About Me

Hello. My name is Misty Cunningham, and I will be your 3rd grade ELA and Social Studies teacher. This is my 3rd year at Rosehill Elementary, and my 9th year teaching. I am looking forward to getting to know every student. This is going to be a wonderful school year!
 
A little about me:
 
I graduated from Sam Houston State in 2006 with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, and worked as an adult probation officer for 4 years. At that time, I realized that I was not passionate about my work, and my true calling was working with children. In 2010, I obtained my teaching certification and taught 4th grade for 2 years at a Charter school. I then moved to Spring ISD, where I taught 3rd grade for 4 years. Finally, my path led me to Rosehill, and I couldn't be happier!
 
I have 2 children, Amber age 12, and Wyatt, age 8. Amber attends 7th grade at Tomball Junior High, and Wyatt is in 3rd grade here at Rosehill. We have a dog named Cocoa, and a cat named Cash. In my spare time, I enjoy baking, crafts,  eating out, and my children and I love to attend the numerous festivals that Tomball hosts. 
 
I am so excited to be back in the classroom, and am looking forward to this school year! Thank you for trusting me with your child's education. 
 
Favorites:
Birthday: April 19
Colors: red, teal
Restaurants: Chik-Fil-A, Taco Bell, Chipotle
Stores: Hobby Lobby, Wal-mart
Drink: Coke Zero
Sweets: Kit Kat, Snickers, Chocolate Chip Cookies, pretty much anything!
Scents- Vanilla, Baking scents (sugar cookie, cinnamon roll)
 

Posts

5/24-28

Happy Sunday, 

It’s hard to believe that Thursday is the last day of 3rd grade! This year had so many challenges. We had to wear face masks, students had to sit a little differently at lunch, their desks were in rows, recess was in zones,  Mrs. Miller was on maternity leave for what seemed like forever, and there were multiple subs, SNOW,  rearranging students after Spring Break, due to overflowing classrooms … there are so many things to mark this year as different, but we managed, not just to make it through, but to enjoy the year, despite the challenges that were handed to us! 

Students got to meet “my friend” Fred D. Worm, and work together to help him out of multiple predicaments, the students were detectives, trying to locate a criminal that was bilingual and wearing red shoes, they got to be Mario, trying to rescue the princess, we enjoyed a Valentine’s exchange and Field Day together (where we were tug-of-war champs-including the teacher!), and they LOVED having class store every other Friday. There was so much more than Covid that happened this school year, and I hope that those will be the memories that students  take away from 3rd grade! 

Reminders: 

Permission Slip for the Because of Winn Dixie Movie. 

Please send all library books to school to be returned ASAP! 

The last day of school for students is Thursday, 5/27. This is a full day, not a ½ day. 

This week, we will be doing an author study on Patricia Polacco. We read 2 books at the beginning of the school year, Thank You, Mr. Falker and My Rotten, Red Headed Older Brother. This week, we will read 3 other books that she has written (Chicken Sunday, Rechenka’s Eggs, & Thunder Cake). Students will respond to the text, by answering a specific question or writing prompt. I’ve also incorporated a fun, art/ craft activity to go along with each book to keep it fun! 

We will also complete our reading of Because of Winn Dixie (our class chapter book), so that we can enjoy the movie on Thursday. Please fill out the Google Form above, if you haven’t done so yet. 

Students will also complete a class memory book. 

Thank you all so much for all of the love and support this year. I appreciate you trusting me with the education of your children. 

Misty Cunningham



5/17-21

Good evening,

Last week was busy, but we made it through! The students worked hard on their STAAR tests, and had a great time on Field Day!! I can’t believe we are down to the final 2 weeks of 3rd grade!

I will finish up individual, end of the year reading levels this week, and will reach out to each of you, via email, to update you on your child’s reading progress. Thank you for being patient in this process. 

Please send all library books to school to be returned ASAP! 

The last day of school for students is Thursday, 5/27. This is a full day, not a ½ day. 

This week, Reading, Writing, & Social Studies will continue to be integrated, as students complete their Technology Then & Now project. This is due Wednesday by the end of class. I can not extend the date on this, because report card grades are due Thursday morning, so I must have all assignments submitted, for me to grade, Wednesday evening. Just a reminder: the project portion of this assignment must be completed at home, unless a student has time in class and has brought the necessary supplies. The good news is that ALL students completed their research, most completed their timeline, and they are all ready to write their report tomorrow. 

