• Mrs. Lisa So

    Third Grade

    Room 21  


    ALOHA and welcome to 3rd grade!  :) It's going to be a fabulous year of learning and growth as the students' independence continues to develop. Third grade is truly a very special and important foundational year, and I am so happy to be partnering with you!  My hope is for the students to become lifelong learners as we build a warm and nurturing community of scholars where everyone feels valued.  I can't wait to see them grow as readers, writers, mathematicians, scientists, historians, and engineers! Thank you in advance for your support and partnership!


    Weaver Bell Schedule

    School begins at promptly at 8:15a.m.  Dismissal is at 2:40p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  Dismissal is at 1:20p.m. on Wednesdays. 



    I'm always accepting donations for class store if you'd like to donate inexpensive items. 

    The students are earning credits in their bank accounts daily in order to save up for class store. We really appreciate any and all donations of fun, inexpensive class store items from the dollar section at Target, Dollar Tree store, etc. We welcome any small and inexpensive items because they are so excited about the rewards. I'm hoping to have several opportunities throughout the year for students to shop and redeem their hard earned credits in their bank accounts. Thank you!

    *Language Arts:

    The Princess and the Beggar story with depth and complexity prompts, task cards (to extend their learning with additional online research and writing across the disciplines), reading comprehension with RACE

    R-restate the question in a complete sentence using key words from the question stems

    A-answer the question

    C-cite evidence from the text

    On page __, the text states "____"


    "This shows..."

    "This means..."

    "For example,..."

    Using thinking maps and depth and complexity icons for reading comprehension, Scholar's Menu to go deeper with research and writing 

    *Writer's Workshop: Personal Narrative  

    Teaching points

    *writer's workshop norms, rules, what do notebook writers do

    *what is a personal narrative, gathering ideas

    *map of the heart

    *watermelon vs. seed

    *small moment

    *show not tell

    *figurative language

    *hooks and leads

    *sensory descriptive writing with the senses

    *show-not-tell sentences

    *Spelling: Unit 7 Triple clusters

    *Math/CGI: Unit:  addition and subtraction with regrouping, unit test on Thursday and Friday before Fall Break

    *Social Studies: New district adopted program this year
    "Patriotic Symbols" in Sept. (utilizing primary sources, books, maps, photographs, etc.)
    *Liberty Bell
    *White House
    *Statue of Liberty
    *Mount Rushmore
    Scholastic News for current events 
    *Science/Engineering: Forces and Motion, Rockets
    Students will write in their daily log every day, Monday through Thursday. Please sign or initial their daily log.  Daily homework will begin after BTSN. Homework should be a review of skills already learned in class. 
    *Includes 15-20 min. of reading (please write the # of minutes read each day on the monthly Reading Incentive log)
    Homework will also be posted on the 3rd Grade Whales Shutterfly site (one for all 3rd grade classes).  You should have been invited to join that if you wish.  It should be the SAME homework as your child's daily log.  This is just one additional resource you can check in case your child is missing something.
    Room 21 also has our own Shutterfly site that you were invited to join as well. That will contain photos throughout the year from the teacher and parents as well as any important announcements from the room moms.
    Reading Incentive Program:  Please record your child's reading minutes on the montly logs. Any misplaced logs can be downloaded through the PTA website.  Students should read at least 15-20 minutes daily as part of regular homework.  Those are due at the end of each month and I usually collect them starting a day early, just to give parents and students some extra time to turn them in.  Please make sure you tally up the total minutes read each month and make sure your child's name is on the calendar. 
    Current goal: 10% (expected to increase about 10% each month, goal is 100% by mid-May)
    Do it as homework to get caught up only if students are not meeting their goal.  Each week, they have time to do regular Jiji in the classroom.  However, students need to make good use of their time and work efficiently.  Otherwise, they will need to supplement with additional time at home to catch up.
    Additional Announcements:
    We are piloting the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program this year in third grade with Chromebooks. Thank you for your patience as we are all experiencing a huge learning curve together.  Students will not need to bring their Chromebooks to school until the Monday after Back to School Night.  
    Students need to bring in earbuds (with their names on them) for their personal use. Several have purchased them through the school supply list already and have received them. We are excited to be able to utilize the technology increasingly this year to enhance classroom instruction. 
    Scholastic Book Clubs Ordering Information
    I try to have a book order out at least once every 1-2 months in order to give students wonderful opportunities to build up their home libraries. You can order online (no checks please) and books are usually delivered 2-3 weeks later.  
    The due date online will be:  9/14
    Purchasing books for your child will also give our classroom bonus points that I can use to order additional books for the class library.  I also welcome any book donations as well. :)  Even though I include some catalogs when I send book orders home, you can actually order from any catalog from Scholastic (for older and younger siblings too). 

