The year is off to a great start! (Or from what I hear!) We are now on our 2nd full week of school and the last week of August- time is already flying by!
Here is what is going on in our classroom this week:
Writing- Students are coming up with ideas to write about. As writers, there are many things that we can write about and many stories that we want to tell. It is very important to have a good list of ideas that we can choose from when it comes time to write/tell a story!
Reading- Our class is working on launching the Daily 5. This group of students has done the Daily 5 since Kindergarten. Things do change a little as they get older but the basic concept stays the same. This week, the class will continue to build stamina as they read to self and begin to read to someone. Students are working to be able to focus on these activities for 20 minutes without losing their concentration.
Math- Rounding! Students started this math unit out with learning about place value. Now they are using their knowledge of place value to help them round to the nearest 10 and to the nearest 100. We are using number lines to help us see what we should round to. Our class is also learning "THE RULES" to rounding to help.
Rounding to the nearest 10
*Underline the place value you are rounding to. Then, go "next door" one place value to the right. If that number is 5 or above, you round UP! If it is 4 or below, you round DOWN!
So if I were rounding 43 to the nearest 10, I would underline the 4 because it's in the ten's place. Then I would look next door to the right. I see that the number in that place is a 3 so it is below a 4. I need to round down to that set of 10 which is 40.
This concept is a little tricky and will be something that we will continue to practice. If your child is struggling, give them a number and let them decide if they need to round up or down to the nearest 10
Remember that Mondays are early out and school dismisses at 3:10.
There is NO SCHOOL next Monday, September 1st in observance of Labor Day!
We love to celebrate birthdays in our room! If your child has a birthday and would like to bring treats to celebrate with the class, just send an email or call to give Mrs. McGuire (or in a few weeks myself) a heads up and make sure there are no new special health concerns. Cupcakes or cookies are typical birthday snacks that work well. Treats that need to be cut into equal pieces generally do not work well because it is so hard to cut them the same size for each student.
On Tuesday, July 29th, John, Olivia, and I welcomed the fourth member of our family! Luke Edward Letterman was born at 12:22 pm and was 8 pounds and 13 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long. We are so in love with this little guy and are glad to be home with him!
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!