In math, we continue to focus on place value and are using this knowledge to add 2 and 3 digit numbers. We have also begun to represent 3 digit numbers in expanded form. The students have learned that 30 + 8 + 100 is the same as 100 + 30 + 8. We now understand that the order of numbers are different but none of the values have changed.  We have used the symbols <, > and = to show relationships between numbers up to 20. We are now using them to show the results of comparing 3 digit numbers. In this unit we are also learning how to represent money amounts.

At home you can ask your child to find the value of a group of coins. You may want to begin with a group of nickels. Ask your child to skip count by 5’s. Then practice counting by 5’s together to 100. When finding the value of a group of coins (dimes, nickels and pennies) first organize the coins by their value. Begin with the coins of greatest value and have fun adding!

Lastly, our math lessons this month included number names for numbers to one hundred. The children were each given a card with number names on it to use in class. They also learned that number names from twenty-one to ninety-nine have hyphens except for the decade numbers (twenty, thirty, forty, and so on). When discussing numbers in class we observed that a “teen” number means 1 ten plus a number, and a “-ty” number means a group of tens. A fun activity to do at home would be to read aloud the number names together. Then say a decade number like 40 and have your child write the decade number and number name on a paper. Ask your child to draw Quick Tens to represent the number. Try this a few times choosing different numbers!

Our new Fundations unit will teach the procedure for segmenting words into syllables. In this unit our focus also changes from sounds to syllables. We will introduce how to read and spell multisyllabic words. The children will be introduced to four new consonant suffixes (-ness, -less, -ment, -ful) and three new vowel suffixes (-able, -ish, -en).  Finally, children will be asked to read a word two times to emphasize the division between the base word and the suffix; reading the base word first (kind) and then reading the entire word (kindness).  As the children learn these new spelling procedures we will be asking them to share what they have learned with you at home.

We would like to wish everyone a safe and wonderful holiday season and look forward to spending the New Year with your child.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, our email addresses are:

Mrs. DeMauro - edemauro@groton.k12.ct.us

Mrs. Montgomery - pmontgomery@groton.k12.ct.us