Happy New Year!!! I hope all of you have had a great start to 2021! For me personally it has been a rough go, but I am happy to be back in the classroom and with these students every day. They are a great distraction and bring a happy smile to my face. They may have come home and shared with you some of my “updates” as they call them, from the week. The last week of my break was very eventful. I took a spill skiing and hurt my knee. I think it’s just a sprain but I will find out for sure next week Friday at my orthopedic appointment. After that I rode, because I couldn’t drive, with my daughter as she moved to Florida (OUCH!). It was fresh after my fall and my knee was feeling quite painful but as a mom, that’s what I needed to do. We finally found her and her friend an apartment. Then as her friend’s parents drove down two days behind us in a moving van, it was stolen from the hotel parking lot. I found out it was stolen as I was boarding the plane to come home. Talk about feeling helpless. So they have spent the week with the police trying to find the truck. It was found, but many of their belongings were gone or damaged. So it just has just been a rollercoaster week.
However, in school, we have been rock steady. The students have transitioned very well back into our routine and learning. I am so proud of their attitudes and effort.
We are finishing up our informational writing books. I can’t wait to read about something they are passionate and know a lot about.
Our reading unit ties in with our writing in that we are reading informational texts. Currently we are studying the main idea and supporting details. The students are also learning that you must read informational writing a lot slower than fiction. After each section they are doing a quick stop and asking themselves who are we talking about and what is the topic.
This week we have focused on adding three digit numbers. Students have done this with equations, word problems, and from charts. The wording on the charts can be tricky so we are working slowly through these talking about math action words.
Their math tests went home this week. Overall, they did very well. This wasn’t an easy test and it was disrupted with virtual learning so I am very proud of how they did.
Keep practicing math facts. We have students all over the place on the fact family they are learning. Once they pass 1-10, they can practice 11s and 12s for extra learning. Only 1-10 needs to be mastered for 3rd grade. After everyone has passed we will take tests on mixed facts to keep their fluency high.
A homework packet was sent home on Monday and a new January reading log went home on Wednesday.
Next week Friday is an early release day for teachers to have building meetings and work on report cards.
Snacks and Lysol Wipes
If you happen to find a good deal on some snacks or Lysol wipes, we could use some in the classroom. We have sanitizer in the room that we use, but the Lysol wipes work for a quick cleaning and pick up. Some good snack ideas are goldfish crackers, graham crackers, cheese-its, and other crackers like that.
That’s about it. If I forgot anything, send me an email and ask away. 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the sunshine!