Dawn Porter-Third Grade

I am delighted to continue teaching at Lake Harriet Lower Campus!   I spent my first 3 years  of teaching in Waukegan, IL, after graduating from Luther College with a BA degree in elementary education and Spanish.  For 22 years  I taught at Jefferson Community School in Minneapolis, first as a Spanish specialist and then for 17 years as a third grade teacher. In the fall of 2008 I moved to Lake Harriet.  My husband and I enjoy living in the  Linden Hills neighborhood.  Our daughter graduated from Southwest High School in 2012 and the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point in 2016.  Our son graduated from Southwest in 2015 and attends Luther College.

 My e-mail address is: Dawn.Porter@mpls.k12.mn.us


Pumpkin Bowling
April 17 Concert Day
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 4:25 PM

Great dulcimer concert today!  Thanks to those of you who were able to provide an appreciative audience.  We are also planning to perform informally (without Ross) for our kindergarten buddies on Thursday, April 19 at 12:50 or so.  This performance will be much shorter as we will be the only ones playing.  We will play in Ms. Mahoney's room (A208) and I would be comfortable with parents coming then if today did not work but Thursday mid-day does.

You are encouraged to arm your child with a couple of mints for tomorrow's reading MCA (state test).  Mints can help us stay alert if our stamina is fading.  We want to do our very best.  We have practiced with both fiction and nonfiction passages, and we even tackled poetry last week.  

Our new reading groups are named after some of the types of figurative language we were noticing:  alliteration, personification, similes and metaphors.  Other poetic tools we've met include onomatopoeia, hyperbole, repetition, rhyme and vivid vocabulary.  (Feel free to Google some of these if it's been a long time since you took an English class!)

We are skipping the Greek and Latin roots this week as many of us have math to complete at home and return tomorrow.  Today's lesson was elapsed time and perimeter (where the length of one or more sides needs to be determined by looking at the opposite parallel sides). In addition to these two topics we'll look at symmetry in polygons.  By Friday we'll be able to compare 2 polygons using terms like: right angles, vertices, quadrilateral, sets of parallel sides, equal length and lines of symmetry.

Please continue to practice the math facts for the weekly timings.  Before we know it we will be starting our final math unit (late April) on multiplication of large numbers, division with remainders, and long division.  This is nearly impossible to do if one is still trying to count to solve the basic multiplication facts.  10 minutes a day, focusing on a few new facts each time.  You can do it!