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Melinde Martin




Contact Me
[Melinde Martin]
[memartin@pvsd.org]
[610-489-2991 ext. 4604]


My Classes

I have been teaching in the Perkiomen Valley School District since 2002 and teaching First Grade at South since 2005. Students in my class enjoy interacting with each other in a variety of ways. 

Reading Wonders

Our reading series, Reading Wonders, is a researched-based approach to teaching vocabulary, literacy strategies and skills. Using a rich range of diverse print and digital media, a heavy emphasis is placed on comprehension and responding to literature both verbally and in writing.  Students use multiple texts across different genres to compare and contrast information and interpret meaning. Whole class and small group instruction are utilized with students also participating in literacy centers.  Our goal is to develop readers who are proficient across multiple genres, as well as promote the love of reading.

Writing

Students will have daily writing experiences, learn to use the writing process for a variety of writing purposes, and become a part of a community of writers that includes teachers.  Students will use picture books as models of good writing. Lessons will be centered around writing traits. (i.e., ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions and presentation) Writing is often integrated into other subject areas such as social studies and science as well.

Grammar

Skills taught this year include: parts of speech, sentence structure, punctuation and capitalization.  We practice these skills daily through various forms of writing such as: creative writing, research and responding to reading.

Fundations
Our spelling program, Fundations, helps students apply phonics concepts through reading and spelling. Throughout the program, students will practice reading and spelling words that they have learned to sound out (decodable words) and also spell trick words (high-frequency words). Regular practice reading and spelling both decodable and trick words at home will reinforce critical concepts and cultivate your child's literacy skills.

Math in Focus

Our math program, Math In Focus, is based off of the Singapore approach. It focuses on problem solving as the foundation of mathematical learning. The program uses a concrete–pictorial–abstract learning progression to anchor student knowledge in real-world, hands-on experiences. Skills covered include: building problem-solving skills and strategies, counting, comparing and writing numbers to 100, adding and subtracting 1-digit and 2-digit numbers, classifying and sorting shapes and patterns, measuring length and weight, using calendars, time and money.  

Social Studies

Our focus is on good citizenship and responsibility, American figures and history, and developing awareness of cultural diversity through recognition of famous figures and traditions.


Martin Parents 17-18