Well, your student is now 1/2 way done with their MAP test! For the most part, they did awesome! And many of them commented everyday, "That really wasn't hard at all!"
Remember to keep up with good testing habits as much as possible over the weekend. Our bodies do better on routine and their little minds and bodies need to be ready for next week, which will be the math portion!
Tomorrow is Early Out. Students will get out of school at 12:40. We will have Tiger Pride tomorrow, but it will be at 9:00 because of the Early Dismissal. Please check into the office before coming down to the Gym for the assembly.
Tomorrow is also Mrs. Whisler's last day with us. She has been such a huge help and what a natural she is. We are lucky to get to keep Mrs. Whisler at Willard East next year. To wish her farewell for now! and Good Luck, we're doing a little gift basket for her from our class. School supplies, office supplies, gift cards to "teaching stores" or any little thing she could use in the classroom would be VERY helpful! As I mentioned before, ANYTHING is helpful to a new teacher (or any teacher!) You can send your item(s) with your child and I will place it in the basket. You can also have your child make a little card or something for Mrs. Whisler's goodbye!
Next week, we will be wrapping up our Famous Scientist and Inventor projects. Please send in an adult sized hanger for your child's project to hang from. We will have our living museum next Friday from 3:00-3:30. Come see and learn all about our featured scientists in the third grade hall!
I think that is all for now! Have a great weekend! See you at Tiger Pride tomorrow at 9:00 and dismissal at 12:40! Don't forget: A
Three days stands between us and the MAP test. Our students have been working hard on preparing and I think they are as ready as they can be. Be sure to read over our Testing Tips posted HERE last week. We will begin MAP testing next Tuesday, April 23rd at 9:00 am promptly.
Next Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday we will take the Communication Arts portion.
April 30-May 2nd we will take the Math portion.
Today we focused on positive attitudes and how that is such a big part of being successful.Promote a good attitude and healthy habits for the next few weeks!
Besides preparing for the MAP test, we have been working hard on our Famous Scientists and Inventors project. This week, we have taken the research we have and turned it into an informational piece of writing. Next week, we will start working on constructing the projects. If you could, please send in an adult plastic hanger. These will be used to hang your child's project from. Our living museum will be MAY 3rd from 3:00-3:30 in the third grade hall. Students will "dress up" like their famous inventor and give a very short speech about them. You do not need to buy anything for you child to dress up as their inventor. Looking in toy boxes and family member's closets, you can always fashion a costume out of what you have.
Next Friday is an early out/half day for students. We will have Tiger Pride at 9:00 am and then dismiss at 12:40.
As you know, we were blessed and have had a WONDERFUL student teacher in our room for the last 4 weeks. Mrs. Whisler's time with us is short and we only get to have her with us for 5 weeks. Next week will be her final week with us. But I am excited to announce that Holly will be joining our staff next year. To thank her for her hard work while in our room and to wish her good luck on preparing for her own classroom, we would like to ask you to send in a little something for a "teacher shower" for Mrs. Whisler. If you could send in a little something to help her in her classroom, I will make a little basket for us to put goodies in. Helpful items for teachers are school supplies, office supplies for the teacher to use, candy or something nice for stress relief, gift cards to "teacher stores" (IPA, Mardel, Hobby Lobby, Walmart, Staples), books (used or new). The list can go on and on. Anything is helpful to a new teacher! Students can bring items in throughout the week BY next Friday, April 26th.
I think that is all for this week! Have a wonderful weekend.
Tomorrow is "Dress like your favorite teacher " day for costumes for community! The class that raises the most gets extra PE with Coach J next Tuesday!
Dress like your favorite teacher and bring money to support a good cause! I can't wait to see all of our staff look-a-likes tomorrow in our room!
I hope everyone is enjoying their week! Here are a few pieces of information and reminders to wrap up the week.
We have a Box Top challenge going on with Willard North. The schools are battling it out to see which school can collect the most Box Tops. The winning school will get to see their principal in a dunk tank! We want Principal Miller in the tank! Send in your Box Tops!
Tomorrow night is our Spring Concert. We will be walking over to the high school tomorrow afternoon for a quick rehearsal. Students need to wear their black Friday Shirts tomorrow night and be at the highschool at 6:40. Please use the "back door" to the gym. (The door that faces Willard East) After the students sing, they will return to their seats with their class and find their families after. Can't wait to see you all there!
Today we talked about preparing for the MAP Test at home! Here are some tips that are VERY useful and are recommended.
These are good habits to be practicing all of the time, but especially during testing. Start practicing these habits now! Our bodies often get used to our old habits and adjusting to an earlier bedtime or get up time can be hard.
One last thing-
We are nearing the end of third grade quickly! PLEASE keep practicing multiplication facts at home. We are still doing rocket math in the classroom, but students need a little more than that to remember these. Don't stop practicing when they learn them all. Keep going over them! You can practice anywhere and knowing their multiplication facts will help students as they move on out of third grade! (AND ARE VITAL FOR DIVISION WHICH WILL START NEXT YEAR!!!)
I think that is all for now! Have a wonderful weekend!
I hope you all have enjoyed the wonderful weather this weekend! It was so nice to finally feel like spring is here!
We have a little over a month until school is over (crazy!) and a lot going on in the next couple of weeks. It is nuts to think about how fast this year has gone!
This Friday, we will have our school concert. By now, you have probably seen the green flier or the blog post from Principal Miller. The concert will be held at the high school. Please use the "back entrance" (the entrance on the Willard EStudents will sit with their grade level throughout the performance. Students can start arriving to sit with us at 6:40 and the concert will start at 7:00. Students need to wear their black Friday Shirts from this year. (With the movie theme) The students have been working hard and we are looking forward to seeing everyone there!
Here is what is going on in the classroom this week:
Communication Arts- We are still working on reviewing for our upcoming MAP test. We are working on opinion writing and doing prompts to help students feel comfortable with what may be on the test.
Math- This week we will finish up our geometry unit and go back for one last unit on addition and subtraction.
Science/Social Studies- We have started researching our famous scientists and inventors and are starting to work hard on the project. Students may gather information on their scientist or inventor at home using the internet (with parent help) or go visit the library to gather other resources. The actual project will be completed at school.
We have set a date for our "Living Museum" to show what we know and have done with our projects! Our Living Museum will be on May 3rd at 3:00. Students will "dress up" as their scientist or inventor and memorize and recite a very short little speech to give the important facts about their person (1 paragraph). YOU DO NOT NEED TO BUY ANYTHING FOR YOUR CHILD'S COSTUME! This "costume" can be made by looking around your home or borrowing items from family members and may be as simple as hold a prop that represents their scientist!
I think that is all for now. Have a wonderful week. Enjoy this nice weather and see you all Friday night at the Willard East Concert @7:00.
Mrs. Letterman is a third grade teacher at Willard East. This is her fourth year in Willard, but her sixth year to teach third grade!