Monday- I will be out (not sick, my kiddos have a couple of appointments). The students know that I will not be there. They will be writing their research paper today. I gave them instructions on Friday, and left detailed instructions for the sub. 

Tuesday- Students will complete their research papers, timelines, and if they are working on a Google Slides presentation or brought materials to work on their projects in class, they may work on that during class time. 

We will have class store today, since we didn’t get to on 5/14. 

Wednesday- Technology Then & Now Project Due Today! Students will use class time to complete any part of the assignment that has not been completed. Please make sure that students bring the project portion to school today, or submit a video to me, via email, presenting their project. 

Thursday- 

Reading- Read aloud (The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush) and students will respond to the reading by making a connection to the text. 

Writing- sentence fragments & run on sentences 

Cursive- Capital letters N-Z

Social Studies- project presentations

Friday- 

Reading-Read aloud (Strega Nona Meets Her Match) and students will respond to the reading by coming up with character traits for the 2 main characters, and then comparing and contrasting the characters.

Writing- sentence fragments & run on sentences 

Cursive- practice writing independently

Social Studies- - project presentations

I hope that everyone has a wonderful week. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please, don’t hesitate to contact me or Mrs. Miller. 

Misty Cunningham




5/10-14

Good evening,

I’d like to start by saying thank you to everyone for all of the cards and gifts for Teacher Appreciation. I definitely felt appreciated! Thank you for making me feel so loved! I am so grateful for your support! Also, Happy Mother's Day to all moms!!!

STAAR Testing is next week. I had students log on to the STAAR online testing portal yesterday and today, to practice using the online tools, and to see that the test isn’t that scary. They were able to view a past test, and play around with all the tools that are provided. Overall, I felt like the class felt comfortable. 

Schedules will be a bit different on Tuesday & Wednesday. I will be sending a separate e-mail with testing information. 

Monday- I will spend my time with students preparing them for testing on Tuesday & Wednesday. We will review strategies and what to expect for the next 2 days. I will also answer any questions that students have. My goal is to have them feel confident & comfortable when they walk in for testing. I will also end the class by giving students the letters that you sent. I’m so excited to see their faces! 

Tuesday- Math STAAR Testing

Wednesday- Reading STAAR Testing

Thursday- 

  • Reading- I will read aloud a book to the class, and we will have a discussion about the text (characters, setting, conflict, resolution).
  • Writing- Quick Write
  • Social Studies- I will introduce a Technology Then & Now project that students will start on 5/24. (Students will be choosing a topic of interest and complete a research report on the topic, as well as a poster, Google slide, or diorama (model) on the topic.) More information will be provided soon. 

Friday- Field Day- Please send a water bottle and a sack lunch in a disposable bag, not a lunch box. Students may also bring a towel, sunglasses, and a hat, but they are responsible for keeping up with their items. Students must wear athletic shoes! Please apply sunscreen at home. Coach Tripp has also sent out an e-mail regarding field day. If you have not received it, please use the link: Coach Tripp: Edlio

I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend and a Happy Mother’s Day!   As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please, don’t hesitate to contact me or Mrs. Miller. 

Misty Cunningham

5/3-7

Happy Sunday,

I hope that you all had a relaxing weekend. The rain kind of forced my kids and me to stay indoors, and just rest, which was pretty nice!

It’s May...we made it to the last month of 3rd grade. It’s definitely a bittersweet feeling. 

STAAR testing is next week, and we will use this week to prepare, so that students feel comfortable and confident as they approach testing day.

I will continue working on individual end of the year reading levels. 

Just a reminder that STAAR Parent letters are due this Thursday. Please just write a sweet, uplifting letter to your child to encourage them. We will give these to students the Monday (5/10) prior to testing. We would like to have all letters by Thursday.

Reminders:

All students need headphones or earbuds.

Please send a water bottle and snack daily.

Important Dates:

Dress up days- 

5/3-7

RES Staff Appreciation Week 2021

5/13

STAAR Parent letters due

5/11

STAAR Test- Math

5/12

STAAR Test- Reading

5/14

Field Day- Please bring a sack lunch!


