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I started my journey teaching in 2006 at Decker Prairie Elementary after graduating with a degree in Academic Studies from Sam Houston University. I have taught both 2nd and 3rd grade and absolutely love teaching! This will be my 16th year!
A little bit about myself:
My husband and I live in Pinehurst with our 8th grade son Aiden and 3rd grade daughter Brenna. We have several pets that include our dog Kinley, our cat Evie, our box turtle Slash, and our assorted fish. I enjoy researching my family's history in my spare time.

I think I have the best job in the world! I get to help students reach their fullest potential, learn new and exciting things, and have fun doing it! I believe that we are going to gave an amazing year!
 
Conference Times
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 10:40-11:40
Phone: 281-357-3134 ext. 3064
Email: shannonheniff@tomballisd.net
 

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Week of April 25
 
Math
We are working on data analysis and using data to solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. This week, we are learning about Pictographs and Dot Plots. This can be especially tricky, because most of the time these graphs have keys greater than 1 and often have pictures that represent half the amount of the given key.
 
Science
We are beginning Life Cycles of frogs, ladybugs, mammals, and tomato plants. We will be comparing and contrast each one to see how they are alike and how they differ.

Week of February 22

Math
In math, we are learning about fractions and how to identify them on number lines.
 
Please continue to practice multiplication and division fact as many students still need the practice!
 
Science
We are learning about our solar system!
 
Please have your child begin practicing this sentence:
My Very Excited Mother Just Served Us Nachos.
 
Students will need to know:
1. The sun is the center of our solar system.
2. The order of the planets.
3. The first 4 planets are called the Inner Planets and they are rocky.
4. The last 4 planets are called Outer Planets and they are gassy.
5. The Asteroid Belt separates the Inner and Outer Planets.

Week of November 15

If your child has not returned their permission form for our upcoming field trip, please do so ASAP. Because the space is limited, no parents are allowed to go. Thank you for your understanding.
 
Math
Wednesday is the close of our addition and subtraction unit. We will take an assessment over 3 digit addition and subtraction within word problems (1 and 2 step). This will also include estimating sums and differences (rounding first then adding or subtracting). 
 
The biggest problem students are having is over problems like the following:
 
Jim has 345 pokemon cards. Mike has 149 more cards than Jim. How many cards do both boys have altogether?
 
Students often think they need to add once, but really they need to add twice.
 
They are also struggling with problems like:
 
Jim needs 578 pieces of wood for his project. He bought 129 pieces on Monday and 211 pieces on Tuesday. How many pieces of wood does Jim still need to buy?
 
Students often see this problem as an addition only problem and will add all three numbers. Students should add Monday and Tuesday's amounts and subtract it from the amount he needs.
 
If you can work on these 2 types of problems at home this evening, hopefully it will help students on the assessment tomorrow.
 
We start multiplication and division on Thursday!
 
 
Science
I am so proud of our students! Most of them did very well on the Sound, Light, and Thermal energy Assessment!
 
We have begun our forces and motion unit.

Week of October 25

MATH
We are continuing this week representing and solving 3 digit addition and subtraction word problems. 
 
I am noticing many students still struggling with the computation of 3 digit addition and subtraction. If you would like to work on this at home with your child, it would be greatly appreciated.  Below, you will find an at home practice sheet you can use. PLEASE REMEMBER- THIS IS FOR AT HOME USE AND WILL NOT BE TURNED IN AT SCHOOL. I am just offering extra practice for those of you who would like to further help your child at home. 
 
 
SCIENCE
We are continuing to learn about various forms of energy and are focusing this week on Light and Thermal energy. 
Students will need to know that the removal of heat or thermal energy causes condensation (a VERY difficult concept for 3rd grade) and addition of heat of heat or thermal energy causes evaporation. These concepts are learned outside the water cycle (condensation on a glass or window, evaporation of water from a wet towel). 
 

Week of Oct. 18

MATH-
In Math, we are learning how to solve a variety of addition and subtraction problems that involve estimation, single step, and multi-step problems using our problem solving method. 
 
Many of you have reached out and asked for practice problems that can be done at home. THIS IS OPTIONAL,WILL NOT BE REVIEWED IN CLASS, AND WILL NOT BE COLLECTED AT SCHOOL. Below, you will find 6 different problems along with the answer key to help you and your child how to solve these problems. I hope this will be beneficial to your family and will guide you in helping your child with questions they may have. You may print the problems or have your child do them on notebook paper at home. If you have any questions about the problems, please feel free to email me and I will be happy to answer them.
 
 
SCIENCE-
In science, we are learning about sound, light, and thermal energy. We will learn that sound travels in vibration waves, light energy travels in a straight line, and thermal energy is heat energy. Students will need to know that the removal of heat or thermal energy causes condensation (a VERY difficult concept for 3rd grade) and addition of heat of heat or thermal energy causes evaporation. These concepts are learned outside the water cycle (condensation on a glass or window, evaporation of water from a wet towel). We will learn about evaporation and condensation within the water cycle later on in the year.

