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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

May 7-11

What's Happening at DPES?

https://dpes.tomballisd.net/

  • Fri., May 11, Moms and Muffins
  • Mon., May 14, 3rd Grade Math STAAR
  • Tues., May 15, 3rd Grade Reading STAAR
  • 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
  
Our class T-Shirts are in and the children have received them! We will be wearing thm on Friday's util school ends.
 
With STAAR testing occurring on May 14th and 15th, we have planned some really fun activities. Please look for the lime green flyer in their backpack which lays out next weeks fun dress to match the exciting review games we will play to really make sure we are ready for testing!
 

 

DPES 3rd and 4th Grade  CHAMP Camp
May 7-11, 2018

DPES 3rd and 4th grade students are all CHAMPIONS!  In order to review for the upcoming STAAR Math and STAAR Reading tests on May 14th and 15th, students will be taking part in engaging review games.

To make this more fun or our students, students are also invited to dress up each day based on the sport of the day!

  • Monday, May 7thCharge the STAAR: wear basketball attire or a jersey
  • Tuesday, May 8thTackle the STAAR: wear football jersey or T-shirt
  • Wednesday, May 9th- Diving Toward STAAR Success: wear swim caps and googles, bring a towel to sit on (no bathing suits, please)
  • Thursday, May 10th- Knock STAAR Out of the Park: wear baseball attire or a jersey
  • Friday, May 11th-Our Team is Going to SOCK the STAAR: wear your class shirt and crazy socks

*Please remember all outfits for the week mustfollow school dress code*

 
 
READERS WORKSHOP
Students will: 
  • identify important details vs. interesting details within a text, especially nonfiction text
  • use text to support answer choices
  • work on using their reading strategies within text
  • draw conclusions (using only the text) & make inferences (using both the text and their own information, meaning their knowledge and experiences).
  • use text to support answers
READING STAAR HOMEWORK 
  • We will not be doing any more STAAR Reading Homework.
 
SPELLING..we have finished all lessons/ lists!
 
 
WRITING:
The student(s) will begin writing opinion based papers.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES
The student(s) will:
  • Students will be learning about money, economics and financial
    responsibility.  Don’t be surprised if your child starts discussing
    allowance and savings with you!

Congratulations to our class for being the winners of the HEB Earth Day Bag Challenge with 3,468 bags! WOW! What a fun way to help our planet!!

May 30- April4

What's Happening at DPES?

https://dpes.tomballisd.net/

  • Fri., May 11, Moms and Muffins
  • Mon., May 14, 3rd Grade Math STAAR
  • Tues., May 15, 3rd Grade Reading STAAR
  • 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 important details vs. interesting details within a text, especially nonfiction text
  • use text to support answer choices
  • work on using their reading strategies within text
  • draw conclusions (using only the text) & make inferences (using both the text and their own information, meaning their knowledge and experiences).
  • use text to support answers
READING STAAR HOMEWORK 
  • Reading STAAR Homework Friday. 
  • Each student has a copy of the strategies inside their STAAR Homework folder, but you can find them on my website (posted the week of March 19th).
  • I hope that this opportunity is a golden chance to practice critical thinking and hone their test taking skills. We are continuing, in class, to work on weak areas. 

Reading Homework Schedule

Week

Due Date

Pages

Title

7

May 4- Friday

46-50

Weird, Wiggly, and Wonderful

8

May 10- Thursday

66-69

One Night

 
 
SPELLING:
Lesson 30:  (Spelling Test FRIDAY)
Watch the capital letters!
  1. below
  2. about 
  3. belong
  4. around
  5. again
  6. alone
  7. because
  8. above
  9. between
  10. alive
  11. behind
  12. begin
  13. along
  14. before
  15. away
  16. want
  17. awhile
  18. beyond
  19. answer
  20. study
WRITING:
The student(s) will begin writing opinion based papers.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES
The student(s) will:
  • Students will be learning about money, economics and financial
    responsibility.  Don’t be surprised if your child starts discussing
    allowance and savings with you!

April 23-27

What's Happening at DPES?

https://dpes.tomballisd.net/

  • Fri., Apr. 20, Field Day
  • Fri., Apr. 27, Birthday Book Club in Library during students lunch period
  • Fri., May 11, Moms and Muffins
  • Mon., May 14, 3rd Grade Math STAAR
  • Tues., May 15, 3rd Grade Reading STAAR
  • 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 important details vs. interesting details within a text, especially nonfiction text
  • use text to support answer choices
  • work on using their reading strategies within text
  • draw conclusions (using only the text) & make inferences (using both the text and their own information, meaning their knowledge and experiences).
  • use text to support answers
READING STAAR HOMEWORK 
  • Reading STAAR Homework Friday. 
  • Each student has a copy of the strategies inside their STAAR Homework folder, but you can find them on my website (posted the week of March 19th).
  • I hope that this opportunity is a golden chance to practice critical thinking and hone their test taking skills. We are continuing, in class, to work on weak areas. 

