We had a great week last week and another one up ahead! Here is what is going on this week!
Last week, students worked on learned to write paragraphs. This week, they will learn what a narrative is so that they can apply what they learned as they write their first narrative over the next couple of weeks.
This week we are talking about schema. Students will learn that is the background knowledge and prior experiences are called schema and that they are unique to each person. They will apply this knowledge of schema as they read this year and make connections or make inferences.
We have also started "almost" Daily 5. I call it "almost" because there is no Meet with the Teacher rotation for groups. I will be giving DRA's this week. As soon as that is finished up, groups will be made and we will begin Daily 5 as they have known it! :)
Last week, our math time was used to take the NWEA. At the beginning of this week, we are reviewing multiplication and division. We will take a Topic 1 Check over the two standards that we covered in this topic. Students are not expected to know everything about multiplication and division after these 6 lessons. This was an introduction to terms and strategies that they will use over the next semester as we learn multiplication. We will take our 3.0A.A. 1 check on Wednesday. A study guide will come home tomorrow for your child to practice. It is 4 questions and just covers what they are expected to know at this time. The division check (or standard 3.0A.A.2 will be taken on Friday. A study guide for it will come home on Thursday.
We are learning the parts of a map and how to read a map this week!
Our Fundraiser has kicked off! Please remember to read the parent letter inside the packet. The coupon books are a sample. Return them with your packet! Packets (orders and money) are due Friday, Sept 21.
Homecoming week is next week! The district will celebrate with special spirit days all week and end with a special homecoming parade on Friday, Sept 21. THIS WILL BE A HALF DAY FOR STUDENTS. :) It's not marked on the calendar as it was added after this year's calendar was released.
Other Important Dates:
Sept 21: Homecoming/ Fundraiser Due/ HALF DAY FOR STUDENTS
Sept 27: Leader in Me Open House
Our year is off to a great start! We have taken the first few weeks to get to know one another and our expectations in third grade! I can already tell that we are going to have a great year!
Here is what we have coming up this week!
You may remember your child taking this right before Spring Break last year (if they went to a Willard School). This is a test that shows us where each student is so we can better instruct them at their level. They will take a math portion and a reading portion this week. Since we have Chromebooks, students will take the test in our classroom on their Chromebook on Wednesday (math) and Friday (reading).
This is not something that your child should worry about. It is not the "MAP" test nor a rigorous test. Just a test that gives us an idea of where your child is right now and what areas we may need to work on.
Miss Triplett will start teaching writing this week! :) Students have been reviewing the basics and how to apply them to writing (what is a sentence, correct punctuation, etc) and this week we will talk about how to write a paragraph and practice writing a paragraph. This is new and an expectation we will work on all year!
This week we will work on dividing a whole number into equal groups. We will take the NWEA during math on Wednesday and Friday so we will wrap up our last two lessons this week and the review and test over Topic 1 next week!
Last Thursday, we learned that reading the text is just PART of reading. We can all read but have no idea what we have read about. This week we will work on "Metacognition" and learning that as readers we think about our thinking. This helps students learn how to become better readers and think deeply about their text.
We will continue to learn about communities and the types of communities this week!
Important Dates to Remember:
Sept. 21- Half Day (Homecoming)
Sept. 27- Leader in Me Night- more info will come home soon!
Sept. 28- Tiger Pride Assembly at 2:30
We have made it half way through our first full week of school! We have been learning all kinds of things about 3rd grade and remembering the expectations for school. And I am really enjoying getting to know each of your kiddos!
This week we started by decorating our writing notebook and will spend the rest of this week and part of next collecting ideas that we can write about throughout the year.
Our first topic is about understanding multiplication. This week we are focused on relating repeated addition to multiplication. Today we practiced making multiple equal groups and writing the addition and multiplication facts that would represent those groups.
