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
Sept. 9
Monday, September 9, 2019 5:10 PM

We're on week two already!  Please check my webpage, which is updated every week by 6pm Tuesday, to get a sneak peek at the week and to stay in the loop.  Our homework expectations and daily schedule are also posted.

A huge THANK YOU to those who brought in extra supplies for our classroom.  They are much appreciated!

Heads up! We were finally able to locate a bus company that can take us on our field trip on September 20.  Please watch for the permission trip note coming home Wednesday Sept. 11, due Friday Sept. 13 (sorry about the short turn-around).  Our trip will take us to River Rendezvous, a reenactment experience at the Pond - Dakota Mission Park in Bloomiington.  We'll travel back in time to experience life as a Native American, fur trader, early settler, etc.  It is a highlight of 3rd grade and we do need chaperones to assist with this all day trip.  Please email me or mark the permission note if you could help out.

Last Friday while the weather was still pleasant we mapped the playground.  We are learning that maps, like graphs, have parts that help us understand them.  After practicing with real compasses we drew a compass rose as well as a legend for our map's symbols.  We found that our maps needed a title, too.  My comments are on the back of your child's map, which will come home on Tuesday.

Last week we heard an Ojibwe legend writtten mostly to entertain.  Today I read a Dakota story written to persuade us of a certain point of view.  (The author's message could be interpreted in many ways, however.) . Next the students will read books and articles written to inform us about the Ojibwe, the Dakota, or the sun, moon, or stars.  We have a large number of books from the Hennepin County Library in the room to help us delve into these topics.  I am also assessing students individually to get a sense of their reading ability in nonfiction.

In math we are constructing and interpreting pictographs and line plots this week.  We are also reading thermometers.

Students brought home the new Greek / Latin vocabulary list of "man" (hand) words today.  Please keep the list in the blue folder to use in class after studying them tonight.  The third graders showed impressive knowledge ot the "ped" (foot) words on their quiz last week.  The corrected quiz should be in the blue folder. 

We can't wait to see what the students discover this week!  They are an amazing group!