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Welcome to 3rd Grade!!!

I am Melissa Moline and am thrilled to be your child's Reading and Social Studies teacher this year. This will be my fifth year at DPES and my first year teaching 3rd Grade.  I absolutely L-O-V-E what I do and am excited to begin a new year and new adventure with my kiddos. 
Part of this awesome new adventure in 3rd grade includes teaching in a triad. My partner teachers are Mrs. Heniff, who will be teaching Math and Mrs. Wilt, who will be teaching Writing and Science. We are so excited to work together to help your child reach their full potential. 
While I am not with my boys and girls at school, I am spending time with the other boys and girl in my life: Craig (my husband), our 7 year old, Lincoln, baby Bennett (born in April) and our labradoodle puppy, Luna.  I love spending time with my family and am happy that Lincoln will be with me at Decker Prairie as a second grader. 
I am passionate about what I do and love nothing more than watching my students learn and experience new things.  It is going to be a fabulous year! 

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Dear Third Grade Families,

It is recorder time! The recorder is a beginner woodwind instrument that all third and fourth grade children play at DPES.  This is the same recorder and book combination we have used for many years (Yamaha recorders and yellow recorder book). If your child already has a recorder please make sure it is labeled and send it to Mrs. Mathes.  If they do not have a recorder, please use the links below to order. Every child must have their own recorder, but can borrow a book in class if necessary.

Recorder and Book - $12

Recorder only - $6

Book only - $6

Please do not purchase recorders from the Dollar Store, Walmart, etc., as their sound quality and tuning will not match the instruments we can order.  Thank you for your time and continued support. 

~ Mrs. Mathes and Ms. Ricks





DPES will be collecting non-perishable food items for TEAM (Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministry). Suggested food items are canned groceries (meats, soups, beans, fruits, veggies), peanut butter, rice, stuffing mixes, powdered milk, packaged pasta, instant potatoes, canned juices, etc.

(Monday, November 5th - Wednesday, November 14th)


This is an exciting year! You and your child have access to a new program called ReadyRosie through email or text.  It is packed with meaningful activities that you can do at home to support your child’s learning.  Through this program, you will discover activities and games by video, that you can play related to classroom learning.  You will be able to have more fun than every with your child through meaningful interactions. 


Please be on the lookout for a letter in your Wednesday folder that will ask you to complete the bottom with your name and address. By completing this form, you will be giving us permission to enter your address into the system so you may get the awesome emails from ReadyRosie, assigned by the teacher.  You will be unable to receive the emails until you return the completed form.

Important Information/Dates:
Red Ribbon Week:
Monday- Wear Red
Tuesday-Dress like a Tacky Tourist
Wednesday- Wear western attire 
Thursday-Wear a Hawaiian shirt 
Friday- Wear a destination t-shirt 
STEAM Night- Oct. 25th 5:30-7:30
1st 9 Weeks Awards Celebration- October 26th 9:50-10:35 Parents Welcome

Week of May 29

Important Dates:
5/30 End of Year Party @2:30pm
5/31 Last Day of School/Early Release @12:50pm
Thank you for a great year!  Have a wonderful summer!

Week of May 21

Last week, we began our project based learning unit.  Our class decided to fundraise to help the endangered Polar Bears!  I am guiding them through the process to raise money, but they will be doing all the work.  So far, we have chosen to sell Gatorade, figured out how much it would cost, predicted how much we need to make, and started writing letters asking for donations.  Our class is in need of Gatorade Powder 51oz (Fruit Punch), Waters & 8oz Foam Cups if you would like to donate. We will be focusing on advertising our product this week.  
What we're learning this week
Reading: We will be reviewing story elements in fiction.
Writing: We will finish our persuasive letters.
No spelling test!
Science: We will be making habitats this week.  Please send 1 (or 2!) cardboard shoe box(es) to school with your student as soon as possible.  We will be using glue, so plastic boxes will not work.  
Math: We will be reviewing for our math benchmark on Wednesday.
No fact fluency!
Important Dates:
5/23 Math Benchmark
5/28 Memorial Day - No school
5/29 Gatorade Sale 
5/30 End of Year Party @2:30pm
5/31 Last Day of School/Early Release @12:50pm

Week of May 14

Reading: Media literacy.
Writing: Continuing persuasive text.
Spelling Lesson 31: giant, digit, gym, jam, badge, green, goose, games, gems, garden, jumps, gifts, frog
Sight words: far, eight, drink, draw
Science: Reviewing for science benchmark on Thursday.
Math: We will continue learning about financial literacy and introduce repeated addition (multiplication).
Important Dates:
5/14 STAAR Math - no visitors allowed in the building
5/15 STAAR Reading - no visitors allowed in the building
5/17 Science Benchmark
5/17 Library books due
5/17 Fact Fluency
5/18 Spelling Test 31
5/18 Rodeo Day - Committee members from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will be presenting the cowboy life to our 1st - 4th graders!

