Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Break!

Hope you are all having a wonderful break. Students have been asking me to post the websites we used to explore the digestive system, so they are listed below.
      The above website is an interactive website we used to explore the purpose of the digestive system.
      The above website contains a music video (at the very bottom of the website) about the digestive system.

In math, we have continued working on multiplication and division facts. We will continue to work on multiplication and division next week. We will also be starting to talk about place value next week.

In reading, we have been exploring trickster tales. Students read three stories and completed story maps that included the characters, setting, problem, plot, and solution last week. On Monday, we continued to talk about Trickster Tales and then we focused on Thanksgiving. We brainstormed facts we knew about Thanksgiving, read a passage about Thanksgiving, and then added new information to facts we already knew. Ask your students to share something new they learned about Pilgrims, Native Americans, or Thanksgiving.

Thank you for all that you do and I hope you have a marvelous Thanksgiving!

Ms. Ritland

Sunday, November 13, 2011


This week has been a fabulous week! We have been learning about multiplication and division in math. In particular, we have learned an array is a way to represent a multiplication problem. While we worked on solving multiplication stories, we made arrays. We used counters to practice dividing items into groups and equal shares.

In reading, we continued discussing family traditions in regards to the stories we have read for the past few weeks. We have also continued to focus on identifying main ideas and details as we read. Please continue to encourage your child to use this strategy as he or she reads to you or to himself or herself.

During writing, students worked on a piece about an object that is special to them. They brainstormed questions the reader may want answered. Then, they began to write a story about their object that included answers to these questions. Students will continue to work on these at the beginning of the coming week.

Reminders for the coming week:

1.) I will be sending home book orders this week. Please return them by Monday, November 28th.

2.) If I missed you at conferences, I will be calling to set up a time that would be good for us to meet and discuss your child’s progress so far this year. 

Thank you for all that you do. Please contact me if you ever have any questions or concerns. 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Parent Teacher Conferences

We have had a wonderful week. We started off our week on Halloween! Thank you to all of the families who sent treats for the students in 3R1! I know everyone appreciated them.

In reading this week, we have been discussing Native American traditions and relating them to other stories from the past few weeks. We have been focusing on main idea and details, a reading strategy. As you read with your child at home or as your child reads independently, please encourage him or her to identify the main ideas and details.

In writing, we have been discussing how to make plural nouns. Students know when to add –s, -es, and –ies. We also know that some nouns have to change in order to become plural. For example, man changes to men in order to make it plural.

In math, we have been reviewing perimeter, measuring, interpreting data, estimation, and addition with re-grouping. We have also started working on subtraction-timed tests. The goal for every student is to complete 40 problems in two minutes by the end of the year.

For the past couple of weeks, students have been working on earning a party for being respectful. They are about halfway to their goal. Please keep encouraging your child to be respectful and responsible at school.

I would like to say thank-you to everyone who came for parent-teacher conferences. I enjoyed meeting with you to discuss your child’s progress and look forward to sending updates home about your child's growth in the near future!