We are building up our stamina as a class and aiming to read for 20 minutes! Yesterday we made it 5 minutes before concentration was broken and students were either up out of their spot or looking around. We have talked a lot about how reading is kind of like running. Before I can just set out and run for an amount of time or distance, I have to build up to it. If I went out to run right now, I would probably be walking by the first few minutes. Our brain is a muscle we have to "train" and make stronger so we can read longer!
You can help your child by making sure they read 20 minutes a night at home. Even when we get our stamina built back up, this is very important (and fun!). They can read any book they choose, alone, to a parent, to a sibling- whatever they choose! Just read! :)
Order forms and money for shirts are due next Thursday! (August 30th)
Students will get their first day off of the school year on Friday, August 31st. Teachers will have a professional day. There will also not be school the following Monday (Sept. 3rd) in observance of Labor Day!
Hello! I just wanted to send a quick note to say, "Welcome to the 3rd Grade!" I couldn't be more excited to get our year started and to have each and every one of you in my class!
A couple of quick reminders: This Friday is the Willard East Pool Party. It will be at the Willard Aquatic Center from 7:15-9:15. Also, we will have Meet the Teacher on Tuesday August 14. Students are welcome to bring in their supplies this night if it is easier for them. We will just place them in their cubby or desk and then sort them on the first day of school.
Throughout the year, I will be posting updates to this blog. I will always send the link to you via email. I will also use Class Dojo as a form of communication. I will be adding students over the next week to our class account. This is private and can only be accessed by parents of students currently in our class. You will only be able to see your child's points for the day.
One last thing- I have started a "Wish List" on Amazon. I will post things throughout the year that may be something we need in the classroom. If you are ever wanting to help out these are some things that we could use this year. At this time there are some indoor recess games for the kids as well several read alouds that I would like to use in the classroom this year. Here is the link to the wish list: http://a.co/gMnovEM
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have! Enjoy your last week of summer! I will see you next week!!
Things have been busy, yet uneventful at the same time! (If that even makes sense?!) We have been busy MAP testing and will finish TOMORROW!!!! I am SO proud of the kids. They have done an outstanding job and persevered!
Here are a few updates!!!
Walking Field Trip TOMORROW-
We will walk to the Willard Branch Library tomorrow at 12:30. (Of course, depending on the weather). Be sure your child has on comfortable walking shoes! We will be back at East by 2:00 pm.
George Washington Carver on THURSDAY!
We will be traveling to The George Washington Carver Museum in Diamond, Mo on Thursday, If your child has a Leader In Me/ Friday shirt, please have them wear that and comfortable walking shoes. They will need a sack lunch unless they ordered one on the permission slip. Students don't need anything for the bus ride. (no iPods, handheld game consoles, phones, etc) There will be no way to lock them up. It will be good for them to just enjoy nature for the day! :)
We will leave as close to 8:45 as possible. It will all depend on what time our bus gets here. If you are attending, you can follow the bus or meet us down there around 10:00! :)
We will arrive back at east by 2:00-2:15. If you attend and would like to check your student out to ride home with you, please see me at the museum. It does count against their attendance.
Field Day is NEXT Friday- May 18th. Students will want to wear their Field Day shirts IF they bought one and athletic clothes and shoes. They will also need sunscreen as we will be outside for all of Field Day. They may also want a change of clothes for after. Field Days tend to get a little wet. ;)
That is all for now! Have a great week!!!
On the calendar...
April 27th - Tiger Pride @ 2:30
May 1st- May 9th - MAP testing (We will not test all of those days)
May 10th- Field Trip to George Washington Carver
May 18th - Field Day
May 24th - Last Day of School
April 27th- Last Tiger Pride
May 1- MAP (We will test May 1st and 2nd and May 8th and 9th in the mornings)
May 10- Field trip to George Washington Carver Museum (More info to come soon!)
May 18- Field Day
May 24- Last Day of School! (1/2 Day for students!)
What we are working on this week!
Leader in Me - Review of all the habits.
Reading - We are practicing test taking strategies for the MAP test that is coming up. We will begin testing on May 1st. Students will only test in Math and ELA. Please check with your students if their earbuds/headphones are working. These are a student provided supply and students WILL need them for portions of the MAP test.
