Writing- We have started the second half of our persuasive writing unit. Last week, we finished up a persuasive paper and they are on display in our hallway! If you're in the building, be sure to swing by our hall and take a look. This week we will look at organizing and categorizing information in our paragraphs and showing our reasons instead of just telling them!
Reading- We continue to look at mystery books and have started a new class read aloud called, "The Kidnapped King". Ask your student about it! This book is part of the A to Z series and the second book from this series that we are reading as a class. This week we will be focusing on how the characters and setting stayed the same as the last book. We will also talk about character choices in the book and how they have been positive and negative.
Math- We will be starting a new unit on Monday that focuses on fractions! So far, the class has done very well with picking up on fractions as an equal part of a whole. This next week we will learn:
We continue to work on economics. This week, we will talk about natural, capital, and human resources.
**If your child mentions they have not been "paid" in class, there is currently a money shortage as our class has a few more students than usual. A factor the "leader" of the class (me) did not take into consideration. This is being worked on and hopefully our economic condition will soon be upgraded.**
-Penny wars start next week. Send in PENNIES. Silver coins count against us. (You CAN send them to give to other classes and sabotage their totals!)
-Valentine Party will be on the 14th at 10:15-11:15. If you child wishes to create a box at home, they may. They do not have to. If they pass out valentines, please have them create one for the entire class. A list of names will come home by the end of next week. Here is how to help out for our party!
We're using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.
Please sign up for Valentine's Day Party - here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/5et7cX
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful start to their week! Here is what we will be learning in our classroom this week!
Writing- We will continue to learn how to write a persuasive paper/speech in class. Students are working on forming am opinion and using it to persuade. We will also start writing a persuasive paper to publish and put on display in our hallway!
Reading- We have continued to read as detectives in reading. We are reading a mystery as a class and are collecting clues as we read and making predictions about suspects. Students are carrying over what we are learning as a class and using it in reading groups.
Math- We are wrapping up learning about triangles and quadrilaterals. On Thursday, we will begin learning about...FRACTIONS! Some fun activities could be using measuring cups and utensils to practice and talking about how many parts make up a whole. I am also on the search for some fun computer games to add to the "Student Links" page for students to use for extra fun practice!
Social Studies- You may have heard the exciting news! We have started our economics unit!!! You actually have most likely heard that your child is now earning "money" at school and will have the opportunity to spend it at our class store in February. Students earn money for being at school on time, making good choices, earning a "drop in the bucket", turning in homework, or helping out in class. Students can also "pay a fine" for having to sharpen a pencil during a lesson time, use the restroom during a lesson time, or flipping a card. If you have extra individual wrapped candy from the holidays or small toys you do not want anymore (like the plethora of fast food toys that build up after a few months), feel free to send them in for us to "sell" in our class store.
This week, we will be focusing on wants and needs for our lessons in social studies.
*Mrs. Hillenburg and I will be starting a new Willard University class February 4th. It will be for girls and it will be all about being healthy. We will have a lot of fun playing and learning how to stay healthy! Join us by signing up! There is NO enrollment fee this semester- so it's free! The class will be on Tuesdays from 3:45- 4:45.
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a nice break (and a little extra) but by Monday afternoon I was ready to be back!
A few of reminders for this week:.
There is still a chance to pre-order your yearbook!
Get Your Yearbooks Now! Extended Deadline for the $15 price!
Jostens has granted us and extension on our $15 price until January 14th. That is Awesome! Our yearbooks are all color, 44 pages, filled will 100’s of pictures, and professionally printed by Jostens. The pictures and pages are created by our own Yearbook Advisor and the 4th Grade Tech Squad. This is NOT a fundraiser, our PTO provides this as a service and sells the books at cost.
You can order in 2 ways:
1. If you do not have a form you can send the order by filling out the front of an envelope with: student’s full name, grade, and teacher’s name. You can drop it off at the office or have your student give to his/her teacher.
WE DO NOT ACCEPT CASH. Please send a check or money order.
Make checks payable to: Willard East PTO. In order to receive the $15 price you must send to order to school by January 14. If you return after that date the price will be $17.
2. If you want to pay with a credit card you MUST order online at :
http://www.jostens.com/yearbooks/ybk_lp_main.html. If you order online there is No Shipping charge and the books will be sent to Willard East with our regular order. You can also get the link from the Computer Lab Website: willardeastcomputerlab.weebly.com
You MUST order online if you want your child’s book personalized.
Yearbooks will be on Sale for $17 after January 14th until March 3rd. They will handed out during school around the 2nd week of May.
Have a great week!
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!