Reading Homework Schedule

Week

Due Date

Pages

Title

6

April 27- Friday

40-45

Say Cheese!

7

May 4- Friday

46-50

Weird, Wiggly, and Wonderful

8

May 10- Thursday

66-69

One Night

 
 
SPELLING:
Lesson 29:  (Spelling Test FRIDAY)
Watch the capital letters!
  1. apple
  2. river
  3. little
  4. October
  5. ladder
  6. summer
  7. purple
  8. later
  9. November
  10. giggle
  11. uncle
  12. winter
  13. center
  14. double
  15. flower
  16. people
  17. whistle
  18. character
  19. began
  20. country
WRITING:
The student(s) will begin writing opinion based papers.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES
The student(s) will:
  • Students will be learning about money, economics and financial
    responsibility.  Don’t be surprised if your child starts discussing
    allowance and savings with you!

April 16-20

What's Happening at DPES?

https://dpes.tomballisd.net/

  • Fri., Apr. 20, Field Day
  • Fri., Apr. 27, Birthday Book Club in Library during students lunch period
  • Fri., May 11, Moms and Muffins
  • Mon., May 14, 3rd Grade Math STAAR
  • Tues., May 15, 3rd Grade Reading STAAR
  • 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 important details vs. interesting details within a text, especially nonfiction text
  • use text to support answer choices
  • work on using their reading strategies within text
  • draw conclusions (using only the text) & make inferences (using both the text and their own information, meaning their knowledge and experiences).
  • use text to support answers
READING STAAR HOMEWORK 
  • Reading STAAR Homework is due on Thursday of this week due to Friday being a school holiday, Good Friday. 
  • Each student has a copy of the strategies inside their STAAR Homework folder, but you can find them on my website (posted the week of March 19th).
  • I hope that this opportunity is a golden chance to practice critical thinking and hone their test taking skills. We are continuing, in class, to work on weak areas. 

Reading Homework Schedule

Week

Due Date

Pages

Title

5

April 19- Thursday

25-30

Wooly Bear Forecaster

6

April 27- Friday

40-45

Say Cheese!

7

May 4- Friday

46-50

Weird, Wiggly, and Wonderful

8

May 10- Thursday

66-69

One Night

 
 
SPELLING:
Lesson 28:  (Spelling Test THURSDAY)
  1. taught
  2. thought
  3. rough
  4. laugh
  5. bought
  6. cough
  7. ought
  8. caught
  9. fought
  10. tough
  11. though
  12. enough
  13. brought
  14. was
  15. draw
  16. sought
  17. naughty
  18. daughter
  19. away
  20. those
WRITING:
The student(s) will begin writing opinion based papers.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES
The student(s) will:
  • take a test over maps this week.
  • begin learning about financial literacy

April 9-13

What's Happening at DPES?

https://dpes.tomballisd.net/

  • Thur., Apr 12, 3rd Grade Field Trip
  • Fri., Apr. 20, Field Day
  • Fri., Apr. 27, Birthday Book Club in Library during students lunch period
  • Fri., May 11, Moms and Muffins
  • Mon., May 14, 3rd Grade Math STAAR
  • Tues., May 15, 3rd Grade Reading STAAR
  • 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
 
ITEMS DUE THIS WEEK
1. Field Trip Permission Slip (I sent home on Thursday, before Good Friday)
 
READERS WORKSHOP
Students will: 
  • identify important details vs. interesting details within a text, especially nonfiction text
  • use text to support answer choices
  • work on using their reading strategies within text
  • draw conclusions (using only the text) & make inferences (using both the text and their own information, meaning their knowledge and experiences).
  • use text to support answers
READING STAAR HOMEWORK 
  • Reading STAAR Homework is due on Thursday of this week due to Friday being a school holiday, Good Friday. 
  • Each student has a copy of the strategies inside their STAAR Homework folder, but you can find them on my website (posted the week of March 19th).
  • I hope that this opportunity is a golden chance to practice critical thinking and hone their test taking skills. We are continuing, in class, to work on weak areas. 

Reading Homework Schedule

Week

Due Date

Pages

Title

4

April 13- Friday

87-91

Tailspin

5

April 19- Thursday

25-30

Wooly Bear Forecaster

6

April 27- Friday

40-45

Say Cheese!

