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A little about me...
My Name is Marie Velchoff. I have been teaching third grade for 6 years and I truly love it! I have also taught fifth, sixth, as well as first.
 
Some of my my favorites are: writing, reading, baking, wonderful trips to Starbucks for coffee :), and biking! I love all the colors, but I think purple is my favorite. I love LSU and anything related to the Tigers. I graduated from there with my bachelors degree and later finished my master's at the University of Phoenix.
 
I am super excited about the 2016-2017 school year at our newly renovated school! More than that, I am excited to work with amazing kids!
 
I hope this year is full of wonderful, successful moments.
 
THANK YOU for letting me be part of your child's life!!!
 
 
FAQs

Teacher Contact Information
  • email (preferred method): francesvelchoff@tomballisd.net
  • Classroom Phone Number: 281-357-3134, x-3066
  • School Number: 281-357-3134
(281) 357-3134
Conference Times
  • Wednesday-Friday: 1:50-2:40
 
*Parents, out of respect for your child, I will not discuss personal information regarding class performance, behavior or other matters of sensitivity while in the presence of others. I can always be reached via email, phone or in person.
 
Classroom Expectations:
  • Be Respectful
  • Make Safe Decisions
  • Do the Best You Can
  • Work hard
  • Be prepared
  • Take responsibility for their own actions and choices
 

Library Tuesday Times

 

  • Heniff HmRm-9:50-10:35
  • Velchoff HmRm-1:20-2:05

Specials

Mrs. Velchoff's Homeroom: PE on Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Mrs. Heniff's Homeroom: PE on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

*Please wear appropriate shoes on these day or bring them.

The switch teacher takes the class to specials, not the homeroom teacher.

 

Mrs. Velchoff's Schedule

8-40-8:50- GE Call to Excellence

8:50-9:20- RTI (Heniff HmRm)

9:20-10:05- RWS

10:05-10:50- WWS

*10:30- Snack while working 

10:50-11:00- SS

11:00-12:00- Specials

Blue: PE Days are- Tues./Thur.    

12:05-12:30- Lunch

12:30-12:50- Recess

12:50-1:10- SS

1:10-1:15- Transition

1:15-2:00- RWS

2:00-2:40- WWS

*2:30- Snack while working

2:40-3:10- RTI (Velchoff HmRm)

3:10-3:45- Social Studies

3:45-3:50- End of Day

3:50 Begin Dismissal


Grading
Grades Core Areas (Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science)
(Averages are expressed numerically with the letter grade correlation.)
A-90-100
B-80-89
C-75-79
D-70-74
F- 69 and below
 
Non- Core Area Classes (Other than Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science)
Grades will be in the form of E, S, N, and U.

PARTICIPATION GRADES
  • E- Consistently attempts to improve skills, always brings required materials to class, contributes to class activities and/or discussions
  • S- Usually attempts to improve skills, usually brings required materials to class, usually contributes to class activities and/or discussions
  • N- Intermittently attempts to improve skills, seldom brings required materials to class, does not actively engage in class activities and/or discussions
  • U-Rarely attempts to improve skills, makes no attempt to bring required materials to class, does not engage in class activities and/or discussions

 
Conduct Grades Non-Core Areas (Other than Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science)
Grades will be in the form of E, S, N, and U.
 
CONDUCT GRADES
  • E- Consistently demonstrates appropriate behavior
  • S- Usually demonstrates appropriate behavior
  • N- Intermittently demonstrates appropriate behavior
  • U- Seldom demonstrates appropriate behavior 
Parent Contact relates to email, phone calls, notes home, formal and informal conferences
 
 
 

Classes

Recent Posts

Feb. 19-23

What's Happening at DPES?

