First Grade

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 Mrs. Mattas
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Mrs. Selway
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Upcoming Dates in May/June

May 1st & 2nd – Wear Dallastown spirit wear or blue and white to help cheer on our third graders taking the PSSAs!
May 6th, 7th, and 8th – CogAT Assessments
May 9th – Lake Tobias Field Trip
May 11th – May Day!
May 21st- Track Meet- Wear Athletic Clothes and Sneakers
May 24th – Parent Program at 10:00 am
Wear red, white, and blue for Memorial Day
May 27th - No School (Memorial Day)
May 31st- Luau Day
June 3rd- Field Day (wear green!)
June 5th- Last Day of School!  (Early Dismissal at 11:40 a.m.) 


During May, students will be applying all the strategies that we have worked on throughout the year.  We will be looking closely at point of view and character traits. Our author this month is Robert Munsch, and we are going to use his books to learn the concept of cause and effect. His books are very entertaining and a lot of fun to read! In guided reading, as the end of the school year approaches, we are looking for students to be reading on their own at level I. We will be spending some time toward the end of the month completing our end of the year assessments as we get each child ready for second grade.

Word Study

We will continue to work with new spelling words focused on long vowel spelling patterns.  We will also review all Word Wall Words learned throughout the year.  Please choose one activity from the May 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:

school, many, friend, over, soon, own, these, only, best, sister, brother, little


We will be working on writing nonfiction chapter books. We have been looking closely at nonfiction books of all kinds and learning different features like table of contents, index, glossary, captions, etc. We will work on incorporating many of these features into our own nonfiction writing.


We are learning about two and three-dimensional shapes! These units are very fun and involve a lot of hands-on activities. We will also review addition and subtraction at the end of the year to get students ready for the start of second grade.

Science/Social Studies 

We will investigate animal differences and similarities in size, shape, and other characteristics. We will take a closer look at animal coverings, their basic needs, and animal parents and babies. We will use all the information that we are learning to pick one animal to conduct a research project on that we will share with you during the parent program.