Meet Mrs. Godbout

    Spring pictures will be taken on April 16th for any learner who brings in the form.   This picture opportunity is optional, so we will not be taking everyone's photograph as we did in the fall.  
     Miss Farrell, our student teacher from Plymouth State University, has taken on the role of lead teacher in our classroom.   She will plan and implement lessons, provide all the communication with families, and keep track of the learners' progress.  I will stay in the classroom during this time, but Miss Farrell will be handling classroom management.     
    We love reading Kenny and the Dragon, our One School-One Book selection for this year.  Each week the assigned chapters, along with comprehension questions, will come home.   You can check the newsletter for the assigned chapters for this week.  Please enjoy this book with your family and have your child use complete sentences when they are answering questions.   All correct answers will be put into a prize drawing each week.  Our family night for Grahame's Culture Evening has been cancelled.  We will be wrapping up the book in our classroom on Friday, April 18th.   



Recent Announcements

  • Supporting your student        So many families have asked, "How can I support my child from home?"  It is very important for students to come to school ready to learn.   Establish and keep a ...
    Posted Jul 28, 2013, 1:04 PM by Mary Godbout
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Homework Assignments

  • Homework  Book Club is a great way to make reading part of your daily family life.   Each week you will get a purple bag with reading material and a book club ...
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posted Dec 5, 2013, 4:30 PM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Mar 2, 2014, 11:12 AM ]

We are looking at different ways to share our ideas.  We have learned about writing stories, nonfiction factual pieces, letters and poems.   The learners have found they need to craft their writing using the 6 traits differently as their purpose for writing changes.  However, each of the six traits {ideas, organization, word choice, sentence fluency, voice, and conventions} still drive our writing.  We have recently been writing lots of letters.   We tried using different voices in our Letters to Goldilocks project and we have adopted first grade pen-pals in Hamilton, New York.  In March, we will learn about writing postcards, develop our voice in mammal poems, write narrative stories, and do some scientific writing about our STEM work and the adventures we have as animal detectives on the nature trail.  

Discovery Table

posted Nov 8, 2013, 7:17 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Apr 10, 2014, 2:25 PM ]

  What would you like to learn about?   Our classroom discovery table is the perfect place to explore topics that interest the learners in our class.  If you are interested in sharing a topic with our class, please let Mrs. Godbout know.   Download the page below to find the guidelines and expectations.   Your topic will be displayed for a week and the other learners in the class will get a chance to learn about it too.  
   We have enjoyed learning about geodes, dinosaurs, baseball, turtles, hiking, seashells, hockey, stuffed animals, figure skating, and rock climbing already.  What will we be exploring next?   

STEM activities

posted Sep 7, 2013, 10:33 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Apr 11, 2014, 4:25 AM ]

We will be working on classroom STEM projects throughout the month and on the first Friday of each month we will join with other learners from the LINC classrooms.  STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The essence of STEM is problem-based learning. Children are presented with a problem and design something that solves the problem. In the process, they activate science knowledge and math skills. They use technology to research, design, test, and present their ideas. As they work together, students learn and practice good collaboration and verbal communication—key skills identified by The Partnership for 21st Century Skills.


You may be thinking, “Engineering with young children?" From the time their hands can first grasp objects, children build. They put things together and take things apart. They may ask how things work, but they do not accept explanations—they investigate to find out for themselves. When faced with a challenge, children look to solve it without the restrictions that we adults place on ourselves. Nothing is impossible in a child’s mind, and it is this kind of thinking that allows children to create ingenious inventions. Ask your child about it.

Specials Schedule

posted Jul 26, 2013, 9:59 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Sep 7, 2013, 10:29 AM ]

 We have specials each day at 9:00-9:40.   Check out the attached file to find out where we will be learning each day. 


posted Jun 20, 2013, 6:17 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Apr 5, 2014, 7:45 AM ]

     We go outside daily.   Please dress to be outside for our 25 minute recess.   Dressing in layers is a good idea so you can be comfortable during the changing seasons.  We still have snow and mud on the playground, so please wear your boots.   Please
make sure they have their sneakers or shoes to change into once they arrive at school.   They are much more comfortable when they can change out of boots during the school day.    


Random Acts of Kindness

posted May 2, 2013, 5:43 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Mar 21, 2014, 2:49 PM ]

I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble. 

~Rudyard Kipling

Important Dates

posted Apr 3, 2013, 4:38 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Apr 13, 2014, 11:09 AM ]

March 5-April 18~ One School-One Book project.  Enjoy reading Kenny and the Dragon. Please remember to use complete sentences when answering the comprehension questions. All correct answers will be added to the weekly prize drawing.     
April 16th~ Spring pictures will be taken.
April 19-27th~ Spring Break Vacation Week   
April 29th~ PTA poetry contest entries are due today
May 6th~ PTA meeting at 7:00 PM in the library 
May 7th~ Early Release~ all learners will be dismissed at 1:00 today
May 16th~Showcase at 1:45 in the gym.  Family cook out from 4:00-6:00 PM.
May 16-23~ Book Fair

Reading Suggestions

posted Mar 24, 2013, 5:12 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Mar 2, 2014, 3:19 PM ]

Looking for a good book to enjoy?  Check here for suggestions!   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. 

Dolch word list

posted Jan 4, 2013, 1:17 PM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Jul 28, 2013, 12:54 PM ]

    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, excluding nouns, that were common to the word lists used in beginning reading programs.  There is a separate list of Dolch nouns found in beginning reading programs. 
   Fifty-two of these words were introduced to your child last year.  This year we will introduce and learn 140 words.  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.  You can find a list of the words which will be introduced in the file attachment.    

Math Games

posted Nov 25, 2012, 6:00 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Mar 2, 2014, 11:19 AM ]

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.   You can also access information about the topics we are learning by clicking on the information pages.

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