Contact Mrs. Park

email spark@lafsd.org

cell: 925-899-5046

I will check messages by the end of each day.

If your message is urgent, contact the office first.

Parent Volunteers

There is a link to email with each name:

Room Parent: Tara Larsen
Classroom Treasurer: 
Patrizia Aguayo
Field Trip Coordinator: Lorin McSorley
Classroom Party Planner: 
Leslie TanimuraTanya Parmelee
LPIE Rep:
Scarecrow Coordinators: 
Tara LarsenPatrizia Aguayo
Yearbook: Fiona Lee
Box Top Coordinator: Amanda Benbow
International Night Coordinator: Chris Stirling, Kyoko Uehara
Math Centers:Angela Ristow, Chris StirlingStine AhrenkielCara Flory
Patrizia Aguayo
Read Naturally: Eric StewartTanya ParmeleeHeather Goyert
LPIE Art: Cara FloryTara Larsen
Lorin McSorley
Library: Heather GoyertLorin McSorleySub Tanya Parmelee, Sub Leslie Tanimura

Computers: Patrizia AguayoTanya Parmelee

Grading: Lorin McSorleyEric StewartDominique Mickelson
Filing: Alejandra Ortiz

Homework Help

Please follow these guidelines to help you make homework as easy as possible!

  • The homework packet is sent home on Friday and is due the following Friday. Please use the school provided folder.
  • A ...more

I am thrilled to have the training to integrate Mindfulness into our classroom. Our district was awarded a grant to participate in Mindfulness training for adults last spring. At the end of August, I ...more

Helping Your Child Read At Home

A child that scores in the top 90% in school reads almost as much in one day outside of school as a child that scores in the low 10% in school reads in an entire year. Pretty amazing statistic! But ...more

Creating a Learner's Mind

In a professional development, we were shown a youtube presentation about Learning Mindsets and Learning Strategies & Habits in Schools. It really energized me - particularly with a study of how our language impacts children. With the latest shifts in education, schools are moving into a completely new style of teaching that requires greater critical thinking and performance skills. This video has a compelling message and is well worth viewing for parents and teachers, as we all serve as role models for children.

The Power of Belief

Sue Park

December/January Updates

Math Workshop:  In December  students continued to learn and practice multiplication and division facts and concepts. The focus was on 6s, 7s, and 8s. We worked more with area models and solved 2 step word problems. In January we move to measurement, elapsed time and graphs, as well as starting our unit on addition and subtraction. Multiplication and division will continue to be reviewed in both classwork and homework. All our math work includes games, hands-on exploration, real life situations and even art!

Reading Workshop: In December and January we transition to our third reading unit: Reading to Learn. We take on the challenge to understand nonfiction text features and structures, as well as finding main idea and supporting details.  We continue to read fiction as well, trying to complete a fiction series and taking Reading Counts (online assessment) to build up classroom reward points.

Writing Workshop: For December/January we are transitioning into our second writing unit: The Art of Information Writing. Students will write teaching books about a topic they are knowledgeable about. We will go through the stages of writing: brainstorming, planning, drafting, revising, editing and publishing. Students will learn to write long by including not just facts, but ideas, anecdotes, explanations, and more.

Science:  Students studied animal food chains in December by dissecting an owl pellet to learn about the bones inside. Students researched the food chain of a bird of prey and created a diagram on Google Draw. Students also learned about fossils including the trilobite - extinct marine arthropods (distant relatives of modern lobsters, horseshoe crabs and spiders). They sang and danced to the Fossil Rock. In January they will start off the year studying weather.

Social Studies: In November/December students continued their work with narratives by writing eight Pilgrim historical fiction narratives in a journal. Before they wrote each entry we played a game and researched the event. Students then paraphrased to include main ideas and details in a historical journal. Writing crafts include intriguing leads, thoughtful endings, dialogue, and descriptions with powerful images of three and stretching out the heart of the story. We also read the biography of Squanto. In January we will study our country’s important symbols, documents and landmarks.

