First Grade

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 Mrs. Mattas
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Mrs. Selway
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December 2017
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Important Dates

December 5th – Early Winter White Out

December 9th – PTO Santa Breakfast and Holiday Shop

December 12th- Dress Your Best- Wear something that makes you feel incredible
December 15th- Wear Super Hero or Athletic Gear

December 19th- Wear your Favorite Holiday Themed Accessory 

December 21st – First Day of Winter

December 21st – Polar Express Party - Wear your PJ's 

December 22nd – Wear your Favorite Holiday PJ's or Red and Green

Early Dismissal at 11:40 a.m.

December 23d-January 1st – Holiday Break


During December, we will be reading different persuasive stories to help guide us in our persuasive writing. These books will really help guide our thinking as we learn how to form an opinion and back it up with logical reasons. Throughout the month we will also use various texts to practice finding the author’s message or lesson within a story. Be sure to ask your child what the author's lesson was after reading a book to them, watching a movie, or after reading a leveled book that has a good lesson within it. 

Word Study

In December, we will continue adding words to our word wall, as well as investigating 3 new word families. 

Word families for this month: -en, -ed, and -ar


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


After finishing up our subtraction strategies unit we will be spending a lot of time learning about number concepts. We will learn about even and odd numbers, as well as ordinal numbers. We will use a 120 chart to look for patterns, and skip count by 2s, 5s, and 10s up to 120! Forming these numbers can be tricky, so developing number writing skills will also be a focus.  We will also continue our Xtra Math program, which is an online fact fluency program. Students will be working to learn their facts quickly and accurately. This program will be completed at school and can also be done at home.  Click on the red link at the top of our webpage to go to our First Grade Site.  There you can find the Xtra Math link and your child will be able to work on his/her facts.   

Math Vocab Words: skip count, odd, even, ordinal number

Science/Social Studies 

We are currently learning about our body.  We discussed the importance of our bones and muscles.  We are now learning about our brain, heart, and lungs.  We will also discuss ways to keep our bodies healthy.  

 Later in December, we will be learning about holidays around the world and see how they are similar or different to the holidays that we celebrate during this time of the year.