• Welcome To Mrs. Dunaj's  1st Grade!


    We are in the home stretch!  Only a few more weeks until these fabulous first graders are sensational second graders!  Some important upcoming events are Field Day on June 5, Spring Concert on June 10, and Leadership Day on June 12. 
     STEM Fridays continue, with great work happening.  For Leadership Day we will be Synergizing (0r working together) with STEM. 
       We are continually adding strategies to our reading tool boxes.  As our reading levels climb, the words get trickier and trickier.  We have become word detectives by adding strategies to help us solve hard words. We have learned to break words into smaller pieces, pay attention to the beginning of the word, to break off the ending of the word, to watch out for vowel teams, and to look for unusual suspects like contractions and compound words. 
     In writing, we have started writing fiction stories!  Students are having so much fun creating fictional characters and thinking of the adventures their characters can have.  Look for your child turning this into a series of books about one character.


    In Math, we are continuing to develop problem solving strategies. We are adding and subtracting tens and ones using base ten blocks and pictures.  I'm amazed at the great work these kids are showing me!


    Our focus will shift from Social Studies to Science.  We are learning about life cycles of plants and animals.  We are even studying a poem about the life cycle of a plant!  


     As always, we love ending our week with yoga.  It is such a relaxing way to spend Friday afternoons.  Ask your child to show you their Sun Salutation!


    We have learned so much in Leader in Me this year.  Right now we are working on Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw.  Students are learning that good leaders keep their mind and body sharp by exercising both. One way to keep your mind sharp? Laughter!  Tell a joke a dinner tonight!

    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 June 3, 2019