We have started to really settle in this week. Routines and expectations have been established and there is beginning to be a "flow" in room 403.
First of all, tonight your child is bringing home an "Inverse Property" worksheet. He or she is NOT LYING when they tell you Mrs. Letterman said they only needed to pick one and solve the inverse operation.They *SHOULD* have 3 examples for you already completed that we all did together. They can pick one more of their choice.
HERE is a link to a Power Point we used today to help us learn about inverse operations.
I have had a couple of parents ask if I needed anything done after hours and I have recently developed a need. We have 26 "Writing Tool Books" that need to be tabbed (6 tabs each) and labeled. If you are interested in doing this, please email me and let me know. The weekend is best because we use them throughout the week.
We have been having conversations this week about reading and HOW important it is. Be sure that your student is reading each night for enjoyment. This can be while you wait for brother or sister at their football, softball, baseball, practice, while mom or dad makes dinner, or before they go to bed for the night. We just need to read!
I think that is all for tonight. Have a great three day weekend! (No school Monday!!!)
We have made it through our first week of school! Now, only like 38 more to go!
This week, we have been getting adjusted back to "school life" and life as a third grader. Your child has a partial agenda put together. There, we jot down the gist of what we are doing for the day. Don't worry if you see the same thing for a few days. For example, we started rounding yesterday and will continue learning about it until tomorrow. Students are also responsible for coloring in the smiley face at the bottom the color of card they ended on. The agendas are part of the take home folder. This can be used to transport important papers such as permission slips and homework back and forth without being carelessly stuffed in the backpack.
This week have been talking about place value and rounding to the nearest 10. Tomorrow we will work on rounding to the nearest 100. If your child is experiencing trouble or worries about rounding, remind them of our "rules for rounding". I have attached a video for you and your child to watch together if they need some extra help with rounding.
Change of plans:
With the changes in the curriculum and switch to standards based grading, we have decided to change our approach to spelling. We will continue to focus on the patterns that make words like plural endings, consonant digraphs, blends, etc. but we will do this during our reading and writing workshop times. There will be NO spelling lists sent home with the students. There will also be NO weekly spelling test. Students will have their own individual words on which to focus as well as the patterns that the class will have. Assessment will be based on how words are spelled within an authentic writing piece. If you have any questions about this change please ask.
One last thing, since this is a new set of email addresses for my email account to be receiving, I am having some issues with parent emails going to my "Junk Mail" or coming through late. If you are trying to get a hold of me for end of the day plans (i.e. picking up students early, how they are getting home, etc) please call the Willard East Office. This is the best way to ensure that I get the message. While I do check my email periodically throughout the day, I can guarantee I will read it in time to pass that message on to your child!
I think this is all! I am so blessed to have this class. We have had a very successful week and I know we will have a great year!
Tomorrow will mark my 22nd "First Day of School". The first twelve were filled with excitement to see friends and use my new school supplies. All of these years later, I still feel the same! I am so excited to get this year rolling and learn together as a class!
Thank you for stopping by last night! It was so fun to meet my new class and their families! Please remember to send any school supplies if you didn't bring them to Meet the Teacher and any paper work that you took home to fill out.
This week, we will go our the expectations for our classroom and our entire school and some fun "getting to know you" activities.
I aim to update the blog at least once a week. I will always send an email with a link to the blog through our student information system so that you know there is a new post!
I hope it is a restful night for your child as we get ready to head into a great year! I'm excited to see everyone tomorrow! Happy School Year!
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!