Friday, October 17, 2014

Red Ribbon Week

Next week is Red Ribbon Week.  We will have a different activity every day to support our commitment to a healthy, drug-free life.  Please view the activities for the week below.

Monday: Wear Red
Tuesday: "Sock it to Drugs" ~ wear crazy socks!
Wednesday: "Join the Fight Against Drugs"~ Wear Camouflage
Thursday: "Put a Cap on Drugs"~ Wear a hat
Friday: "Team up Against Drugs" ~ Wear your favorite team jersey or shirt

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Inferring and Context Clues

Last week we worked on making inferences when we read.  In one activity, the class had to work in a group to read a poem and infer what animal the poem was about.  They checked their inferences by scanning a QR code to see the correct answer.  This was a big hit!

Last week, we also began using Edmodo in our book club groups.  We are all really excited about this.  I post a question, poll, or quiz on Edmodo and the book club members can use the app to comment or answer questions about their book.  It's fun!

This week was the book fair!  We stepped in to help Pre-K and First grade during the book fair.  We helped them find books they might like and we wrote them on their wish list.  This class is a group of GREAT helpers!  I was so proud of them!  They were very patient and helpful. 

We have also been learning about context clues.  We need to use the clues in the text to help us figure out unknown words when we read.  Today, we played a game with silly made up words.  The students had to use the context clues to help them figure out what the unknown word really means. Fun!

I told the class I would add a context clues page here for them to download.  This is a page for them to write their own silly word with context clues. They give the page to someone else and have them figure out the unknown word. Here it is...

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Student Council Representatives

The official vote is in! Congrats to Reese and David, our new student council representatives!

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Book Clubs

This week in reading we chose the book club we would like to be in! We started meeting with book club partners. Everyone was VERY excited about this! Ask your child what book he/she is reading in book club.

We also started using Istation. This is a reading practice program on the computer. Your child can do this at home too! Directions and passwords will be sent home next week.

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Friday, September 12, 2014


Today we were learning about nouns.  We watched this short music video about nouns.  This is a catchy tune that had everyone singing and dancing!  It will be stuck in your head all day...BEWARE!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Week Two!

We had a short week, but we did a lot of important work!

We continued to learn and practice our Daily 5 stations.

In writing, we worked on writing paragraphs. We played a few games to help us learn the parts of the paragraph to get us started.

In reading, we talked about stopping to monitor our comprehension. We worked on stopping to think and to write down our thoughts and questions.

It was a fast and crazy week!

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Sunday, August 24, 2014


Welcome To Third Grade!!  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 15 years.  I taught first grade for 10 years, and second grade for 5 years.  I'm excited to move up to third grade this year!  I also love to teach reading and writing.
I am married and I have two kids.  My daughter Alayna, is almost 11 and my son Brayden is 8.
Here are a few of my favorite things:
*Taking Pictures
 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 check back often!