Dear Families, 

Here's what we've been up to in room 316!

December 5 - 9 (*Apologies for missing updates over the past two weeks!*).


  • We are working on using mental math strategies to make complex problems simpler​ to solve and learning to round numbers to the closest 10 or 100.  So far, we have learned about Nice Number/Compensation Strategy, Split Strategy, and Jump Strategy.
  • Our class utilizes Khan Academy as a supplement to our Math Workshop.  Many families expressed interest in extension activities at home, and Khan Academy is a great source for extra practice!  Each student has their own username and our class password is webster425.


  • We have been learning about space, our solar system, and the moon!  Students have been working in science journals at different points throughout the week and we are doing research about the planets in our solar system, our moon and the sun.

Reader's and Writer's Workshop:

  • We have been learning about non-fiction/informative text features and how to identify them!

Special Events in the Classroom:

  • On Monday, we had a special visitor in our classroom, Mary Lewis, who came in to teach us about the use of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) while observing pieces of art!  Mary's presentation (as well as two more after break) will help to prep us for a future field trip to Minneapolis Institute of Art in February!  Look for a field trip notice to come home in early January.

Important Notes:

For those of you wishing to get more involved with our school community (or are just looking for a space to stay up to date), check out the Friends of Webster, a group for families and members of the community interested in supporting Webster Elementary.  Updates from Friends of Webster can be found on their facebook page as well as their official website.

Thanks to all of you who made it out to Webster Sharing Night!  The student artwork and songs were fantastic!

*Note:  Just a reminder that toys, gum and candy should stay at home.  We have been seeying a lot of toys come out during instruction time and some students have been bringing out candy and leaving gum and wrappers in the hallway.*