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Lisa O'Brien

           Welcome to Mrs. O'Brien's First Grade !
                   November and December  2017  

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 Wild Robot By Peter Brown) 
12:15 PM    Math 
1:15 PM     Theme (Eric Carle) / 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... 

November 2:     Spaghetti Supper and Cake Raffle !   5:00 - 6:30 PM 

November 8:     Delivery of School Fundraiser items 

 November 10:  No School (Veterans Day Observed)

November 14 :   50th Day of School Celebration 
  We will be doing activities based on the number 50.  You may wear  50's attire if you wish !

November 21:  First Grade Feast!  Each class will be making a dish to share with the other first grades.  We will have a special "feast" together. 

November 22, 23, 24  Thanksgiving Break 

November 30:  Fieldtrip to Rochester Opera House "Dragons Love Tacos"
 We will leave school around 9:00 AM and return to school by 12:15 PM
** Please bring a cold lunch and a drink to have in our classroom when we return.
December 1:       Early Release Day

December 23 - January 1      Winter Break 

  January 2:   Back to School 

We are enjoying all our adventures with The Super Kids. We are finishing up Unit 3. Our Words To Know this month are: compare, healthy, usually and  opinion. 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   Please practice reading these at home. 

We have been reviewing 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, 

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

Lowercase Letters
My Picture Tells a Story/  Labeling a picture  

- Math Facts we have learned so far...   +0. +1  

In November:
Ways to Make 10: ( 0+10 =10, 10+0=10, 1+9=10, 9+1=10, 2+8=10, 8+2= 10. 3+7=10, 7+3=10, 4+6=10, 6+4=10, 5+5=10) 
- Counting by 1's, 2's 5's and 10's
-Time to the hour 
-  Graphing 

Science/ Social Studies 
The Pumpkin Life cycle                               
-    Native Americans  

Amazing Author : Eric Carle 
   We will be finishing up our author study of Eric Carle in the next week and introduce our new Amazing Author, Jan Brett the following week. 

        Classroom Wish List:   glue sticks,  tissues,  paper towel rolls    
To contact Mrs. O'Brien:   Email: 
                                          Phone: (603) 659-2192 (Main Office) 
                                         Please contact me with any questions or concerns.