Reading: We will continue to review what we have learned this year. We will not isolate & focus on 1 specific genre, but students will be exposed to all types. The goal is to have them recall & successfully use comprehension strategies that they've been taught this year. 

Writing- Sentence fragments & run-on sentences

Cursive-  Capital letters N-Z

Social Studies-  Unit 8- Economics- Budgeting

Homework: Read 20 minutes/ night at home…. Students do not have to turn anything in this week

I hope that everyone has a wonderful week, and as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please, don’t hesitate to contact me or Mrs. Miller. 

Misty Cunningham

4/26-30

Happy Sunday,

It’s hard to believe that it’s the last week of April! I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend.

This week, I will begin end of the year reading testing. This is a slow process, because I am reading with each student individually, and sometimes they have to read 2- 4 times until I am able to get an accurate reading level. I appreciate your patience in this process. I’m hoping to have all levels done by the 3rd week in May. I have to pause testing for a few days in May, due to STAAR testing. 

We are 2 weeks away from STAAR testing. My focus with students is to make sure they feel confident & ready for the test, not anxious. I will be sending a separate email with something that I’d like parents to do, to help in this process. 

Reminders:

All students need headphones or earbuds.

Please send a water bottle and snack daily.


Important Dates:

4/27

4th grade Writing STAAR test

5/11

STAAR Test- Math

5/12

STAAR Test- Reading


Reading: We will continue to review what we have learned this year. We will not isolate & focus on 1 specific genre, but students will be exposed to all types. The goal is to have them recall & successfully use comprehension strategies that they've been taught this year. 

Writing- Sentence fragments & run-on sentences

Cursive-  Capital letters A-M

Social Studies-  Unit 8- Economics- This week we will continue to focus on spending, saving, earning, & donating. Students will also practice budgeting. 

Homework: Students can choose to complete their homework over a fiction OR nonfiction  book. After reading, choose 2 questions/ week over what they are reading. The questions are on their choice boards in their blue homework folder. This is due every Friday. 

Wish List Items:

Disinfecting Wipes

I hope that everyone has a wonderful week, and as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please, don’t hesitate to contact me or Mrs. Miller. 

Misty Cunningham



4/19-23

Happy Sunday,

I hope that everyone had a wonderful, relaxing weekend.

The class worked SO hard last week!!! We reviewed and reviewed, and did some more reviewing, and they were amazing! They didn’t complain and they worked so hard! I’m really proud of both classes, and how much progress they’ve made in Reading this year! AND...We finally finished our informational reports in Writing! I love how proud students are, when they finally have their published “masterpiece”.

Reminders:

All students need headphones or earbuds.

Please send a water bottle and snack daily.

Important Dates:

4/22

Spirit Night- Urban Air

4/23

Prefix/Suffix Quiz


Reading: We will continue to review what we have learned this year. We will not isolate & focus on 1 specific genre, but students will be exposed to all types. The goal is to have them recall & successfully use comprehension strategies that they've been taught this year. Last week, our focus was on reading passages with comprehension questions. This week, I will do more read alouds, using a mentor text, and have students show their understanding of the text by responding to comprehension questions in writing (reading response). 

Writing- We finally completed our final draft of our research reports!!! Several students needed last Friday to put the finishing touches on their writing, so students will be able to walk around the classroom and read one another’s writing pieces on Monday. They will be allowed to leave compliments for one another! I am working hard to get them graded, because students are so anxious to take them home. My goal is to have them all done to send home in Wednesday folders. 

Tuesday we will begin working on sentence fragments. 

Cursive-  We are a little behind on cursive writing. We completed the lowercase letters, and will work on review & mastery this week, and move to capital letters next week. 

Context Clues: As we continue using context clues to determine word meanings, this week, we will focus on suffixes  and how adding a suffix  to the end of a  word changes the meaning of a word. 

  • y- having (example: bumpy)
  • ness- being (example: happiness)
  • ful- full of ( example: hopeful)

We will have a prefix/ suffix quiz on Friday.

Social Studies-  Unit 8- Economics- This week we will focus on spending, saving, earning, & donating. 

