First Grade

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 Welcome to First Grade!

 Mrs. Mattas
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Mrs. Selway
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Important Dates

October 1- Wear blue in participation of Stomp Out Bullying Day

October 2- PTO Meeting 7:00 pm

October 4 – No School

October 5 – No School

October 10 – Picture Retake Day

October 11- Wear your sports favorite team gear

October 15- PTO Fundraisers are Due

October 18- Wear favorite October themed accessories

October 19- PTO Family Fun Night 6:30-8:00

October 23- Wear red for Red Ribbon Week

October 31 – Dress like your Favorite Book Character Day


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 before the test each Friday! 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!