Mrs. Mary Beier


 Happy Thanksgiving To All
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Thanksgiving Treasures

Let's focus on all the good things we have in our country, communities, neighborhoods and classrooms.  These are our treasures to share with students, families and friends

Gentle Reminders:

Wednesday, November 7-11:20 Dismissal  Faculty Meeting                                           
Friday, November 9-Class Trip to Tackapausha Nature Preserve – Were your gym cloths.              

Monday, November 12- School Closed- Veteran’s Day

Monday, November 19, Thanksgiving Sharing- Don’t forget your items.

Wednesday, November 21-11:20 dismissal

Thursday, November 22 & Friday, November 23- School Closed-Thanksgiving                                                                                                                       

Topics and Themes

Turkeys- Life Science
Veterans Day 
Native Americans and Pilgrims
The First Thanksgiving                                                                                                          
Needs and Wants

 Reading and Language Arts:
In November, we are learning to blend letter sounds into words and rhyming words using word families. (at, am, it, ap)  Please review nightly, the word ring with popcorn words, numbers and number words, and color words that were sent home. Continue to review beginning, middle and ending sounds when sounding out words.  In writing, we are using capital letters at the beginning of each sentence and punctuation at the end of a sentence.  The children are using a finger space in between words when they are writing sentences. We continue to work on matching spoken words to print.

In Math, our class has been naming, recognizing, counting, and writing numerals 11-20.  The children are learning how to show and compare numbers to 10 and beyond.  For practice at home, place one button or penny in a ten frame.  Ask your child how many more are needed to make 11-20.  Count aloud with your child as he or she places the correct amount of buttons or pennies in the second ten frame. Repeat the activity, starting with a different number each time.  We are also reviewing the calendar, counting with manipulative, using one to one correspondence, greater than, less than an equal too, missing numbers, recognizing number words to 10 and writing numbers 1-20 in the proper formation. . In Chapter 3, the students will also learn to count to 100 by ones and tens.  Please continue to practice counting to 100 by ones and tens.

In Religion we have started Unit 2, Growing in God’s Love.  In this unit the children will learn to appreciate their own uniqueness as a gift from God.  We are saying the Hail Mary, Our Father, and The Glory Be every day. Please practice these prayers with your child.

This month we will be having a Thanksgiving Sharing on Monday, November 19th.  More information will be distributed in class.

Review Needed Skills
Please take a few minutes each day to help reinforce skills that your child needs extra practice with.   Whether it be cutting, coloring, letter sounds, blending sounds into words, writing letters and numbers in the proper formation, oral counting to 30, tying shoes, zippering and buttoning, memorizing home information (phone number and address, etc.,) a little practice at home each night goes a long way!

Nov. - Extra Practice Writing At Home

Many of these exercises say "draw and write". If the children do any extra credit work at home, please have them bring it to school for special recognition stickers and a surprise.

November extra practice homework:

  1. Write and draw 4 things that start with the letter "S".
  2. Write and draw 4 things that start with the letter "P".
  3. Write and draw 4 things that start with the letter "C".
  4. Write a sentence that starts with the word "The".
  5. Write a sentence with the word "to".
  6. Write and draw two –at and am family words.
  7. Write a sentence with the words "fat" and "sat".
  8. Tell your mom or dad a sentence and watch them write it. Copy it the same as they did.
  9. Write and draw about turkeys.
  10. Write and draw about Pilgrims.
  11. Write and draw about your favorite Thanksgiving food.
  12. Draw a picture that shows "15".
  13. Draw a picture that uses a square, triangle, circle, and rectangle.
  14. Draw and write what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving.
  15. Write and draw about your best day ever.

Write this message on a piece of paper and bring it in for a surprise. 

Thanksgiving Books

1, 2, 3 Thanksgiving! by Lisa W. Nikola; Robin Kramer
175 Easy-To-Do Thanksgiving Crafts by Sharon Dunn Umnik (ed.)
A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting
Arthur's Thanksgiving by Marc Brown
Clifford's Thanksgiving Visit by Norman Bridwell
Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende Devlin
Disney's Winnie the Pooh's Thanksgiving
First Thanksgiving by Linda Hayward
Friendship's First Thanksgiving by William Accorsi
How Many Days to America?  by Eve Bunting
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson
If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 by Ann McGover
 Indian Bunny by Ruth Bornstein
It's Thanksgiving by Jack Prelutsky
Legend of the Indian Paint Brush by Tomie dePaola
Meet the North American Indians by Elizabeth Payne
Molly's Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen
People of the Breaking Day by Marcia Sewall, Julia Richardson
Oh, What A Thanksgiving! by Steven Kroll
On the Mayflower by Kate Waters
Over the River and Through the Wood by Lydia Maria Child
Red Fox and His Canoe by Nathaniel Benchley
Sam Eaton by Kate Waters
Sarah Morton by Kate Waters
Sign of the Beaver, by Elizabeth George Speare
Silly Tilly's Thanksgiving Dinner by Lillian Hoban
Sometimes Its Turkey, Sometimes Its Feathers by Lorna Balian
Squanto and the First Thanksgiving by Joyce K. Kessel
Tapenum's Day by Kate Waters
Thanksgiving at the Tappletons by Eileen Spinelli
The First Thanksgiving Feast by Joan Anderson
The Little Indian Pottery Maker by A. N. Clark
The Pilgrims' First Thanksgiving by Ann McGovern
The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
Three Little Pilgrims by Janet Craig
Today Is Thanksgiving! by P. K. Hallinan
Strawberry Thanksgiving by Paulla Jennings
Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey 
The First Thanksgiving Feast by Joan Anderson
The Little Indian Pottery Maker by A. N. Clark