First Grade

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 Welcome to First Grade!

 Mrs. Mattas
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Mrs. Selway
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October 2017

Important Dates 

October 2nd- PTO meeting at 7:00

October 5th- Wear your favorite sports team gear

October 9th- NO SCHOOL

October 11th- Picture Retake Day

October 12th- Free breakfast for 1st grade

October 20th- Wear your favorite fall themed accessory

October 20th- Early Dismissal at 11:40

October 23rd- Stomp out Bullying by wearing the color blue

October 24th- Wear red for Red Ribbon Week

October 30th- Early Dismissal at 11:40




During October, students will be learning about Marc Brown, the author of the Arthur books! We will be reading Arthur books and making connections to the stories. We will also practice retelling the stories including the beginning, middle, and end. Don't forget to have your child practice retelling the books he or she brings home each night.


Word Study

Starting in October, we begin to add the new first grade sight words to our word wall. We will be learning three new words and continue learning a new word family chunk weekly. Don't forget to review these words a few times a week for homework! Some fun ways to practice the words are listed on the website. 

Word families for this month: -ill, -ick, -ip, -un, and -op



We will continue writing true stories about ourselves, called Small Moments! We will be working on adding talking words, using our word walls, and beginning to edit our stories to make them even better. We are now writing 3 page stories with lots of details. We want to include feelings, thoughts, and movement words to make our stories come alive.



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 and Social Studies

We will be identifying features of the Earth like mountains, valleys, plains, hills, rivers, and oceans. We will be creating a salt dough map during this unit, which will include all of these landforms.

We will also be learning about American symbols like the Liberty Bell, White House, Statue of Liberty, bald eagle, and American flag. Students will work with a group to present information about an American symbol to the class!