Welcome to First Grade!
                           Mrs. Mattas                               Mrs. Selway

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Important Dates

Thursday, March 2nd- Wear Your Favorite Hat Day

Monday, March 6th- No School

Tuesday, March 7th- Wear something with your name or initials

Tuesday, March 14th- National Pi Day- Wear something with Numbers

Friday, March 17th- wear green for St. Patrick’s Day

Monday, March 20th – BEE ready for spring by wearing yellow and black

Monday, March 27th- End of 3rd Marking Period- Early Dismissal at 11:40 am


During March, students will be learning how to pick out the most important part of a story. We will be discussing how the most important part is connected to how the problem is solved or a change in the main character. We will be reading various books throughout the month to practice this comprehension strategy. We will also celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday at the beginning of the month.  We will be reading some of his books and enjoying the fun language and rhyming words that he uses. 

Word Study

This month, we are going to continue working in our various word study groups. Students will continue comparing and looking at various word patterns and vowel sounds depending on which group they are in. Please continue to follow the homework schedule below to help your child learn these patterns each week.

Monday: Introduce and sort new words

Homework: Your child will show you the sort from today’s class. Let your child do the sort and ask questions such as, “What do you notice about these words?” and “What is the same about their spelling?”

Tuesday: Blind Sort

Homework: Your child will sort the words again like yesterday. Then, place the heading words on the table. You will then scramble the words and call them out one at a time. Your child will point to the category in which the word belongs. Hand the word to your child to place in that column. Check the sort.

Wednesday: Speed Sort

Homework: Place the heading words on the table. Scramble the rest of the words. Time your child as he/she sorts the words. Check the sort. Re-scramble the words, leaving the same headings (category words) on the table out. Time your child a second time. Your child should try to beat his/her first time. They must be able to say each word.

Thursday: Writing Sort

Homework: Call out the words one at a time as your child writes the words on a piece of paper. Your child should not be able to see the words before writing them.


During March, we will be continuing our realistic fiction unit. We are developing characters that we can use in the creation of our own series! We are using model texts like Henry and Mudge, Junie B. Jones, and others to help us see examples of great realistic writing. 


During March, we will continue our unit on place value, and even work on two digit addition and subtraction. We are working on understanding that numbers have different values depending on their position.

We will also be studying coins (penny, dime, nickel, and quarter). We will count these coins up to $1.00, and use our knowledge of skip counting to help!

Math Vocab Words: equal to (=), greater than (>), hundred, less than (<), ones, regroup, tens, add, ones, subtract, penny, nickel, dime, quarter, count on
Science/Social Studies

Mrs. Mattas’ class will be learning about our Earth and its various continents and oceans. We will also 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.

Mrs. Selway’s class 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. In May, we take a trip to Lake Tobias and will get to see lots of neat animals up close. We will use all the information that we are learning to pick one animal to conduct a research project on!