Week of Sept. 17th

Week of Sept. 17


Reading:  We will be learning strategies to read more fluently and using context clues to figure out tricky words. 
Writing:  We will be starting a new small moment story about a time we learned a lesson.
Spelling: Lesson 4 (ng and nk blends)
wink, sing, sink, king, long, stung, sung, hang, blank, wing, junk, think, bring
Sight words: back, give, most, very
Math:  We will learn how to use standard, word, and expanded forms to represent numbers up to 1,200.
Science:  We will learn how matter's physical properties can change by cutting, folding, sanding, or melting.  We will have our Physical Properties Test on Wednesday!
The test covers the following: 
Matter is anything that takes up space. 
States of matter- solid, liquid, gas 
Physical Properties of matter (size, shape, texture, mass, and color)
Important Dates:
9/19 Science Test
9/21 Spelling Test 4
9/21 Fall Pictures
10/5 Early Release at 12:50pm
10/8 Student Holiday

Week of Sept. 10th

Reading:  We will be making inferences based on prior knowledge and evidence from the text.

Writing:  We will learn strategies to revise and edit our small moment stories. 
Spelling: Lesson 3 (short vowel floss rule)
fell, still, mess, gloss, pill, fluff, boss, skill, class, bluff, moss, puff, stuff
Sight words: place, year, live, me
Math:  We will review addition and subtraction strategies and take our Unit 1 Test on Tuesday.  Then we will start our unit on place value.
Science:  We will learn how to classify matter based on physical properties, such as color, shape, hardness, texture, flexibility, and mass.
Important Dates:
9/10-9/14 Grandparents Week
9/11 Unit 1 Math Test
9/14 Spelling Test 3
9/21 Fall Pictures

Week of Sept. 4th

Week of Sept. 4th


Important Information:
Spelling Test Friday
Social Studies Test Friday
Here is what we will be learning this week:
Spelling: Short Vowel Review
flap, spot, end, skin, ponds, drum, plan, men, must, flat, kept, twin, brushes, only, little, work, know



Readers ask, "What will help me read this word?¨ to figure out a tricky word. 

Readers will read with partners. Readers prepare and plan for partner reading time.


Writers write brief stories that include a beginning, middle, and end. 

Writer's will understand and use nouns in the context of reading, writing, and speaking.


Math Experts will understand the meaning of the equal sign and determine if equations involving addition and subtraction are true or false.

Math experts will solve addition and subtraction equations using a part part whole mat.


4+_=12 or _+4=12 or 12-4=? or 12-_=4

4 ?
Math experts will solve addition and subtraction equations using a part part whole mat that is divided into 3 parts. 
Ex: 2+4+6=?
2 4 6
Math Experts will write a math word problem from a given equation.
Brad had 5 pencils. His mom gave him 8 more pencils. How many pencils does he have now?
Social Studies:
Students will understand characteristics of a good citizen.
Citizenship test on Friday

Week of Aug. 27-31, 2018

Welcome Back!

Hello, each week this page will be updated to reflect current skills being taught, as well as other important information, or reminders.
Research has been unable to prove that homework improves student performance in elementary students. Instead, I ask that you spend your evenings doing things that are proven to correlate with student success; eat dinner as a family, read together, play outside, and put your student to bed early. 
The only homework that I typically ask for is to study spelling words, practice math facts, and read; the best way to become a better reader is to read! 
-Each week, your child will be given a list of 13 spelling words plus 4 sight words  The spelling words will follow a spelling pattern we are learning in class. Sight words are words that cannot be sounded out; they must be memorized and are the most common words in English. 
-Each test will have 3 surprise words that follow the same spelling pattern.  Our goal is to learn the pattern, not simply memorize the list. For example: If you can spell ash, then you can spell mash, cash, and splash.
-Spelling words are practiced at school, however, is it recommended that students practice at home for the Spelling Test each Friday. 
-Sight words and spelling words will be posted on my website each week. 
-In addition to the spelling words, there will be 3 dictation sentences with each test.  These are averaged into one daily grade each nine weeks.
-Spelling will change to an individualized word study after Winter Break!
Here is what we will be learning this week:
Reading:  We will be setting up our reader's notebooks and talking about good reading behaviors.
Writing:  We will be setting up our writer's notebooks and start writing brief stories that include a beginning, middle, and end.
Spelling: Lesson 1 (short vowels)
band, send, hits, frog, jug, help, desk, wind, flap, hunt, clap, next, spit, 
Sight words: over, new, sound, take
Math:  We will practice a variety of math strategies when solving addition and subtraction problems.
Science:  We will be learning about science safety and signing our safety contract.
Important Dates:
8/30 Open House from 6pm-8pm
8/31 First Spelling Test
New Conduct Procedure:
Students will not have a conduct sheet in their Wednesday Folders this year. Tomball ISD has a new conduct system this year. Please come to Open House to find out more about how you can track your students conduct at home. 


