Welcome to

Mrs. Martino's 1st Grade Class!

Fall Conferences are coming up!

Our fall conferences will take place the week of October 10th, with most conferences being held on Tuesday, October 11th and Thursday, October 13th. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to meet and chat about your child! I will share the assessments that have been done and we can discuss goals for your child. You will also have a chance to ask questions or discuss concerns.


Please click HERE to schedule your child's conference. If your child has siblings and you will be attending other conferences on the same night, please do not schedule them back-to-back so you can leave travel time to get to your next meeting.


This Week in First Grade...

Week of October 10, 2022

Hello First Grade Families!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Here is what you can expect this week in First Grade!


I am looking forward to meeting with each of you this week for conferences! You can find your conference time HERE .


Reading: We will begin our new Benchmark unit, Many Kinds of Characters. The essential question students will be thinking about during this unit is, How do we learn about characters?

This week, using Fiction books, students will learn to create mental images that will help readers see the characters, settings, and events in a story, like a movie in their mind. Readers will pay attention to characters, settings, and events and learn how these are the most important parts of the story. This will help students retell the important events in the story. **As you read with your child this week, stop and talk about the mental images you are creating in your mind! It is important for the kids to have this modeled for them.


Math: Students will continue to work on learning and applying various addition strategies. Our goal in first grade is to have many strategies that mathematicians can use to solve facts quickly and correctly! We will be focusing on ways to make ten that will help us solve equations such as 9+4. Adding with 10 is so easy, so we are learning to make a 10 to add. We can take 1 from the 4 and add it to 9 to make a 10. Then, there are 3 left, to make the addition equation 10+3, which is easy to add... 13! The visual of using ten frames allows students to see this quickly. Students will also review using double facts to help solve near doubles facts, 3+3 = 6 so 3+4= 7! All of these strategies depend on students having their addition facts memorized, so be sure to continue working on math fact practice at home.


Writing: We will be studying some of our favorite authors and looking at the craft moves they use to grab the reader’s attention. Some examples are: POP OUT words, Ellipses……. And an Onomatopoeia, words that when used correctly help the reader almost hear what they describe!



Special: P.E. / Music


Important Reminders:

-Library Books are due on Monday. Students will not be able to check out new books unless they return their previous books. If you have questions, or need to replace a book, please contact:

Gail.Golish@dcsdk12.org


-We eat 2 snacks everyday. Please be sure your child has a morning snack and an afternoon snack.


-Please come prepared to go outside for recess everyday! This time of year it is important to have a jacket/sweatshirt in backpacks!


Upcoming Dates:

-October 17th- Friday, October 21st Fall Break


-Friday, October 28th Halloween Party/Parade- more information to come, but it will be in the morning.


-No School Monday, October 31


As always, please reach out with any questions!


WEEK OF OCTOBER 3, 2022

Reading: Before starting our new Benchmark Unit, Meeting Different Kinds of Characters, Readers will take time to discuss important strategies to use when they get stuck on a tricky word! We will review using the picture and thinking about what is happening; stretching out sounds we see (sounding out); looking at the parts of the word and finding chunks we know; skipping the word then going back and re-reading it; and looking at the beginning sound and thinking of a word that would fit and make sense. And we always want to ask ourselves, Does it look right? Does it sound right? Does it make sense? These strategies will allow readers to understand their books and not get frustrated if there is a word they do not know right away.



Math: We are starting Topic 3, Addition Facts to 20. This unit teaches the kids different strategies they can use to add. This is important work and will be practiced throughout the year, as well as into 2nd grade.


This week we will look at strategies to help us solve facts to 20. Students will use a number line to count on, doubles facts, and near doubles facts. Students will also learn about "Ten Friendly Facts." These are facts we can easily add by recognizing the pattern we see when we add a single digit number to 10...

10 + 2 = 12

10 + 4 = 14

10 + 7 = 17

10 + 9 = 19


We will then use this pattern to learn an addition strategy called "Make 10." Students will learn that 8+6 is the same as 10+4. Using ten frames to solve these equations will allow students to see how this is true.

HERE is a great explanation about this strategy that you can watch.



Writing: My writers are excited to show you what they can do! Students will be going through the writing process and using everything they have learned about being good writers to write a small moment for me to share with you at conferences!



A Note from Mrs. Fitch:

This week with Mrs. Fitch we will be talking about Sadness. We will be reading the book A Little Spot of Sadness. Students will learn how to recognize sadness in themselves and others. We will be talking about ways to help our feelings when we are sad and learn about things we can do to provide comfort to other people too.

Special: P.E./Music


Important Reminders:

-Library Books are due on Monday. Students will not be able to check out new books unless they return their previous books. If you have questions, or need to replace a book, please contact:

Gail.Golish@dcsdk12.org


-We eat 2 snacks everyday. Please be sure your child has a morning snack and an afternoon snack.


