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!
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!