If your child has not brought home an order of order for field day t-shirts, please let me know.  They are going to be so cute; however, we must have a minimum of 15 children purchase before they can be made.  Thanks:)

STAAR Practice

I have e-mailed you all some things to use for STAAR math practice.  We have been working hard to identify very specific needs and have been meeting in small groups for several weeks now.  Your child may be seeing another teacher for 30 minutes, 4 times a week.  If you have any questions, please let me know.
We are working on weight and capacity in math and are starting a new unit on the moon in science.
Thank you for all that you do to make your children successful!

Party on the Prairie Information

The PTO has extended the t-shirt sales until March 9th.  The party will be March 24th.  Many letters have been coming home in the Wednesday folders about this event.  There will be a raffle for an outdoor gourmet single sack crawfish boiler.  Tickets will be sold the week prior to the carnival.  Also, there are still t-shirts available until this Friday.
Finally, just to update you on our class donations...  we have none yet!  Yikes!  Please help by donating to our basket.   The theme is Family Game Night.  Our donation for prizes is Blow Pops.  You can drop these off Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday of this week from 8:10-8:40.  There will be volunteers waiting to get them from you, so you don't even have to get out of your car!
Please help make this carnival a success.
Crystal & Kim

This is an old post... I don't know how to move it. Next Week

Good afternoon.  I just wanted to make you all aware that I will not be in class next week.  My daughter is getting Cancun!!!!!  Rest assured that I have planned for this and have retained a very experienced substitute teacher.  Many of you may know her, Anne Sundquist.  She is a former teacher and administrator.  She is also a member of the Magnolia City Council.  I feel very comfortable leaving the students with her.  I have let the students know, so they should not be surprised or worried about where I am.  I have never left my class for a week, but this occasion definitely warrants it.    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break.  Thank you so much for understanding.



Crystal Short

February 26 - March 2, 2018

  • February 26 - March 2: Read Across America Week,
    • DPES School Book Fair
  • Thursday, March 1, Class/ Individual Pictures
  • Friday, March 2, Book Character Parade at DPES
We have begun geometry.  We will be learning attributes of 2D and 3D shapes, as well as how to classify them.
In Science, we are beginning to learn about the planets!

Welcome Back!

Wow!  How time flies.  The new year is upon us and the students will be returning to school on Wednesday, the 10th.  I'm sure lots of stories will be told by all.:)  
Just to keep you up to date, we will be starting division in math and landforms in science. 
I will start sending math homework, Monday, January 22nd.  The home work will be handed out each Monday and due each Thursday.
I hope you had a fabulous holiday season and I wish the best for you all this year.

Week of Nov. 13-17

The students will be continuing to explore heat and light energy. They will have a test on Thursday over those topics. (Science)
In math, we are solving multiple step word problems with both addition and subtraction, with and without regrouping, using different strategies.  They will be testing on Thursday in math, as well.
Please make sure your child has mastered his/her addition and subtraction facts.  After Thanksgiving our timed tests will be on multiplication.

Fun Time for the Family

The Tomball STAGE will be presenting The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe beginning next week.  We hope you can enjoy this production with your child so they can experience this wonderful tale about good overcoming evil.