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Lisa O'Brien

         Welcome to Mrs. O'Brien's First Grade !
                     January - February 2018  

A Typical Day in 1-LO
8:20 AM  :  Unpack our backpacks, Daily Announcements, Pledge of Allegiance 
8:30 AM :   Morning Work 
8:50 AM :   Morning Meeting
9:00 AM :  Reading / Writing  (Whole class Super Kids lesson) 
9:30 AM    Snack/ Free Choice time 
10:00 AM   Reading Stations (Word Work, Read to Self, Work on Writing, Read with Mrs. O'Brien) 
11:00 AM   Recess
11:30 AM   Lunch 
12:00 PM    Chapter Book  (The Chocolate Touch  By:  Patrick Skene Catling ) 
12:15 PM    Math 
1:15 PM     Theme (Jan Brett) / Science/ Social Studies 
1:45 PM Clean up/ Classroom jobs
1:55 PM  Specials  (Mondays: Library, Tuesdays: PE, Wednesdays: Art, Thursdays: Computer, Fridays: Music)
2:45 PM  Person of the Day Share
  2:55 PM Dismissal  

Important Dates Coming Up... 

 January 2:   Back to School 
January 5:   4th Grade Buddies 
 January 12:  Jan Brett Gingerbread  House  Decorating 
 January 15 :  MLK Day (No School)
January 19:  4th Grade Buddies 
January 25 :  T.I.G.E.R. Program Assembly
February 24 - March 4:   Winter Break

We continue to enjoy all our adventures with The Super Kids. We are finishing up Unit 6. Our Words To Know this month are: clever, helpful, expert. These are words we are using throughout the month in our conversations.  Ask your child to use them in a sentence for you.  

The following are our  memory words so far this year. These are the sight words we need to know in "a snap!"   
 the,  I, you, to, said, of, like, no, my, she, her, he, his, where, what, why, when, which, who,   show, have, how, a, me, the, was, for, your, are, look, there, from, be, to, we, or, said, only, you, out, of, here   Please practice reading these at home. 

January:  We have been introduce to the sound of long a.  (example:  game, tape, cape, make)
We have also learned some CV words. (Example:  we, me, he, no, so, go) 

  This Fall we reviewed the short vowel sounds and are excited to notice that many of the Super Kids have  short vowels in their names... short a: Alf,  Tac, Cass, Sal   short o: Oswald, Doc, Toc, Hot Rod,  Golly      short i : Icky, Tic      short e: Ettabetta 

In addition to short vowels, some of the spelling patterns we have been introduced to so far this year are:
Final ck ( tack, sack, pack, rack) 
Digraphs: ch, sh, th, wh (chin, chat, inch, lunch. shop, wish, bath, moth, 
-ng  ( ring, sing, song,
Adding -ed to the end of a word
Adding -ing to the end of a word.  

Book Buddies:  We are book buddies with Mrs. Lupoli's 4th grade class. We read with our buddies every other Friday. 

- Practicing Lowercase Letters 
- Writing 2 -3 sentences on a topic 
-Introduction to adjectives 

- Math Facts we have learned so far...  Turn Around Facts,  +0, +1, Ways To Make 10,
+10 to a number  

In January
Double facts:  (0+0=0, 1+1=2, 2+2=4, 3+3=6, 4+4=8, 5+5=10, 6+6=12, 7+7=14, 8+8=16, 9+9=18, 10+10=20) 


Science/ Social Studies: 
- Light 
-Martin Luther King Jr. 

                Amazing Author : Jan Brett 
We are reading lots of books by our amazing author Jan Brett!  We will be putting on a play, 
The Gingerbread Baby   in March based on her book.  There will be more details coming home to you soon... 


   Classroom Wish List:   disinfecting wipes,  glue sticks,  tissues,  paper towel rolls  

REMINDER !!!  PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD HAS SNOW CLOTHES FOR OUTDOOR RECESS !!              No snowpants and boots = NO playing in the snow.  :)  
To contact Mrs. O'Brien:   Email: 
                                          Phone: (603) 659-2192 (Main Office) 
                                         Please contact me with any questions or concerns.