First Grade

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 Mrs. Mattas
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Mrs. Selway
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Important Dates:

January 2nd – Wear something new!

January 4th- Wear workout or athletic clothes

Byrnes Health Center visits First Grade

January 11th - Dress like a Snowman Day

January 14th - No School (MLK Jr. Day)

January 16th – Disney Day

January 21st – No School (MLK Jr. Day)

No Name Calling Week – January 22nd - 25th

Tuesday – “Choose Your Words” – Wear school appropriate clothing with words.

Wednesday – “Be Bold, Stand Up Against Bullying” – Wear your favorite bold, neon colors.

Thursday – “It Takes an Army” – Wear your camo or military apparel.

Friday - “Bullying Makes Us Blue” – Wear your DT apparel to show your pride for our bully-free schools.


During January, we will be reading books written by Helen Lester and Jan Brett. While reading their books, we will be practicing comparing and contrasting by finding similarities and differences. We will also discuss the characters in the stories we read and talk about how we can describe them using different character traits. Some character traits we will learn about are: arrogant, calm, pessimistic, cautious, optimistic, considerate, inconsiderate, cowardly, courageous, cruel, dependable, undependable, fearless, ferocious, gullible, humble, loyal, mischievous, miserable, and wise. Try using these words at home!

Word Work

We will continue adding words to our word wall, as well as investigating three new word families.

Word families for this month: -y, -ake, and -ide


We will begin the month by writing book reviews! We will try to convince our friends to read our favorite books by stating our opinions and providing a lot of reasons to support that opinion. We will also be publishing our favorite book review. Toward the end of the month, we will transition into writing realistic fiction stories!


In math, we are working on place value. We are using ten frames, sticks of 10, and dimes to practice counting by tens. We will then add in pennies and ones blocks to count ten and the extra! By doing this, we will begin to understand place value and how the value of a number changes depending on its position within a larger number. We will also continue to use the Xtra Math program. Don’t forget to have your child log on at home for extra practice with fact fluency!

Math Vocab Words: equal to (=), greater than (>), hundred, less than (<), ones, regroup, tens, add, ones, subtract

Science/Social Studies

We will begin a space unit about the sun, stars, earth, moon, and the other planets. We will discuss seasonal patterns, and the students will identify the phases of the moon. This is one of our favorite science units!