Homework: Students can choose to complete their homework over a fiction OR nonfiction  book. After reading, choose 2 questions/ week over what they are reading. The questions are on their choice boards in their blue homework folder. This is due every Friday. 

Wish List Items:

Disinfecting Wipes

I hope that everyone has a wonderful week, and as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please, don’t hesitate to contact me or Mrs. Miller. 

Misty Cunningham




Week of 4/12-16

Happy Sunday,

I hope that everyone had a great weekend, and was able to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. 

Starting this week, library visits will change a bit. Students can choose the day that they wish to visit the library, and will go in the morning, from 8:10-8:40, prior to class starting. Students that arrive right at 8:40, or late, will have another chance to go each day from 12:00-12:30. They will only visit the library once/ week, and must have their books returned, in order to check out other books. 

Reminders:

All students need headphones or earbuds.

Please send a water bottle and snack daily.

Important Dates:

4/15

Reading Test- Review will take place in class


Reading: This week, we will begin our review of what we have learned this year. We will not isolate & focus on 1 specific genre, but students will be exposed to all types. The goal is to have them recall & successfully use comprehension strategies that they've been taught this year. 

Writing- We will wrap up publishing the final draft of our informational report. On Friday, students will be able to walk around the classroom and read one another’s writing pieces. They will be allowed to leave compliments for one another, prior to submitting them for grading. 

Cursive-  lowercase z (the last lowercase letter!!), then we will work on review & mastery of the lowercase letters- If we have time, we will begin learning capitalization in cursive, letters A-F

Context Clues: As we continue using context clues to determine word meanings, this week, we will focus on prefixes, and how adding a  prefix changes the meaning of a word. 

  • dis- not (example- disappear)
  • non- not (example- nonstop)
  • pre- before (example- preview)
  • im- not- (example- impossible)
  • In- not- (example- independent)

Social Studies-  Influential Americans- Students need a few more days to complete their biography project, so I have extended the due date to 4/14. On Friday, we will begin Unit 8, which is economics. 

Homework: Students can choose to complete their homework over a fiction OR nonfiction  book. After reading, choose 2 questions/ week over what they are reading. The questions are on their choice boards in their blue homework folder. This is due every Friday. 

Wish List Items:

Bubble Gum- individually wrapped

I hope that everyone has a wonderful week, and as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please, don’t hesitate to contact me or Mrs. Miller. 

Misty Cunningham

4/5-9

Happy Easter!

I hope that everyone had an amazing weekend. I can’t believe it is already April! We’re on the home stretch! I hope all of the kid’s told you about my April Fool’s prank last Thursday, if they didn’t, be sure to ask them about the “Flood drill”. It was pretty amusing. They had a good time!

Just FYI...I will be out tomorrow (Monday). My children and I are celebrating my son’s birthday and Easter out of town. I will be returning to school on Tuesday. I made students aware of my absence, but I would appreciate you giving them a reminder, so they know what to expect tomorrow. 

Reminders:

All students need headphones or earbuds.

Please send a water bottle and snack daily.

Important Dates:

4/5

Ms. Cunningham absent

4/6

Math test

4/7

Science test


Reading: This week, I will reintroduce poetry & fiction. I will review comprehension strategies with students, and students will practice poetry & fiction comprehension. 

Writing- We will wrap up the revision process on our informational writing by adding our closing, and then students will begin editing, and publishing their final draft.

Cursive-  lowercase q & z- Then, we will start review & mastery of all of the letters that we have learned.

Context Clues: As we continue using context clues to determine word meanings, this week, we will focus on prefixes, and how adding a  prefix changes the meaning of a word.

  • dis- not (example- disappear)
  • non- not (example- nonstop)
  • pre- before (example- preview)

Social Studies-  Influential Americans- We will wrap up this unit. Students will choose 1 of the people that we learned about the past few weeks, and complete a biography, focusing on the hardships they faced and the impact that they made. 

This will be completed in class, and will serve as a major grade for this unit.

Biography Choices- Harriet Tubman, Todd Beamer, Henry Ford, Clara Barton, Hector P. Garcia, Ruby Bridges, Cesar Chavez, Helen Keller, Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Banneker

Homework: Students can choose to complete their homework over a fiction OR nonfiction  book. After reading, choose 2 questions/ week over what they are reading. The questions are on their choice boards in their blue homework folder. This is due every Friday. 

