It is taking me a LOT of effort to make sure I write/type "2015" on things! I hope the first couple of weeks of this new year has been wonderful! I also hope your families are staying warm in this freezing weather! Christmas is over! I am so done with cold and ready for spring!
On top of the weather, we have a crazy cold/flu season this year! Just a reminder of our district's wellness/sick policy. Click HERE and scroll to page 11. We have gone over covering sneezes and coughs, good handwashing practices, and good hygiene at school so we don't get sick or get other sick.
We also have a lot of chapped hands and lips going on from all of this cold, dry air and extra handwashing! Students are allowed to bring chapstick to bring and put in their pocket or desk.
Here is what is coming up next week in our room:
With the new quarter, we have started a new writing unit. We are now learning about opinion and will be practicing and publishing opinion pieces this quarter.
The first week of the new semester is a great time to review classroom procedures. Since Daily 5 is such an independent practice for the students, we took time to reveiw what we should be doing during our rotations while the teacher is meeting with a reading group. We took time to rebuild stamina with reading and writing as well. Next week, we will get back to our normal schedule with our guided reading groups.
This week, we started learning about area and the ways to find area. Next week, we will be moving on to something a little more difficult and learn to break apart a polygon and find the area and using the distributive property. This is a short unit and we will be ready to test tentatively by the end of next week.
We have started a new unit learning about economics. This is an exciting unit because we have an ongoing activity that we use to help us learn about economics. On Monday, we will start our Tiger Economy. Students will be "paid" (with fake money from our math kits) for doing their job and other jobs throughout the day. This is getting to school on time, turning in certain assignments, etc. They are also expected to eventually pay taxes and fines for breaking the rules.
The activity ends with a class store that we will do sometime in February. If you have any extra little toys from kid's meals, books, candy, etc that you would like to be rid of and donate to our store, feel free to send it in! We would be MORE than happy to use it! (AND grateful!)
**REPORT CARDS come home tomorrow! Watch for your child's in their backpack!
Between now and the last week of January students can make a snowman, out of real snow, and enter the contest. Adults and siblings can help the Willard East Student. When complete take a picture and write your name and teacher code on the back. Then turn it into the art room before February 6th. If more than one student from East helps build the snowman, then both names go on the back. Be creative and don't be afraid to experiment with color. Last year's winner was a snow pig holding a snow pancake.
February 9th, you can go on the art website and vote for your favorite snowman. ART WEBSITE The winning snowman will be announced at the end of the month and receive a prize
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!