Mrs. Asher's First Grade News

Week of February 15, 2015

The 120th Day of School

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.

give, great, live, man much, name


* This week we learned to spell and read words with the long /o'/ and long /i/ sound such as in the words hold and climb.

* We also worked a lot on giving more detailed responses in writing when answering reading comprehension questions.


We continued working on writing our fairy tales this week. We looked at how many fairy tales have a happy ending and end with the famous words "happily ever after." We also looked at examples of fairy tales where authors show how characters feel instead of tell how they feel. For instance, an author might say "Red Riding Hood's legs trembled and her eyes began to water." Some students tried this technique out in their own fairy tale. We also saw that sometimes authors use special punctuation like ellipses (...) or dashes (-) to signal to the reader that something big is about to happen. I love how some kids have found the perfect places to include this special punctuation.


Students have been working on solving a variety of story problems. Particularly they have solved comparing story problems like: At the zoo there were 12 monkeys and 15 tigers. How many fewer monkeys are there than tigers? Also, they have solved story problem with missing addends (or partners) like: I put some red flowers in a vase. My mom put 8 purple flowers in the vase. Now there are 14 flowers in the vase. How many red flowers did I put in the vase? It is often a difficult skill for students to differentiate between problem types. They are encouraged to read stories several times and visualize in their minds like a movie what is happening. Then they think about what they know and what they don't know in the story problem. They have learned that if they hear words like more or fewer it could be a comparing type story. When solving missing partner stories, they have learned to listen for what is the total number and what is one of the partners. We have learned that some kids might see these stories as subtraction stories and some might see them as addition stories and either way is fine. First graders should be developing an understanding of the relationship between addition and subtraction.


Our class worked this week with clay. They got to mold clay rocks and then they were able to paint their rocks. They have learned that clay is the smallest type of rock and it can be used to make many things like bricks.

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Important Dates

  • February 26 - Awards Rally at 9:20 in the gym (You were notified in your child's folder if he or she is receiving an award.)
  • March 4 - Early Release and Report Cards go home
  • March 5 - March 27 Track Out