Mrs. Asher's First Grade News

Week of January 4, 2016

Sight Words of the Week

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).

water, where, about, been, call, could


  • This week students learned to read and spell words with what we call the "magic e" (silent 'e' at the end of words). It is magic because it makes the other vowel make its long sound. We focused on words with the long 'u' sound and words that end with 'ce' and 'ge.' Examples: cute, ice, cage
  • We reviewed how good readers cross check when they read and that simply means that they make sure that what they read...looks right, sounds right, and makes sense. I encouraged students to listen to themselves read and to pay close attention to the print and if they think they made a mistake back up and reread.
  • We also discussed how we need to use what we learn with Letterland (our phonics and spelling program) and apply it when we try to figure out difficult words in a text.


This quarter we will spend a lot of time writing "All About" books. All About books are informational (nonfiction) texts. This week we examined a few nonfiction texts and identified some of the text features in them such as the table of contents, headings, photographs, bold words, and the glossary. Your child will be doing research on an animal of their choice and then they will write an all about book about their animal. They will eventually have an opportunity to teach the class about their animal by reading their book to the class. The kids usually get excited about becoming an expert on an animal!


In math we began studying shapes. First we will learn about plane (2D) shapes and then we will move on to solid (3D) shapes. Your child is responsible for knowing the names of the following 2D shapes: square, rectangle, trapezoid, triangle, circle, half-circle, quarter-circle, and hexagon. This week we discussed defining attributes versus non-defining attributes. Students learned that defining attributes are "things that make a shape that shape" and are important when describing shapes (examples: number sides, corners, vertices, angles, open or closed, plane (flat) or solid). They learned non-defining attributes are not as important and do not make a shape that shape (examples: color, size, orientation). Your child will be expected to describe shapes by telling about their defining attributes.

Social Studies and Science

With Mrs. Landmark this quarter students will learn about rocks and earth materials. They will get to do some cool experiments like sifting rocks through a screen to sort them by size and observe what happens when they mix sand and water.


Remember homework is a time for you to be your child's other teacher. It is okay to help your child with their homework and coach them to the correct answers. Please check over your child's homework and help them if you see they are having any difficulty. I mostly just look at homework to see that it is done and it does not count as a grade. It tells me more about your child's work habits. Homework is an opportunity for students to get extra practice with what we are learning about in class.

Extra Extra!!!

  • I already see many of you have signed up for your student led conference. I look forward to meeting with you and I know your child is even more excited to take the lead and share what they have been doing at school! If you did not receive the link for the sign up genius site in order to sign up for a conference time please just let me know.
  • Please don't forget to have your child log on to the Raz Kids website. They just have to go to the site and click on the robot with the green button on the right hand side and type in: jasher3. Then they just have to find and click on their name. This is a great tool that our school pays for to give students access to good fit books at school and at home. They can also check their comprehension with the quizzes that accompany each book.

Please let me know if you ever have any questions. My email is

Important Dates

  • January 15 - Early Release
  • January 18 - No School (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
  • Week of February 1st - Student led conferences
  • February 12 - Early Release