Mark Your Calendars! – April

  • TH, 4/5 – Pick up Cookie Dough Orders @ 1:30pm-7:00pm, Prairie Mountain
  • F, 4/6 – Popcorn Day
  • T, 4/10 – PTO Pappy’s Pizza Fundraiser, Pappy’s Pizza off Barger Dr., near WinCo
  • W, 4/11 – CATCH Family Night @ 6:30pm-8:00pm, Prairie Mountain
  • F, 4/20 – Popcorn Day
  • F, 4/27 – Book Orders due

Mark Your Calendars! – March

  • F, 3/2 – Curriculum Development Day, No School
  • T, 3/6 – PTO Meeting @ 2:30pm-3:30pm, Elementary Library
  • TH, 3/8 – Prairie Mtn. Bingo Night @ 6:30pm-8:00pm, North Gym
  • F, 3/9 – Popcorn Day
  • SU, 3/11 – Daylight Savings Time Begins: Move Clocks Ahead One Hour
  • W, 3/14 – 3rd Grade Music Program @ 6:30pm-7:30pm, North Gym
  • TH, 3/15 – Last Day of Trimester #2
  • F, 3/16 – Grading Day, No School
  • F, 3/23 – Popcorn Day
  • F, 3/23 – Book Orders due
  • March 26-30 – Spring Break, No School

Mark Your Calendars! – February

  • F, 2/2 – Curriculum Development Day, No School
  • TH, 2/8 – PTO Fundraiser @ El Charro Mexican Restaurant (50% of purchase goes to Prairie Mountain PTO!)
  • F, 2/9 – Popcorn Day
  • M, 2/19 – President’s Day, No School
  • F, 2/23 – Popcorn Day
  • T, 2/27 – Book Orders due

Math: Solve One-Step Word Problems

This week, we’re learning to solve one-step word problems using multiplication and division. Students and families can do an interactive math activity and video (Lesson #11: Solve One-Step Word Problems) to practice what we’re learning in class.

  • If we know the number of groups/rows and the number in each group/row, then we need to multiply to find the total.
  • If we know the total and are missing either the number of groups/rows or the number in each group/row, then we need to divide.
  • We’ll also be learning to use a variable (letter) in place of a blank or question mark when solving equations.

Example: Mike walks 3 miles each day for 5 days. How many total miles does Mike walk?

  • We know the number of days and the number of miles per day. We do not know the total, so we want to multiply.
  • 5 x 3 = m
  • m = 15. Mike walks 15 miles total.

Example: Jennifer has 24 pages to read in a book. She reads 6 pages each day. How many days does it take her to read the book?

  • We know the total number of pages and the number of pages per day. We do not know the number of days, so we want to divide.
  • 24 ÷ 6 = p
  • We can also think p x 6 = 24.
  • p = 4. It takes Jennifer 4 days to read the book.

Students will also write word problems based on a given picture. When writing a word problem, you have to give two pieces of information and then ask a question to be solved. In class, we’ve been saying, “Tell. Tell. Ask.”

Example: Write a word problem about the picture.

  • *******
  • *******
  • *******

There are 3 vases. Each vase has 7 flowers in it. How many total flowers are there?

OR

There are 21 people on the track team. 7 players ride in each van to get to the track meet. How many vans are there?

OR

Bethany has 21 books to put equally onto 3 shelves. How many books will be on each shelf?

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

Math: Use Place Value to Multiply

The week before Winter Break, we worked on using place value to multiply. Students and families can do an interactive math activity and video (Lesson #10: Multiply by Multiples of 10) to practice what we learned in class. An additional interactive video is available for this skill too.

We used the Distributive Property (learned earlier this year) to decompose larger numbers into smaller ones to make multiplying easier.

Example:

  • 16 x 10 =
  • Decompose the 16 into 10 + 6.
  • Now we have (10 + 6) x 10.
  • Multiply each number in parentheses by 10.
    • (10 x 10) + (6 x 10)
    • 100 + 60 = 160

We also learned that we can apply the Associative Property (also learned earlier this year) to reorder the numbers to make multiplying easier.

Example:

  • 6 x 90 =
  • Decompose the 90 into 9 x 10.
  • Now we have 6 x (9 x 10).
  • Move the parentheses to (6 x 9) x 10 in order to get a basic “Rocket Math Fact” and in order to be able to multiple by 10.
  • Now we have (6 x 9) x 10.
    • 54 x 10 = 540

We also learned a couple of “shortcuts,” but not before understanding the meaning of what we’re doing. These “shortcuts” are only helpful if you have good mastery of your basic multiplication facts. Mastering your basic math facts and knowing them by heart is so important because it helps make other areas of learning in math so much smoother.

  • When we multiply by 10, we add a zero to the end of the other number and we get our answer.
    • 16 x 10 = 160
    • 54 x 10 = 540
    • 10 x 76 = 760
  • When we multiple a single digit by a multiple of 10, look for the basic “Rocket Math Fact” inside of the problem. Find the answer to the basic “Rocket Math Fact” and then add a zero to the end.
    • 6 x 90 = 540
    • 60 x 4 = 240
    • 30 x 9 = 270

Mark Your Calendars! – January

  • M, 1/1 – New Year’s Day, No School
  • T, 1/2 – School Resumes
  • F, 1/12 – Popcorn Day
  • M, 1/15 – MLK Day, No School
  • T, 1/16 – PTO Mtg. @ 2:30pm-3:30pm, Elementary Library
  • F, 1/26 – Book Orders due
  • F, 1/26 – Popcorn Day

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.

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