Mark Your Calendars! – December

  • F, 12/1 – No School, Report Card Day
  • T, 12/5 – Book Fair @ 7:40am-2:40pm, Elementary Library
  • W, 12/6 – Book Fair @ 7:40am-8:00pm, Elementary Library
  • W, 12/6 – Parent Teacher Conferences @ 3:00pm-8:00pm
  • TH, 12/7 – Book Fair @ 7:40am-7:00pm, Elementary Library
  • TH, 12/7 – Early Release @ 11:10am
  • TH, 12/7 – Parent Teacher Conferences @ 12:00pm-7:00pm
  • F, 12/8 – No School
  • M, 12/11 – 3rd Grade Youth Symphony Field Trip to South Eugene High School @ 9:15am-11:30am
  • M, 12/11 – Spirit Week: Crazy Shoe/Sock Day
  • T, 12/12 – Spirit Week: Sports Team/Prairie Mountain Pride Day
  • W, 12/13 – Spirit Week: Character Day
  • TH, 12/14 – Spirit Week: Crazy Hair Day
  • F, 12/15 – Spirit Week: Color Competition Day – 3rd grade wears orange
  • F, 12/15 – Book Order due
  • F, 12/15 – Popcorn Day
  • December 18-22 – No School, Winter Break
  • December 25-29 – No School, Winter Break

Math: Use Place Value to Add and Subtract

The last two weeks, we worked on adding and subtracting using place value. Students and families can do an interactive math activity and video (Lesson #9: Use Place Value to Add and Subtract) to practice what we learned in class. Additional interactive videos are available for this skill too.

Adding

We can take the numbers from standard form and put them into expanded form. Next, add the ones (7+2), the tens (40+70), and the hundreds (100+200). Finally, put those answers into standard form (300+110+9=419)

  •    147         100 + 40 + 7
  • + 272      + 200 + 70 + 2
  •  ———       ————————
  •                  300 + 110  + 9 = 419

We can also use unit form to add.

  •    147
  • + 272
  •  ———
  •        9  Add the ones. (7 ones + 2 ones = 9 ones, or 9)
  •    110  Add the tens. (4 tens + 7 tens = 11 tens, or 1 hundred + 1 ten, or 110)
  •    300  Add the hundreds. (1 hundred + 2 hundreds = 3 hundreds, or 300)
  • ———-
  •    419  Add them all together.

We can also use the traditional method of regrouping (carrying).

  •    1
  •    147
  • + 272
  •  ———
  •    419

Subtracting

We can take the numbers from standard form and put them into expanded form. Next, subtract the ones (8-6). Then subtract the tens. We can’t do 60-80, so we trade first. Take 1 hundred away from the hundreds place and give it to the tens place. We now have 16 tens, or 160. (160-80). Now, subtract the hundreds (200-100). Finally, put those answers into standard form (100+80+2=182) *Sorry that I can’t show crossing out numbers to regroup on this post.

  •                  200   160
  •    368         300 + 60 + 8
  • – 186      – 100 + 80 + 6
  •  ———       ————————
  •                  100 + 80  + 2 = 182

We can also add on to subtract. Begin at 186 and count up to 368. Start at 186. It’s 4 jumps of 1 on a number line to get to 190. It’s 1 jump of 10 to get to 200. It’s 1 jump of 100 to get to 300. It’s 6 jumps of 10, or 60, to get to 360. It’s 8 jumps of 1 to get to 368. Combine the jumps: 4 + 10 + 100 + 60 + 8 = 182.

  •    368
  • – 186
  •  ————-

We can also use the traditional method of regrouping (borrowing). *Sorry that I can’t show crossing out numbers to regroup on this post.

  •    2  16
  •    3  6  8
  • – 1  8  6
  •  ————-
  •    1  8  2

Community Events

Get Your Immunizations
There are immunization requirements for Oregon students to stay in school. Be sure your child is not excluded from school on Wednesday, February 21st for lack of immunization. The Bethel Health Center can help. Click here for more information.

