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
May 21
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 4:30 PM

It has been very exciting to see how many students made progress last week on their multiplication or division facts timing!  We will take our timing on Thursday this week due to the field day event on Friday.  The spelling test will also be on Thursday.  No more Greek/Latin lists this year, and this will be the last spelling test. (squ, thr, shr)

We are finishing our persuasive letter final copy and I expect you'll see it late next week after I have a chance to review each one.  We're also writing a long paragraph to compare two books by Patricia Polacco. Now that testing is over we have time to practice cursive writing again, too.

Please ask your child to show you how to solve a few long division problems and multiplication of 3 digits by one digit.  If either is difficult, we appreciate your taking the time to walk your child through the steps.  We have modeled a lot at school but feel like more students would benefit from 1:1 help for longer than we can provide.  Thanks!

This week's special events include a Junior Achievement lesson by volunteer Amy Speck, an economics lesson where students decide how to use their money after paying taxes on their salary (buy, save, share with a charitable organization), and the start of our Engineering unit, where we learn about membranes and attempt to design one.

Last week we learned about the erosion that caused St. Anthony Falls to travel to its current location and the efforts to keep the falls in place once mills were built.  Then we traveled to the Mill City Museum for a fun visit to learn about the milling industry.  We also walked out on the Stone Arch Bridge for a closer look at the falls that were behind the growth of our city.  Thanks to our wonderful chaperones! 

Please have your child dress for the weather on Friday and bring a waterbottle filled at home.  We can't wait to see what fun Ms. Chase has planned for this year's field day!