Friday, August 28, 2015

A Great First Week of School!

I think we had a great first week of school!  Take a look at some of the highlights from our week!

We are learning how to work at our Daily 5 stations during reading.  This week we learned how to do read to self and read to someone.

We also set up our reader's and writer's notebooks.  We began adding lots of great strategies and writing to our notebooks this week!

We practiced our new words for the week by playing some games where we were able to write on our desks with markers!

Today we all went to the gym to watch the students and teachers that are new to Velasquez slide into their dens!  Lots of music and dancing was going on!  The TIGERS  are in the lead with den points this week! 

It was a great start to our school year!  I'm looking forward to another great week! Have a super weekend!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Welcome to Third Grade!

Welcome!  We are going to have an amazing year!  If you are's some information about me!

I'm excited to be teaching at Velasquez!  I have been teaching for 16 years.  I taught first grade for 10 years, and second grade for 5 years.  I'm excited to be starting my second year teaching 3rd grade!  I also love to teach reading and writing.
I am married and I have two kids.  My daughter Alayna, is almost 12 and my son Brayden is 9.
Here are a few of my favorite things:
*Taking Pictures
*Camping and Hiking
 I'm excited to start a great school year.  I know we are going to learn SO much and have a great time.  I will use this blog A LOT throughout the school year to share information and fun stuff we are doing in class, so take a minute to bookmark or follow this page and check back often!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Have a Great Summer!

I hope everyone has a fun and safe summer vacation!  Please come visit me when you come back to school in the fall!  Click the video below to see some pictures from your year in 3rd grade!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


We are working on a few fun end of the year projects.  This week I introduced the class to Flextangles.  It was a big hit!  Everyone designed their own Flextangle. Want to know more about Flextangles? Go to the website to learn about them and print out a template to make your own Flextangle!
(This website also has a lot of fun activities for you to do over the summer!)
 We made videos of our Flextangles so you can see how cool they are!  Check them out!

Bryce, Grace, Emma
Georgia, Aaron, Cody
Jules, Giacomo, David
Julian, Ashley, Gavin
Sarah, Stephanie, Camille

Reese, Jenna, Samantha, Alex

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Valentine's Day

We had a short but fun Valentine's Day party on Friday. Here are a few pictures from the day!

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Research Projects

We have been working on reading nonfiction articles and taking notes by paraphrasing the information.  This week the students worked in groups to research a topic of their choice and then practiced note-taking on their own.  As a final project, they created a poster and a digital project using the iPad.  This was a big hit! Everyone did a great job!

We added a QR code to the poster so anyone can scan it and view the digital projects! 

We took time for a "gallery walk" to view all the completed projects!

You can view our research videos below!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Reading Expository Text and Procedural Writing

This week we began reading some nonfiction articles and learned how to take notes and write our thinking as we read. I think everyone enjoyed the informational text we read from Time for Kids and National Geographic Kids!

We also began learning about procedural writing. This is writing that explains how to do something. We practiced putting the steps in order first, then moved on to writing our own steps. Next week everyone will be writing their own procedural essay!

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