The Aunts Come Marching by Bill Richardson (Ms. Gordon’s pick!) and POP! The Invention of Bubble Gum by Meghan McCarthy.

Our class was so excited all day for the big reveal…

After the cheering calmed down, we took some time to reflect on some of our favourite books that we read but didn’t necessarily advance on our bracket.


All in all, it was a fantastic month filled with picture books (#openthemagic)! Thank you to everyone who followed our March Madness journey on Morah Lianna’s Twitter!