https://dpes.tomballisd.net/

  • 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
    Th., Mar. 1, Class/ Individual Pictures
    Fri., Mar. 2, Book Character Parade at DPES
  • Th., Mar. 8, 3rd Grade Program- 6:30-7:00 PM
  • Mar. 12-16, SPRING BREAK
  • Mar. 19, Staff Development/ Student Holiday
  • Mar. 23, Birthday Book Club in Library during students lunch period
  • Mar. 30, Good Friday,  Holiday/ No School
  • Fri., Apr. 20, Field Day
  • Fri., Apr. 27, Birthday Book Club in Library during students lunch period
  • Mon., May 7, 3rd Grade Math STAAR
  • Tues., May 8, 3rd Grade Reading STAAR
  • Fri., May 11, Moms and Muffins
  • Fri., May 24, Reading Rally
  • Wed., May 30, End of Year Class Parties, 2:30-3:30
  • Th., May 31, Last Day of School-- Early Release @ 12:50
READERS WORKSHOP
Students will: 
  • tell and write a summary of a story, sequence the plot’s main events.

WRITERS WORKSHOP
Writers will :
  • continue writing their personal narrative

SPELLING:
Lesson 18 (Spelling Test Friday)
  1. shark
  2. check
  3. queen
  4. circus
  5. flake
  6. crack
  7. second
  8. squeeze
  9. quart
  10. squeak
  11. quick
  12. coldest
  13. Africa
  14. Mexico
  15. black
  16. thank
  17. correct
  18. question
  19. people
  20. where
 
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. 12-16

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

  • Wed., Feb 14, Class Valentine's Day Party from 2:30-3:30
    (Class name list went home Jan. 31 in the Wednesday Folder.  Please, if 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
  • Th., Mar. 1, Class/ Individual Pictures
  • Fri., Mar. 2, Book Character Parade at DPES
  • Th., Mar. 8, 3rd Grade Program- 6:30-7:00 PM
  • Mar. 12-16, SPRING BREAK
  • Mar. 19, Staff Development/ Student Holiday
  • Mar. 23, Birthday Book Club in Library during students lunch period
  • Mar. 30, Good Friday,  Holiday/ No School
  • Fri., Apr. 20, Field Day
  • Fri., Apr. 27, Birthday Book Club in Library during students lunch period
  • Mon., May 7, 3rd Grade Math STAAR
  • Tues., May 8, 3rd Grade Reading STAAR
  • Fri., May 11, Moms and Muffins
  • Fri., May 24, Reading Rally
  • Wed., May 30, End of Year Class Parties, 2:30-3:30
  • Th., May 31, Last Day of School-- Early Release @ 12:50
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

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

  • 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 went home Jan. 31 in the Wednesday Folder.  Please, if 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
  • Fri., Mar. 2, Book Character Parade at DPES
  • Th., Mar. 8, 3rd Grade Program- 6:30-7:00 PM
  • Mar. 12-16, SPRING BREAK
  • Mar. 19, Staff Development/ Student Holiday
  • Mar. 23, Birthday Book Club in Library during students lunch period
  • Mar. 30, Good Friday,  Holiday/ No School
  • Fri., Apr. 20, Field Day
  • Fri., Apr. 27, Birthday Book Club in Library during students lunch period
  • Mon., May 7, 3rd Grade Math STAAR
  • Tues., May 8, 3rd Grade Reading STAAR
  • Fri., May 11, Moms and Muffins
  • Fri., May 24, Reading Rally
  • Wed., May 30, End of Year Class Parties, 2:30-3:30
  • Th., May 31, Last Day of School-- Early Release @ 12:50
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
  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 memorize their class creed this week and be ready to recite it from memory next week (2/5-9).  Mrs. Heniff and Mrs. Velchoff's homeroom 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 the 2nd page of the planner.
 

Mrs. Velchoff’s
Amazing Learners Class Creed

We, the learners, will do our best to be our best.
Everything we do today will make a difference in our lives tomorrow.

We will focus!
We will follow directions!
We will be respectful to each other!

We will believe in ourselves today and every day, so we can accomplish our goals as learners.

