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Phone: 281-357-3134 x 3064
 
 

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Feb 12-15

Whats Happening at Decker Prairie

  • Wed., Feb 14, Class Valentine's Day Party from 2:30-3:30
    (Class name list will go home in this week's Wednesday Folder.  Please, if you plan on sharing cards, have them completed at home. Also, if you would like to create a box or bag, decorate that at home. We will not be doing those in class.  Please do not make them larger than a shoe box or cereal box.)
  • Th., Feb. 15, Family Science & Math Night 
  • Fri., Feb. 16, Staff Development/ Student Holiday
  • Mon., Feb. 19, Staff Development/ Student Holiday
  • Fri., Feb. 23, Go Texans! Day
  • Mon.-Feb. 26-Mar. 2: Read Across America Week, DPES School Book Fair
READERS WORKSHOP
Students will: 
  • tell and write a summary of a story, sequence the plot’s main events.

WRITERS WORKSHOP
Writers will :
  • be able to explain what a personal narrative  is and the chacteristics of a personal narrative.

SPELLING:
Lesson 17 (Spelling Test Thursday)
  1. age
  2. space
  3. change
  4. jawbone
  5. jacket
  6. giant
  7. pencil
  8. circle
  9. once
  10. large
  11. dance
  12. jeans
  13. bounce
  14. huge
  15. nice
  16. place
  17. excited
  18. gigantic
  19. night
  20. open
 
SOCIAL STUDIES
 
The student(s) will:
  • investigate maps and globes
Vocabulary: 

location, distance, direction, maps, globes, cardinal directions, intermediate directions, scale, compass rose, grid system, symbols, legend

Feb 5- 9

  • Th., Feb, 8, Career Day during the day.
  • Fri., Feb, 9, Class/ Individual/ Organization Pictures have been CANCELLED and will be rescheduled.
  • Wed., Feb 14, Class Valentine's Day Party from 2:30-3:30
    (Class name list will go home in this week's Wednesday Folder.  Please, if you plan on sharing cards, have them completed at home. Also, if you would like to create a box or bag, decorate that at home. We will not be doing those in class.  Please do not make them larger than a shoe box or cereal box.)
  • Th., Feb. 15, Family Science & Math Night 
  • Fri., Feb. 16, Staff Development/ Student Holiday
  • Mon., Feb. 19, Staff Development/ Student Holiday
  • Fri., Feb. 23, Go Texans! Day
  • Mon.-Feb. 26-Mar. 2: Read Across America Week, DPES School Book Fair
READERS WORKSHOP
Students will: 
  • tell and write a summary of a story, sequence the plot’s main events.

WRITERS WORKSHOP
Writers will :
  • be able to explain what a personal narrative  is and the chacteristics of a personal narrative.

SPELLING:
Lesson 25
(2/5-9)- Spelling Test Friday
(-less - without) (-ness - the state of being)
  1. painless
  2. sickness
  3. sadness
  4. helpless
  5. thankless
  6. kindness
  7. hopeless
  8. darkness
  9. fearless
  10. thickness
  11. careless
  12. goodness
  13. spotless
  14. softness
  15. useful
  16. weakly
  17. breathless
  18. eagerness
  19. around
  20. sentence
 
SOCIAL STUDIES
 
The student(s) will:
  • identify what a hero is
  • how individuals changed or shaped communities in the past, present and over time
A hero is someone we look up to or admire because of his or her outstanding qualities or achievements.  They can include ordinary people who were put into extraordinary circumstances and behaved heroically.  A hero could also include people who may lead their lives quietly helping others.   Discussions about “heroes” are constant themes across history and literature texts and one that we will cover in this course.  Heroes are individuals who emerge to perform great deeds or challenge our view of the world.
 
 
Students will recite their class creed and school creed from memory this week (2/5-9).  Mrs. Short's and Ms. Lambright's homerooms have their own creeds, so each class's is different. Students only need to memorize the creed they wrote with their homeroom teacher.  They have all been given a copy of the creed and it is glued inside their planner.

Mrs. Short's Homeroom Class Creed


We are strong, independent, and responsible students.  

We believe we can do anything we put our minds to.

