Welcome to First Grade!
                           Mrs. Mattas                               Mrs. Selway



Upcoming Dates in May/June

May 1st– 3rd – CogAT Assessments

May 5th- Luau Day

May 8th – Student Portfolio Conferences

May 12th – Lake Tobias Field Trip

May 13th – May Day!

May 15th- Track Meet- Wear Athletic Clothes and Sneakers

May 27st – Parent Program

May 26th – Parent Program for Mrs. Mattas’ class at 10:00 am

Wear DTE tie-dye shirt for 4th Marking Period SWEBS Reward

May 29th - No School (Memorial Day)

May 31st- Field Day (wear green!)

June 2nd- 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

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. Your child should be able to apply the pattern and write any of these words for the test.

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 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.


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. 


Over the next month, we will finish our unit on measurement and time. We will then transition to 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

Mrs. Mattas’ 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. 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.

Mrs. Selway’s class will continue a forces, motion, and magnets unit.  We are excited to experiment with push, pull, speed, friction and magnets.  We will then begin 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.