Red Oak Elementary


Welcome to Miss Maddalozzo's First Grade Class!

I have been teaching at Life School since 2013. It is a privilege to ignite a passion for education in all of my students.  I am looking forward to keeping my first graders right on target and full of Life School pride!

I grew up in Red Oak, Texas. After graduating, I attended Baylor University and the University of North Texas. I am certified to teach Early Childhood-6th Grade, Gifted & Talented, and ESL.

When I'm not at school, I enjoy traveling and spending time with my daughter and dog. 

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First Grade Benchmark

First grade students will be taking their end of year benchmark tests next week. 
On Monday, May 8th we will be taking the Reading benchmark. Students will be required to read all passages, questions, and answer choices by themselves. 
On Tuesday, May 9th and Wednesday, May 10th we will be completing our Math benchmark. 
Please make sure students are not absent on these days, that they get plenty of rest, and they are feeling confident about the test. Thank you for all you do! 

Closed Campus

Our campus will be closed to visitors on May 8th, 9th, and 10th for STAAR testing. Thank you for your cooperation regarding this matter. 

Friday April 13th

This Friday we will be celebrating all April birthdays and our First Grade Easter sack hunt! 

Closed Campus for STAAR

This week our campus will be closed Tuesday-Thursday. Those dates are: March 28, March 29, and March 30. Parents cannot have lunch with students or do classroom observations on these dates. Thank you for your cooperation. 

In-N-Out Burger & Science Night

Life School Red Oak is proud to present the In-N-Out Cookout Fundraiser which will take place February 21 at 5:30 pm in front of the student building (preceding Science Night activities). The In-N-Out truck will be preparing and serving food for all ticket-holders. Tickets can be purchased in the atrium from 7:45-8:10 through February 17. You must have a ticket to receive a meal and tickets must be purchased in advance. Each ticket costs $5 and buy a meal consisting of a hamburger or cheeseburger, a bag of chips, and a drink. Life School will receive 75% of the proceeds which will be used for advanced academics, such as Battle of the Books and Challenge Lab. Join us! 

spelling bee

First Grade will have our Annual Spelling Bee on Friday, November 11th

Every student in each class will participate. The top 3 students from each class will advance to compete for grade level winners.

Here is the list of words. Please study with your child to help them prepare. This will be a fun learning experience and prepare them for the years to come!


Thank you,

Miss Maddalozzo

Focus Skills For This Week


Reading: Making Text-to-Self Connections when Reading. Read books together with your child that he or she can connect to personally. Ask your child how the character feels and if they have ever felt that way, too. Help them to see similarities between themselves and characters. This will help them to understand a story more deeply. To meet first grade standards, students must make relevant connections to text (text-to self, text-to-text, text-to-world) that deepen understanding and the student identifies and discusses the portion of the text that led to the connection(s). 

Math: Ordering Numbers on a Number line from 0-120. Help your child to understand that number lines can help us to put numbers in order from least to greatest or greatest to least. Focus on place value (hundreds place, tens place, ones place) and how many digits a number has (we work with one, two, and three-digit numbers). To meet first grade standards, students must order whole numbers up to 120 using place value and open number lines. 

Ask Your Child:

  • Which number is greater? __ or __
  • Which number is the least? __ or __
  • What number comes after ____?
  • What number comes before _____?
  • What number is between __ and __?


Social Studies: Distinguishing between Past, Present, and Future. Show your child pictures of places, people, and objects from the past, and compare them to the present.To meet first grade standards students must correctly sequence events and use vocabulary to distinguish among past, present and future to describe the order of events. 

Ask your Child:

  • Why do we bother to study/examine the past, present or future?
  • What are ways technology has changed or remained the same over time? Vehicles? Stores? Schools? Have they helped us by changing?
  • What do you predict these changes will be like in the future? How will that effect us?


Writing: Writing Informational Books that teach about topics.

Students have been writing their own nonfiction, informational texts that teach others interesting and important information and ideas about a topic.

You can help your child with this by reading non-fiction books at home. This will help familiarize your child with the organization of non-fiction, informative texts, and help them learn about topics they may want to write about. They will feel more confident about coming up with ideas to write about, and having ideas they want to share and communicate to the world. Let your child have fun and get excited for choosing books about topics that really interest them. Try and choose books that include a table of contents, a glossary, bold words, pictures, and diagrams. Engage their natural curiosity and wonder. To meet first grade standards student must:

  • write in complete sentences
  • plan, draft, revise and edit personal narratives and informational texts
  • independently plan drafts by creating ideas for writing and independently plan drafts (sketch ideas, create lists, use graphic organizers, plan BME (beginning, middle, end)
  • independently develop drafts by writing sentences that match plans
  • independently include a beginning, middle, and ending to fiction stories and/or personal narratives
  • independently organize ideas when writing nonfiction pieces, letters, and poems

Focus Skills For This Week

Reading - Learning About the World: Reading Nonfiction
This week students are really getting started as nonfiction readers. Students are taking sneak peeks in their nonfiction stories before they read so that they can begin learning stuff about their topic before they even read! We are also practicing our new skill of studying one page to learn so much. Students can linger on a page and use the pictures to find more details and information that accompany the text. Students can slow down in their reading and name what they see before they turn the page. This helps students get even smarter about the topic! 
The two new comprehension strategies we are learning this week are: readers learn more by chatting about what is happening & readers reread to make sure they understand their books. Chatting about what is happening will help students bring the information on the page to life. Students should use images on the page or in their heads to imagine what is happening just before and right after the part they're reading. This inferential thinking will help students envision the information and learn more from the text. Remind students that when readers finish a book, they should try to remember the whole book, not just the individual parts. Students reread to put the parts of their books together! Students retell well when they: name the topic, give two examples from the book, and say why or how the information is important. 
Writing - Nonfiction Chapter Books: Writing Teaching Books with Independence
We are beginning a new unit for writing this week that will prepare children to write information texts. This unit takes children on a writing journey that builds in sophistication. It begins with the instruction in how to make a basic type of information book -- a picture book -- and ends with children creating multiple information chapter books, filled with elaboration, interesting text elements, and pictures that supplement the teaching of the words. 
Our sessions this week are: Writers Get Ready to Write by Teaching All About a Topic & Writers Tell Information across Their Fingers, Sketch, then Write. You can help your student prepare for these sessions by reminding them that they are experts who have many lessons to share. Read nonfiction, information texts to your students to expose them to this type of writing. 
Please always make sure to practice writing in complete sentences. This includes: capital letters at the beginning of sentences, spaces in between each word, correct punctuation at the end, and trying your very best to sound out tricky words!
Math - Place Value: Expanded Form
Expanded form is a spread out way to write a number by showing the value of each individual digit forming the number. 
56 = 50 + 6
121 = 100 + 20 + 1
Fun practice at home: give students a two-digit or three-digit number up to 120, allow student to compose the number by drawing rods and units (tens and ones), then students can tell you the value of each digit by writing the number in expanded form. 
Social Studies - Landforms and Bodies of Water
Students must identify and describe landforms (mountain, valley, hill, plain, etc) and bodies of water (ocean, lake, river). To reach mastery of this skill students need to be able to identify and describe defining characteristics of landforms and bodies of water. Show students illustrations and actual photographs of these different landforms and bodies of water. Talk about what makes each one different than the other!