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!
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!