Mrs. Asher's First Grade News

Week of May 2, 2016

Thank You!!!

Thank you for all of the support you have shown Mrs. Johnson and I, not just this week during Teacher Appreciation week, but all year! It has been so nice joining Willow Springs and having such involved and supportive parents. THANK YOU!

Sight Words

These are the sight words your child learned to read and spell this week. These sight words are common words that your child should be able to read in a snap (without sounding them out). Knowing sight words helps your child's fluency and comprehension (because they won't be dedicating so much time and attention to decoding words).

try, turn, well, why, air, always

Reading

* This week in Letterland the kids learned how sometimes the letter 'o' can make the /u/ sound such as in the words some and done. They also learned about the how the letter 'r' controls the letter 'e' in words like never and sister.

* The kids have learned a lot this year about how to "warm up" to nonfiction books. This simply means they want to do some things to get to know the book before reading which will improve their comprehension. When presented with nonfiction texts students learned this week the importance of activating their schema. They learned schema means what they already know. For instance, when presented with a book about lions they should think about what they already know about lions then there brain is already focused on the topic of the book and they can use their background knowledge to help them understand the text. We also reviewed that after we activate our schema we should do a picture walk and if the book has headings do a heading walk and read the headings to help your brain know and prepare for what they may learn about. At home before your child reads a book encourage him or her to activate their schema and ask "What do you already know?". Then, have them do picture walks to get know the book and predict what it may be about. This can be done with both fiction and nonfiction texts.

Writing

Students finished up writing their informational all-about books. They had a lot of great information in their books and I can tell they did some wonderful research on the Pebble Go website prior to writing their books. They were excited to share their books with their classmates!

Math

This week in math the kids learned about fractions. They learned how to partition circles, squares, and rectangles into halves and fourths. They really enjoyed pretending to work in a bakery as they cut pies and rectangular cakes into halves and fourths. Yesterday they worked with a partner to decorate cookie cakes. They had to practice using the fraction terminology we've learned about to give directions to their partner for how to decorate their cake. They would say things like "Put sprinkles on half of the cake. Put blue icing on a quarter of the cake." These are the math vocabulary words they should be able to use as they describe fractions: quarters, halves, fourths, whole, part, equal, partition. In first grade they just use words to represent fractions and they will begin using numbers to represent fractions in second grade.

Important Dates

- May 20 - Fairytale Tea Party come at 1:10 and we will start at 1:20

- May 27 - Field Day 9:30-12:00

- May 30 - No School

- May 31 - Meet the Teacher for Track 1 5:15-6:45

- June 3 - Last Day of School for Track 1 and Report Cards Go Home