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Week of October 16


What we're learning this week
Language Arts: In writing, we are starting our unit on friendly letter writing.  In reading, we will continue talking about story elements, character traits, and character feelings.
*I will start to assess students on the 2nd nine weeks sight words this week!
Spelling List 7 (long e): sea, weak, chief, beef, hear, piece, please, seem, grieve, seen, teach, leave, shield
Sight Words: name, good, sentence, man
Challenge/Red List: beach, dream, feast, gleam, squeak, breeze, freeze, screech, squeeze, achieve, believe, yield, brief
Social Studies: We will be creating maps this week, using a compass rose, map key, and symbols.
Math: We will continue comparing numbers with greater than (<) and less than (>), and putting a list of numbers in order from least to greatest and greatest to least.  Our Place Value with Comparison Test is on Tuesday!  Then we will start to add and subtract using place value and mental math.
Science: We will continue talking about solids, liquids, and gases.  Our test is on Wednesday.
Important Dates:
10/17 Math Test
10/18 Science Test
10/20 Spelling Test 7
10/20 Dads and Donuts!
October 11, 2017
Hello Parents,
I have added conference dates and times for next week. If you have not been able to come in to date, please go to  and sign up for a time and date that are most convenient for you. I look forward to meeting with you! 

Week of 10/9



Science: We will manipulate matter to change physical properties. Test will be next week. At home, please show students different matter and the properties and how the matter will be useful to us. For example, a brick is a good building material, because it is strong, hard, and able to be stacked


Social Studies: We will continue to work with maps. Please review the terms map, map key, symbols, compass rose, cardinal directions, north, south, west, east. We will also discuss the similarities and differences of rural, suburban, and urban areas. 


Math: We are ordering numbers to 1,000. We will use the terms greater than, less than, and equal to. We will also continue to build numbers using Base-10 Blocks. Our math test will be next Tuesday. Please use my place value game links on my website.


Reading: We will focus on finding similarities and differences of characters, settings, and plots of stories from the same author to understand a story. Please read nightly with your child. Please begin practice the 2nd 9-weeks sight words.


Writing: We will write, edit, and revise small moment stories about your life. Please point out strong beginnings, middles, and ends of stories that you read with your child.  


Language: We will continue to work with synonyms. 


Spelling: Our spelling words follow the long a: a-e, ai, ay rule. 


Regular list: 1. safe 2. day 3. rain 4. say 5. play 6. ate 7. stay 8. save 9. may     10. paint 11. plain 12. tray 13. chain 14. after . 15. thing .16. our . 17. just


Challenge List: 1. grade 2. chase 3. scrape 4. skate 5. escape 6. estimate 7. explain 8. complain 9. obtain 10. remain 11. Friday 12. Monday            13. always    14. after 15. thing 16. our 17. just

Important Dates:
10/13 Spelling Test 6

Online Reading Resources


During fall conferences, many of you have asked about online reading resources available at home.  We hope to have some activated soon, but in the meantime, our Librarian Mrs. Watson, has some great resources linked on her website.  
Students can use Capstone, Bookflix, and Tumble.  These do not require login or purchase.  Also, you can use the conversion chart to look up books on level for your student.  

Week of October 2


Just a reminder that Friday is early release at 12:50 and Monday, October 9th is a student holiday.  
Reading:  We are learning how to infer when reading - activating our schema and finding the evidence.  We will also infer about characters later in the week.  
Writing:  Students are writing about something that happened to them.  We are focusing on adding details and making our stories interesting to the reader. 
Math:  We will be working on putting numbers in order and locating them on a number line.  We will review on Thursday for a test (study guide will be sent home) for a major grade test on Friday.
Science:  We are learning that matter can be solid or liquid and how we can physically change matter.  
Social Studies:  We are learning about the different types of maps and how we use them for information.  
Spelling List 1:  wink, sing, sink, king, long, sung, hang, blank, wind, junk, think, bring, stung, back, give, most, very
Spelling List 2:  sprung, flung, belong, prong, strong, shrink, yank, debunk, spunk, blink, rethink, skunk, chunk, back, give, most, very

September 28

Today was a great day for writing! Friends that have not been interested in writing found their interest point today and wrote, wrote, wrote. I can hardly wait to see what they put on their paper!
In math we began working on math riddles. This is a very hard concept for them, as it requires deeper thinking and reasoning skills rather than simple calculations. I have attached a worksheet that is a step by step activity, and it requires them to add their own clues at the end in order to exact different numbers. I asked them to complete the worksheet tonight (Help is welcome and encouraged!) and return it tomorrow to earn another ticket.
Also, each week in your child's Wednesday folder you find his/her graded work. I want them to be proud of what they have accomplished, but I want you as a parent to see their work. I've asked your children to go through their folders with you and to choose their favorite work, what they are the most proud of, and place it back in their folder. When they return their folders on Thursday morning we will take that assignment out and place it on our "Brag Board" for the week so that everyone can share in their success. I will return the work to you when the next piece goes up the following week.

