Mrs. Asher's First Grade News

Week of October 10-14, 2016

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 these words).

an, back, day, did, be, came


* This week we learned how to read and spell words with s-consonant blends (sl, st, sp, sm, sn, sw) such as in the words slip and spell.

* As we read The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons we practiced thinking about our schema or what we already know about a topic. The kids learned that as they read nonfiction they should be thinking if the facts in the book are new facts to them, facts they already know, or did they learn that they were wrong about something. This they discovered would help improve their comprehension of nonfiction texts. We learned that nonfiction books can add to our schema (background knowledge).


This week the kids began writing their persuasive letters to you. They learned how to write the date and the greeting correctly. They also learned when writing a persuasive letter they should open by telling their opinion or what they think the person should do. Next week, the kids will learn how to write strong reasons to support their opinion.


We practiced solving story problems with missing addends (partners). These are often the most difficult problems for first graders to solve, because it requires them to think about the relationship between addition and subtraction and the relationship between the total and the addends. Example problem: There were 8 ducks in the pond. 5 were little and the rest were big. How many ducks were big? Some kids saw it as an addition problem, 5+__=8, and they counted on and some kids saw it as a subtraction problem, 8-5=___, and they usually drew the total and broke it apart. Also this week, the kids began learning about place value and how 2-digit numbers are made of tens and ones. They learned that instead of drawing all circles to represent a two-digit number they could draw tens sticks and ones circles.

Pumpkin Fest

This is just a reminder that on October 28th from 1:30-2:30 you are invited to attend our Pumpkin Fest. The kids will be sharing all that they learned about pumpkins and they will get to sample some pumpkin flavored foods. Here is the sign-up link if you would like to help with sending in an item or two:

Thank you for your support!

Lost and Found

If you know your child has lost something you are welcome to come to school and check in the Lost and Found which is located in the cafeteria. Periodically the Lost and Found will need to be cleaned out and any unclaimed items will be donated to an organization. Also, as we start having colder weather this is just a reminder that you might want to label your child's coat as these are most often lost at school.

Wish List

These are some things we would love to have for our classroom:

* small prizes, party favors, or wrapped candy for our treasure box

* Starburst jelly beans (These jelly beans are small enough to work in our class candy machine.)

* black bean bag chairs

2nd Quarter Specials Schedule

Please remember for the weeks of PE to have your child wear tennis shoes.

Week of:

October 3 - PE

October 10 - Media

October 17 - PE

October 24 - 4Cs

October 31 - Media

November 7 - Technology

November 14 - PE

November 21 - Music

November 28 - Art

Important Dates

October 21 - Early Release (Teacher Professional Development is held in the afternoon.)

October 28 - Pumpkin Fest 1:30-2:30 in our classroom

October 31-November 4 - Spirit Week (more info to come)

November 3 - Math & Science Night (more info to come)

November 11 - No School, Veteran's Day

November 18 - Boosterthon Fun Run (more info to come)

November 24-25 - No School, Thanksgiving

December 2 - Early Release (Teacher Professional Development in the afternoon.) and Report Cards Go Home

December 3-January 2 - Tracked Out