 

Mrs. Heniff’s
Amazing Learners Class Creed

We are the incredibly amazing students in Mrs. Heniff’s class.

We promise to respect and take care of others and our things.

In order to do our best in everything we will have positive attitudes, listen attentively and work together. Our future will be successful!

------------------------------------------- 
 
 

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!
  • Free Chik-Fil-A sandwich, chips, drink and Cookie for the first 300 visitors!  (Thank you Dr. Colson and H.E.B. Tomball) 

We hope to see you there!

Jan 29- Feb 2

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

  • Th., Feb, 8, Career Day during the day.
  • Fri., Feb, 9, Class/ Individual/ Organization Pictures during the day
  • Wed., Feb 14, Class Valentine's Day Party from 2:30-3:30
    (Class name list went home Jan. 31 in the Wednesday Folder.  Please, if 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
  • Fri., Mar. 2, Book Character Parade at DPES
  • Th., Mar. 8, 3rd Grade Program- 6:30-7:00 PM
  • Mar. 12-16, SPRING BREAK
  • Mar. 19, Staff Development/ Student Holiday
  • Mar. 23, Birthday Book Club in Library during students lunch period
  • Mar. 30, Good Friday,  Holiday/ No School
  • Fri., Apr. 20, Field Day
  • Fri., Apr. 27, Birthday Book Club in Library during students lunch period
  • Mon., May 7, 3rd Grade Math STAAR
  • Tues., May 8, 3rd Grade Reading STAAR
  • Fri., May 11, Moms and Muffins
  • Fri., May 24, Reading Rally
  • Wed., May 30, End of Year Class Parties, 2:30-3:30
  • Th., May 31, Last Day of School-- Early Release @ 12:50
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 :
  • ontinue 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:
Lesson 24
(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. Heniff and Mrs. Velchoff's homeroom 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 the 2nd page of the planner.
 

Mrs. Velchoff’s
Amazing Learners Class Creed

We, the learners, will do our best to be our best.
Everything we do today will make a difference in our lives tomorrow.

We will focus!
We will follow directions!
We will be respectful to each other!

We will believe in ourselves today and every day, so we can accomplish our goals as learners.

 

Mrs. Heniff’s
Amazing Learners Class Creed

We are the incredibly amazing students in Mrs. Heniff’s class.

We promise to respect and take care of others and our things.

In order to do our best in everything we will have positive attitudes, listen attentively and work together. Our future will be successful!

------------------------------------------- 
 
 

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!
  • Free Chik-Fil-A sandwich, chips, drink and Cookie for the first 300 visitors!  (Thank you Dr. Colson and H.E.B. Tomball) 

We hope to see you there!

Jan 22-26

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
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 15-19

School Closed Tuesday, January 16th! Please stay safe.
 
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 dash, inside 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 16
1.  air
2.  wear 
3.  chair
4. stairs
5.  bare
6.  bear
7.  hair 
8.  care
9.  pear
10.  pair
11. share
12. near
13. ear
14. beard
15. buy
16. year
17. earring
18 compare
19 always
20. found
 
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.

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 January 10, 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:
Sudents 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.
  • 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:
Sudents are studying cultural celebrations.

Dec 4-8

Nov 13-17

 

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).
    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.
  • 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 (reading logs will begin soon)
  • Study spelling words nightly for test on FRIDAY
 
 

List 14
12/4-8

List 15
12/11-15

  1. horse
  2. mark
  3. storm
  4. market
  5. acorn
  6. artist
  7. March
  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
  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
 
 

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

Social Studies:
Students will wrap up thier study of the government looking at  the responsibilites of the government at the federal, state and local level. They will touch on areas such as who makes laws and for whom, who collects taxes, who is responsible for  building highways and road systems, which level of government is in charge of mail service, who funds, builds and imporoves parks.

