First Grade

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 Welcome to First Grade!

 Mrs. Mattas
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Mrs. Selway
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Important Dates

Friday, April 5th- Dress like the teacher day!

Wednesday, April 10th- Dress your best for Spring Picture Day!

Monday, April 15th- Thursday, April 18th- Wear Dallastown spirit wear or blue and white to help cheer on our third graders taking the PSSAs!

Thursday, April 18th- Early dismissal at 11:40 am/ Portfolio Conferences from 1:00-8:30pm

Friday, April 19th- No School

Monday, April 22nd – Snow Make-up Day!  Wear bright, sparkly, neon, or metallic clothing for Earth Day!

Thursday, April 25th- Wear beach accessories to support the ocean themed Art Show and come see the art work from 6-8 pm. 

Friday, April 26th- Wear gym clothes and sneakers for our bounce house SWEBS reward. 


During April, we will be exploring nonfiction texts about animals. We will look for nonfiction text features like index, glossary, labels, diagrams, captions, and bold words. Jim Arnosky is a great nonfiction author who writes books about a lot of different animals. We will also read many National Geographic books that have lots of great pictures and facts!

Word Study

We will continue to work with new spelling words focused on short vs. long vowel sounds.  Please choose one activity from the April 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:

boy, girl, any, how, more, where, both, goes, try


In April, we begin our informational writing unit. Students will pick topics that they know a lot of facts about and write various kinds of non-fiction text. We will use the books we are reading during read alouds and guided reading as great examples of this kind of writing!


We finished up working with different types of graphs by gathering data and changing that information into a bar graph or picture graph. We will also work on time and measurement. We will order and compare lengths of objects, and work on telling time to the hour and to the half hour.

Math Vocab Words:

Graph Words: bar graph, picture graph, data, tally chart, survey

Measurement and Time: compare and order lengths, analog, digital, half hour, hour, hour hand, long, measure, minute, minute hand, o’clock, short, and unit

Science/Social Studies

We are beginning a forces, motion, and magnets unit.  We are excited to experiment with push, pull, speed, friction, and magnets.  At the end of the month, we will begin our animal unit.