Time has once again "flown" and January is almost over. Things have been busy, as they tend to get in the 2nd semester!
Math is huge right now in room 403. It's always important, but right now your child has homework EVERY NIGHT! It may not look like a worksheet that we usually do. They need to be learning and practicing their multiplication facts. We started division this week and in the days (and years) to come, it will be best for them if they have their facts memorized. Right now, it looks like we will wrap up math this week and test at the beginning of next week.
This week in writing we wrapped up voice and will start exploring poetry. We are also looking at prefixes for our spelling pattern.
Valentines Day is quickly approaching. Our party will be on the 14th at 2:30. I have attached a link to an online sign up like we did at Christmas. Students are welcome to create a Valentine box for their goodies. We will not have a contest but this is still a fun tradition if you have time. I will be sending home a list of student names so that students can use it for filling out their valentine cards. If you would like to help out or send in supplies, we would really appreciate it. You can find a link below for Volunteer Spot to sign up.
Click the link to sign up! - http://vols.pt/SnPEXB
Last but not least, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for sending in little donations for the class store. We will have our store next Tuesday. We could still use a few more items if you still have things to send in. Leftover holiday candy, cans of soda, small McDonald's toys, etc are all great and VERY popular.
I think that is all for now! Have a great rest of the week!
I hope everyone has had a wonderful week! We had a pretty fun Friday! Our class had some great looking mismatched outfits and earned the extra P.E. with Coach J for next week, got to do our first KidBlog post in the computer lab, did some fun science experiments for a tiger token reward (**See pics in the post below this one**), AND topped it off with Tiger Pride!
Remember, there is NO SCHOOL for students on Monday.
Writing- For writing this week and next week our focus is on using voice in writing. This week, students identified different emotions and started to explore ways to express those without just saying "I felt so happy, scared, sad" and so on. Next week, we will be looking at using dilogue in our writing to express our voice.
Reading- This week, we went over classroom and school expectations, as well as revisited our expectations for Daily 5 and built stamina to read, write, or do word work for 20 minutes. Next week, reading groups will resume and we will be back in the routine.
Math- The ever awaited multiplication unit was started this week We looked at equal groupings and started to notice that multiplication is the fast way of doing repeated addition Next week, we will start looking at multiplication and it's relationship to skip counting.
Social Studies- We will begin a new unit on economics. Students will get the chance to take part in a classroom economy where they will recieve money for doing their "job". (Being at school on time, turning in homework, working quietly, etc) They will also have to "owe" these Tiger Bucks to pay taxes or do other small tasks during the day. At the end of our unit, we will have a sale where students can buy various items with the money they have. They will have a selection of needs and wants and will have to make the choice on what they should buy.
If you have any household items you are looking to get rid of or would like to send in a small donation, we will be needing them for our class store and would greatly appreciate the donation. Small toys that aren't played with, leftover candy from the holidays or that you see on sale at a store, or small $1 items you often see at the checkout line or store , cans of soda (yes, soda), school supplies like crayons, scissors, penicls or pencil sharpeners. Just send them in with your child or drop them by school. Thank you in advance!
I hope everyone has a great weekend! See you TUESDAY!
We are off to a great start in room 403. This week, we have been reviewing classroom and schoolwide expectations. The students have done a great job at getting right back into the routine of the school day after the winter break.
This week, we have also started talking about multiplication. Right now is a great time to start working on multplication facts at home if you are not already. Students are expected to know all facts 0-10 by memory so practicing at home is a must now that we will be using these facts daily in math. If you don't have a set of multiplication cards and would like a set, I have seen them at both northside Walmarts for only a couple of dollars for a set.
Tomorrow is Tiger Pride! The Assembly will start at 2:30 in the gym. Tomorrow is also "mismatch" day! Students can come to school tomorrow looking like they got dressed in the dark and pay $1 for Costumes for the Community. Last month, East raised over $300 for a local charity and we're hoping for the same result this month. The class from each grade level that raises the most money will once again get an extra P.E. time with the always famous, Coach J.
Last reminder, Monday students will NOT have school. Teachers will be using that time for professional development at the high school.
Hope you have a great ending to the week! Peek below at a couple of pictures from the "Read In" portion of our celebrations on Friday, December 21st. (I posted from my phone and couldn't send the notifications from that device)
Mrs. Letterman is a third grade teacher at Willard East. This is her 8th year in Willard, but her 10th year to teach third grade!