Nov 27 - Dec 1

Nov 13-17

 

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 FRIDAY
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
 

List 12
11/13-17

List 13
11/27-21

List 14
12/4-8

List 15
12/11-15

  1. hole
  2. whole
  3. its
  4. it's
  5. hear
  6. here
  7. won
  8. one
  9. our
  10. hour
  11. their
  12. there
  13. fur
  14. fir
  15. road
  16. rode
  17. peace
  18. piece
  19. every
  20. sing
  1. I'd
  2. he's
  3. haven't
  4. doesn't
  5. let's
  6. there's
  7. wouldn't
  8. what's
  9. she's
  10. aren't
  11. hasn't
  12. couldn't
  13. he'd
  14. they're
  15. can't
  16. isn't
  17. we're
  18. weren't
  19. some
  20. women
  1. horse
  2. mark
  3. storm
  4. market
  5. acorn
  6. artist
  7. March
  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
  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
 
 

What's going on in class?

Reading:
We are continuing our Nonfiction Unit focusing on HOW text feature  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

Lesson 12 Spelling

  1. hole - an empty space
    He had to dig a hole to plant the tree.

  2. whole -complete or entire
    I ate the whole pizza by myself.
  1. its -belonging to this object
    The tree lost its leaves in the fall.

  2. it's - contraction of "it is"
    I think it's going to rain.
  1. hear - to perceive sound with one's ear
    I can hear a strange noise.
  1. here - at this place
    Sit here beside me.
  1. won - emerged as a victor or was awarded something
    I am glad that I won the contest I entered.
  1. one - cardinal number less than two
    One plus zero equals one.
  1. our - belonging or relating to us
    We bought our house in 1975.
  1. hour - a unit of time equal to sixty minutes
    An hour is 60 minutes.
  1. their - belonging to them
    Their house belongs to them and no one else.
  1. there - a relatively distant position or place
    He ran all the way from here to there.
  1. fur - the hairy coat of an animal
    I bathe my dog to wash his fur and skin.
  1. fir – evergreen tree with flat needles and cones, or its wood
    A fir is an evergreen tree with flat needles and cones.
  1. road - a designated path for vehicles to travel on
    Cars travel on the road.
  1. rode - drove or steered a vehicle or animal
    I rode my bike two miles yesterday.
  1. peace - state of tranquility, security and harmony
    The war ended and there was peace.
  1. piece - a fraction or part of a whole
    Please save me a piece of cake.
  1. every - each and all parts of a group
    I brush my teeth every night before I go to sleep.
  1. sing - to produce musical sounds with the voice
    She likes to sing songs with her pretty voice.

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!
  • 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!
  • Saturday, Nov 8th- 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!
  • 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 Friday
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 a 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
 

List 12
11/13-17

List 13
11/27-21

List 14
12/4-8

List 15
12/11-15

  1. hole
  2. whole
  3. its
  4. it's
  5. hear
  6. here
  7. won
  8. one
  9. our
  10. hour
  11. their
  12. there
  13. fur
  14. fir
  15. road
  16. rode
  17. peace
  18. piece
  19. every
  20. sing
  1. I'd
  2. he's
  3. haven't
  4. doesn't
  5. let's
  6. there's
  7. wouldn't
  8. what's
  9. she's
  10. aren't
  11. hasn't
  12. couldn't
  13. he'd
  14. they're
  15. can't
  16. isn't
  17. we're
  18. weren't
  19. some
  20. women
  1. horse
  2. mark
  3. storm
  4. market
  5. acorn
  6. artist
  7. March
  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
  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
 
 

What's going on in class?

Reading:
We are continuing our Nonfiction Unit focusing on HOW text feature  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.

NO Library time this week due to book fair!

Writing:
We are continuing  writing unit, fictional writing.  This is always fun to the kids, but once they get over the excitement, 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
         

Reading CBA- Wednesday

Students were scheduled to take a reading test on Thursday, November 9th. It has been pushed up to Wednesday, November 8th.