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About Mrs. Spires
This is my first year at Imagine Charter Firestone and my first year teaching 3rd grade. I am so excited to be part of an amazing school. I moved to Colorado from Florida last year and I am enjoying experiencing all the things there are to do and see here.
My teaching career began at Imagine School Town Center in Florida and I was there for four years. During my time at ISTC I taught 4th grade for one year and 1st grade for three years.
My main priority as your child's teacher is to create a learning environment that your child feels safe and respected in. To ensure growth throughout the school year I will challenge your child to take ownership in their learning and help them develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. I will partner with you, so that we can work together to ensure a successful year for your child. I am looking forward to an amazing school year! Please feel free to contact me at any time.
We Are Getting PARCC Ready!
PARCC is quickly approaching. Testing begins on April 10th. To help your student with extra practice please have them go to the PARCC website https://parcc.pearson.com/practice-tests/
This will ensure that they are not nervous for the test as they are familiar with the online format the test uses.
Please have your students practice their typing skills by typing any of their reading response homework or using the website abcya.com which has free games that the students can play. There is no membership or login required. They will simply click on 3rd grade and then extra skills to find the typing games. The more comfortable to students are with their typing and the keyboard the more successful they will be.
I am so proud of all of the students and the amazing growth that they have made so I know PARCC will be a walk in the park for them!
Third Grade Commonly Used Links and Classroom Resources:
Classroom Events/ Important announcements
Febraury 24: Field Trip
March 13: No School
March 27-31: Spring Break
Classroom Management and Procedures:
Responsibly and Ownership is very important in my classroom so here is my what I expect my students to own about their grades. My goal is to help the students be successful and reach their individual potential as well as show a genuine interest and caring for their grades and not feel that the only good grade is an "A" but good grades means I tried my hardest and did the best that I can individually do.
CKLA: Students will be exploring the life of Early Americans and Early Explorers
Reading Focus Skills:
Compare and Contrast
Point of View
Writing: Students will be focusing on point of view writing, using various texts and activities to help in the writing process. We will also be editing some of our previous writing assignments to prepare them to be published in student books. Each student will be working on their published book that we will send off to be created. Students will be able to bring these books home at the end of the school year. I can't wait for them to show off their amazing growth in writing!
****I will send out further information for parent volunteers, as we could use help with the editing process for so many pieces of writing.
Social Studies: We will explore the life of Early Americans and Early Explorers. We will have upcoming projects for the beginning of April.
Math Units of Study:
For the month of March we will be finishing up area and perimeter and then working on several new concepts, to include elapsed time, money, and bar models.
Please have students continue to practice their multiplication facts at home.
Spelling / Daily Spelling Homework:
Monday: Day 1 Learning the spelling pattern for the week. Writing sorting note cards. Homework: Sort words into spelling patterns provided, copy into notebook.
Tuesday: Day 2 Review and Independent Activity. Homework: Pick 10 words an write a sentence for each.
Wednesday: Day 3 Word Work. Homework: Pick 10 words to write either in fancy letters, AB pattern (two different colors), or ABC pattern (three different colors).
Thursday: Day 4 Word Work in groups. Homework: Review words.
Friday: Day 5 Spelling Test
Due to the spelling program meeting students specific spelling needs, students all have individual spelling lists. Please check your child's planner for their new words each Monday. Tests will be on Fridays, if there is no school on Friday spelling tests will be on Thursday.
Reading / Writing / Grammar:
Social Studies/ Science
On some Science and Social Studies assessments students will be allowed to use one side of a small note card or the text book, and write down notes that they may use on their assessment on their note card. Note cards must be created by the student not the parents.
Core Knowledge / Virtues
Character Traits: Mercy
Mercy is showing kindness to those who have not been kind to us.