• Welcome To Mrs. Dunaj's  1st Grade!


    Can you believe that the school year is half way over?? First graders are making some amazing leaps in learning. We have started STEM Fridays.  So far we designed and created snowflakes out of popsicle sticks, and we will be completing some fun Groundhog themed STEM next week.  Our Stem Friday will include winter themed STEM as well as St. Patrick's Day STEM. (Maybe we'll catch a leprechaun!)
       We are continually adding strategies to our reading tool boxes.  As our reading levels climb, the words get trickier and trickier.  Our fabulous firsties are constantly working to solve these tricky words by asking themselves: Does it look right? Does it sound right? Does it make sense?
     In February, we will continue to use what we know about nonfiction text to write our own nonfiction chapter books. Students are learning to add details to their writing by adding words and pictures to their books. You can help at home by letting your child help with things you do around the house.  They can become experts at washing or folding clothes, doing dishes, making beds, or cooking a meal.  Everyone benefits! you get help, and they get new writing ideas!


    In Math, we are continuing to develop problem solving strategies. We will begin solving math problems with three addends.  Students will benefit from knowing their addition facts.  Flash cards are a great way to increase fact fluency.  Just a few minutes each night works.


    We have been studying maps and globes in Social Studies. Students learned about the compass rose, and the cardinal directions North, South, East, and West. They discussed natural resources and recycling.


     As always, we love ending our week with yoga.  Tree pose is a student favorite, and our balance is getting so much better through practice! Students can show you some breathing exercises they learned in Yoga class.

    We have a daily snack in our classroom. Please remember to send in a small, healthy snack each day.
    Our Specials Schedule is as follows:
    Monday: Music
    Tuesday: Art
    Wednesday: Spanish
    Thursday: Gym
    Friday: Technology, Yoga, and Gym
    **Recess will be held daily.  Please be sure to wear or bring sneakers.
    In addition to information about homework,  my website will provide details of upcoming events, long term assignments, class rules, and overall expectations in first grade.  I hope you find the information useful.
    Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  All emails and phone calls will be returned within 24 hours.
    Thanks so much!
    Casey Dunaj 
Last Modified on January 30, 2019