We will help people and work hard to gain more knowledge.

We will be confident as we learn and work together to solve problems step by step.

 

Ms. Lambright's Class Creed

We are an amazing Decker Prairie classroom.

We believe we are a good team and can be accomplished learners.

We will be nice to others and work hard to learn everything our teachers teach.

We will listen, pay attention, and finish our work at all times.

 
 

Jan 29 - Feb 2

What's Happening at DPES?
https://dpes.tomballisd.net/

  • Thursady, Feb. 15, Family Science & Math Night 
READERS WORKSHOP
Students will: 
  • Identify characteristics/ parts of a Drama

  • Identify a Tall Tale

  • Sequence the plot’s main events and explain their influence on future events

WRITERS WORKSHOP
Writers will :
  • Continue to craft claims for their ideas to persuade another person about a particular topic
  • Use their graphic organizer to compose a persuasive paper crafting the supporting details for the claim they are making about a person, place or thing.  

SPELLING: Prefixes un-, and re-
Lesson 23
(1/29-2/2)- Spelling Test Friday
  1. unfold
  2. rejoin
  3. untie
  4. reheat
  5. unfair
  6. unclear
  7. repaid
  8. rewrite
  9. unhurt
  10. recheck
  11. unlucky
  12. unwrap
  13. reuse
  14. unsure
  15. reread
  16. unsafe
  17. unbuckle
  18. unknown
  19. example
  20. different
 
SOCIAL STUDIES
 
The student(s) will:
  • Identify what a hero is
  • How individuals changed or shaped communities in the past, present and over time
A hero is someone we look up to or admire because of his or her outstanding qualities or achievements.  They can include ordinary people who were put into extraordinary circumstances and behaved heroically.  A hero could also include people who may lead their lives quietly helping others.   Discussions about “heroes” are constant themes across history and literature texts and one that we will cover in this course.  Heroes are individuals who emerge to perform great deeds or challenge our view of the world.
 
Students will memorize their class creed this week and be ready to recite it from memory next week (2/5-9).  Mrs. Short and Ms. Lambright's homeroom have their own creed, so each is different. Students have been given a copy of the creed and it is glued inside the 2nd page of the planner.
 

Mrs. Short's Homeroom Class Creed


We are strong, independent, and responsible students.  

We believe we can do anything we put our minds to.

We will help people and work hard to gain more knowledge.

We will be confident as we learn and work together to solve problems step by step.

 

Ms. Lambright's Class Creed

We are an amazing Decker Prairie classroom.

We believe we are a good team and can be accomplished learners.

We will be nice to others and work hard to learn everything our teachers teach.

We will listen, pay attention, and finish our work at all times.

 

Decker Prairie's Family Math and Science Night
Thursday, February 15, 2018 
5:30-7:00 pm

We have some exciting activities planned for you!

  • Visit a Mobile Water Lab provided by Harris County Water Authority
  • Combine materials to make something that none of the materials can do themselves: make a kazoo, kaleidoscope, lava lamp, cootie catcher and more!
  • Take and record your pulse using a toothpick and a marshmallow
  • Estimate how many things are in a jar and win it
  • Work with tangrams, math facts and snowflakes
  • Be in a drawing for some really cool Math and Science games and kits
  • Maybe even, look at the stars with an Astronomer!

Jan 22-26

What's Happening at DPES?
  • Fri, Jan. 26th- 9:30-10- 2nd 9 Weeks Awards Ceremony for 3rd grade 
  • Fri, Jan 26th- 12:00 - Library Book Club for 3rd Grade (this will be held in the library) 
  • Th., Feb. 15, Family Science & Math Night 
READERS WORKSHOP- New Reading logs in Wednesday Folders!
Students will: 
  • use context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words.
6 Context Clues to Determine the Meaning of an Unknown Word
Look for the meaning of an unknown word look...
 
