Misty Durante

A Glance at Our Week

LITERACY- This week, we continued to learn about non-fiction reading. We started research groups about different Australian animals. Students learned how to create a plan in order to write using key words about their animals. I also tested students on their reading. Next week reading groups will start again.

FUNDATIONS- We started and finished Unit 5: glued sounds an, all, and am. We practiced tapping words, making words with magnets and writing words. We also learned the trick words: have, from, do and does. Please continue to have your child practice letter formation. 

MATH- This week we finished topic H: subtraction word problems. Students are learning about different strategies for solving subtraction math stories. They can separate the parts by part known and part unknown. They can circle the part known and cross out the unknown. They can also cross out the part known to see the part unknown. Students are able to make a number bonds and then write an addition and subtraction sentence to match the story.  Please continue to have your child practice number formation. 

SCIENCE/ SOCIAL STUDIES- We started our new Australian animal research groups. We are learning about kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, platypuses, wombats and dingoes. The groups have started a new book about their animal. We will continue to work on them next week and hopefully finish before Thanksgiving break. The students will be sharing their books with each other as a celebration for completing their books.


Daily Schedule Specials Schedule 


8:55-9:10 Soft Start

9:10-9:20 Announcements

9:20-9:50 Fundations

9:50-10:05 Literacy Instruction

10:05-11:45 Literacy Centers

11:50-12:30 Lunch

12:30-1:35 Math Instruction & Centers

1:35-2:25 Specials

2:25-3:10 Writing

3:10-3:25 Snack Recess

3:25-3:50 Integrated Learning

3:50-4:00 Clean Up & Dismissal

Week of November 11th- November 15th



PE- Tuesday- Friday

LIBRARY- Wednesdays. Please remind your child to bring book back by Tuesday.


Reading Bags Homework 

Your child's reading bag will contain familiar books that we have gone over in class. These books are for your child to be able to read independently. Some books may be easy, but are meant for your child to practice expression and fluency as well as build confidence. Please know that all books do not have to be read every day. Please continue to remind your child to bring book bags every day.

After reading the book, ask your child comprehension questions about the story.

  • Who are the main characters?

  • What happened in the beginning, middle and the end?

  • What connections can you make with the story?

  • What does the story remind you of?reading

Homework should not exceed more than 30 minutes a might. Our purpose is to build responsibility and practice skills.



Fundations Eureka 

Fundations provides all students with a foundation for reading and spelling. It emphasizes phonemic awareness, phonics-w word study, high frequency word study, fluency, vocabulary, handwriting and spelling. Please see the parent resources below for way to practice at home.

Unit 1: Letter-keyword-sound

Unit 2: blending & reading three sounds: short vowel words

Unit 3: Digraphs: wh, ch, sh, th, ck

Unit 4: bonus letter rule: ff, ll, ss and glued sound all

Unit 5: glued sounds: an, am 

Unit 6: base word with suffix -s

Unit 7: glued sounds: ang, ing, ong, ung, ank, ink, onk, unk

Unit 8: consonant blends and digraph blends

Unit 9: closed syllable concept with short vowels

Unit 10: suffixes: -s, -ed, -ing and vowel teams oa, oe, ow, ou, oo, ue, au ,aw

Unit 11: long vowel sounds: consonant -e

Unit 12: concept of syllable in multisyllabic words & compound words

Unit 13: suffixes: -s, -ed, -ing added to multisyllabic words

Unit 14: review

Eureka Math has many ways for students to practice.

Sprint/ Fluency Builders: We practice our fluency with timed (usually one minute unless directions state differently) tests. At the end of the test, the students circle the number they got to and then correct our work with a different color. If you wish to practice at home, here are sprints and fluency builders for all modules.

Problem Sets: Students practice in class. Teacher is there for support and then we go over it together. Students explain their thinking and correct when needed.

Exit Tickets: Students complete exit tickets on their own and turn in to teacher. They are used to inform instruction and are not sent home.

Homework: Students should be able to complete at home on their own. They made need some help understanding what is expected or help reading the math stories. We found some  resources where you can watch videos on how to complete the lesson.

  • Resource 1

  • Resource 2

  • Zearn- This is a website that goes directly with Eureka. Please use child's username and password to log in.math

Classroom Announcements

NO SCHOOL- On Monday. November 11th. There is no school for students. This is a teacher work day.

THANKSGIVING LUNCHEON- Wednesday, November 20th. First grade will begin lunch at 11:30. Here is the flyer.

THANKSGIVING BREAK- Monday, November 25th- Friday, November 29th

HOLIDAY PARTY- Thursday, December 19th. More information coming soon.

END OF 1ST SEMESTER & EPRs- Friday, December 20th is the end of the first semester. EPRs will be released Saturday, December 21st. Please be sure to log into Parent Engaged to view report cards.

WINTER BREAK- Friday, December 20th- Monday, January 6th

Resources Scholastic Book Club Orders 

Sora App: Check out eBooks from our school library and any public library with your library card.

Book Wizard: App where you can look up book titles to find our what level they are.

Booklist by Series: This is a website that lists the names of books by reading level.

If you would like to place an order through Scholastic books, please follow the steps below:

  • VISIT Scholastic

  • ENTER the one- time class activation code: PLGCY

  • SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books and value packs

  • SUBMIT your order and earn FREE books for our classroom

  • All book orders will be shipped to our classroom.