# Mrs. Asher's First Grade News

## Planting Day in the Garden

On Thursday the kids got to help plant in our Willow Springs Garden! They were so excited to dig in!

## 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).

- This week we learned to read and spell more words that have a "bossy r" that controls the vowel sound. We learned about 'ir' and 'ur' such as in the words bird and nurse.

- We also reviewed what we learned about text features found in nonfiction texts such as tables of contents, bold words, photographs, captions, glossaries, headings, and diagrams. Students practiced using the table of contents and headings to locate information within the text.

- As your child reads nonfiction texts at home encourage them to tell you the main idea of the text and some supporting details.

## Writing

This week students continued working on writing their informational "all-about" books on the topic they had been researching. They learned that the introduction of the book introduces to the reader what they will be learning about. They also learned that the headings in the book should match the facts that follow in that section of the book. Finally students learned how to write a good closing where they might summarize what their book was about and they might even end by asking the reader a question.

## Math

We continued learning about measuring the length of objects in math. This week they used their own footprints they they traced and cut out as their unit of measure and they had to find things in our classroom that matched clues they were given (example: Find something that is about 2 foot lengths.). They also used other nonstandard units to measure with and they discovered that if the unit was smaller it would take more units to measure something while bigger units would require less.

## Science

The kids had fun in Mrs. Landmark's class learning about living organisms. They worked on observing the aquariums they had set up and they recorded what they observed their guppies and snails doing. They learned that all living things have needs in order to survive, but the needs may be a little different depending on the organism and the environment it lives in.

## Fairytale Tea Party

Please let me know if you plan on sending in any of the following items to help with our fairytale tea party, so I can get an idea of what items I may need to get. Also, please send in the items by May 10th.

For Our Fairy Tale Tea Party we will need:

* toy tea sets with the tea cups and saucers (I would be happy to have them to keep or just to borrow them).

* little tea pots (to borrow or to keep)

* purple, blue, pink, and yellow paper streamer ribbon

* pink, blue, purple, and yellow tissue paper pom-poms that we can hang from the ceiling (these can be made or bought)

* faux pink rose petals

THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO!!!

## 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