Clue #1: before or after signal words: are, is, or, called.
Clue #2: after a comma or dashinside parentheses, that is italicized or bolded.
Clue #3: in the sentence before or after the sentence where the unknown word appears.
Clue #4: by looking for smaller words inside the unknown word (prefix, suffix, base words).
Clue #5: by filling in the blank with the answer choices given.
Clue #6: by using your background knowledge and making logical guesses based on the text.
WRITERS WORKSHOP
Writers will continue to craft claims for their ideas to persuade another person about a particular topic. They will then use their graphic organizer to compose a persuasive paper crafting the supporting details for the claim they are making about a person, place or thing.  

SPELLING:
Lesson 23
(1/22-26)- Spelling Test Friday, 1/26
  1. singer
  2. loudly
  3. joyful
  4. teacher
  5. fighter
  6. closely
  7. powerful
  8. farmer
  9. quickly
  10. careful
  11. friendly
  12. speaker
  13. wonderful
  14. truly
  15. hopeful
  16. safely
  17. listener
  18. calmly
  19. watch
  20. turn
 
SOCIAL STUDIES
 
The student(s) will:
  • identify what a hero is
  • how individuals changed or shaped communities in the past, present and over time
A hero is someone we look up to or admire because of his or her outstanding qualities or achievements.  They can include ordinary people who were put into extraordinary circumstances and behaved heroically.  A hero could also include people who may lead their lives quietly helping others.   Discussions about “heroes” are constant themes across history and literature texts and one that we will cover in this course.  Heroes are individuals who emerge to perform great deeds or challenge our view of the world.
 
 

Decker Prairie's Family Math and Science Night
Thursday, February 15, 2018 
5:30-7:00 pm

We have some exciting activities planned for you!

  • Visit a Mobile Water Lab provided by Harris County Water Authority
  • Combine materials to make something that none of the materials can do themselves: make a kazoo, kaleidoscope, lava lamp, cootie catcher and more!
  • Take and record your pulse using a toothpick and a marshmallow
  • Estimate how many things are in a jar and win it
  • Work with tangrams, math facts and snowflakes
  • Be in a drawing for some really cool Math and Science games and kits
  • Maybe even, look at the stars with an Astronomer!

Jan 15-18

READERS WORKSHOP
Students will: 
  • identify the cause and effect situations when I read a text.
  • explain the main idea and give supporting details about a topic.
  • use context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words.
6 Context Clues to Determine the Meaning of an Unknown Word
Look for the meaning of an unknown word look...
 
Clue #1: before or after signal words: are, is, or, called.
Clue #2: after a comma or dashinside parentheses, that is italicized or bolded.
Clue #3: in the sentence before or after the sentence where the unknown word appears.
Clue #4: by looking for smaller words inside the unknown word (prefix, suffix, base words).
Clue #5: by filling in the blank with the answer choices given.
Clue #6: by using your background knowledge and making logical guesses based on the text.
WRITERS WORKSHOP
Writers will continue to craft claims for their ideas to persuade another person about a particular topic. They will then use their graphic organizer to compose a persuasive paper crafting the supporting details for the claim they are making about a person, place or thing.  

SPELLING:
Due to the closure this week, we will NOT be having a spelling test this week. 
 
We will skip list 16 and move on to list 23 for the week of January 22nd, since we will be focusing on affixes the next few weeks. 
 
SOCIAL STUDIES
 
The student(s) will:
  • identify what a hero is
  • how individuals changed or shaped communities in the past, present and over time
A hero is someone we look up to or admire because of his or her outstanding qualities or achievements.  They can include ordinary people who were put into extraordinary circumstances and behaved heroically.  A hero could also include people who may lead their lives quietly helping others.   Discussions about “heroes” are constant themes across history and literature texts and one that we will cover in this course.  Heroes are individuals who emerge to perform great deeds or challenge our view of the world.

Tomball ISD is participating in the Speak Up national research project. Speak Up is a survey designed to help students, parents, educators, and community members share their ideas directly with schools and national policymakers. The brief online survey is open to students, educators, parents, and community members through January 19, 2018. Click the the link https://speakup.tomorrow.org/ to take the survey. 

Dec 18-22

What's Happening at DPES?

