Sara Wuttke

First Grade

Hi! My name is Mrs. Sara Wuttke. I have lived in Gettysburg since 1980. I am originally from Veblen, SD where I completed my K-12 education.

I graduated from Presentation College and after graduating from there I worked at the South Dakota School for the Visually Impaired. I also graduated from Black Hills State University with a double major in Elementary Education and Special Education. I taught Title I for five years, Special Ed for one year, and am starting number 30 in first grade! I graduated from Presentation College and Black Hills State University.

My husband, Bill, is a GHS graduate as are our three daughters. My hobbies are visiting our daughters and their families; especially our three grandchildren, reading, and doing bus tours.

I have wanted to be a teacher as long as I can remember. The best part, about being a teacher, is when a student figures something out and you can see the “lightbulb” turns on. It is so rewarding.

Rules and Expectations

Building Reading and Writing Skills

Most critical in first grade is the development of reading and writing skills. Your child will move from pre-reading skills to building crucial language skills in reading, spelling and writing. At home you can rea stories aloud and ask questions such as “Who are the characters in the story?’, “Where does the story take place? and “What happened in the beginning, middle and end of the story?”

Mastering Math Skills

In Math your child will learn addition and subtraction facts. They will identify patterns in numbers and objects. Practice these skills at home by asking your child to spot repeating patterns in daily life and surroundings.

Academic Skills You Can Expect of a First Grader

  • Read Directions
  • Write words with letter combination patterns, vowel teams, R-controlled words, vowel consonant silent e words, and consonant –le words.
  • Read and write high-frequency words such as would and what.
  • Write complete sentences with correct capitalization and punctuation.
  • Read aloud first grade books and higher with accuracy and understanding.
  • By the end of the school year they should be able to read at least 60 words per minute.
  • Quickly answer addition and subtraction facts up to 20.

  • Physical and Social Skills You Can Expect of a First Grader

  • Listen for longer periods of time.
  • Work independently at their desk.
  • Listen to longer sets of directions.
  • Relate experiences in greater detail and in a logical way.
  • Be able to plan ahead.
  • Complete seatwork and hand in homework the next day.
  • Use good manners like “please” and “thank you.”
  • We will arrive rested and ready to learn every day.
  • We will share.

  • Assuming Responibilites and Routines

    In first grade your child will begin to assume responsibility and reinforce learning through homework. You’ll want to prepare a quiet, organized work area and set aside time for your child to do homework daily.

    Since first grade is such a change from kindergarten, it becomes very important for parents to help their child set the stage for a great day. We know that we all feel poorly when we do not receive enough rest or do not eat properly. It is up to the parents to ensure that their child learns these good habits. It is very important that they are in school daily. At this age so many things are at the building stage, and they need to be there or each step.

    Teaching your child independence is one of the most important jobs a parent has. One way to accomplish this is to develop daily routines that a child can follow. Have them follow a morning routine and an evening routine. A child does better when he knows what is going to happen next.

    Class Information


    In reading your child will have a different skill each week that they will work on. At the end of the week they will have a Weekly Test over that story and skills. They will be tested on high Frequency Words, Phonics, Comprehension, and a writing assignment. They will also be learning to read more fluently and with expression.

    In spelling they will have 12 words a week and a sentence to write correctly.

    VoWAC is our Vowel Oriented Word Attack Course which focuses on three learning modalities: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic-tactile. The balanced approach helps students discover and develop thinking skills.


    We have four critical content area. They are:

  • Developing understanding of addition, subtraction, and strategies for addition and subtraction within 20.
  • Developing understanding of whole number relationships and place value, including grouping in tens and ones.
  • Developing understanding of linear measurement and measuring lengths as iterating length units.
  • Reasoning about attributes of, and composing and decomposing geometric shapes.

  • Science and Social Studies

    We will be using the Weekly Reader and the Science paper for these subjects.


    We use D’Nealian handwriting. It is a proven fact that if the student uses it correctly, reversals seldom occur.

    Have a great school year!

    Gettysburg School District      100 East King Avenue      Gettysburg SD 57442

    Phone: 605 765 2436      Fax: 605 765 2249