-We go outside for recess everyday so please come prepared for the weather!



Upcoming Dates:

-Monday, October 3rd @ 1:30 Schoolwide lockdown drill.


- Spirit Night this Tuesday, October 4th at Chick Fil-A, from 4:00pm - 8:00pm. Mention Gold Rush, enjoy dinner and help raise money for our school! Please see the flyer below.

Chick -fil-A Flyer- October 4 Final.pptx


-Week of October 11 are Parent Teacher Conferences- Please Click Here for the link to view your time or schedule a time.


- Monday, October 17th- Friday, October 21st Fall Break


-Friday, October 28th Halloween Party/Parade - more information to come, but it will be in the morning.


As always, please reach out with any questions!



WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 26, 2022

Hello First Grade Families!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Here is what you can expect this week in First Grade!


Reading: This will be our final week looking at Informational Books. Students will Recognize chronological order in a text and describe and retell events in order. Students will use words such as first, then, and finally to understand the sequence. We will sort words into categories based on actions. Finally, students will state and clarify an idea while participating in a constructive conversation about their topic.


Math: This week we will be reviewing topics 1 & 2 before taking our first math assessment. I will be reminding students to show their work and use the strategy that helps them the most!


Writing: At this point everyone has composed many stories. Last week I asked the class to choose what they thought was their best piece. We focused on making sure we have done the various "craft moves" to bring our story to life on every page - did we add details by adding "juicy words" or adding talking, moving, thinking, or feeling? We also practiced editing an example piece, then tried it in our story. This is all new to the first graders, so at this point I am just exposing them to editing and asking them to try and notice places they can fix something - capitals, periods, or spelling. I do not expect everything to be perfect at all! They will refine this skill throughout the year!


This week I am giving the kids feedback on the story they chose as their best with individual conferences. They will, hopefully, listen to my feedback and make their stories even better. Then, I promised them we will move on to the final stage of the writing process and "publish" their story. They will make a cover and color the pages. They are super excited to become published authors!!


Science: We are continuing to understand how plants can inherit different traits from "parent" plants. Students work in pairs and look at pictures of 4 parent plants. They look at 6 offspring cards and decide who the parents are. They will be asked to explain how they came to that conclusion.


A Note from Mrs. Fitch:

This week with Mrs. Fitch we will be talking about Anger. We will be reading the book A Little Spot of Anger. Students will learn how to identify frustrations related to situations/events (triggers), how people react differently to the same situation and how to express anger without harm.

Special: Technology


Important Reminders:

-Library Books are due on Monday. Students will not be able to check out new books unless they return their previous books. If you have questions, or need to replace a book, please contact:

Gail.Golish@dcsdk12.org


-We eat 2 snacks everyday. Please be sure your child has a morning snack and an afternoon snack.

-Bring a labeled water bottle daily

- The weather has been so hot, but it can change from day to day! Please come prepared for our unpredictable weather and be ready to go outside daily for recess!


Upcoming Dates:

-Digger Dash: Come cheer on Mrs. Martino's Brilliant Broncos on Friday, September 30. We will be running from 9:15-9:35.

-Parent Teacher Conferences: I will be sending out a sign up sheet soon. I will be holding conferences on Monday, October 10, Tuesday October, 11 & Thursday, October 13.


WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 19, 2022

Hello First Grade Families!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Here is what you can expect this week in First Grade!


Legend Homecoming Spirit Week! Show your school spirit and support by wearing the following:

Monday: Beachwear..dress like you are headed to the beach, hats & sunglasses work great!

Tuesday: Hard Rock…dress like you’re in a rock band or wear dark colors.

Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday…dress mismatched or wear your clothes inside out. Crazy hair is encouraged too!

Thursday: Wear your Gold Rush t-shirts OR Gold Rush colors ( red, gold, black).



Reading: This week we will compare two informational books. We will look for what is similar and what is different. We will review text features and how they help us understand the text. The students will be introduced to Personal Narratives and start to understand that a personal narrative is a nonfiction text told about a real person’s experiences, and written by that person.


Math: This week will focus on Fact Families and how understanding the relationship between three numbers can help us with addition and subtraction facts. I will also ask students to think about what tools and strategies help them most when solving addition and subtraction problems.


Writing: Now that we have learned how to unfreeze our characters by making them move, talk, think & feel, we will focus on the editing process. We will go back and check our work to see if we did all the steps a good writer does. Do we have a small moment topic? Did we organize our story in itsy bitsy steps? Did we bring our characters to life on each page? Did we use capitals and punctuation correctly? Most importantly, can we read back what we wrote?