Week of Oct 11

Math
This week in math, we are estimating 3 digit numbers in order to add or subtract. We will be analyzing problem types to see if the questions are asking us to estimate before solving or just wanting us to have an exact solution.
 
EXAMPLE:
Carrie had 252 Pokemon cards. Her friend, Shannon had 127 Pokemon cards. About how many more Pokemon cards does Carrie have than Shannon?
 
The words ABOUT, ESTIMATE, ROUND, APPROXIMATELY, and CLOSE TO tell us that the problem is an estimating question. I accept rounding to the nearest ten or hundred UNLESS THE ANSWER CHOICES ARE ALL ROUNDED TO ONE OR THE OTHER.
 
252 rounds to 250.
127 rounds to 130.
  
 
   250
130
   120
 
This could also look like:
 
252 rounds to 300.
127 rounds to 100.
 
    300
-   100
    200
 
If the problem would have been worded:
 
Carrie had 252 Pokemon cards. Her friend, Shannon had 127 Pokemon cards. How many more Pokemon cards does Carrie have than Shannon?
 
We would solve for an exact difference.
 
 
   252
127
   125
 
Science
In science, we are identifying what a mixture is and how to separate mixtures using sieves, water, tongs, and magnets.
 
 

Week of Oct 4

Math
In math, we are learning how to problem solve 1 and 2 step 3 digit addition and subtraction word problems with and without regrouping. Students need to be able to show their work with not only the equation, but with pictorial representations of strip diagrams. 
Our problem solving method is below:
 

Know 

  • Bullet info with label 
  • Answer statement 

Pictorial Model 

  • base 10/strip diagrams 
  • Horizontal equations with strip diagram


Solve 

  • Use a vertical algorithm or equation to solve.

 

Check

  • Put answer into answer statement and check for reasonableness  
  • Inverse operation to check calculations 
 
Here is a link to a video on how we use the problem solving method:
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Science
In science, we are learning about buoyancy (a force that pushes objects up) and how surface area can affect an object's ability to sink or float. We will also be learning about mixtures and how to separate mixtures.
 
Friday is an Early Release day. Dismissal is at 12:50.
 
If you have not signed up for a parent conference, please check your email (including your spam folder) for the sign up link. We must meet with all parents.

Week of Sept 20

MATH
This week, students will be learning how to round numbers to the tens, hundreds, thousands, and ten thousands place. This could look something like this:
Round 426 to the nearest ten.       Answer: 430
Round 1,914 to the nearest hundred.       Answer: 1,900
Round 15,691 to the nearest thousand.    Answer: 16,000
Round 73,215 to the nearest ten thousand.     Answer: 70,000
 
This Friday, students have an assessment over Place Value concepts.
Here is a review for the Place Value Assessment- Place Value Review Link
 
I will not be taking this up and it has the answers at the end of the review so you can go over it with your child if you choose. This is NOT required, but a way for you to help your child at home.
 
SCIENCE
This week, we will continue learning about the properties of solids, liquids, and gases.
 
This Friday, students will have an assessment over Properties of Matter.

Week of Sept 13

Math
This week, we are comparing and ordering numbers up to 100,000.
For comparing numbers, students have to be able to identify which symbols are greater than and less than and determine what symbol is used when comparing 2 or more numbers.
We refer to our number line and the arrows to help us with knowing the symbols (the greater side of the number line and the lesser side of the number line).
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Less than                                             Greater than
We order several sets of 5 digit numbers from least to greatest and greatest to least.
 
Next week, we begin rounding.
Science
We are continuing to learn about Properties of Matter. This week, we will learn how to measure the volume of liquids.
We will begin learning about the 3 states of matter and how to classify them. The biggest challenge is know that liquids DO NOT fill their container unless there is enough liquid for the whole container. They DO take the shape of the part of the container they are in. Gases DO fill whatever container they are in. 

Week of Sept 7

Math
This week we are learning about Place Value Relationships and comparing numbers up to 100,000.
 
With Place Value Relationships, students need to know that as the places move from right to left, the place to the right is ten times greater than the place to the left. For instance, in the number 229, the 2 in the hundreds place is 10 times greater than the 2 in the tens place.
 
For comparing numbers, students have to be able to identify which symbols are greater than and less than and determine what symbol is used when comparing 2 or more numbers.
 
Science
We are continuing to learn about Properties of Matter. This week, we will learn how to measure the mass, length, and volume of various states of matter. 
 
Students will need to know how to measure objects even when an object isn't starting at the zero on a ruler.

Week of August 30
Math-
We have started our place value unit and students are working on composing and decomposing numbers up to 100,000 using a variety of methods.
Students will be required to describe numbers in their standard form, word form, pictorial form (base ten), expanded form, and expanded notation. 
 
Science-
We have begun our unit over Properties of Matter. Properties of matter include size, shape, color, texture, and mass. At home, you can help your child by talking about textures (use this vocabulary word) and describing the properties of various things in the world around them.

Also, the whole or total can be on the bottom as well. The long strip is always your total or your whole not matter where its position.