We are learning classroom routines and expectations while starting our math and reading groups.  Watch for an individualized spelling list each Monday. We will practice these words during the week and take a spelling dictation test on Fridays. Each child will also have an individualized spelling test to assess personal progress. Your child's spelling list is based on the results of the assessments we have completed. In first grade learners are expected to spell and write words correctly, so if you notice some words from last year, it is because they either used a capital letter or did not use the handwriting standards introduced in kindergarten with the Size Matters Handwriting Program. Please continue to read at home with your child. You can also practice spelling words and build your child's math fact fluency with the suggestions sent home. 

We will be going on a field trip to the Children's Museum in Dover, New Hampshire on Friday, October 14th. This is an exciting learning hands-on opportunity with many different learning experiences for our children to explore. The Children's Museum recently opened a STEAM Lab (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) and we are anxious to try out some ideas. Please sign and return the permission slip by October 5th so your child can enjoy this field trip.  There is no cost for the trip, but each child should bring a bag lunch.  If you are available to chaperone, we are looking for several adults to accompany us on this trip. There is a $6.00 fee for each chaperone. 


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Specials Schedule

posted Aug 23, 2016, 7:02 AM by Mary Godbout

First grade will have specials from 1:15-2:00 each day. Click on the document below to see which day we have music, computer lab, physical education, art, and library. It will also give you the teacher's name for each specials class. 

Weekly newsletters

posted Aug 10, 2016, 4:15 PM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Sep 23, 2016, 3:40 AM ]

Each Friday our class newsletter will be posted here. If you would like a copy emailed to you, please send an email message to let me know which address to send your newsletter to each week. 

Important Dates

posted Aug 30, 2015, 8:46 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Sep 23, 2016, 3:43 AM ]

October 4   PTA Meeting:All are welcome to attend the PTA meeting at 7:00 PM in the GES Library.  

October 5   Early Release:All learners will be dismissed at 1:00 PM and there will be no afternoon programs or activities for children. Please return your permission slips by today.

October 7   School Picture Day:bring your smile for our school picture day! 

October 10   Columbus Day Holiday: no school 

October 12  TIGER Presentation- 1:00 presentation from the Plymouth State University theater group 

October 14 First Grade field trip- We are going to the Children's Museum in Dover. Remember to pack a bag lunch for your child for this trip. 

October 21   Showcase: Join us for our Showcase performance at 1:45 PM in the gym.

October 26   Early Release:All learners will be dismissed at 1:00 PM and there will be no afternoon programs or activities for children.


posted Apr 3, 2013, 4:38 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Aug 23, 2016, 7:09 AM ]

Our young authors are using the 6 Traits of Writing to develop their writing skills. The 6 Traits of Writing include: ideas, organization, sentence fluency, word choice, voice, and conventions. Click on the file below to find more information about writing with the Six Traits.   


posted Mar 24, 2013, 5:12 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Aug 23, 2016, 7:26 AM ]

Reading to your child is a wonderful way to model the reading skills they are learning and practicing.   When you are looking for "Just Right" books for your child to read to you, ask them to use the Five Finger Rule to find a book. 


High Frequency word list

posted Jan 4, 2013, 1:17 PM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Aug 23, 2016, 7:11 AM ]

    The Dolch high frequency list was published by Edward William Dolch, Ph.D. in his book, Problems in Reading, The Garrard Press, 1948. The Dolch list of high frequency words comprises the 220 words which were common to the word lists used in beginning reading programs.  There is a separate list of 95 Dolch nouns.  Many of these words were introduced to your child at the kindergarten level.  In first grade we will introduce and learn words that have short and long vowel patterns, color words, number words, word families, r-controlled vowel patterns, and more complex vowel patterns (like –ew, -oo, -ou, -ow).  Your child will continue to learn more words in second grade.   Our goal at Gilford Elementary School is to have students use these words correctly when reading, writing, and spelling them.  We will continue to introduce a few new words each week and practice them in various ways.  The words are placed on our Word Wall, a resource used to help students with a visual cue to use these words appropriately in all of their work. 


posted Nov 25, 2012, 6:00 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Sep 18, 2016, 7:42 AM ]

  We will be using the Eureka Math program in GES and GMS. You can find many resources to support your child's learning on our school website under the parent information tab. Learners are given multiple opportunities to learn with concrete manipulatives, pictorial representations, and finally the mathematical expressions. They learn and share strategies for solving a problem and look at various ways to problem solve to determine which is the most efficient way.  We will continue to utilize Dreambox, our online learning resource, this year as well. Learners can access Dreambox on our ipads in the classroom or through the link on our school website when they are using Dreambox at home.  
  We play lots of games in our classroom to help us learn.   Check here for math games you can play at home too.  You may need dice, coins, or counters to play the games.  If you visit the useful links tab (under Classroom Information), you can find websites with math games and resources as well.       

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