Wow...the past two weeks have been a whirlwind! Between holiday things and snow, snow, and more snow, it's hard to believe this is the last week of school before Christmas. Because of the snow, snow, and more snow, it will also be a VERY busy week with getting reading, writing, and a math assessment completed before the end of the quarter on Friday.
Besides working hard on the three things above (reading, writing, and math assessments), we will manage to squeeze in a little bit of fun. Tomorrow will be Polar Express Day at Willard East! Students will get to experience this holiday classic with their classmates in the gym and on a big screen! Your child is welcome to wear pajamas and bring a small pillow or blanket if they would like to sit/lay on during the movie. Our class will watch the movie in the afternoon tomorrow from 1:00 to about 2:30.
More fun follows on Thursday with our Annual Third Grade Read- In! If you have signed up to bring a non-perishable item, feel free to send those in! Please email me if you have signed up to be a guest reader! I just want to ensure that we don't have 3 parents all wanting to read Polar Express! The one thing that no one has signed up to bring is a "veggie tray". I would like the kids to have something somewhat healthy to snack on. If a few of you want to split that and do crackers, cheese, and grapes or carrots- or anything along those lines, shoot me an email. You can just send it with your child and drop it off at the office in the morning to make it as easy on you as possible!
Last but not least, quarter DOES end on Friday, however, a paper copy of the report card will not go home until January 10.
Have a great week!
This is the only time of the year I WANT snow. I want it on or around Christmas. After December 31st, I'm ready for it to be spring again.
Here is what is going on the rest of the week:
In math, we have started a new unit that covers area. So far, the students have really seemed to enjoy it. We also got to use Cheez-It crackers to find area and then eat our manipulative after...so that MAY have something to do with it!
Today we started to talk about how to find the area of a polygon and how to find the area where there is not a grid (or square units) drawn in. Tomorrow and Friday, we will talk about how to break apart a rectangle (or another polygon) into smaller rectangles and use the distributive property to solve for the area. Here are a couple of LearnZillion Videos that we will use in class and your child and you can use if they need some extra help.
In writing, we are focusing on writing informational paragraphs using a topic sentence and 3 supporting detail sentences. Students will complete their 2nd quarter summative over informational writing next Wednesday.
If you are interested in sponsoring a child during our Willard East Christmas Drive, you can get in touch with Mrs. Woodall at (417)742-4639 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will be happy to get you set up with a child in need this Holiday Season.
Thursday December 19, Christmas Party Read-In Details. A third grade tradition is our annual Christmas read-in! This is in place of the "Christmas party". We typically spend the whole day celebrating the books that we love to read. We will start with special classes then have hot cocoa and donuts while we listen to guest readers. Books, crafts and snacks will fill our day! I'm looking for donations and volunteers. If you would like to sign up, click on the link below!
We're using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.
Please sign up for Annual 3rd Grade Read-In - here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/na7zox
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.
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!