    Class Activation Code: GNCL3




    Contact Me:
    Here are the best ways to

    contact me:

    After school:
    Phone: (562) 799-4580 ext. 72121
    Any calls during school hours will go directly to voicemail.
    Email:   Lso@losal.org (easiest way to contact me)

    or simply send me a note to school in the homework folder

    Important Dates 
    8/1 First day of school
    8/3 Student Expectations 
    8/7 Reverse Minimum Day, school starts at 10:00a.m.
    8/9 Minimum Day 12:45p.m. dismissal, Back to School Night at 6:30p.m.
    8/15 Family Fun Night (FOW) at Chipotle in Seal Beach
    8/17 PTA/FOW  Joint meeting
    6:30p.m. Ice Cream Social 
    8/24 9:00a.m. Parent Volunteer Training (especially for first time volunteers) in the Media Center
    9:30a.m. Room Parent Meeting in the Media Center
    9/3 No School, Labor Day Holiday
    9/ Meet the Masters Parent Training
    9/4-9/7 P.E.A.C.E. Week
    9/20 Fall Pictures
    9/27 Weaver Jog-a-thon
    10/1 Weaver Off Track
    10/8 Weaver is back in session
    10/11 Meet the Masters assembly
    10/18 Great Shake Out (earthquake practice)
    10/19 PTA/FOW Joint meeting
    10/24-10/26 Red Ribbon Week
    10/31 (Wed.) Halloween Parade-no scary costumes or weapons please (on the blacktop)

    11/2 Carnival
    11/5, 11/6, 11/8, 11/9, 11/13 Minimum Day Parent Conference
    11/12 Veteran's Day, No school
    11/15 Family Fun Night (FOW)
    11/16 PTA/FOW Joint Meeting
    11/19-11/23 Thanksgiving Holiday
    11/29 Meet the Masters Assembly

    12/13 Family Fun Night
    12/24 Weaver Off Track, HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 2 WEEKS ONLY THIS YEAR

    1/7  Welcome back and Happy 2019!
    1/17 MTM Assembly
    1/18 PTA/FOW meeting
    1/21 MLK Jr. Holiday, No School

    2/8 Meet the Masters
    2/18 President's Day Holiday-No School
    2/18-2/24 February Break
    Week of 2/25
    (2/25, 2/26, 2/28, and 3/1) Minimum Day dismissal at 12:46p.m.-Parent Conferences
    Wed. 2/27 is regular modified schedule, 1:20p.m. dismissal
    2/27 FOW Family Fun Night
    3/14 Minimum Day dismissal at 12:45p.m.
    Open House 6:30p.m.?
    3/15 Staff Development Day~ No students
    3/21 Meet the Masters
    3/29 Special Person's Day
    3/30 (Sat.) Weaver Goes Hollywood
    3/16 (Wed.) 1:25p.m. Dismissal

    4/15-28 Spring Break-No school

    Beginning of May for 3 weeks - SBAC State Testing for 3rd-5th graders
    5/6-5/10 Book Fair
    5/23 PTA/FOW Joint Meeting
    5/27 Memorial Day Holiday NO school
    5/31 Teacher Planning Day-NO School


    6/4 5th Grade Promotion
    6/6 Field Day, Last Day of School, Early Dismissal