Friday, September 30, 2011

Field Trip!

This week we have been very excited to participate in homecoming activities. Students enjoyed seeing all of the crazy hats, pajamas, and orange and black outfits! Students also decorated pictures to hang in the hallway on a poster. At the assembly this morning, we discovered that our classroom poster won third place out of all of the decorations in the hallway for homecoming. We also got to meet cheerleaders and football players. The cheerleaders even let us participate in some of their cheers!

Pick a Healthy Snack was also this morning. Your child should be bringing home a "Superstar Sheet" to keep track of how many dairy products they are eating each day. Ask your child about what kinds of snacks they should be eating and what kinds of snacks they got to try today.

This afternoon we went on our field trip! Students enjoyed everything we did! In particular, students really enjoyed making inventions to carry a pea pod away from the playground where they dropped it. Students also enjoyed learning how to whistle using an acorn cap.

Overall, this has been an exciting week! Students have been learning about picking healthy snacks, plants and animals, friendships, and using part-part-whole diagrams to solve story problems. Please ask your child to share some of his or her new learning with you.

Thank-you for all that you do!
Miss Ritland

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Thank you to everyone who turned in fundraisers and were ready for picture day! 

In math, we have been working on elapsed time, fact families, and extended number patterns. Today, we learned "What's My Rule?" and played Roll to 100.

In reading, we have been learning about sequence words. While we read, we identified the sequence words in our story. Then, we practiced putting the events in order. Students have practiced this with a story about doing the dishes and making rice.

During science, we have been discussing flowers. This includes the parts of flowers, roots, and how plants are grouped. Ask your child why they got to look at celery and radishes and what they learned from those experiences!

Please contact me if you would like to volunteer in the classroom during reading or math centers!

Looking forward to next week.....
               1. We have a field trip at Jefferson County Park on Friday, September 30th from 12:30-2:30.
               2. We will also be learning about Picking a Healthy Snack at the end of next week.

Thank you for all that you do! Have a splendid weekend!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Rain Forest Assembly

Ask your child what the Ring Tailed Lemur ate during the presentation.

Students observed this lizard's features, which included the feet, dewlap, and tail.

Some students had the opportunity to hold the boa constrictor.

                                     All of the students waited patiently for the Macaw to speak.

These are the cockroaches some students and teachers were able to hold. (If you are curious about how they felt, ask Mrs. Lewis or Mr. Strickler.)

Overall, the students enjoyed the assembly and learned some interesting facts about animals from the rainforest.

Busy Week

We have had a busy week! The students were very enthusiastic about the rain forest assembly. They enjoyed seeing many animals and listening to true facts about them. Our class particularly enjoyed learning about the Ring Tailed Lemur and the Macaw.

We also had the opportunity to go to an assembly about eating healthy. Two third grade students became superheros, who were awesome at staying healthy, during this assembly. Ask your child to tell you more about what they learned about junk food and being healthy.

We also wrote friendly letters to Mrs.Rhinehart's class this week. Students did a rough draft and a final draft. Then, they delivered their letters to a person in Mrs. Rhinehart's class. All of the students were excited to write to a new or old friend.

In math we have been working on counting money and making change. Students have really enjoyed being able to play Coin Top-It. Every child has their own set of cards for Coin Top-It, so encourage your child to play at home.

A couple quick reminders....

Please return the picture slips that were sent home this week. Picture day is quickly approaching; it will be September 22nd. 

The fundraisers are also due September 22nd. 

Friday, September 9, 2011

Labor Day Week

I hope you all had a fantastic Labor Day! This week we had our first trip to the library. Your student may bring library books home. It is the responsibility of your child to bring them back to school and return them, though. Packets were also sent home this week for our annual fundraiser. Students were very excited at our assembly this afternoon as they saw the various prizes they could earn. Good luck helping your student reach his or her selling goal!

In math this week, we have been working on using calculators to solve problems, finding differences, and the language of chance. Students learned a new game this week titled the Number-Grid Difference Game. Ask your child about this game and possibly try it out at home!

Check for understanding is the comprehension strategy we have been focusing on throughout this week. Students have loved reading books independently and applying the strategy by asking who and what questions at the end of each page they read.

In writing, we have been writing personal narratives. Students have chosen a wide range of topics including 8 Days of Hope, Adventureland, the Iowa State Fair, and Summer. As we have been writing these, we have been discussing the four types of sentences, subjects and predicates, and word choice. I am very proud of the students' writing. They have been working diligently on their final draft and we hope to have them finished soon!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Welcome Back to School!

Welcome to 3R1! Since I will be working with your son or daughter, I thought you would like to know some information about me. My name is Becky Ritland. I recently graduated from Wartburg College with a degree in elementary education and endorsements in early childhood and reading. I recently relocated to Fairfield, Iowa, but I am originally from Zearing, Iowa. It is very exciting to have the opportunity to work with you and your student.

Last week, the students enjoyed doing many activities that helped us get to know one another. One activity we enjoyed doing was using sticky notes to compare our favorite pizza toppings, ice cream flavor, subject, and recess activity. The results are listed below. The favorite is listed and then the number of students who “voted” for it.

Our Favorites
        Pizza Topping                                                       Ice Cream
                 Taco - 2                                                          I don't like it!- 1
              Cheese- 11                                                             Twist- 1
          I don't like it! - 1                                                    Snickers- 1
             Sausage- 1                                                            Vanilla- 5
           Pepperoni- 4                                                         Chocolate- 8
          Black olive- 1                                                    Cookie dough- 6
      Canadian bacon- 1

          Subject                                                           Recess Activity
       Mathematics- 9                                               Play with a person- 3
           Reading- 7                                                              Tag- 3
            Writing- 5                                                        Monkey bars- 6
            Science- 1                                                            Swings- 3
                                                                                                Kickball- 7

We have also been very busy this week. In math, we have discussed equivalent names, bar graphs and tally charts, using tools for mathematics, and number sequences. The students really enjoyed playing the Number-Line Squeeze game during math time. Ask your child about this game and some of the others we have been playing to practice our math facts.

Overall, it has been a very busy but exciting start to the school year. Thank you for welcoming me so kindly into this school district and community. I hope you all had a great summer and are as excited to start the new school year as I am! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at