Science: We will begin our first Science topic on Plants and their traits. Our main question we will be investigating is: How are plants like, but not exactly like, their parents? Students will look at different plants and notice what traits they have: the shapes of their leaves, stem size and the colors of their petals. They will also look at "parent plants" and form new plants based on the parents' traits. We will discover that plants inherit traits from the parent plants.



A Note from Mrs. Fitch:

This week with Mrs. Fitch we will be talking all about finding Calm! We will be reading the book A Little Peaceful Spot. Students will learn about strategies to stay calm, self management and the ability to manage BIG EMOTIONS, and to identify when it's time to calm down. They will be creating their own Little Spot Breathing pattern as a strategy to manage those big feelings.


Specials: Art


Important Reminders:

-Library Books are due tomorrow - Monday. Students will not be able to check out new books unless they return their previous books. If you have questions, or need to replace a book, please contact:

Gail.Golish@dcsdk12.org


-We eat 2 snacks everyday. Please be sure your child has a morning snack and an afternoon snack.


-Don't forget your water bottle! It is going to be hot the beginning of the week!


Upcoming Dates:

-No School: Friday, September 23

-Digger Dash: Come cheer on Mrs. Martino's Brilliant Broncos on Friday, September 30. We will be running from 9:15-9:35.




WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 6TH
Dear First Grade Families

I hope you have had a nice, long relaxing weekend. Here is what is happening this week in First Grade!


Sight Word Homework: Coming home in tomorrow's homework folder you will find a copy of your child’s most recent sight word assessment. Sight words are common words that we want kids to recognize instantly without sounding them out. Recognizing words by sight helps kids become more fluent readers and can really boost their reading level.


I need your support at home to help your child learn their sight words! A word with a checkmark next to it on your child's assessment indicates that your child knows the word automatically, they did not sound it out or decode it in any way, but have it memorized. I've circled the first 5 words your child missed. Begin by focusing on those 5 words this week. In the homework folder you will find suggestions on how to practice sight words. Make it fun and easy to do! This is meant to be a short, 5-10 minute practice daily. Once your child has mastered the 5 words they are working on, move on to the next 5 that do not have a check next to them on their list.


If your child has mastered the first 4 lists of sight words, I will test their spelling of these words and they can practice learning to spell them. I will send home a letter explaining how to study them.


Your child will be assessed on their sight words every 3 to 4 weeks and the new assessment will come home with an "Update on Sight Words" letter. Please look for those. If you feel you need the next list before I send one home, please email me.


Reading: We are starting our first Benchmark Reading Unit. This week we will focus on using Informational texts to ask questions, look at text features, read to find the main idea and supporting evidence, and use the text to determine the meaning of words. What an adventure we will have!


Phonics: We will be reviewing the short a sound . We will also take a look at how to apply phonics skills to decode and encode as well as blending and spelling short a words.


Math: We will continue to work with ways to solve our addition facts to 10. This week we will look at counting on, doubles facts and doubles plus one facts!


Here are some fun songs to help with these strategies:

Doubles Rap

Double Plus 1

Jack Hartman One More



Writing: We will continue to work on our small moments stories. Now that students know how to zoom in and focus on a small moment, we will work on bringing our stories to life and unfreezing our characters. We will show our characters feelings, show their thinking and make them move.


Something New:

Our school counselor, Mrs Fitch, will be with our class for the next 12 weeks on Tuesdays. She will be leading lessons each week using the book series A Little Spot by Diane Alber. This Tuesday she will begin with A Little Scribble Spot as our introduction to the series. Each week we will learn about a new emotion!


Specials: P.E. / Music - (P.E. on Tuesday) - please wear those tennis shoes!

Library: No Library this week since we did not have school on Monday.


Reminders and Upcoming Events:

-Please send your child with two snacks and a water bottle each day. Please put your child's name on their water bottle.

-PTO Fundraiser Night is this Thursday at Papa John’s Pizza! Just mention our school when you order.

-Friday, September 17: Western NIght at GRE!


WEEK OF AUGUST 29, 2022

Hello First Grade Families!!!

I hope everyone had a restful and relaxing weekend. Here is what we will be up to this week in First Grade!


Reading: This week we will be taking the i-Ready Reading Assessment. As with math, one purpose of the assessment is to determine the best lessons for students to work on independently on their pathway. The reading assessment often takes longer than math. I try to have students work for 20 minute blocks each day to prevent fatigue. It is also very important that students do not rush through this assessment. Please talk with your child about taking their time and trying their best.


Phonics & Handwriting: We will continue reviewing letter formation & sounds. This week I am also starting to incorporate Sight Word Practice, we will read it, spell it and use it in a sentence.


Math: Please look for the math facts coming home in your child’s homework folder, as well as some games to practice subtraction. As discussed at Back to School night, learning addition and subtraction facts is an important part of our math curriculum.