  • Thursday, Dec 21- ALL ABOARD! Polar Express Pajama Day!!!-Wear your winter pajamas today and enjoy a movie and hot cocoa!
  • Friday, Dec 22- Christmas Parties start at 11:30-12:30 & Early Release at 12:50
  • Friday, Dec 22-Fun run pledge forms and pledges due today.
  • Friday, Dec 22nd- 2nd 9 weeks Reporting Period Ends
  • Dec 25-Jan 9 -Christmas Break See you next year...2018!
 Homework/ Tests:
  • Read nightly 25-30 minutes (Students are required to complete reading log)
 Spelling Words:
We will not have a spelling test this week. We will begin the week after we get back from Christmas break.
 

What's going on in class?

Reading:
Ending our study of summary, main idea and supporting details for now.  Those that were absent will will take the 2nd part of our reading test.

Writing:
Wraping up our Santa Suit writing activity using a main idea and supporting details. 

Social Studies:
Students are studying cultural celebrations.

Dec 11-15

What's Happening at DPES?

  • Friday, Dec 15th- Jingle Bell Jog
    1st Annual DPES Jingle Bell Jog sponsored by the DPES PTO. Students will run during their scheduled Specials time (11-12).
    Infor-mation and pledge forms were sent out before Thanksgiving.
    Funds from the jog will go towards new playground equipment.
    Fun run pledge forms and pledges are due Friday, December 22nd.
  • Monday, Dec 18- Campus Spelling Bee 9am
  • Thursday, Dec 21- ALL ABOARD! Polar Express Pajama Day!!!-Wear your winter pajamas today and enjoy a movie and hot cocoa!
  • Friday, Dec 22- Christmas Parties start at 11:30-12:30 & Early Release at 12:50
  • Friday, Dec 22-Fun run pledge forms and pledges due today.
  • Friday, Dec 22nd- 2nd 9 weeks Reporting Period Ends
  • Dec 25-Jan 5-Christmas Break See you next year...2018!
 Homework/ Tests:
  • Read nightly 25-30 minutes (Students are required to complete reading log)
  • Reading Test Thursday and Friday
  • Study spelling words nightly for test on FRIDAY
 
 Spelling Words:

List 15
12/11-15

  1. nurse
  2. work
  3. shirt
  4. hurt
  5. first
  6. word
  7. serve
  8. curly
  9. dirt
  10. third
  11. worry
  12. turn
  13. stir
  14. firm
  15. her
  16. girl
  17. perfect
  18. hamburger
  19. would
  20. pretty
 
Her
er
first
-ir
nurse
-ur
works
-or
serve
her
perfect
shirt
first
dirt
third
stir
firm
girl
nurse
hurt
curly
turn

work
word
worry
 

What's going on in class?

Reading:
Wrapping up nonfiction unit study.  We are focusing on summary, main idea and supporting details.  We will take the 2nd part of our reading test on Thursday and Friday.

Writing:
Santa Suit Designs Due Monday, 12/11 (needed to complete a writing activity)

Students will focus on writing persuasive writing using a main idea and supporting details. 

Social Studies:
Beginning our study of maps and globes.

Dec 4-8

What's Happening at DPES?
  • Friday, Dec 8th- Jingle Bell Jog
    1st Annual DPES Jingle Bell Jog sponsored by the DPES PTO. Students will run during their scheduled Specials time (11-12).
    Information and pledge forms were sent out before Thanksgiving.
    Funds from the jog will go towards new playground equipment.
    Fun run pledge forms and pledges are due Friday, December 22nd.
  • Thursday, Dec 21- ALL ABOARD! Polar Express Pajama Day!!!-Wear your winter pajamas today and enjoy a movie and hot cocoa!
  • Friday, Dec 22- Christmas Parties start at 11:30-12:30 & Early Release at 12:50
  • Friday, Dec 22-Fun run pledge forms and pledges due today.
  • Friday, Dec 22nd- 2nd 9 weeks Reporting Period Ends
  • Dec 25-Jan 5-Christmas Break See you next year...2018!
 Homework/ Tests:
  • Read nightly 15-20 minutes (December reading logs went home.)
  • Study spelling words nightly for test on FRIDAY

Lesson-14     12/5-9
-or and –ar words

  1. horse
  2. mark
  3. storm
  4. market
  5. acorn
  6. artist
  7. March (month)
  8. north
  9. barking
  10. stork
  11. thorn
  12. forest
  13. chore
  14. restore
  15. dark
  16. story
  17. partner
  18. fortune
  19. warm
  20. buy
  • What's going on in class?