September 26

Hello Parents,
Today your child received leveled readers to bring home for the week. You will find two books in their bag that are on their independent reading level. This means that your child can read these books with no assistance. You will notice as he/she reads them that they will become faster readers, reading in larger groups of words instead of word by word. You will also note that they will attend to punctuation, and read with expression. I tell them to "read like a storyteller" reads. If your child is not doing this, please coach them by modeling how they should sound as you share a book. (i.e. you read a page and they read a page.) these books should be returned on Monday in their bag, and I will replace them for the week. 
I have uploaded the reading log and the math facts logs for you to print as needed. these will be turned in every Monday as well.
Tomorrow is our science assessment over matter and measurement of matter. You can view this Brainpop video with your child for a refresher and do some of the games and activities offered as well.
We will also be completing a math assessment over place value, where your child will not only compose numbers with base ten blocks, but will also relate that number in expanded form, word form, standard form, and be able to compose it in different ways. For example, 125 can be composed of 1-100, 2 tens, and 5 ones or 1-100, 1 ten, and 15 ones.  They will use numbers up to and including 1,000.
Sheppard Software has some games that will reinforce their skills:
We have started talking about small moment stories, and we are so excited to write our ideas down in our Idea files! I cannot wait to see what they write about next! We are working very hard on using complete sentences both in our writing and in our everyday language, as well as remembering to use capital letters at the beginning of every sentence and proper nouns, and using proper punctuation at the end of each sentence.
We are also learning to make predictions before and during our reading, as well as checking to confirm if our prediction is correct or not through the use of evidence found in the text. They are loving it, and love to see if they make the correct predictions, so we are learning to ask questions as we read and pay attention to all of the little details.
Thank you so much for all you do to partner with me and the school in your child's education!

Week of September 25

We are off to a great start in our learning! Parents you will find that our vocabulary is growing immensely, as we are using not only more advanced language in our daily lives, but also within the content of our curriculum. I will be adding a vocabulary page to our website for you to refer to as you study with your child to assure that they know the words and that they completely understand the meaning of the word. You may choose to create flashcards for them, make matching games, quiz them while you are cooking dinner, or even on the way home from activities. It is imperative that they know these words, as they are the words that will appear on their assessments.
I would love to post pictures and videos from the classroom for you to get a peek into what we do throughout the day. However, in order for me to do that, you must have checked on your registration that I can take photos of your child. Please check your registration on-line to be certain your choice is selected appropriately, and send me an email if you had to change it.
We are working hard at upholding our Great Expectations. Part of that is using higher level vocabulary and speaking in complete sentences as we address others, as well as looking them in the eye when speaking. We practice this consistently in class, and encourage you to hold the same expectations at home in order to support them. Our greatest challenges lie in showing respect to others, controlling our talking, following instructions when they are given, and completing our work in a timely fashion. These will be the highest priority on Class Dojo. I generally give students 2-3 warnings before noting a specific behavior. I am working hard at getting faster in using the system so that I can reward all of those positive points as I note them. Your children are the most helpful, caring children I have had the pleasure to teach. Thank you for being patient, and thank you to those parents who have contacted me in order to clarify a behavior. 
This week will be busy! We will learn in:
Language Arts: 
In Language Arts we will learn about making predictions using information in the text. We will also learn about questioning as we read in order to assure comprehension, as well as learning to self monitor for understanding. Finally, we will use textual evidence to prove our understanding of the text. Beginning of year reading level assessments have been completed, and I will be assessing sight words just before the end of the grading period. Their pre-test was sent home previously for you to see and practice with them on the words they did not know.  I will also be sending home book bags with books on your child's reading level to practice reading fluency and comprehension. These books will come home on Monday and need to be returned the following Monday.
I am also changing the days for their at-home reading logs and math fact practice logs. It will be easier for you if I simply make them all due on the same day, and send home new ones the same day. You will receive books, a reading log, and a math fact log on Monday. You will return the items from the previous week to me on Monday as well.
In writing we will learn about ways to write small moment stories. We will practice brainstorming ideas, planning visually and orally, planning through talking with our partners, and stretching out a story across several pages in order to use details that help our reader picture the events in their minds.
In grammar we will learn about verbs, and that they are action words. We will compare nouns and verbs and how they relate to one another.
In spelling we will study the 'floss rule'. The list is on my spelling/ page. Based on your child's score on the pre-test Monday, I will send a copy of the challenge list home. 
In math we will continue our study of place value. We have been working on ones, tens, and hundreds places and will now incorporate the thousands place. We know that there are four ways to write a number - standard, word, pictorial, and expanded forms. Your child is required to be able to write numbers in each way, as well as use place value blocks to compose numbers in different ways through exchanging ones, tens, and hundreds. (i.e.  We can compose 100 by using 1-100 block, 10-10's, 100 - 1's, 9-10's and 10 -1's, etc.) We will have a performance based assessment Wednesday for your child to show mastery of this concept. We will then work on comparing number values.
We have been working on properties of matter and science tools, as well as what they are used for. We will be reviewing for an assessment this Wednesday. Your child should know what we use to measure volume, length, and mass with, as well as how to use those tools. Grouping by properties and establishing properties items are grouped by will also appear on the assessment.
Social Studies:
We will complete our unit on citizenship and be able to model the characteristics of a good citizen in the classroom and school community. We will also prove our knowledge of the Pledge of Allegiance and the Pledge to the Texas Flag through recitation and written form.
Please contact me if you have any questions, concerns, or something awesome to share! Have a wonderful week!
Important Dates:
Math Assessment: 9/27
Science Assessment: 9/27
Spelling Assessment: 9/29
Choir Practice 
Date: 9/25/2017, 4 PM  5 PM 
Location: Music Room 2 
Roper Practice 
Date: 9/27/2017, 8 AM  8:30 AM 
Location: Gym 
Chess Club Applications Due 
Date: 9/28/2017 
Roper Practice 
Date: 9/28/2017, 8 AM  8:30 AM 
Location: Gym 
Parent Orientation for Grades 3 and 4
Date: 9/28/2017, 6 PM  7:30 PM 