Wish List Items:

Bubble Gum- individually wrapped

Class store items- anything kids would pay class dollars for- I usually buy party favors or multipacks

I hope that everyone has a wonderful week, and as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please, don’t hesitate to contact me or Mrs. Miller. 


Misty Cunningham



Happy Sunday!

I hope that you all had a wonderful, relaxing weekend. We have a few exciting changes that will occur in class, starting tomorrow. Due to the number of increasing students moving from virtual back to face to face every marking period, Mrs. Miller & I spoke to Mrs. Vasquez about our continually growing class sizes, and our concerns for not being able to meet the needs of each and every student with such large classes. Mrs. Vasquez shared our concern, and agreed that it was time to add another 3rd grade face to face class. Starting tomorrow, Mrs. Ahrendt will no longer be teaching virtually, and will have a face to face class. We have notified students & parents that are being moved into her homeroom. In regards to my homeroom, this will bring our class size down to 15, and Mrs. Miller’s homeroom to 16. 

I know this school year has been in a state of constant change, especially at the beginning of each new marking period, and we are so appreciative of parent’s flexibility & understanding. I know this will be a positive change for us, as teachers, and for ALL students. Not only will it make a difference in classroom behavior and volume, but it will also ensure that ALL  students' needs are being met. 

Just a reminder, student grades can be viewed online at any time,  by accessing the Home Access Center on the Tomball ISD website. It does require your personal access code. If you do not know this information, please contact ericareyes@tomballisd.net.

Reminders:

All students need headphones or earbuds.

Please send a water bottle and snack daily.


Important Dates:

3/30

Library- Return library books

3/31

Spirit Night at Chicken Salad Chick

4/2

Good Friday Holiday

4/5

Ms. Cunningham out


Reading: We will continue our nonfiction unit this week. We will combine biographies and informational texts, and students will use the strategies & graphic organizers that they have learned, to demonstrate their understanding of the reading. 

Writing- We will continue learning about informational writing. This week, we will continue revising our draft, focusing on using “expert words”, adding details, and transitions. 

Cursive- tricky connections after lowercase m & n, lowercase x and its connections

Context Clues: For the next few weeks, we will pause Grammar and work on using context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words. Students will learn to use the strategies of reading the sentences around the unknown word, using text features, looking for  synonyms & antonyms, & looking for examples to help determine the meaning of the unknown word. This week’s focus is synonyms & antonyms of unknown words. 

Social Studies-  Influential Americans- This week- Clara Barton, Harriet Tubman, & Todd Beamer

Homework: Please use the nonfiction homework choice board (in their blue folder). Students are allowed to choose any nonfiction book and answer 2 questions/ week over what they are reading. This is due every Friday. 

Wish List Items:

Bubble Gum- individually wrapped

Class store items- anything kids would pay class dollars for- I usually buy party favors or multipacks

I hope that everyone has a wonderful week, and as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Misty Cunningham

3/22-26

Happy Sunday!

I hope that everyone enjoyed their break. I know I did! I got some much needed rest, and spent some quality time with my children, and the weather was absolutely amazing!! I am looking forward to seeing all of the kiddos tomorrow. 

Just a reminder, student grades can be viewed online at any time,  by accessing the Home Access Center on the Tomball ISD website. It does require your personal access code. If you do not know this information, please contact ericareyes@tomballisd.net.

Reminders:

All students need headphones or earbuds.

Please send a water bottle and snack daily.

Important Dates:

3/22

Return to school

3/30

Library- Return library books

4/2

Good Friday Holiday


Reading: We will continue our nonfiction unit this week, focusing on Biographies. Students will be working independently to complete a H.I.P Grid (organizational chart). This chart is a tool to help students to organize the hardships & impacts of the person that we are reading about, as well as the author’s purpose for writing the biography. We will continue to focus on the topic, central idea (main idea), supporting details, as well as using nonfiction text features to help us understand the text. 

I normally do not send tests home, because I use the passages from year to year, just update the questions, however test grades from the 3/12 test are available through the Home Access Center. If you would like more details about the specific questions your child had difficulty with, please just reach out to me. 