Obtenga sus inmunizaciones
Hay requerimientos de vacunas para que los estudieantes de Oregon sigan asistiendo a las escuelas.  Asegúrese de evitar que su hijo no pueda entrar a la escuela el miércoles 21 de febrero por falta de vacunas.  Haga clic aquí para mas información.


Town Hall Meeting Tuesday

Bethel will host a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, December 12th @ 6:30pm featuring Representative Julie Fahey, Bethel’s State Senator James Manning, our City Councilor Greg Evans, County Commissioner Pat Farr, Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis, and Bethel School Board Chair Dawnja Johnson. Everyone is welcome. Bring your issues relevant to the Bethel community. The meeting will take place in the Willamette High School Lecture Hall (located in the main office building).

Reunión del Ayuntamiento el martes

Bethel será el anfitrión de una reunión en el Ayuntamiento con la representante Julie Fahey, el senador estatal de Bethel James Manning, el concejal Greg Evans, la comisionada del condado Pat Farr, la alcaldesa de Eugene Lucy Vinis y la presidenta de la junta escolar de Bethel Dawnja Johnson. Todos son bienvenidos. Haga que sus problemas sean relevantes para la comunidad Bethel:

  • Sala de conferencias Willamette High School (en el edificio de la oficina)
  • Martes, 12 de diciembre, 6:30 p.m.

Prairie Mountain D.C. Trip Fundraiser

A percentage of your purchases at Barnes & Noble on Sunday, December 10th through Friday, December 15th will go towards the 8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip. Just mention the Prairie Mountain D.C. Trip at the register. Can’t make it into the store? Use the following book fair ID at checkout online: 12212007.

Recaudacion de fondos para el viaje a Washington D. C.

Un porcentaje de sus compras en Barnes & Noble el viernes 15 de diciembre se destinará al viaje de Washington D.C.. Solo mencione el viaje de Prairie Mountain D.C. en la caja.  No puede entrar a la tienda? Use la siguiente ID de Feria del libro (Book Fair) en el proceso de pago en línea: 12212007.

Spirit Week

Spirit Week: December 11-15

  • Monday, 12/11 – Crazy Shoe/Sock Day. Wear crazy shoes and/or socks.
  • Tuesday, 12/12 – Sports Team/Prairie Mountain Pride Day. Wear the shirt or jersey for your favorite sports team or your Prairie Mountain gear.
  • Wednesday, 12/13 – Character Day. Dress up as your favorite superhero or favorite character from a book or movie.
  • Thursday, 12/14 –
    • K-5 Elementary – Crazy Hair/Hat Day. Yes, you may wear hats on this day!
    • 6-8 Middle School – Throwback Thursday. Style your clothing and hair from the 50s, 60s, 70s, or 80s!
  • Friday, 12/15 – Color Competition Day. Each grade wears a different color.
    • Kindergarten: wear yellow
    • 1st: wear pink
    • 2nd: wear red
    • 3rd: wear orange
    • 4th: wear white
    • 5th: wear green
    • 6th: wear blue
    • 7th: wear purple
    • 8th: wear black

Please remember to review the Prairie Mountain Dress Code in our student handbook when selecting your spirit week attire.

AWESOME Attendance

We earned AWESOME for our school-wide attendance incentive program today. That means that we’ve had seven more days of perfect attendance and have earned an extra recess. Keep up the great work getting to school on time! Next, we’re going to work on spelling CHAMPIONS.

Important Information

In Tuesday Folders today are some very important forms.

