This is the point in the year I feel like spring is so far away. We are tempted by this GORGEOUS weather and we just want it to be April/May and warm all of the time. I'm sure we're in for another snow or two but after the last couple of days, I would just like to imagine this is what the weather will be like from now on! ;) Hope you all got to get outside and soak it up!
This is going to be a busy week! Here are a few announcements for this week!
First up, it is time for our annual "Change A Life" Fundraiser. We will be collecting coins for the Willard Children's Charitable Foundation. I was already in competition mode when I talked to the class and overlooked that this is NOT a penny war this year. We are just simply trying to collect the most coins- copper, silver, whatever. ;) If your child tells you that is not right, blame me. I will re-explain tomorrow!
Willard East will be celebrating reading this week! We participated in reading the school-wide book "Stewart Little" and will celebrate with some fun activities all week INCLUDING Family Reading Night on Thursday!
We have a few spirit days to help us celebrate reading!
Monday is Hat Day!
Tuesday= PJ Day (Rest and read!)
Wednesday= Book Character Day (Dress as your favorite book character from any book!)
Thursday= 70's Day (Reading is GROOVY!)
Friday= Tiger Day!
The Book Fair will also be going on this week! It will be open daily from 8:8-35 and at 4. It will also be open during our Family Reading Night from 6:30-7:30!
Students may visit before school after checking in. They also must have money. There would be too many to let them just go shop around and look. They WILL get time to look around during their library time on Friday!
If you send money, please send in an envelope or baggie with your child's name on it.
Family Reading Night: Come and enjoy fun activities based on the book Stewart Little. Activities will be set up and open from 6:30-7:30 this year! Swing by and enjoy the fun!!!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Years and your kiddo's had a relaxing two weeks off...or a fun packed two weeks. ;)
We are back and in the groove! It honestly didn't hit me that I had not done a blog post until yesterday! Here is what is going on this week!
We have started a new unit about writing our opinions! We have talked a lot about fact and opinion and have started collecting ideas to write about. Next week we will begin writing our first opinion piece.
We are putting "guided reading groups" on the back burner for a few weeks. Not to fear! We are still reading but in a "book club" fashion. Students were given a book on their reading level and are still grouped in their reading groups. Instead of the teacher leading the discussion, they get to discuss their books and questions. This week I have tried to hang back and let them do the leading and talking and they have done great. And they seem so excited about the books they are reading!
We are finishing up area this week and will begin.....(wait for it!)....MULTIPLICATION. TOMORROW. We will begin by relating multiplication to groups of objects and repeated addition. Then we'll go into using skip counting to help us solve/ learn multiplication.
If you don't have a set of flash cards at home, you may want to pick up a pair and start working on learning facts. On the go a lot? There are MANY apps you can download or just give your child facts in the car. For example, if you're at the Dr's Office, name two numbers in the elevator to multiply. Or the two numbers on the speed limit sign. The more they use them, the more they will remember them!
We are starting a unit on our government. This week we have started talking about U.S. symbols.
Grade cards come home TODAY. I intended on yesterday but we worked up until the dismissal bell rang and it didn't happen. Ask your child for their report card! And of course, please feel free to call or email me with any questions or concerns you have!
Monday, January 18th- No School for Students
Friday, January 29th- January Tiger Pride
Thursday, February 4th- Family Reading Night
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!