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Ms. Corino's Class

Hi everyone! My name is Jaclyn Corino. This is my 4th year as a first grade teacher at School Number 3. I was born and raised in Belleville and am a proud graduate of the Belleville High School class of 2008. I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and received an Elementary Teaching Certificate from Ramapo College of NJ in 2012.
I am very excited to be your child's teacher! I will be using this website to keep you updated and informed about what is going on in our classroom. Homework, projects, and other important things will also be linked or posted on the website. Some new and exciting things that I'll be implementing this year are class goal setting and having a growth mindset. This is in hopes of instilling more confidence in each student, actively engaging them in their daily lives, and encouraging them to strive for the best even when something doesn't come so easy to them. I look forward to working with all of you throughout the year to help your children be successful. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns (email- 
 * Our class currently has 25 students - 9 girls and 16 boys.*
*We are a Peanut Free Classroom. Please keep that in mind when sending in any snacks that will be eaten in the classroom. Thank you.

Recent Posts

Garden Visit and Insect Project

We learned about the characteristics of an insect in Science - 3 body parts, 6 legs, and some even have wings. Then, we created our own insects out of foam noodles! City Green came last week and set up an awesome garden/outdoor classroom for our school, so we decided to take our projects out to see it with us! Check out our pictures in this cool slideshow!
Thank you to the Belleville Fire Department for teaching us all about fire safety! We even got to walk through the ladder truck and watch one of our new friends climb the ladder! 
Today's "Steer Straight" assembly taught us how to stay on "worth it lane" and handle someone who may be a bully. Ms. DiGiovanni even volunteered to help with one of the skits (she's the bus driver)! What a fun assembly!
Last Friday, our class began an apple observation experiment. First, we cut an apple into 4 pieces. Then, we placed each piece into a different jar, filling each with a different substance.
Jar 1 - water; Jar 2- oil; Jar 3- vinegar; Jar 4 - air (no liquid)
 We have been observing the apples each day and are looking to see which substance changes the apple the most and how/why the apple slices change
The class voted and believe that vinegar will cause the most changes - - we'll analyze the results tomorrow! 

Language Arts Homework Letter

This letter was sent home with the students today. It explains the weekly homework plans utilizing the online resources that are included with the Wonders 2017 ELA Program. 
As stated in the letter, please contact me if you do not have the resources that will allow your child to complete the online assignments. 
Last week we read ZOOM! in class and watched videos about how a rocket launches a spaceship into space. Together with the other first grade class, we went outside to create our own "rocket" using Diet Coke and Mentos. Unfortunately, our experiment did not go as planned. We are going to try again this week! 

EnVision (Math) and Wonders 2017 (Reading)

Hi! Now that the log in information for both the math and reading series has been sent home, please use the information to log in and get familiar with the sites. Let me know if there are any issues with accessing the accounts or if you have any questions.
I would like to start using both student online resources as soon as possible! Thank you!!! :) 

Wondering exactly what I mean when I refer to a "growth mindset?" I'll talk about it more at Back to School Night, but for now here's a quick read to explain! 
Children are never too young to believe that they CAN! Today we read The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds and learned that one tiny dot can make a big difference and everyone looks at the world differently! The main character, Vashti believes she can't draw, but very quickly learns that she CAN, especially when she uses her GROWTH MINDSET!
International Dot Day is celebrated on September 15th. Our class began celebrating by creating our own "dot artwork." We decided to change it up a little bit by all starting our pictures with a single black dot. Once the black dot was drawn - it was up to the children to figure out what they saw their dot becoming.
We can't wait for everyone to see the final products on Back to School Night!