7

May 4- Friday

46-50

Weird, Wiggly, and Wonderful

8

May 10- Thursday

66-69

One Night

 
 
SPELLING:
Lesson 26 (Spelling Test FRIDAY)
  1. butter
  2. letter
  3. better
  4. happen
  5. sudden
  6. stubborn
  7. button
  8. lesson
  9. pillow
  10. funny
  11. bottom
  12. dollar
  13. hello
  14. jelly
  15. rabbit
  16. mirror
  17. cherry
  18. arrow
  19. picture
  20. change
SOCIAL STUDIES
The student(s) will:
  • continue studying maps and using map skills. 

April 2-6

What's Happening at DPES?

https://dpes.tomballisd.net/

  • Tues., Apr 3,Field Trip cafeteria lunch orders 
  • Wed., Apr. 4 Field Trip Permission slips due
  • Thur., Apr 12, 3rd Grade Field Trip
  • Fri., Apr. 20, Field Day
  • Fri., Apr. 27, Birthday Book Club in Library during students lunch period
  • Fri., May 11, Moms and Muffins
  • Mon., May 14, 3rd Grade Math STAAR
  • Tues., May 15, 3rd Grade Reading STAAR
  • 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
Remember, Cougar Tales in now online, so check out the DPES website.  (link above)
 
ITEMS DUE THIS WEEK
1. Class T-Shirt Money and Order form
2. Field Trip Permission Slip (I sent home on Thursday, before Good Friday)
 
READERS WORKSHOP
Students will: 
  • identify important details vs. interesting details within a text, especially nonfiction text
  • use text to support answer choices
  • work on using their reading strategies within text
  • draw conclusions (using only the text) & make inferences (using both the text and their own information, meaning their knowledge and experiences).
  • use text to support answers
READING STAAR HOMEWORK 
  • Reading STAAR Homework is due on Thursday of this week due to Friday being a school holiday, Good Friday. 
  • Each student has a copy of the strategies inside their STAAR Homework folder, but you can find them on my website (posted the week of March 19th).
  • I hope that this opportunity is a golden chance to practice critical thinking and hone their test taking skills. We are continuing, in class, to work on weak areas. 

Reading Homework Schedule

Week

Due Date

Pages

Title

3

April 6- Friday

81-86

Babe, Big Time

4

April 13- Friday

87-91

Tailspin

5

April 19- Thursday

25-30

Wooly Bear Forecaster

6

April 27- Friday

40-45

Say Cheese!

7

May 4- Friday

46-50

Weird, Wiggly, and Wonderful

8

May 10- Thursday

66-69

One Night

 
 
SPELLING:
Lesson 26 (Spelling Test FRIDAY)
  1. person
  2. helmet
  3. until
  4. carpet
  5. Monday
  6. enjoy
  7. forget
  8. problem
  9. Sunday
  10. garden
  11. order
  12. mistake
  13. umpire
  14. herself
  15. after
  16. under
  17. expect
  18. wisdom
  19. very
  20. light
 
SOCIAL STUDIES
The student(s) will:
  • continue studying maps and using map skills. 

March 26-30

What's Happening at DPES?

https://dpes.tomballisd.net/.

  • Mar. 26, Math STAAR Simulation Test
  • 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
Remember, Cougar Tales in now online, so check out the DPES website.  (link above)
 
 
READERS WORKSHOP
Students will: 
  • identify important details vs. interesting details within a text, especially nonfiction text
  • use text to support answer choices
  • work on using their reading strategies within text
  • draw conclusions (using only the text) & make inferences (using both the text and their own information, meaning their knowledge and experiences).
  • use text to support answers
READING STAAR HOMEWORK 
  • Reading STAAR Homework is due on Thursday of this week due to Friday being a school holiday, Good Friday. 
  • Each student has a copy of the strategies inside their STAAR Homework folder, but you can find them on my website (posted the week of March 19th).
  • I hope that this opportunity is a golden chance to practice critical thinking and hone their test taking skills. We are continuing, in class, to work on weak areas. 

Reading Homework Schedule

Week

Due Date

Pages

Title

2

March 29- Thursday

70-74

Topper’s First Day of School

3

April 6- Friday

81-86

Babe, Big Time

4

April 13- Friday

87-91

Tailspin

5

April 19- Thursday

25-30

Wooly Bear Forecaster

6

April 27- Friday

40-45

Say Cheese!

