The first month of school has passed and we are settling into our routines!
We have spent the last month setting up our "Writer's Notebook". Students got to decorate the notebook and make it theirs. We have talked about various ways to help us write. This week, we are starting to write our first story that we will publish. Students will be learning about the writing process and I will model each step for them as we go through the 5 steps.
Last week, I started giving our fall DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment). Students have learned expectations for doing Daily 5 and are doing 3 sessions a day at this time while I test everyone. We should be ready to start groups by the first week of October. (IF not sooner!)
Be sure your child is reading at least 20 minutes a day outside of school. There are SO many benefits to this and one of the greatest ones being your child reading at grade level. Stay tuned for a Reading Log to start coming home in the next couple of weeks. More info to come!
We have a new math curriculum this year! So far so good! We are finishing up our 2nd topic. Students are working on strategies to solve multiplication facts.
We are currently working on a unit about maps. One of our standards is for students to identify and name the 8 bordering states of Missouri and the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Students brought home a map on Friday to help them practice for the upcoming quiz this Friday. We will practice in class and even have a little song to help us remember the states. If students need another map, let me know and I would be happy to send another home with them!
The Willard East Food Drive for the food pantry is underway! 3rd grade is in charge of bringing in canned meats! This is a great way to help serve our community! There is a table set up across from the office to set donated items!
Mark your calendars! Open House will be October 6th from 6:00-7:00.
Fall parties are on Friday, October 14th. Watch for more info to be coming soon!
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!