Week of September 18


Language Arts: In writing, we will continue to work on stories about ourselves with a beginning, middle, and end. We are learning to add details and to remember to capitalize beginnings of sentences and use punctuation at the end. In grammar we are learning more about nouns, such as plural and singular, and what different spellings might come for irregularly spelled plurals. In reading, we will continue to work on reading for longer periods of time without stopping as well as asking ourselves questions to keep us engaged.  We will also talk about making connections to what we read to help our understanding. 
Spelling words (short vowels): clap, spot, end, skin, ponds, drum, plan, men, must, flat, kept, twin, brushes, only, little, work, know
                Challenge list: grant, habit, stand, crept, empty, lemon, print, sixty, comic, frost, dusty, lumpy, stunt, only, little, work, know
Please remember that we have three dictation sentences with the test, in which they are graded on spelling, capitalization, and punctuation at the end of the sentence. The words that make up the sentences are words they are already familiar with, being sight words from kindergarten, first, and second grade. Dictation will count as a separate grade from the spelling test, and the sentences are not given out in advance. An example from this past week: We see the frog jump up and down.
Social Studies: We will be learning about the Pledge of Allegiance and writing our class creed.
Math: We will begin our unit on place value. 
Science: We are studying matter and will learn how to find temperature, volume, and the measurement of objects.
Important Dates:
9/19 - Watch D.O.G. Kickoff from 6-7 PM
9/21 - Parent Orientation (PreK-2nd) from 6-7:30 PM
9/22 - Fall Portraits
9/22 - Spelling Test 2

Week of September 11


We had a great week last week and we are finally settling into our daily schedule.  
Sight word assessments for the beginning of the nine weeks were completed last week and a copy will be sent home in Wednesday folders so you and your student know which ones to study.  This week, we will start spelling tests.  If your student misses 0 or 1 on the Spelling pretest on Monday, he or she will be given a challenge list for the week.  Reading level assessment for the beginning of the year will be this week also, and this is a major grade.  
In Language Arts, we are learning about thinking about our reading, reading long and strong, and the best books to read. We are also writing about things that have happened to us, we will learn about how to make our story better, and how to publish it.  
In Math, we have been working on our facts to 20 using review strategies, and we will have a major grade assessment on Friday.  A study guide will be sent home Thursday for review. Have your child log in to "First in Math" daily to help them acquire the automaticity they need in order to be successful. Make up short story problems for them to solve using addition or subtraction. Ask them to explain to you how they did the problem, what their strategy was, what they were thinking as they did the problem. 
In Science, we have completed the safety unit and will begin classifying and measuring matter.  In Social Studies, we will determine what characteristics and actions make good citizens.

DPES is looking for volunteers for our Parents as Coaches program!  Parents as Coaches are weekly parent volunteers that work with small groups of students in a Kindergarten or First Grade classroom for thirty minute increments.  A language arts or math activity/game will be provided for the parent to play with the students.   We believe that our community and parents play a significant role in our students’ success.  All volunteers will need to submit and pass the district background check on the TISD webpage.  If you are interested in volunteering for the Parents as Coaches program, please contact Mrs. Hudson at  or complete the application form at


DPES está buscando voluntarios para nuestro programa “Padres como mentores”. Los padres como mentores son padres voluntarios que trabajan semanalmente por treinta minutos con grupos pequeños de estudiantes de una clase. Una actividad o juego de artes del lenguaje o matemáticas será proporcionado para que los padres trabajen con los estudiantes. Creemos que nuestra comunidad y los padres juegan un papel importante en el éxito de nuestros estudiantes. Todos los voluntarios tendrán que presentar y pasar la verificación de antecedentes penales del distrito en la página de internet de Tomball ISD. Si usted está interesado en ser voluntario para el programa “Padres como mentores”, por favor póngase en contacto con Mrs. Hudson en el correo electrónico, llene la forma o el formulario de solicitud en