7

May 4- Friday

46-50

Weird, Wiggly, and Wonderful

8

May 10- Thursday

66-69

One Night

 
 
WRITERS WORKSHOP
Writers will :
  • finish writing personal narrative

SPELLING:
Lesson 22 (Spelling Test THURSDAY)
  1. cities
  2. cried
  3. puppies
  4. hurried
  5. stories
  6. flies
  7. parties
  8. tried
  9. pennies
  10. fried
  11. carried
  12. babies
  13. spied
  14. pretty
  15. very
  16. countries
  17. libraries
  18. move
  19. enough
  20. follow
 
SOCIAL STUDIES
The student(s) will:
  • continue studying maps and using map skills. 

STAAR Test Prep Reading Homework Begins This Week!

Dear Parents,

Since the beginning of the year, students have been working to improve the way they pronounce words and increase their text fluency.  However, reading tests require more than just pronouncing words and reading fluently; they also ask students to comprehend the meaning of and critically analyze the text.  

On Tuesday, May 15th, all third grade students will take the Reading STAAR test. It requires students to use critical analysis to answer questions about a variety of texts.  In order to give the students experiences using a variety of strategies which will help them understand the text on the test, we will begin reviewing some STAAR-like reading passages in class.  Students will also be given two short reading activities, which have a few questions to answer for each activity. The homework will be in a folder marked READING STAAR beginning the week of 3/20/18.

The STAAR Reading Homework should be completed during the week. The passage will be given to the students either Friday or Monday and will be due either Thursday or Friday, depending on what is occurring that coming Friday. We will review these assignments in class.  For this reason, it is important that your child has completed and returned the assignment so that the time spent checking and discussing it is most beneficial.

The following strategies can be used to help your child comprehend any text in any subject.  These are things we have talked about all year and the students should now be able to apply.


Strategies Before We Read the Passage:

1st Skim Text so you can get your mindset about what you will be reading about.

  • LOOK at: Title, Text Features (titles, pictures, captions, heading, subheadings, graphs, charts) to help you determine the text will be about.

  • Circle underlined or bolded   words…you know you will be asked a question about these J

2nd Read the story

  • Pay attention to the connection between the text and the pictures, captions, headings, subheadings, etc. that are shared by the author.

  • ***Put a box around any words you DO NOT KNOW***
3rd Write your “Text Talk” Blurbs
  • Main idea for each paragraph or section in your own words
    (no more than 5-8 words)

  • (Noun and what was important about the noun)

Time to start answering questions!

  1. DO SUMMARY QUESTION FIRST!
  2. Read the question and underline important words in the question that help you know exactly what the question is asking you.
  3. Read all answer choices.
  4. Go back to the story and find TEXT EVIDENCE to answer the question. (Something  made you pick your answer).
  5. Go back to the question, pick the BEST answer.
  6. Now, show proof:
  • At the question by writing P#   (this is the paragraph number where you found the text you used to support your answer)
  • In the passage/text underline your text that helped you pick your answer. In the margins write Q# (question number).

Finally, as you are working with your child on their STAAR homework, we ask that you help your child by reminding them to use the strategies we have practiced in class and allow them to the answer the questions.  This is not for a grade, but rather an opportunity to learn. On the day of the test, students will have to read the passages themselves.  We can not help them pronounce any words. We have been working with the students on how to use the good reading strategies they know (using context clues, chunking words, etc.) to help themselves make sense of the passage.  We have also proven to them that skipping a few words is okay - we just underline it and move on - but getting stuck on too many hard words and giving up is NOT okay. If you never attempt reading the story, you have no chance of answering the questions. We appreciate your support of your child and what they have been accomplishing as 3rd grade readers!  If you have any questions, please contact your child’s language arts teacher.

Thank You!
3rd Grade Reading Teachers


Reading Homework Schedule

Week

Due Date

Pages

Title

1

March 23- Friday

51-55

The “Helping Basket”

2

March 29- Thursday

70-74

Topper’s First Day of School

3

April 6- Friday

81-86

Babe, Big Time

4

April 13- Friday

87-91

Tailspin

5

April 19- Thursday

25-30

Wooly Bear Forecaster

6

April 27- Friday

40-45

Say Cheese!

