Mrs. LaGasca's 3rd grade



    Room 23, Del Paso Manor Elementary



    JANUARY 2020

    Hello families and welcome back! I am looking forward to getting back to work with the kiddos. They are a great class and we have so much more learning to do!


    Reading: We will do Unit 8 – Weather! - in reading groups. Students will learn to annotate for main idea and details and learn vocabulary skills reading mostly non-fiction passages about weather.  We will also begin a new novel study, Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. We will have a furry friend visit our classroom with the SPCA and will learn about safety around dogs as part of our novel study.


    Writing: Our masterpiece Opinion pieces will be worked on throughout January. We will brainstorm, draft, edit, and publish our own opinion pieces. Look for an OREO writing celebration coming in February, parents are invited to come!


    Math: With the great success of our multiplication unit, we are all set to begin…Division! We will use the idea of “sharing cookies with friends” to learn division strategies. (I have 10 cookies to share with 5 friends, so each friend gets 2 cookies 10   5 = 2) We will also relate those multiplication facts we’ve memorized to help with division ( I know 2 x 8 = 16, so 16    8 = 2) Please continue to help your child with these facts daily at home, thank you!


    Science: Weather! We will do various STEM projects, like engineering a structure to stand up to hurricane (blow dryer) winds! We’ll also make weather instruments to observe the weather patterns in January.


    Dates/Things To Remember:

    • Wednesday, January 8th – DPM PTA meeting 6:30pm
    • Monday, January 20th – No School, MLK jr. day
    • Tuesday, January 22nd – Progress reports sent home
    • Wednesday, January 29th – SPCA dog visit to classroom
    • Thursday, January 30th – DPM multi-cultural night




    December 2019

    Hello parents, 

    It was my pleasure meeting with you during parent-teacher conferences. Thank you for the partnership and support!

    We have a quick and bustling 3 weeks of school in December. I am excited for our Minute-to-Win-It holiday party on Friday, December 20th from 8:30-9:30am. I am looking for parents to help during our party, let me know if you can make it!



    Critical Literacy: In Critical Literacy, we are now focusing on Non-Fiction text structures. We will read various articles on Polar Bears and learn to find important concepts and how to cite an article as we summarize it.


    Reading: Our new unit is Point of View. We are reading different versions of the Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk stories and comparing the points of view of the characters. We are learning to form our own point of view and to support it with evidence. 


    Writing Workshop: We continue our Opinion/Persuasive writing unit.  Students are practicing stating their opinion and supporting it with reasons and examples. We will be having another Writer’s Showcase at the end of this unit. Parents are welcome to join, more info to come!


    Math: Multiplication!  The students are really enjoying becoming "Masters" of the different multiplication facts. Help them practice at home for Mastery! We will be moving on to Division in January. 


    Literature: We are finishing our first class novel, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, by Kate DiCamillo. The students are entranced by it!  They are noticing concepts of love, loneliness, hope, sorrow, and despair in this wonderful story. Ask them about it! 


    Dates/Things To Remember:

    • December 11th - PTA meeting 6:15 pm
    • December 20th - Holiday party - Parent volunteers needed!
    • December 23rd - January 6th: No School, Happy Holidays!




    Room 23 News

    September 20, 2019


    DPM Fall Carnival is coming soon! We need volunteers to run our Bean Bag Fling booth. Please help! It will be a fun day!



    Reading: We continued leveled reading groups this week. Groups are based on text levels. We continued reading about Government in the first unit. We will finish this unit with the Unit 1 test next week.


    Writing Workshop:We are writing personal narratives. This week we learned about adding descriptive details (adjectives) and vibrant verbs to our writing.


    Math:The students are mastering addition and subtraction with regrouping! As part of the common core math standards, students are expected to show their work in more than one way and explain their thinking. Most students have a favorite strategy that helps them solve the problem correctly, which is great, but we challenge ourselves by showing other ways to think about math problems. We will have our addition and subtraction unit test next week!


    Science/Social Studies:We use Chromebooks to listen to articles, take quizzes, and watch videos in Social Studies. This week we read the newspaper, Rights and Responsibilities, and discussed the Bill of Rights.

    We did our first group STEM engineering project. Students made plans to build a tower with index cards and stickers. It was a great practice for a growth mindset!



    Dates/Things To Remember:

    • Sign up for ClassDojo if you haven’t already. I can resend your paper with your code if you need one.
    • Family Science Night: Tuesday, September 24, 6-7:30pm
    • No school Friday, October 4 and Monday, October 7
    • Annual Fall Carnival is Saturday, October 12, from 12-5. Our class is responsible for Bean Bag Fing booth. We need volunteers for each hour to run the booth, plus 1 clean up hour volunteer. Please let me know if you can help. We also need a Pop Up Shade Tent for the day. Please let me know if you can donate one for the day.You can email me, message me on Dojo, or send a note to let me know.



    September 2019

    Hello parents!

    We have a wonderful start to the school year. The students are settling in and we are already learning as 3rdgraders.

    It was nice meeting some of you at Back To School night. If you haven’t already, please remember to turn in the forms that have been sent home. Thank you!

    Be sure to get the ClassDojo app, or check out my teacher page off of Del Paso Manor’s school website. (under Teacher Pages) for info.


    Critical Literacy:We started with a story called A Bargain For Frances. The students were practicing deeper thinking and identified concepts and theme statements about the story, ask your child about it!


    Reading Groups: We will start our reading groups next week. Our first Unit is “Government”.  


    Writing Workshop:We have put together our official Writing binders and are starting with Narrative (story) writing. We will think of stories to tell about small moments in our lives.


    Math:We are reviewing addition and subtraction strategies. We will move on quickly from this as this was a skill to be mastered in 2ndgrade. Please practice math facts at home daily, it will really help!


    Science/Social Studies:We are diving in to our first Social Studies Unit to go along with our Reading unit about Government!


    Technology:The students are so jazzed about using Google Classroom. They are learning to log in to sanjuan portal and are practicing typing, collaborating on Google classroom, and playing a math game called Prodigy.


    Dates/Things to Remember:

    • Monday, Sept 2nd– NO SCHOOL, Labor Day observance
    • Sept 6th– School Picture Day
    • Sept 11th– DPM PTA meeting 6:15pm in Library


    August 1, 2019

    Hello DPM Mustang Families and welcome back to school!  I am happy to be your 3rd grade teacher this year and I'm looking forward to meeting you. Check your mail for welcome letters and details about our school supply list.

    First day of school - Thursday, August 15th

    8:15am in Room 23 (portables near the back of the school)

    See you soon!

    3rd grade suggested supply list:

    1 pencil box

    1 inch binder

    1 zipper pencil pouch

    3-4 blue or black Expo whiteboard markers

    5 sharpened pencils

    1 pair of scissors

    1 rectangular eraser

    1 pencil sharpener with lid, non-electric

    2 red pens

    24 ct. crayons

    12 pack colored pencils

    1 large glue stick

    1 yellow highlighter

    5 wide-ruled notebooks

    5 three pronged folders with pockets - blue, red, green, yellow, orange