Week of May 7

Reading: Distinguishing between the topic and main idea, and finding facts that support the main idea.
Writing: Begin unit on persuasive text.
Spelling Lesson 30: city, sail, nice, cell, price, cent, call, kitten, cable, basket, face, police, cupcake
Sight words: hurt, hot, hold, full
Science: Life cycle of an insect and food chains.
Math: Financial literacy.
Important Dates:
5/10 Fact Fluency
5/10 Sonic Spirit Night 
5/11 Spelling Test 30
5/11 Moms and Muffins @ 7:30am
5/16 Library books due

Week of April 30

Reading: Analyzing chapter books - characters, plot, and setting.
Writing: Continue our unit on procedural text.  We will pick a skill that we want to teach someone else and write how to do it step by step.  
Spelling Lesson 29: lick, leak, snake, sleek, weak, croak, whack, brook, bank, smack, kick, rock, spoke
Sight words: much, going, laugh, keep
Social Studies: We will be identifying the characteristics of landforms. 
Science: We will be observing our butterflies in their chrysalises. 
Math: More than a whole fraction, solving problems, and finishing the unit with a test on Friday
Important Dates:
5/4 Spelling Test 29 & Fact Fluency
5/4 Math Test
5/11 Moms and Muffins @ 7:30am

Week of April 23


Reading: learn how to use the information in procedural text
Writing: begin procedural text unit
Spelling: chalk, fall, talk, calm, bald, salt, stall, stalk, small, all, call, palm, balk, pick, shall, only, myself
Science: continue learning about how the physical characteristics of animals help them survive
Math: fractions

Week of April 16

Reading: drawing conclusions about nonfiction text
Writing: revising and editing and publishingour writing
Spelling: haul, maul, gaunt, pauses, raw, paw, draw, claws, dawn, yawn, hawk, launch, haunt, today, ten, six, seven
Science: how the physical characteristics of animals help them survive
Math: solving 2-step addition and subtraction word problems
Important Dates:
4/20 Field Day! 10:15-11:45am
*If you didn't get a field day t-shirt (same as Jingle Bell Jog shirts), try to wear our team color - royal blue!

Week of April 9

Reading: We will be learning how to use text features to understand nonfiction text.
Writing: We will continue writing about what we've researched and start revising and editing.
Spelling: how, counts, cows, clown, found, town, loud, now, ouch, down, shout, brown, ground, hard, open, example, begin
Social Studies:  identifying the continents and oceans
Science: learning about how the physical characteristics of animals help them survive
Math: revisiting addition and subtraction word problems  -focusing on reading carefully to figure out which operation to use

Week of April 2

Reading:  composing and decomposing words using prefixes and suffixes
Writing: continue writing about our research
Spelling: enjoy, oil, joy, coins, foil, boil, join, toys, destroy, moist, broil, ploy, noise, close, something, seem, next
Science: basic needs of plants.
Math: properties of plane (2D) and solid (3D) shapes
Important Dates:
4/6 2nd Grade Awards Celebration 10:10-10:40am


Week of March 26

Reading: using context clues to figure out the meaning of unknown words
Writing: researching animals and writing FACTS about what we've learned
Spelling: books, shook, stood, wool, crook, hood, hoof, soot, brook, nook, hoods, foot, wood
Sight words: few, while, along, might
*As I prepare to be out (in about 5 weeks) I am simplifying things.  We will now have ONE spelling list each week.*
Math: plane (flat) and solid (3D) shapes
Social Studies: how people meet their basic needs and how it has changed over time
Science:  basic needs of plants
Important Dates:
3/30 Good Friday - No School!
4/6 2nd Grade Awards Celebration 10:10 am