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 15
Monday, April 15, 2019 4:45 PM

Just a reminder that we will be taking the MCA Math test on Thursday morning, April 18.  We will take the MCA Reading assessment next Tuesday, April 23.  Students are allowed to bring mint hard candies (not gum) to help their brain stay alert during each test. 

WE have finished building our dulcimers and are learning to play some simple tunes.  Our concert is Friday morning, 9:50-10:20 in the gym.  We hope you can join us!  The dulcimers wil alsol be used as part of our science lessons on sound.   In addition, we will play for our kindergarten buddies on Thursday afternoon.

Last Friday, 6 students got to go to a special hands on science presentation on sound.  Their persuasive letters to convince me to select them worked!  The rest of us proved that tuning forks vibrate by holding them next to our cheeks, next to a sheet of paper, next to a ping pong ball on a string, and by placing them in a cup of water after striking them.  Ask us about what happened!

Today we observed changes in the plants growing in a hydroponic solution.  We may have a bean crop in a couple of weeks!

During reading we continue to explore animal adaptations.  Students will be creating their own animal and will explain its unique adaptations to survive in its habitat, catch prey and avoid predators. We will also read non-fiction and realistic fiction about weather and climates.  We are learning to compare 2 texts on the same topic and to use text features to better understand the article.  I shared that sometimes maps, graphs, and pictures with captions can help build our interest in an article we originally weren't too keen on reading.