Websites for Math

Scope and Sequence of Math Curriculum


 

Math Concept

Problem

of the

Month

Number Talks

 

Aug

Sept

Place Value/Rounding

Add/Sub - Fact Work

Week of

Inspirational

Math

Addition Strategies:
Making Ten’s

Friendly Numbers,

Doubles

Sept

Oct

Mult/Div

Mult 0-5, 9, 10

Wheel Shop 

Turn Up the Volume 

Multiplication Strategies:

Doubling & Halving,

Breaking factors into

smaller factors

Nov

Dec

Mult/Div with 6s, 7s, 8s Multiples of 10, 100

Measurement, Time and Graphs

Sum Some Sums

(Nov/Dec)

Partial Products,

Division Strategies:

Partial Quotients, Multiplying up

Jan

Feb

Multidigit Addition and Subtraction

 

Write Equations to Solve Word Problems

Once Upon a Time

 

Growing Staircases

Addition Strategies:

Place Value Addition

Subtraction Strategies:

Place Value Subtraction

Mar

Polygons, Perimeter, and Area

Measuring Mammals

Which One Does Not Belong?

Apr

May

Explore Fractions

SBAC Prep & Test

First Rate

Fractured Numbers

Which One Does Not belong?

May

Jun

Measurement

Tangrams

Word Problems

Symmetry & Congruency

Double Down Which One Does Not Belong?

News Flash

Date Special Events
Aug 31 Back to School
Sept 25 - Sept 29 Conferences
Oct 2 Lafayette Walking Tour Field Trip
Oct 20 or Oct 27 Oakland Zoo School Field Trip
Oct 31 Halloween Parade & Party
Dec 13 morning Christmas Carol Field Trip
Dec 15 Winter Holiday Party
Feb 14 Valentine's Party
March 29 Water Day - Field Trip at School
April 17 Jolts & Volts Lawrence Hall of Science Field Trip
May 24 Open House & Art Fair
TBD Black Diamond Mines Field Trip
June 4 Apple Valley Day & End of Year Party

Links to Resources

Back to School Information

How Things Work

Back To School Presentation

 

Math

sumdog logo small-2592da3b7002e685149e3031def24ab1.png Sumdog 
User Name: Math & classroom # i.e. math25
Password: Your child's selected animal i.e. hippo

School: lafayette-elementary 

 

  Prodigy

  User Name: Sent Home Hard Copy

Password: math & classroom # i.e. math25

 

Language Arts 

Learn Vocabulary and Feed the Hungry

Parent Website to Search for Children's Books - Scholastic

Check Reading Level on a Book - Scholastic

 

lexia-reading-core5.gif LexiaCore5 
User Name: first name last name (i.e. suepark)
Password: read

 

RAZ Kids 
User Name: Park94549

Password: read

 

Keyboarding 

Typing Club 
Login: first name last name (i.e. suepark)
Password: type

 

Using Technology Wisely

Technology Links

Common Sense Media - Review books, games, movies, technology

Common Sense Media Agreements

Character

Third Grade Developmental Characteristics

Character Counts

Scope and Sequence of Reading/Writing Science/Social Studies Curriculum

 

Reading Units of Study

Writing Units of Study

Science
Social Studies

Aug

Assessments

Assessments

 

Sept

Oct

Building a Reading Life/

Mystery Book Clubs

Crafting True Stories

Biomes/

Adaptations

Lafayette History

Oct

Nov

Dec

Mystery Book Clubs/

Reading to Learn:

Grasping Main Ideas &

Text Structures

The Art of Information Writing

Narrative & Expository

Food Chains/Fossils

Pilgrim Journal/

Squanto

Jan

Feb

Reading to Learn:

Grasping Main Ideas &

Text Structures

Assessments

The Art of Information Writing

Symbols

Feb

Mar

Character Studies

Changing the World:

Persuasive Speeches,

Letters, and Petitions

Narrative Story (Life of a Salmon) 

Water Studies

Landforms/Geography

 

Apr

Poetry

SBAC Preparation

Poetry

SBAC Preparation

Government

May

Jun

SBAC Testing

Research Clubs:

Elephants, Penguins,

and Frogs, Oh My!

Informational Journal Writing/

Narrative

Black Diamond Mine

Community