    Reading:
    We are finishing up our nonfiction unit focusing on summary, main idea and supporting details.  Test Thursday.

    Writing: In writing we are writing essays that make claims about people, places, things etc. I will be helping writers to write strong thesis statements, think of claims that help explain the thesis, then identify supporting details to better understand the claim. We will be using a thinking map ( I-chart) to help us organize our thoughts. 

    Social Studies:

    We will begin our study of Maps and Map Skills. We will be focusing on vocabulary as well as using maps and interpreting information from maps.

    Some of the terms are:

    1. Earth
    2. Globe
    3. Map
    4. Political Map
    5. Border
    6. Cities
    7. Capital (star)
    8. Highways
    9. Key/ Legend
    10. Relief Map- 
    11. Rivers- curvy blue line
    12. Ocean/Sea/ Lakes- Light Blue Color
    13. Land- Green Color
    14. Cardinal Directions-
    15. Intermediate Directions
    16. Scale
    17. Compass
    18. Compass Rose
    19. Grid System

    Here are some guiding questions as we move through the unit!

    MAP SKILLS

    • What are some things you would you use a map for?
    • What are some things you can tell about a place from a map?
    • What parts of the map help you to “read” the map?
    • Why would it be important to know math if you are looking at a map?
    • How is a globe different from a map?
    • What kind of map would you use to find: Texas? Tomball? Hwy 249? Lake Conroe? The Rocky Mountains?
    • Why do we use a grid system to locate places?
    • Why is it important for the information on maps to be accurate?

     

    GEOGRPAHY SKILLS: Land, People, and Culture

    • What kind of landforms have you seen, and where have you seen them?
    • Are rivers and lakes landforms? Explain why or why not.
    • What kind of landforms do people tend to live close to?
    • Are there any landforms that prevent people from moving from place to place? Explain.
    • How do volcanoes and hurricanes create or change landforms?
    • What is a desert? How is life different in a desert than on a coast?
    • How do people adapt to their environment? Give an example.
    • How do people modify their environment? Give an example.
    • What modifications have humans made to the environment you live in?
    • What does culture tell us about people?
    • How can differences in physical geography cause people to develop different cultures?

    .

Tomball Book Tournament Information

Information about the event and the book list!  If you would like to order from Scholastic please use the link with our class code.  I will be placing an order for the holidays on December 7, 2017.  This way the orders will be in before our break.
 
*Former students and families may also use this link if their current teacher is not placing an order.  Remember to email me if you want the order to be used as a gift, and we can arrange a time for it to be picked up.

Nov 27- Dec 1

What's Happening at DPES?
  • Friday, Dec 1- 3rd Grade Field Trip to Nutcracker 9:15 – 11:15
  • Thursday, Dec 21- ALL ABOARD! Polar Express Pajama Day!!!-Wear your winter pajamas today and enjoy a movie and hot cocoa!
  • Friday, Dec 22- Christmas Parties start at 11:30 & Early Release at 12:50 
  • Friday, Dec 22nd- 2nd 9 weeks Reporting Period Ends
  • Dec 25-Jan 5-Christmas Break See you next year...2018!
 Homework/ Tests:
  • Read nightly 15-20 minutes (reading logs will begin soon)
  • Study spelling words nightly for test on THURSDAY
Spelling (test Thursday due to Field Trip)
 
List 13: 11/27-12/1-- Contractions
would = 'd is = 's not = 't us = 's are='re
 
 
would = 'd is = 's not = 't us = 's are='re
I'd 
he'd

he's
there's
what's
she's

haven't
doesn't
wouldn't
aren't
hasn't
couldn't
can't
isn't
weren't
let's they're
we're

 
  1. I'd =  I  + would
  2. he's = he + is
  3. haven't = have + not
  4. doesn't = does + not
  5. let's = let + us
  6. there's = there + is
  7. wouldn't = would + not
  8. what's = what + is
  9. she's = she + is
  10. aren't = are + not
  11. hasn't = has + not
  12. couldn't = could + not
  13. he'd = he + would
  14. they're = they + are
  15. can't = can + not
  16. isn't = is + not
  17. we're = we + are
  18. weren't = were + not
  19. some 
  20. women
19 & 20 are sight words
 
 
 

What's going on in class?

