Sunday, October 4, 2015

Plot Video and Quiz

OK friends, I have been experimenting with a new site that allows me to add videos and questions together.  Check out this video and quiz on plot! Just click the link below.  You only have to type in your name to view the video.

Book Clubs

This week we learned how to work together in a book club.  We started with a picture book so we could work on the book club rules and strategies together. Soon we will move on to reading chapter books in our book clubs.  I think everyone is pretty excited!

We also learned about plot this week.  Ask your child about this!  We worked on summarizing stories using the plot's main events.  The class created Screamin' Good Summaries!

Thursday, September 24, 2015


We have really been working hard on inferring in class for the past two weeks!  Inferring is one of the hardest reading concepts we will do this year. 

This week we learned that to make an inference we need to use our schema (background knowledge) plus our text clues (or evidence).

We had a great time on Wednesday when we practiced inferring with poetry.  Students had to infer what animal the poem was about by using their schema and text clues. Here's an example!

Click the link below to see some more poems that your child can do at home to practice inferring with poetry!

We also all met together with Ms. Becerra, our reading facilitator. She did a super fun inferring activity!  The kids were all detectives!  Ask your child all about it!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Spelling City

We have been practicing word wall words and word family words every week in class.  At the end of the nine weeks we will have a test over 20 of the words from your list. (10 word wall words and 10 word family words)  I will randomly choose the words for the test.  Don't worry, I'll tell you when the test will be ahead of time so you have time to practice. :)

I already added our list to Spelling City so you can practice with some fun games at home!

If you've never used Spelling City before, you can view the video below where I show you the activities that you can do.

To access our spelling list and games on Spelling City, click  below! 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Thinking about our Thinking!

This week we practiced doing "real reading."  Real reading is when we stop to think about our reading.  We used our giant thought bubble to practice this with a friend!

Thinking About Our Thinking!

We also learned how to use Think Notes when we are reading to help us think about our reading and make connections to what we read.  The students are expected to take notes on the side of their reading papers to show their thinking.  Here's the bookmarks we are using to help us remember to write our thinking. (These bookmarks should also be in the daily folders too, but if you want another copy you can click the titles below to download and print it out at home.)


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!