Writing- We will continue learning about informational writing. This week, we will begin revising our draft, focusing on writing an interesting introduction that hooks the reader, writing topic and concluding sentences for each paragraph, and adding more details to our writing. 

Cursive- lowercase m & n

Context Clues: For the next few weeks, we will pause Grammar and work on using context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words. Students will learn to use the strategies of reading the sentences around the unknown word, using text features, looking for  synonyms & antonyms, & looking for examples to help determine the meaning of the unknown word. 

Social Studies-  Influential Americans- This week- Ruby Bridges, Benjamin Franklin, Hector Garcia, & Henry Ford

Homework: Please use the nonfiction homework choice board (in their blue folder). Students are allowed to choose any nonfiction book and answer 2 questions/ week over what they are reading. This is due every Friday. 

Wish List Items:

Bubble Gum- individually wrapped

Class store items- anything kids would pay class dollars for- I usually buy party favors or multipacks

I hope that everyone has a wonderful week, and as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Misty Cunningham



3/8-12

Happy Sunday!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend. Last week was so much fun. It was awesome to see all of the students dressed up to celebrate Read Across America Week! It’s so great to have Mrs. Miller back! The students were so happy to see her!!

Reminders:

All students need headphones or earbuds.

Please send a water bottle and snack daily.

Many students are in need of a new writing notebook. Please make sure you get wide ruled. 

3/11

District Test- non-fiction- used for data purposes only, not for a grade

3/12

Storybook Character Parade-You MUST bring the book! Dress as your favorite storybook character (school appropriate & in dress code, nothing scary). 

3/15-19

Spring Break


Reading: We will continue our nonfiction unit this week, focusing on Biographies. I will introduce a new organizational chart called a H.I.P. grid. This will help students to organize the hardships & impacts of the person that we are reading about, as well as the author’s purpose for writing the biography. We will also continue to focus on the topic, central idea (main idea), supporting details. We will also be using nonfiction text features to help us understand the text. 

On Thursday, students will take a non-fiction reading test, created by the district. This will not be a grade in the grade book, however it will be used to provide valuable data to show the areas that students are struggling, as well as areas that they have mastered. 

Writing- We will continue learning about informational writing. This week, we will complete writing our draft.

Cursive- review & mastery of the lowercase letters that we have learned. 

Context Clues: For the next few weeks, we will pause Grammar and work on using context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words. Students will learn to use the strategies of reading the sentences around the unknown word, using text features, looking for  synonyms & antonyms, & looking for examples to help determine the meaning of the unknown word

Social Studies-  Influential Americans- This week- Helen Keller, Rosa Parks, & Cesar Chavez

Homework: Please use the nonfiction homework choice board (in their blue folder). Students are allowed to choose any nonfiction book and answer 2 questions/ week over what they are reading. This is due every Friday. 

Wish List Items:

Disinfecting wipes

Bubble Gum- individually wrapped

I hope that everyone has a wonderful week, and as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please, don’t hesitate to contact me.


Misty Cunningham

Happy Sunday!

I hope that everyone had a relaxing weekend. It always seems to go by way too fast! I would like to say thank you to everyone (parents & students) for making sure that all Chromebooks made it back to school. 

We were supposed to have a reading test on Tuesday, 3/2, however, I don’t feel that the students are quite ready, so I have pushed that to Friday, so I can have a couple more days to work with them. 

Mrs. Miller will be returning this week, and although students are excited, it also brings about change. Many kiddos have a lot of difficulty with change, even when they are aware that it will be happening. I have noticed that any change in routine (something as simple as moving our lunch time last Friday) creates changes in behavior. I want to be proactive in this, and ask that you remind your children of behavior expectations at school, and I will continue to remind them of rules & expectations. I think it makes a huge difference when we work as a team, and they are hearing it at home & at school. Thank you in advance for your help! 

One last thing- Many students have filled up their writing notebooks, or are close to it. If you are able, please get them a new composition book. Make sure it is wide-ruled. I have a few extras (that were donated at Christmas) for parents that are not able to purchase one, but not nearly enough for a full class. 

Reminders:

All students need headphones or earbuds.

Please send a water bottle and snack daily.

Upcoming Events: Read Across America Week

3/1

100th day of school- Dress as a 100 year old or wear 100 of something!

3/2

Library- Bring books!

