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Welcome to 3rd Grade!

Hi! My name is Dorothy "Chris" Lane and this will be my 34th year to share my love of learning with kids. I am delighted that I get to spend this year at Decker Prairie with my friends and your children!

I was born and raised in Georgia where I graduated from Georgia College with a BS in Early Childhood Education. I have been blessed to teach Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades during my teaching career. This year I am excited to be back teaching with the wonderful third grade team!  I am also super excited to be team teaching with Mrs. Nicole Cook-Lidey!  We are looking forward to an exciting year!

My husband, Bruce, and I have been married for 33 years and we have one son, Christian. We had a busy and exciting summer which included a wedding and us gaining a new daughter, Katelynn!

I believe that positive parent/teacher communication is essential to the success of your child! The best way to contact me is to email me at or you may call the school and leave me a message.

I am looking forward to this year as we each learn and grow and become the people that we are meant to be! 

Mrs. Lane


Recent Posts

What's Happening!

We will be testing over the 6 multiplication tables on Thursday of this week since the students will be out of school on Friday.  Study, study, study!!!!
We will continue to explore Fractions this week.  I have added many games to my webpage that will hopefully help with fractions.  Please encourage your child to play these at home.  They can also play "First in Math" at home.  
There are "fact practice" games in both places.
In Science we are studying about "Soils and Natural Resources".
Thursday,February 15 is Family Math and Science Night.  There are many fun activities planned.  Also, the first 300 people to arrive will receive a Chick-fil-a sandwich and chips.
Wednesday, February 14 is the Valentine's Party.  Please go ahead and turn in your Valentine boxes before Thursday.

Multiplication Tests

Next week we will be taking tests on the 6's facts.  I thought you may want to begin studying this weekend.

What's Happening?

This week we will be taking the 4's for our Weekly District Multiplication Assessment and for the Ice Cream Sundae Celebration.  I realize that this does not follow the calendar that you received when we began this multiplication adventure, but since we have missed a couple of weeks because of the weather I feel that studying for one fact a week instead of two will be better for our kids.  Thank you for your support! 

What's Happening!

This week we will be taking the 3's multiplication test for the Weekly Timed Test and for the Ice Cream Celebration.  We will try to send an updated schedule this week for the Ice Cream Celebration.
There will be a Math test this week (Thursday or Friday) over division and one and two step word problems.  Study sheets will be sent home!

Weekly Timed Test

The Weekly Timed tests for this 9 week period are as follows:
Beginning this week - Review of 10, 2, 5, 0, and 1
- x3
- x6
- x4
- x8
- x9
- x7
This IS NOT for the Ice Cream Sundae Celebration!!! You should already have that schedule.

Ice Cream Sundae Celebration

We will be taking the 2's timed test for the Ice Cream Sundae Celebration on Friday!

Math and Science Family Night

Come REACH FOR THE STARS at Decker Prairie's Family Math and Science Night on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 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!

Need supper?  We are providing pre-orders from Chik-Fil-A.  Papa Johns may also be on campus.  Look for those to come home in a Wednesday's folder. More details to come soon!  We hope to see you there!

What's Happening?

Welcome Back!!! Hopefully this week will be a "normal" week! 
This week we will begin again our weekly multiplication tests for the ice cream sundae.
In Math, we are learning different strategies to help us divide.
In Science this week, we will be discovering how natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, and hurricanes can change the landforms on the earth. 

What's Happening?

Congratulations to Laycee for being the First Runner-up in the School Spelling Bee. Laycee, we are so proud of you!!!!
Thursday, December 21 will be Movie/Pajama Day.  Your child may wear pajamas but please have them wear tennis shoes to school for PE or Recess.  They may bring bedroom slippers to wear during the day.
Friday, December 22 will be our Christmas Party.  We hope that you can join us for the fun!  The party will begin around 11:30.  You will be able to carry your child home with you after the party because Friday is also Early Release Day.
Hope to see you Friday!

What's Happening?

Next week will be a crazy, busy, and exciting week!  For this reason
we will be taking the Multiplication test over the 2's, 5's, & 10's on Tuesday, December 19.  It is a review so it should not cause too must stress for anyone. We will also take the timed test for the Ice Cream Sundae Celebration on this same day.  
Thursday, December 21 is Movie/Pajama Day for 3rd and 4th grade.
Friday, December 22 is our Christmas Party and Early Dismissal.
We will let you know if there is anything else that you need to know.

What's Happening?

Friday we will be taking the 10's multiplication timed test and the 0's and 1's test for the Ice Cream Sundae celebration. Please practice!!!!

What's Happening?

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  It was nice to have a short break but now we are back with much work to do the next four weeks!
In Math this week we will be beginning the Multiplication unit.  It is imperative that you begin practicing facts daily!  Also look for information about how your child can earn an ice cream sundae as they memorize the multiplication facts.  
On Friday of this week the weekly fact test will be over the 10's.  Start studying!!!!
In Science we will be studying Push/Pull/Force.

What's Happening!

I know that this is the last week before Thanksgiving but, we have a very busy week ahead!  
On Friday of this week we will be having a Math test over 3 digit subtraction and a Science test is scheduled for Thursday.
Your child will be bringing home a couple of study sheets for Math this week.  Please go over these together and make sure that your child understands the concepts. If there is something that they do not understand, please tell them to ask questions.
Please encourage them to listen and ask questions when we are reviewing for Science this week.  If they do, they should do fine on the test.
I wish you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
Mrs. Lane

What's Happening!

This week we will be exploring Thermal Energy by learning ways that we use it as well as investigating items that make heat. 
In Math we will continue to subtract using regrouping.
Multiplication will begin after Thanksgiving.  If you would like to get a head start on fact memorization, you can begin with the 10's.  Practice them out of order! 
Thank you for your support!  If you have not had a conference with Mrs. Lidey and I, we will be contacting you this week.

What's Happening?

This week in Math we will be "Estimating Sums and Differences" and in 
Science we will begin our study of "Thermal Energy".
Thank you so much for the dry erase markers and Halloween treats!  Mrs. Lidey and I appreciate so much everything that you do to help us! 
If you have not signed up for Remind, please do so.  This is how we can communicate daily with you and you with us.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.