We will wrap up Topic 1 in Math and get ready to start our new Topic that will focus on fluently adding and subtracting to 10.


Writing: We are writing personal narratives, or "Small Moment" stories. A small moment is one moment from a day in our life. We are trying to get the kids to focus on just one part of a larger day or story and tell it with lots of details. We teach the kids that a small moment is like a seed in a watermelon. An example of a watermelon story is a day at Disney Land. One seed, or small moment, would be riding on Splash Mountain. We teach the kids to go through the whole writing process. First we think of an idea, then plan by telling our story and sketching the pictures or parts. Next we write, adding lots of details. This week we will learn about the next step, revision. I tell the kids, When You're Done, You've Just Begun! We will learn to use "spider legs" and add more details to our stories.


Social Studies: We are learning what it should look like and feel like to be part of our class community! We are discussing ways to be a good citizen in our community and how we should treat each other as well as how we can respect our school. We have also been looking at what it really means to go for the G.O.L.D. Last week we spent a few days on what it really means to Own Your Actions. We learned that just saying sorry is not enough, we also need to think 'how can I fix anything I might have hurt?' (feelings, property...). We want to think, 'How can I fill the person's bucket back up?' We also learned a problem solving strategy called A Bug and a Wish. We practiced telling others, in a nice voice, It bugs me when you ________. I wish you would _______ . And we talked about how when someone asks us to stop, we stop!

We also talked about what it really means to be a listener and learner.

This week we will talk more in depth about Doing Our Best, and think about the right way and wrong way to Go for the G.O.L.D. in different areas around our school.


Reminders:

-Specials: Technology in our STEAM Lab

-Book Bag: Please be sure your child brings back their book everyday. I am working with them on picking a Good Fit Book, so if they bring one that is too hard/too easy, talk with them about selecting a different color next time.

-Library : Tomorrow - Monday... Please bring back all library books.

-Snacks: We have 2 snack breaks each day, be sure your child has 2 or more options for snacks.

-Water Bottles: It is HOT, be sure your child has a labeled water bottle each day. I give them opportunities to refill their water bottles.


Upcoming Dates:

No School: Monday, September 5


It is going to be a great week! As always, please reach out with any questions!



WEEK OF AUGUST 22, 2022

Hello First Grade Families!!!

I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, August 24, at Back To School Night. The sessions are as follows:

4:45-5:00 Principal Welcome @ Gym

5:00-5:30 Session 1 @ Classrooms

5:35-6:05 Session 2 @ Classrooms

This event is for parents only. We hope you will join us for these informative sessions.

If you are unable to attend, I will be sharing my slideshow and sending home the information the following day.


Class Directory:

Each year I like to create our own Class Directory. Parents have really appreciated having each other’s contact information to plan play dates or to send birthday invitations, thank you notes, or other messages. (The kids love to get mail!). If you would like to be included in our Class Directory, please click HERE to complete the survey. By completing the survey you are giving me permission to share this information with others in our class. I will not share this with anyone outside of our class.


Here is what we will be up to this week in First Grade...

Reading: We will be looking for connections in books we read this week. A connection to a book can be a powerful tool in helping a reader understand and think deeply about what they are reading. When a reader has a connection, the text reminds them of something… they might hear their “inner voice” say, “This reminds me of….” A reader could have a connection to how a character feels, a place in the story or even a problem that is happening.


Phonics & Handwriting: We will be reviewing and practicing letter formation for the following letters: d,s,e,r,p,j, l,h,k, We will also review the sounds these letters make and write words with these letters.


Math: This week students will be taking the i-Ready Math Assessment. This beginning of the year assessment will help create an individual learning pathway that will allow your child to work on concepts at an instructional level when using the i-Ready program.

The assessment will have a variety of questions, some may be easy or really hard. I spread the assessment over 2-3 days to allow for breaks and to make sure students do not rush. Students who were with us last year will be familiar with this format. However, it is good to remind your child that all we ask is that they give it their best effort.


Social Studies: We are learning what it should look like and feel like to be part of our class community! We are discussing ways to be a good citizen in our community and how we should treat each other as well as how we can respect our school. We will also be looking at what it really means to go for the G.O.L.D. - Give Respect, Own Your Actions, Listen to Learn, and Do Your Best!


Reminders:

-Specials: Art

-Library : Tomorrow... Monday - Please bring back all library books.

-Snacks: We have 2 snack breaks each day, be sure your child has 2 or more healthy options for snacks.

-Water Bottles: It is HOT, be sure your child has a water bottle each day, labeled with their name. I give them opportunities to refill their water bottles.


Upcoming Dates:

No School: Monday, September 5


It is going to be a great week! As always, please reach out with any questions!