Mrs. Kluz
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Welcome to Mrs. Kluz's class! 
My name is Beth Kluz and I am beginning my sixteenth year of teaching here at Essex Elementary School. I bring into my classroom a passion for teaching and learning as well as the belief that all children can succeed. I am excited to have your child as a member of my class and am looking forward to the year ahead. Welcome to First Grade!

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  First Grade News




Dear Families,

Happy New Year! I hope this newsletter finds everyone well. It is amazing how fast time flies by.  I can’t believe 2019 is already here! I hope you enjoyed your holiday. I’m sure it was a nice break for the children.  Below are this month’s curricular highlights.


To foster critical thinking in math this month, students will be organizing collected coin data into a bar graph and then observing and comparing the amounts in each week’s collection.   In addition, students will be working with numbers on the number line up to 120. They will continue to practice skip counting by 5s and 10s and will solve addition and subtraction word problems while using the number line.


First graders continue their study on the importance of reading non-fiction texts.  They are becoming “experts” on how to read non-fiction texts as they practice reading them.  They are using inflection in their voices while reading and also working hard to notice and identify the most important and interesting facts in a text.  Students are being asked to retell stories and share facts they’ve learned from these informational texts. They will continue to think about the author’s message while beginning to touch on point of view.


To foster critical thinking this month in writing, the students will be researching and gathering information about a topic, organizing this information and writing an informational book, complete with non-fiction text features.  They will learn to improve their informational writing by including a beginning that names the subject and gets the reader’s attention, using transition words to show that he/she has more to say, writing an ending, and telling about the topic part by part. Students are also learning to develop their writing through the use of elaboration and detail.


Our science unit this month will focus on Forces and Motion.  Students will engage in hands on activities to help them better understand that motion is how or where an object moves because of a push or pull and that speed and weight can affect the amount of force needed to move an object.


Reading homework continues to be 15-20 minutes a night, Monday through Thursday, however we always encourage you to read more!

Math homework will start later this month.  Please look for information to come home regarding this in the coming weeks.  Until then, we encourage students to continue practicing math at home by using their IXL accounts or one of the math apps we shared with you earlier this year.  

Have a wonderful month!

The First Grade Team