Writing - Today we started our first fairy tale piece. We are reviewing story elements of fairy tales.
Math - We are looking at attributes of 2D shapes right now in math. Our Unit 15 is very short so we will be reviewing today and tomorrow (a study guide will go home tonight). The test will be Wednesday.
Spelling - List 23. This list can always be found under the student links page. Click spelling city and then list 23.
You all officially have 10 (well, 9.5) weeks until you have FOURTH GRADERS! That is insane! The longer I teacher, the faster the years fly by...and this year has flown.
Here are some upcoming events to mark on your calendar:
Skate Night at Skateland!
This will be Thursday, March 22nd! The party is from 6-8. The cost is $5 and $1 of that is donated to Willard East!
We will be hosting Spring Conferences the week of March 26th with Tuesday night being the only late night. These conferences are a little less formal than the fall conferences and are not required.
I have already contacted some parents through email to schedule a time. If you would like to schedule a face-to-face conference or phone conference then feel free to contact me and I will send you the sign up. This is a great opportunity to touch base before the year comes to close.
Below are some reasons to meet for a spring conference:
Spring Concert- April 5th
"Let's Go To The Movies"- Willard East's School Concert
Willard High School Gym @7:00. Students should dress nice for the performance.
What We Are Learning:
Reading - We are talking about social issues found in books and what we can learn from them as a reader.
Writing - We are writing narrative pieces. We will have a fairy tale unit coming up.
Math - We are starting Unit 14. This unit deals with telling time on a digital and analog clock to the nearest minute and calculating mass and volume of an object. Try to practice telling time on an analog clock at home!
Spelling - List 20. This list can always be found under the student links page. Click spelling city and then list 20.
We have a busy and fun last week of the 3rd quarter planned! Here is what we will be up to!
Writing- We will continue to write about our opinions for fun and present them in the form of a friendly letter.
Math- We will test over Topic 13 on Wednesday. The Study Guide has a red stripe on the left side. Another practice page also came home with a green stripe. Students DO NOT need to complete both. The study guide provides better questions and the practice page (green stripe) has good examples on the page.
Reading- We are finishing up 3rd quarter assessments this week and book clubs!
Spelling- List 19
Friday, March 9th: 1/2 Day. Students will release at 12:30
March 12-13: School is IN session (snow makeup days)
March 14-16: Spring Break, No School
March 30th- April 2- No School
Thursday, April 5th: Spring Concert at 7 pm
Obviously, the arrival of March excites me! Winter has seemed to drag on a bit over the past few weeks. I am ready for some sun and warmer weather!
We have a fun week ahead! It is our Literacy Week! Be sure to check for our dress up days each day!
Family Literacy Night-
Our annual Family Literacy Night is Tuesday, February 27th. There will be all kinds of fun activities and games that have do with our school-wide book, The One and Only Ivan! Come and go as you please between 6:00 and 7:00 and be sure to visit the Book Fair!
Here is what we are working on the the classroom:
Writing- Students will be finishing up their second and final opinion piece for 3rd quarter.
Math- We are working on finding equivalent fractions and comparing fractions. We have been doing something called "Practice Buddy" in class. Their worksheets are started with me and they do a few interdependently in group with me and I check those. The rest they SHOULD be bringing home to show you and use for any extra practice as needed. :)
Reading- We will review for our 3rd Quarter District Reading Assessment and take it Wednesday. Reading groups will look a little different for this week as I start giving some students the DRA before the end of 3rd quarter. The DRA is not required to be given this quarter, I just have a few that will need to take it. (It is only required to be given to every student during 1st and 4th quarters)
Social Studies- We will be looking at producers and consumers for our economics unit this week!
* Feb 26-March 2: Book Fair All Week! (Open before school and after school until 4 and during Family Reading Night.)
* Feb. 27- Family Reading Night from 6-7
*March 12-13-: School is IN session. These are snow makeup days.
*March 22: School Skate Party at Skateland
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!