Welcome to First Grade


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Mrs. Whitney Bellomo


     Mrs. Barbara Kirkwood  


What is Happening in First Grade This Month



Your child will be learning:



Important Dates:

November 7 – Pajama Day
November 8 - Election Day! wear red white and blue 

November 11 – Wear camouflage for Veteran’s Day- Early Dismissal at 11:40

November 16 – Storybook Character Day
November 21- Turkey Day

November 17th, 21st, and 22nd – Parent/Teacher Conferences

Book Fair will be open during conferences

November 22nd-28th  - No School (Thanksgiving Holiday)


During November, we will be reading books by Kevin Henkes and practice retelling the stories using transition words and details. This is an area you can work on at home as well by asking your child to retell the book he/she brings home. 

Word Study

In November, we will continue adding the second marking period sight words to our word wall along with a new word family chunk each week. Your child will get a new word ring for the second marking period words.  Please continue to review the first marking period word ring words and the new words before the test each Friday! We will also be taking some of these words and looking at how we can add various endings to change the word (ed, s, and ing).

Word families for this month: -ot, -ell, -et


This month we start our persuasive writing unit. Students will be learning how to effectively write by using opinion and supporting details in order to convince a reader. We will look at real examples of persuasive writing and use our personal collections to create our own!


We will be spending a lot of time focusing on addition strategies. We will be using a number line, touch spots, doubles facts, and more. All of these strategies will help us to become faster with our facts.

Math Vocab Words: count on, number line, addends, doubles,

doubles (+) plus 1, and doubles (-) minus 1

Science/Social Studies

This month we will continue our unit on families and complete a family project.  We will also begin a science unit on sound and light.  We will be completing many fun experiments to see how sound and light travel through waves. 

Don't forget to sign up for conferences, we have so much to share with you!

Conferences are November 17th, 21st, and 22nd!