About Me This is my first year teaching at Lakeway and I'm super excited to meet my first group of Smith's Sharks! I've been teaching in some capacity for 15 years, including 10 as a corporate trainer, and the past 5 as a substitute teacher in elementary and middle schools. I'm married to Derrol and I have three kids. My son, Austin, is a 6th grader at HBMS and my twin girls, Savannah and Berkeley, are 3rd graders here at Lakeway. We also have two cats, Gandy and Pippin. My favorite things to do are having adventures with my family, trying new restaurants, traveling, volunteering, and researching new ideas for my classroom.
Daily Schedule 7:35 – 7:45 Morning assembly in the gym 7:50 – 8:50 Math 8:50 – 9:20 Math Enrichment 9:20 – 9:40 Recess/snack 9:40 – 10:40 Reading and Language Arts *Library 10:00 – 10:30 every Tuesday* 10:40 – 11:30 Specials 11:35 – 12:05 Lunch 12:05 – 12:35 Spelling, DOL, Handwriting 12:35 – 1:05 Reading Enrichment 1:05 – 1:50 Social Studies (with Mrs. Jistel) 1:50 – 2:35 Science (with Mrs. Smith) 2:35 – 2:40 Pack up and Dismissal
3 rd Grade Events September 26 – LWE Homecoming October 9 – Picture Day October 10 – Science Day and Float Your Boat October 16 – Track and Field (in the morning) October 25 – PTO Carnival October 30 or 31 – Pumpkin Math November 11 – 13 – Book Fair December 9 or 10 – Nutcracker December 12 – Science Day December 18 – Winter Party February 11(?) – Valentine’s Day Party February 25 – Group Picture Day March 6 – Science Day March 24 – 26 – Book Fair March 26 – 3 rd Grade Musical April 21 – Math STAAR April 22 – Reading STAAR May 22 – Science Day May 29 – Field trip to Inner Space Caverns June 3 – End of Year Party
Math 1 st Grading Period Place Value Comparing /Ordering Numbers Addition Rounding Money Subtraction Graphs Algebra (patterns) Problem Solving 2 nd Grading Period Multiplicati on Division Problem Solving 3 rd Grading Period Multiplying 2 digit #s Algebra (reverse operations) Fractions Comparing Fractions Area Perimeter Time, Liquid, Volume, and Weight 4 th Grading Period 2D and 3D figures Personal Finance (income and spending) 4 th Grade Math
Reading & Language Arts Fiction Other literary genres Reading to discover – expository text Procedural text Connecting text to self/text/world Research Media Grammar (DOL) Fluency Accuracy Improving vocabulary
Science & Social Studies Science Investigative Questioning Engineering Process Properties of Matter Energy Forces and Work Earth’s Surface People and Resources Water and Weather Space Ecosystems and Interactions Living Things Grow and Change Social Studies Our Community Celebrate Freedom Week Physical Characteristics of Communities Human Characteristics of Communities Cultural Characteristics of Communities People Influence Communities: Heroes Communities Change Over Time How Communities Work: Citizens and Government The Free Enterprise System Geography Current Events
Homework Every Friday your child will get a reading and math packet. The reading packet will help with comprehension and can be used to practice fluency at home. The math packet will usually be a couple page review of this week’s concepts. These packets will be due the following Thursday, but may be turned in at any time before then. Please take a few minutes each week to look over the homework with your child. It is important that they know that you are interested in seeing what they are learning. The best way to encourage responsibility and accountability in school work is to hear it at home AND school. In addition to our paper homework, we have several online resources that are available to our students. We ask that students complete 1 RAZ Kids story a week. This can take the place of reading one night.
S.T.A.R. Binders Binders need to come to school EVERY day. This year we are working on building student responsibility. These binders take the place of communication folders. Please refer to your child’s planner for upcoming events and tests. Please do not take anything out of the binder. Several of the pages you may use at home to study, we also use here at school.
Online Resources FASTT Math Lexia Username: lastname.firstname Password: 6 digit student ID # RAZ Kids Teacher Username: msmith377 Find student name and symbol Password: 6 digit student ID # Google Accounts Username: firstname.lastname@example.org Password: 6 digit student ID #
Important Info Library – Tuesday 10:00 – 10:30 PE – White Days *wear tennis shoes – no PE, no recess! * Music – Once they start recorder they will need to bring it to school every time we have music Conferences – October & As Needed at My Planning Period (M-F, 10:40-11:30)
Important Info Behavior Rewards * Sand Dollars/ see Redemption Chart * Homework, Attendance, Compliment Rewards * Friday Fun Day Rewards Consequences * Tally Marks = Laps at Recess * Think Sheets/I Can, I Will
Before you leave * Go to front of the room and do the 2 Activities on the board * Leave your child a note on his/her desk * Sign up for a fall conference * Fill out shirt size form and leave on desk; Leave cash or check for class funds (if you don’t have it today, please send with your child within a week) * Take your child’s letter to you and your treat