First Grade - Ms. Martin

About Your Teacher:

My name is Ms. Martin, and it is very exciting to be a part of the Saint John School community teaching first grade! My goals are to help foster and grow my students' love of Jesus through our Catholic faith, and prepare them for success in reading, writing, and mathematics.
I received my master's degree in childhood and special education in 2008. Teaching is my second career; prior to that I worked in marketing communications. Before working at Saint John School I was a computer teacher and an academic intervention teacher in Tuckahoe, New York.
I enjoy riding my bicycle, walking in the woods, and spending time with family and friends. I appreciate the awesomeness of God in both the sounds of nature and in its beauty, such as watching a sunset or the moon rise over the water.



In First Grade your child will: 


•Understand grade level Catholic doctrine.                                          

•Be able to recite prayers.

•Participate in liturgical and classroom activities.  

•Learn about saints, parables, and the rosary.

•Dress up as his/her favorite saint and participate in a saints parade on All Saints Day.

•Participate in skits, songs, arts and crafts, as well as outreach projects to enhance their       understanding of Jesus and their Catholic identity.  


Operations and Algebraic Thinking:

•Understand and apply properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction.                     

•Work with addition and subtraction equations.

Number and Operations in Base Ten:

•Extend the counting sequence.

•Count to 120 starting at any number less than 120.

•Understand place value.  

•Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract.

Measurement and Data:

•Compare length, volume, and weight using standard units.

•Tell and write time to the hour and 1/2 hour. 

•Represent and interpret data.  

•Collect, record, and organize data.

•Ask and answer questions about total number of data points; how many more or less are in one category than another.


•Reason with shapes and their attributes.

•Compose two dimensional shapes. 

•Partition circles and rectangles into two and four equal shares, describe the shares using the word haves, fourths and quarters.  

Social Studies:




•Getting along.

•Jobs, money, transportation.

Land and Water: 

•Caring for and using natural resources.



•Cardinal directions. 

•Continents, seas, oceans 

• country, state.

Introduction to Native American Life:

•Pilgrims at Plymouth.  

Language Arts:  

•Know and apply grade level phonics and decode words.

•Write opinion pieces with stating opinions and supporting details.   

•Write informative/explanatory texts with topics/facts.  

•Write narrative that recounts details, shows order and closure.

•Show conventions of English grammar when speaking and writing.

•Demonstrate or clarifies meaning of unknown words.  

•Speak and recite in an organized and clear manner.

•Listen actively and respond appropriately.


•Ask and answer questions about key details in a story or text.

•Retell a story including details and demonstrates understanding of the central message.

•Describe characters, setting and events in a story, uses key details and illustrations.

•Identify words and phrases in a story that suggest feelings.

•Explain differences between books that tell stories and books that give information.

•Identify who is telling the story.

•Compare/contrast the adventures/experiences of characters in a story.

•Read with fluency and accuracy.


•All things are made of matter.

•Properties of magnets

•Sound, light, electricity.  

•Force; push, pull.

•Compare objects.