Well, my first full week so far has been a success! I think we are all getting used to each other and the students have adjusted so well to the transition of teachers. I am very proud of them! And of course, I am so incredibly thankful that Mrs.McGuire was able to be in our room for those 5 weeks. She is such a great teacher and the class really loves her.
Here is what is going on this week:
Writing- We are still working on our personal narratives. Today, we talking about good endings. Tomorrow we will talking about using colorful words in our writing. Then, we will revise and edit and hopefully we will be able to pubish by the end of the week.
Reading- This week I have started giving the DRA. This will continue through next week. After that, I can place students in reading groups and then we will begin guided reading.
Math- Today, we started multiplication! We are talking about groups and how many in each group. We also talked about how multiplication is repeated addition but it's just a faster way of doing it! We will continue with learning about multiple groups and repeated addtion this week.
One thing about multiplication is we do teach the foundation of it but we do not have time to "teach" the memorization part of it. We teach some techniques and ways students can solve multiplcation problems if they do not know their facts but students have been told how important it is that they learn their facts. BE SURE TO PRACTICE THESE NIGHTLY. It is vital for your child to succeed in math now and as they progress through school through the upper grades.
Math tests- we went over these yesterday and they went home last night! Overall, the class did very well! I am very proud of them!
Fundraisers- Packets went home on Friday. Today, an order sheet went home for the coupon books. Please collect money at the time of order but you don't have to send it in with the "coupon" to recieve the bear. You DO NOT have to sell anything if you don't' wish to. However, the coupon books MUST be returned. They are worth $20. If you do not return it, your child will not be able to attend the spring field trip. All fundraiser books and money is due by Oct. 3rd!
Tiger Pride is this Friday! We will get our Friday shirts at school on Friday so we will all have them on for our class picture. Tiger Pride starts at 2:30 in the Gym. Feel free to come and celebrate our successes with us!
*Open House- September 30th
Come see what we've been up to and sign up for Parent/Teacher Conferences at this time!
*Book Fair- Sept 29-Oct 3rd
**Next week, I will be gone two half days. This is down from 1 full day and two half days. I had a full day meeting that has been cancelled for now. Luke has 2 doctor's appointments next week. I usually don't notify you every single time I have to be gone, but just coming back from maternity leave, I feel like you have the right to know why I am absent so much following a five week absence. Thank you for being understanding. I know the class will do fine and Mrs. McGuire will be here one of the half days I am gone, so I know they will REALLY enjoy that!
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!