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 Luther College in 2019.

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


Pumpkin Bowling
Nov. 18
Monday, November 18, 2019 7:10 PM

How is the box hunt coming?  Please see previous updates for details about what your child needs.  Boxes can be sent to school this Thursday or Friday.  They will be used on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

Two special events this week:  On Wednesday we'll have a Native American Dance group performing at a morning assembly.  On Friday afternoon we'll head to sessions all over the building for STEAM Day.  Be sure to ask your child about these enjoyable and educational events!

Spellers have a list reviewing all of the spellings of the various long vowel sounds.  Greek and Latin scholars have a review week featuring the port- and miss-/mit- words.  Beginning in December I will begin a new spelling unit focusing on r controlled vowels (ar, ir, ur, er, or) as well as vowel combinations such as ou, ow, oi, oy.  If your child is asked to participate in this spelling unit, please know that they may continue with Greek/Latin in addition to spelling if they choose.  No lists next week with the two day week.

Math:  We are winding up a unit that includes numbers to 1,000, addition and subtraction and multi-step word problems, and various activities where students demonstrate their understanding of place value.  Feel free to challenge your child at home by telling them the prices of several grocery items and asking how much change they would receive from a $10.00 bill if they purchased those 3 items together.  We are writing horizontal equations:  $10.00 - ($2.39 + $1.89 + $2.58 ) = ?

Literacy:  We are partway through the rough draft stage of our top secret writing project.  If you read with your child ask her /him to notice examples of vivid verbs, descriptive words and phrases, and specific terms as opposed to vague words like food, candy, or decorations. This will help them include similar words in their writing.  Thanks!