Reading:
We are continuing our Nonfiction Unit focusing on HOW text features help us to better understand the text. Also, we are closely looking at texts to identify the main idea & supporting details.

TIP:
Main Idea is usually the 1st or 2nd sentence.
Authors will add lots of details, but as readers, we have to decide if the information is a supporting detail or an interesting fact.  The interesting fact, though is interesting, it does not help the reader to better understand the main idea.

Writing:
We will finish writing our fictional pieces this week. 

Social Studies:
Students will explore:
     Different roles of leaders in our country, states and cities
     Voting - How candidates win an elections?
     Campaigns and Debates

Thank you Mrs. Velchoff for the great illustrations this week!  Remember to listen to the sentence this week so you spell the correct homophone.  You must know the meaning and the spelling!

Family Literacy Night - November 14th

Decker Prairie Elementary is the place to be Tuesday night for Family Literacy Night. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. and lasts until 7:00 p.m. This is a come as you please event.
Don't forget the Classroom Spelling Bee on Wednesday, November 15!  This will determine which students will compete in the DPES Spelling Bee in December.  Only one child from each class will be selected. Permission slips have been received and list shared with students.

Nov 13-17

What's Happening at DPES?

  • Nov 6-16, DPES Food Drive- Start sending in can goods and non-perishable items as soon as you like!  The more we collect, the better others' lives will be!  Last day is Wednesday!
  • Nov 13-17, DPES Book Fair- The book fair will be set up in the library all week and taken down after lunch on Friday.  Remember, figure in tax.  We will take the children to preview, but you are welcome to come with your child before school or during lunch, and of course during the Family Literacy Night. 
  • Tuesday, Nov 14th, Family Literacy Night...please come and enjoy all the great activities we have planned to do and for you to use at home with your child! The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. and lasts until 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov 18th- Tomball Holiday Parade. Ropers will participate, so come out and cheer them as they jump rope their holiday cheer for all!
  • Nov 20-24th, Thanksgiving Holiday- Enjoy this amazing family time and make wonderful memories!
 Homework/ Tests:
  • Read nightly 15-20 minutes (reading logs will begin soon)
  • Study spelling words nightly for test on Friday. 
    • You must know how to spell the word AND how it is used in a sentence!
Spelling (test Friday): 
 
List 12: 11/13-17
  1. hole     (result of digging up something)
  2. whole  (all of something)
  3. its         (belonging to)
  4. it's        (it + is)
  5. hear     (listen)
  6. here     (at a place)
  7. won     (verb-winner of something)
  8. one      (quantity)
  9. our       (yours and mine)
  10. hour     (time)
  11. their     (ownership)
  12. there    (location)
  13. fur        (hair on an animal)
  14. fir         (tree)
  15. road     (noun-what we travel on) 
  16. rode     (past tense verb of ride)
  17. peace  (feeling of calmness)
  18. piece   (part of something)
  19. every 
  20. sing
19 & 20 are sight words
 

What's going on in class?

Reading:
We are continuing our Nonfiction Unit focusing on HOW text features help us to better understand the text. Also, we are closely looking at texts to identify the main idea & supporting details.

TIP:
Main Idea is usually the 1st or 2nd sentence.
Authors will add lots of details, but as readers, we have to decide if the information is a supporting detail or an interesting fact.  The interesting fact, although it is interesting, it does not help the reader to better understand the main idea.

NO Library time this week due to book fair! We will do a preview of the book fair on Tuesday.

Writing:
We are continuing our fictional writing unit.  This is always fun to the kids, but they tend to get unfocused. So, my goal is to teach them some strategies to target their thinking so we can bring those stories we wished existed to life for all to read.

Social Studies:
Students will explore:
     Different roles of leaders in our country, states and cities
     Voting - How candidates win an elections?
     Campaigns and Debates