Top Hat Tuesday- Wear your favorite hat

3/3

Mrs. Miller returns!! YAY!

Wacky Wednesday- Wear wacky socks

3/4

Crazy Hair Thursday- Wear your hair wild & crazy

3/5

Informational Nonfiction Reading Test

Oh The Places You’ll Go” Friday- Wear a college t-shirt

3/15-19

Spring Break


Reading: We will continue our nonfiction unit this week, focusing on informational texts. Students will continue using a comprehension strategy called a T.P. Chart, which organizes information that they are reading about. While reading informational texts, we will focus on the topic, central idea (main idea), supporting details, and the author’s purpose for writing the text. We will also be using nonfiction text features to help us understand the text. The test is on Friday. 

Writing- We will continue learning about informational writing. This week, we will finish up research and draft our informational writing report. 

Cursive- Tricky connections after lowercase w, b, & v.

Context Clues: For the next few weeks, we will pause Grammar and work on using context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words. We will continue with determining the dictionary definition of words with multiple meanings, based on its use in text. We will have a quiz on Thursday. 

Social Studies-  Black History Month- Students will complete their Biography project of an influential African American. (We are a week behind, because of the snow week.)

Homework: Please use the nonfiction homework choice board (in their blue folder). Students are allowed to choose any nonfiction book and answer 2 questions/ week over what they are reading. This is due every Friday. 

Wish List Items:

Disinfecting wipes

Bubble Gum- individually wrapped

I hope that everyone has a wonderful week, and as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Misty Cunningham

2/22- 26

Good afternoon,

Wow! Last week  was quite a week! It was definitely the first time my children and I have ever experienced that kind of weather, especially in Texas!! 

A week that started out in excitement, quickly turned to stress and fear for me, once I realized the power wasn’t coming back on, and I had no way to heat our home (no fireplace), and then, the realization that there was no running water...for days!!! 

Thank you all so much for replying to my check in email last week. I really appreciate you all letting me know you were warm and safe. From the responses that I received, I am so grateful that the kiddos were able to get out and enjoy themselves. And, I’m sure, just like my own children, had no idea, the stress that parents were feeling. Mine just enjoyed the snow, in very short increments of course, because it was COLD, and we had a camp out in the living room, all bundled up in blankets!

I know some of you suffered damage to your homes, and I am so sorry. Please reach out if there is anything the staff at Rosehill can do to help. 

I am looking forward to seeing all of the kiddos tomorrow, and hearing about their unplanned week off of school! 

Monday, March 1, we will celebrate the 100th day of school. This is the 1st time that 3rd grade is participating in the dress up part of the celebration, so I’m excited. Students are invited to dress as a 100 year old! Another idea is to wear 100 of something (100 of something drawn or stuck to their shirt, 100 beads on a necklace). Of course, dressing up is totally optional. 

Reminders:

All students need headphones or earbuds

Please send a water bottle and snack daily

Upcoming Events:

3/1-100th day of school- Dress as a 100 year old or wear 100 of something!

3/2- Informational Reading Test

3/3- Mrs. Miller returns!! YAY!

3/15-19- Spring Break

Reading: We will continue our nonfiction unit this week, focusing on informational texts. Students will continue using a comprehension strategy called a T.P. Chart, which organizes information that they are reading about. While reading informational texts, we will focus on the topic, central idea (main idea), supporting details, and the author’s purpose for writing the text. We will also be using nonfiction text features to help us understand the text. 

Writing- We will continue learning about informational writing. This week, we will learn about plagiarism and the importance of paraphrasing our research, we will review the subheadings that we chose for our topic, then students will begin researching their informational writing. 

Cursive-Tricky connections after lowercase o & w.

Context Clues: For the next few weeks, we will pause Grammar and work on using context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words. We will start with determining the dictionary definition of words with multiple meanings, based on its use in text. 

Social Studies-  Black History Month- Students will continue working on their Biography project of an influential African American.

Homework: Please use the nonfiction homework choice board (in their blue folder). Students are allowed to choose any nonfiction book and answer 2 questions/ week over what they are reading. This is due every Friday. 

I hope that everyone has a wonderful week, and as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Misty Cunningham

2/8-12

Good afternoon,

Happy Superbowl Sunday! I hope that everyone is having a wonderful weekend, and enjoying the absolutely gorgeous weather today! 

