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

February/March Updates

Math Workshop:  We finished our unit on elapsed time. While overall the assessment went well, we will continue to review the method of calculating elapsed time throughout the year. We began the unit on addition using strategies of place value adding, open number lines, and regrouping. We are moving into subtraction using the strategies of expanded subtraction, open number lines, and regrouping (a.k.a. ungrouping). Both addition and subtraction problems include three and four digit numbers, as well as two-step word problems. We also practice adding and subtracting with various mental math ideas using an approach called Number Talks. In March we will work on area and perimeter. In this unit we look at combined rectangles and shapes to understand total area and perimeter. Our classroom is continuing the work with Problem of the Month. This is a district initiative and the problem has various levels of complexity. K-8 tries to complete various levels of the same problem. Students work individually and collaboratively and can move up to higher levels if they would like to tackle the challenge. The problems are from the Silicon Valley Math Initiative (SVMI).  

Reading Workshop:  Our final project for the Reading to Learn Unit is our biography poster/speech. Students are practicing thinking deeply and inferring about their well-known character. Instead of just learning a timeline of events, they are determining character traits that are formed by their character's challenges and accomplishments. In the classroom we have also returned to fiction reading with our fourth unit: Character Studies. In the first part of the unit, students delve into books to notice the ways characters act and things they say. Then they learn to notice patterns based on their character's behavior. In the second and third part of the unit, students come together in book clubs to read sets of books with various themes such as bullying, fitting in, new beginnings, and dynamic duos. They compare books with similar themes to more deeply analyze the literature and author's purpose. Students show many thoughtful ideas and insights throughout this unit.

Writing Workshop:  We have moved from Information Writing to Opinion Writing. We started the unit writing collaboratively to Rachel Zinn to persuade her that we need the blacktop repainted. Students have toured the blacktop, and jotted notes about problems they notice with the current painting. They then broke into teams to write about the issues, and present solutions that provide more engaging and colorful games with clearer instructions.  We continue to write independently about other problems/solutions at the school, as well as writing persuasively about noteworthy people in our lives. In the final part of the unit, students will take a stand on a cause. Then students will collaborate in cause groups to research and make a case for important causes. An invitation will be sent out to families at the end of this unit to attend our "Cause Fair".

Social Studies:  We are finishing our unit about important American symbols, landmarks, and documents. We are synthesizing information across multiple documents and short videos to determine main ideas, supporting details and other interesting facts.

Science:  Students have studied weather and moved into water studies. We culminate this unit with a "Water Day" on March 29th. Students rotate to various rooms throughout the day to understand water pollution/solution, watershed, the life cycle of a salmon (presented by a CA State Park's Videoconference), and Seal Survivor (Presented by The Marine Mammal Center).

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