  1. Please fill out the request form for a parent/teacher conference date and time. Please indicate your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices. Return this form to school no later than Tuesday, November 21.
  2. There is an order form for Prairie Mountain apparel. I think this may be the only time that PTO will be placing an order this school year. Please fill it out and return it to school with your payment by Wednesday, November 29 if you would like to order any Prairie Mountain shirts or sweatshirts for your child or yourself. Show your Prairie Mountain pride! 🙂

Math: Use Place Value to Round Numbers

This week, we are learning to round two-digit and three-digit numbers to the nearest ten and the nearest hundred. Students and families can do an interactive math activity and video (Lesson #8: Use Place Value to Round Numbers) to practice what we’re learning in class.

Rounding to the Nearest Ten:

  1. When rounding to the nearest ten, ask: What two tens is this number in between? EXAMPLE: Round 46 to the nearest 10. 46 is in between 40 and 50.
  2. Next, ask: What is the halfway point between those two tens? EXAMPLE: 45 is the halfway point between 40 and 50.
  3. Then, ask: Is the number I am rounding below or above the halfway point? If it’s below, I round down. If it’s above, I round up. If the number is the halfway point, I also round up. EXAMPLE: 46 is past the halfway point of 45, so I round up to 50.

We can also look at the ones place. If there’s a 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4 in the ones place, round down. If there’s a 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9 in the ones place, round up.

Rounding to the Nearest Hundred:

  1. When rounding to the nearest hundred, ask: What two hundreds is this number in between? EXAMPLE: Round 326 to the nearest 100. 326 is in between 300 and 400.
  2. Next, ask: What is the halfway point between those two hundreds? EXAMPLE: 350 is the halfway point between 300 and 400.
  3. Then, ask: Is the number I am rounding below or above the halfway point? If it’s below, I round down. If it’s above, I round up. If the number is the halfway point, I also round up. EXAMPLE: 326 is below the halfway point of 350, so I round down to 300.

We can also look at the tens and ones places together. If it’s 49 or below, round down. If it’s 50 or above, round up.

Students have math homework on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week.

Reminder!

Just a friendly reminder that students have CATCH Health Homework due tomorrow. It was sent home in Tuesday Folders two weeks ago and is called Hearty Heart Home Team: Players Guide #1.  Thank you!

Math: Understand Patterns

We are learning to identify, explain, and make patterns in math this week. Students and families can do an interactive math activity and video (Lesson #7: Understand Patterns) to practice what we’re learning in class.

Students are using hundreds charts, addition tables, and multiplication tables to model addition and multiplication patterns and to explain why the patterns make sense. They’re also using their knowledge of odd and even numbers to find and explain patterns.

Example: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 This pattern shows 3, 6, 9, 12 bolded. So, the pattern, or rule, is add 3. We can also notice that there’s an odd, even, odd, even pattern in the numbers 3, 6, 9, 12 when we count by threes.

Example: We can add two numbers (addends) to make a sum of 100. The sum will always be 100. We can add 10 + 90 = 100, 20 + 80 = 100, 30 + 70 = 100, 40 + 60 = 100 and so on. The pattern, or rule, is that when one number increases by 10, the other number decreases by 10 in order to keep the sum the same.

We’re also exploring patterns in adding and multiplying.

Addition Patterns:

  • even + even = even (12 + 4 = 16)
  • odd + odd = even (3 + 5 = 8)
  • even + odd = odd (6 + 7 = 13)
  • odd + even = odd (7 + 6 = 13)

Multiplication Patterns:

  • even x even = even (4 x 2 = 8)
  • odd x odd = odd (3 x 5 = 15)
  • even x odd = even (8 x 3 = 24)
  • odd x even = even (3 x 8 = 24)

Students have math homework on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week.

Typing Program

We went to the computer lab this afternoon and started using a typing program to learn proper keyboarding skills. It’s called typing.com and is a free program. I have created an account for each student in our class. Students can login to practice at home and at school. They must go through the program starting at the beginner level and complete lessons in the recommended order. Please observe your child as they type to make sure they are using good keyboarding form and are not “hunting and pecking” to type. Login information will be sent home next week in Tuesday Folders. I have added the link for typing.com to our class blog along the right-hand side under WebsitesTyping Program