7

May 4- Friday

46-50

Weird, Wiggly, and Wonderful

8

May 10- Thursday

66-69

One Night


Important Dates

  • March 30 No School - Good Friday
  • April 12 Field Trip
  • April 20 Field Day
  • May 14 Math STAAR 3rd/4th Grade
  • May 15 Reading STAAR 3rd/4th Grade

March 19-23

What's Happening at DPES?

https://dpes.tomballisd.net/

  • Mar. 23, Birthday Book Club in Library during students lunch period
  • Mar. 24, Party on the Prairie
  • Mar. 26, Math STAAR Simulation Test
  • 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
Remember, Cougar Tales in now online, so check out the DPES website. 
READERS WORKSHOP
Students will: 
  • identify important details vs. intresting details
  • work on using their reading strategies within text

  • asking relevant questions

  • use text to support answers
 
WRITERS WORKSHOP
Writers will :
  • Finish writing personal narrative

SPELLING:
Lesson 21 (Spelling Test Friday)
  1. coming
  2. swimming
  3. dropping
  4. tapping
  5. taping
  6. invited
  7. saving
  8. stared
  9. planned
  10. changing
  11. joking
  12. loved
  13. gripped
  14. tasted
  15. making
  16. stopped
  17. freezing
  18. scared
  19. soon
  20. really
 
SOCIAL STUDIES
The student(s) will:
  • continue studying about maps and using their skills.

March 5-9

What's Happening at DPES?

https://dpes.tomballisd.net/

  • Mar. 7, Jax Spirit Night
  • 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. 24, Party on the Prairie
  • 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 summaries, practice writing and answering summary questions for a of a story.

Wednesday, March 7 - Reading STAAR Simulation Test

Students will take a STAAR practice test which will give them the opportunity to see what it is like to test over a 4 hour period, as well as over numerous passages with many questions.

Please help to ensure your student is here to experience this. It helps them to really get a feeling of what it will be like on the testing day.
 
WRITERS WORKSHOP
Writers will :
  • Finish writing personal narrative

SPELLING:
Lesson 20 (Spelling Test Friday)
  1. birthday
  2. anyone
  3. sometimes
  4. everything
  5. homework
  6. afternoon
  7. airplane
  8. grandmother
  9. something
  10. without
  11. himself
  12. faraway
  13. sunburned
  14. daylight
  15. someone
  16. cannot
  17. scorekeeper
  18. everybody
  19. sister
  20. present
 
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 26- Mar 2

What's Happening at DPES?

https://dpes.tomballisd.net/

  • Th., Mar. 1, Class/ Individual Pictures
    Fri., Mar. 2, Book Character Parade at DPES
  • Mar. 7, Jax Spirit Night
  • 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 summaries, practice writing and answering summary questions for a of a story.

* March 7 Reading STAAR Simulation test- Students will be a STAAR practice test and we will give them the opportunity to see what it is like to test over a 4 hour period of time and over numerous passages and questions. 
 
WRITERS WORKSHOP
Writers will :
  • continue writing their personal narrative

SPELLING:
Lesson 19 (Spelling Test Friday)
mood
wooden
drew
smooth
blue
balloon
true (this appears in the spelling list all capitalized...it is not)
crooked
chew
tooth
hooves
cool
food
pooch
blew
foot
loose
jewel
under
with
 
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

Read Across America 2018

 
Next week, February 26th-30th, we are celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America. Each day there is a theme for dressing up and a book to go with it (see attachment). We end the celebration Friday with a book character parade at 9:00 am.  Students will enjoy the reading of a book with a guest reader coming to the classroom sometime that day.  Students should start planning what book and character from their book they would like to dress up as. This is a lot of fun and I look forward to seeing all the awesome characters!!!

Reading Strategies for Test Taking

Here are the strategies I have been teaching the children to prepare for test taking.  We have discussed that we read differently for test taking, than we do for pleasure.  Our focus is on being able to show we understand what we read.
 
Before you read and When you Read

1.Skim Text so you can get your mindset about what you will be reading about.

LOOK at: Title, Text Features (titles, pictures, captions, heading, subheadings, graphs, charts) to help you determine the text will be about.
Circle    underlined    or    bolded   words…you know you will be asked a question about these J

2.Read the story

Paying attention to the connection between the text and the pictures, captions, headings, subheadings, etc. that are shared by the author.
***Highlight or put a   box around any words you DO NOT KNOW***

3.Write your “Text Talk” Blurbs

Main idea for each paragraph or section in your own words
(Noun and what was important about the noun)

Time to start answering questions!

1.DO SUMMARY QUESTION FIRST!

2.Read the question and underline the important words in it that help you know exactly what the question is asking you.

3.Read all answer choices.

4.Go back to the story and find TEXT EVIDENCE to answer the question.
   (Something  made you pick your answer).

5.Go back to the question, pick the BEST answer.

6.Now, show proof:

-At the question by writing P#   (this is the paragraph number where you found the text you used to support your answer)
-In the passage/text underline your text that helped you pick your answer. In the margins write Q# (question number).