First Grade

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 Mrs. Mattas
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Mrs. Selway
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Important Dates:

February 1st- Wear your favorite football jersey or shirt to get ready for the Super Bowl

February 5th- Wear a shirt with a number or with 100 items on it. 

February 11-15th- Jump Rope for Heart Week- Wear sweats and sneakers on the day you have gym this week, and practice heart healthy exercise all week long. 

February 13th- PTO Roller Skating Party at Roll-R-Way from 6-8 pm

February 14th- Wear red, pink, or purple for Valentine’s Day

February 18th- President’s Day- No School

February 19th- Dress like a President Day


During February, students will enjoy listening to and reading various folk tales and fairy tales. While reading these stories, we will be discussing the various components included in a folk tale as well as the difference between real and make-believe. Later this month, we will be discussing how to figure out the most important part of a story by looking at the problem in the story and how it was solved, and pointing out the times in a story that the character changes. We are also going to begin writing responses in our journals to the stories that we are reading.

Word Study

We will begin to work with new spelling words focused on short vowel sounds and beginning digraphs (sh, th, ch, wh).  Please choose one activity from the February Spelling Menu to complete each week for homework.  We will also add the following words to the Word Wall this month, and they should continue to be reviewed along with previously learned Word Wall words: 
out, will, after, give, your, us, must, off, old, now, came, made


We began a unit on realistic fiction! Students are creating a character, giving him or her a name, and creating an adventure with a problem and solution. We will also be reading lots of realistic fiction examples during this time so that we can use some of these great ideas in our stories.


In math, we are working on two-digit addition and subtraction with place value. We will use what we learned from our place value unit with tens and ones to help us add and subtract.  Later in the month we will start a money unit.  We will be identifying coins and counting groups of coins.  

Math Vocab Words: tens, ones, add, subtract, regroup, penny, nickel, dime, quarter, count on

Science/Social Studies

We will be starting a unit on rocks and soil.  The students will be learning about the various types of rocks and soil and how they are classified.  We will also begin to learn about our teeth and how to keep them healthy. We will be learning the types of teeth, the parts of the teeth, and ways to keep plaque from building.