I have completed all middle of the year reading levels, and sent out emails last week. If you did not receive an email with your child’s current reading level, please let me know. 

Just a friendly reminder that ALL students need headphones in class. Also, please remember to send a water bottle and snack to school each day. 

Texas Reads One Book- Students received their copy of Fenway and Hattie on Friday, 2/5 , along with a pacing calendar. We listened and followed along, as Dr. Zamora read Chapter 1 aloud via video. If you’d like to access the website, (reading calendar, videos, activites, and author information) use the following link : Tomball ISD TROB Website

Upcoming Events:

2/9- Library

2/10- Math STAAR Interim testing

2/12- Valentine’s Card Exchange in class- NO VISITORS- Dress in Valentine’s attire

2/15- Student Holiday- President’s Day

2/22- 100th day of school- Dress as a 100 year old! 

Reading: We will continue our nonfiction unit this week, focusing on informational texts. Students will continue using a comprehension strategy called a T.P. Chart, which organizes information that they are reading about. While reading informational texts, we will focus on the topic, central idea (main idea), supporting details, and the author’s purpose for writing the text. We will also be using nonfiction text features to help us understand the text. 

Writing- We will continue learning about informational writing. This week, we will choose an idea for our 1st informational paper, and come up with subtopics that we’d like to research.

Cursive- Lowercase b and v and their connections

Grammar- Possessive Nouns (using an ‘s and s’)- Quiz Friday

Social Studies- This week we will learn about taxes, why people pay them, and what tax money is used for at the local, state, and national levels.

Black History Month- Students will be working on a biography in Reading stations 

Homework: Please use the nonfiction homework choice board (in their blue folder). Students are allowed to choose any nonfiction book and answer 2 questions/ week over what they are reading. This is due every Friday. 

I hope that everyone has a wonderful week, and as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Misty Cunningham

Good afternoon,

Happy Sunday! I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend. I will be wrapping up middle of the year reading levels this week, so I will be emailing your child’s reading levels to you. If you do not receive that email by Friday, please let me know. 

Valentine’s Exchange- All Valentine’s cards must be brought to school by 2/5. The actual Valentine exchange will take place on 2/12. Just a reminder, please do NOT send Valentine’s boxes to school this year. Students will decorate a bag in class. 

Just a friendly reminder that ALL students need headphones in class. Also, please remember to send a water bottle and snack to school each day. 


Upcoming Events:

2/2- Library

2/3- Social Studies Map Skills Test

2/4- STAAR Interim Testing (Practice STAAR)

2/5- Valentine’s Cards Due

2/12-Valentine’s Card Exchange in class- NO VISITORS


STAAR INTERIM- We will be taking a practice STAAR Reading test on Wednesday. This test is provided by TEA and will mimic the actual STAAR test, which will take place in May. Testing this year will be online, so I gave students a chance to practice using the online tools in class last week. Although all reading content has not been taught yet, this test will give me valuable data, that will help to guide my instruction. This is not a test that students can study for. It will be a few reading passages with comprehension questions. 

Reading: We will continue our nonfiction unit this week, focusing on informational texts. Students will be learning a comprehension strategy called a T.P. Chart, which organizes information that they are reading about. While reading informational texts, we will focus on the topic, central idea (main idea), supporting details, and the author’s purpose for writing the text. We will also be using nonfiction text features to help us understand the text. 

Writing- We will begin learning about informational writing. This week, we will generate ideas for informational writing, and choose an idea for our 1st informational paper. 

Cursive- Lowercase o and w and their connections

Grammar- Possessive Nouns

Social Studies- This week we will wrap up our map unit. Students will have a test on Tuesday. We will review in class on Monday. The test will include using a compass rose (N,S,W, E), using a map key and symbols, and using a map grid.

Vocabulary: location, distance, direction, maps, globes, cardinal directions, intermediate directions, scale, compass rose, grid system, symbols, legend (key)

Homework: Please use the nonfiction homework choice board (in their blue folder). Students are allowed to choose any nonfiction book and answer 2 questions/ week over what they are reading. 

I hope that everyone has a wonderful week, and as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Misty Cunningham