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Easterling's Excellent

Welcome! My name is Nicola Easterling and I am so excited that I get to share this journey with your child this year. I have been teaching for nine years, and all nine years have been spent with third and fourth grade. Before teaching, I worked as a Camp Director for 10 years serving children of all ages. I love to help kids explore their world and discover what it has to offer. I truly believe they are learners today, but leaders tomorrow.

I have very high expectations for my class, both socially and academically. This year, CC Hardy will be working on positive behavior interventions. Our class rules are simply Be respectful, Be responsible and Be safe!  We are going to uplift all of our classmates and work together to have a successful year.  

If you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email me. Our conference time is from 2:50-3:20 if you would like to schedule a time to meet. I also offer tutoring on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:35-8:05 for students who need help or have work that they would like to redo for a higher grade.  They will need to have a tutoring pass to get to my room.  
 
 
 
 
 

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Book Talks

Book Talks are coming up.  Students have been asked to begin thinking about what book they may want to present to the class.  We will assign dates next week for presentations which will be during the weeks of October 2-October 13th.  So, grab your favorite book and convince your peers to read it!!!!

Week of September 5th

Parents and Guardians,
I pray that you and your loved ones were not greatly affected by Hurricane Harvey.  We will do our best to get back to normal this week, but remember those who are not as fortunate to be back at school this week due to damage from the storm.  
We are diving into works of fiction for the next few weeks.  This week we will be concentrating on the following concepts:
Plot ( Sequence and Summary)
Prefixes and Suffixes
Sensory Language
Theme
We will be taking a quiz on Friday to assess the students over a few of these concepts.  
 
Dates to Remember: We will be celebrating Grandparent's Day at CC Hardy on September 8th.  Please be on the lookout for more information on this event.  Our Open House will be September 12th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. I hope to see you all there.  

Reminders

3rd Grade Awards Ceremony is tomorrow.  It will begin at 9 a.m. in the cafeteria.  Students have been asked to dress nicely for the Awards Program.  We hope to see you there.  
Our annual Talent Show is Wednesday night at 6 p.m.  The kids have been working hard and we hope to see everyone there. 
Finally, Friday a.m. around 9:15 we will have our Annual Staff Basketball Game.  Students who would like to attend need to bring $1 to enter and extra money for the snack shack.  
 
4 more days left!  Thank you again for a GREAT year!!

May 1st- May 5th

Wow- we made it to may everyone!  We have one more week of Summit left as we prepare for the STAAR test.  Students are rotating between all four teachers to review all concepts.  We are really trying to make sure that the kids are relaxed at this point.  They have worked so hard all year and now is there time to shine!  I could not be more proud of them.  As you saw, we had significant growth from the first Benchmark scores to the second and I don't expect anything less on this next test.  Please feel free to contact me at any time regarding questions on the rotations or STAAR testing. 
Our field trip will be May 17, 2017 and I still have a few students who have not turned in permission slips.  Please make sure they are here Monday morning if your child plans to attend.  
Have a great weekend!

March 27th-31st

This week, we will be reviewing Expository text for our Benchmark next week.  Our main concepts that we will be covering are:
  1. Main Idea and Details
  2. Text Structure ( Compare and Contrast, Description, Facts vs. Opinion, Sequence, Cause and Effect)
  3. Poetry and Sensory Language
  4. Text Features
Scholastic Book Orders are due Tuesday, March 28th.  We will continue to meet for tutoring on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45-4:30 and will be concentrating on Test Taking Strategies and comprehension.  

Our next Benchmark Test is just one week away.  The students have been working hard to make sure they are prepared.  We have been covering Fiction this week and will move onto Non Fiction next week.  

March

Welcome to March!  I cannot believe we have almost made it to Spring Break. I have reminded the students that we still have one week left before our break, and I need 100 % from each and everyone.  
We are continuing to focus on the theme of the story.  We are exploring Myths, Legends and Fables and seeing how they compare to one another.  
 
We will have a Pep Rally next Friday at 2 p.m. in the gym.  After Spring Break, we will begin our SUMMIT to make sure we are all ready for the STAAR tests in May.  

January 30th

This week in Reading, we will be concentrating on procedural text and the author's purpose.  The students will be reading I Need My Monster and then creating their own monster in class.  They will have to write very clear directions on how to make their monster so that their classmates can recreate their monster.  
We also have our Reading and Math Common Assessments this Tuesday and Wednesday. 
 
Finally, Mrs. Easterling will be rewarding some students who showed Outstanding Citizenship last semester with a Pizza Party during lunch on Thursday.  Students who had 5 codes or less for the semester have been invited.  So, keep up the good work friends!  

January 17-20

I hope everyone was able to enjoy the holiday yesterday.  We talked last week about not thinking about it as a day off, but rather a day ON to honor Martin Luther King Jr.  Ask your kids what that means, or better yet hopefully they showed you what it means? 
This week we will be working on taking facts from the text and drawing conclusions from the information that is given.  We will also continue working on taking good notes as we read non-fiction.  As always, we will be working on understanding unfamiliar vocabulary with the help of prefixes and suffixes.  I hope everyone has a great week!

January 9-13

This week we are continuing to explore the world of Expository text.  The students will be working on making predictions throughout the text and paying close attention to the text features and how they can provide clues for us as we make those predictions.  We will continue to ask questions, locate facts and details about the text and support answers with evidence from the text.  
 
Questions they may see are: 
 
What section of the article would you find information on ______________?  They should be able to skim the article and locate text features that help them to answer the question.  
 
We are still working on an in class research project for Social Studies on an American Hero that will be a major grade.  All students have selected a hero and will be working on gathering facts and information today and tomorrow in class.  They are allowed to do research at home and get help from parents, but all written work will be done in class.  It is due Friday, January 13th.  

January 3-6

This week we are continuing to explore the world of Expository text.  The students will be working on making predictions throughout the text.  We will continue to ask questions, locate facts and details about the text and support answers with evidence from the text.  
 
They are expected to answer questions with the evidence stated first.  For example:
 
Because it states _________ in paragraph 2, I know that the character feels ____. 
 
We are also working on an in class research project for Social Studies on an American Hero that will be a major grade.  They are allowed to do research at home and get help from parents, but all written work will be done in class.  

October 14th

We have a lot going on next week!  
-Red Ribbon Week 
- Fall Festival on Thursday
-Reading Logs due on Friday
-Ned Show on Friday at 8:30 a.m.