Mrs. Asher's First Grade News

Week of February 1, 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 words).

who, work, would, after, also, any

Reading

* We worked on learning how to read and spell words with 'ow' and 'oa' such as in the words show and float. They learned 'ow' usually is found at the end of words and 'oa' is usually found at the beginning or middle of words.

* We looked at comparing fiction, nonfiction, and poetry texts to each other and we noticed that each genre has different text features. Students learned that if they are paying close attention to fiction texts and poetry they can learn new information on a topic even though it's original purpose is not to teach like nonfiction texts do.

Writing

This week students began learning how to write fairy tales. You may have heard some talk about this exciting new unit! After the kids have written, typed, and illustrated their fairy tale we will celebrate by having a fairy tale tea party some time during the 4th quarter and you will be invited. It will be an exciting day of celebrating fairy tales. The kids will get to dress up like a fairy tale character. They will sing some songs for you and share their stories with you. We will also have some treats.

This week we looked at some examples of fairy tales and what they had in them...magic, a happy beginning, a good character, a bad character, a setting, a problem, a solution, and a happy ending. The kids then began planning their fairy tale by creating a bubble map of their ideas. I love some of the ideas they have come up with so far!

Math

This week students began learning strategies to help them become more fluent with addition facts. We first looked at facts that contain +0, +1, and +2. Students learned that thinking about the number line and counting forward can help them solve these types of facts (like what comes next when counting). Next we learned what doubles facts were (4+4, 6+6). Partners worked together to create a picture that showed a doubles fact and they shared it with the class. They also got to play a doubles game. The next day we learned about doubles +1 facts. We discussed how if you know your doubles facts you can solve problems where the answer is just one more. For instance, if I know 5+5=10 then 5+6=11.

Science

In science students have sorted rivers rocks using different sized screens. By using the screens they learned that certain rocks would only fit through holes of a certain size. When they were finished they had sorted the rocks by sand, small gravel, large gravel, and pebbles. Students learned that rocks can be sorted not just with screens but by using water too. Students put sand and water in a vial and shook it up. They observed that the water became dirty. The next day they observed the sand had settled to the bottom and there was a layer of silt sitting on top of the sand. They also noticed the water became clear again on top of the layers of rock.

Extra Extra!!!

  • It was so great seeing all of you at our student led conferences this week! The kids were so excited to share their learning with you. It was a great time for the kids to own their learning and to reflect on what they can do really well and to set goals for themselves on what they want to work on. I hope you found this as informative and as beneficial as I did!
  • We have a classroom wish list on Amazon.com. Just search for the wish list using my email address: jasher@wcpss.net
  • This is our class website full of valuable information and educational websites your child can access at home. http://mrsashersclass.weebly.com
  • If you have any questions please feel free to write a note or send me an email atjasher@wcpss.net

Calendar

  • February 12 - Early Release and Valentine's Exchange
  • 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