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About Me

Hi! My name is Jason Chesser and this is my fifth year of teaching, the last four years have been amazing here at PRA.  I have done observations and student teaching here at PRA so I feel like I have been around a lot longer than four years.  I have a bachelor's degree in History from the University of Colorado at Boulder and my teaching license from the Metropolitan State University of Denver.  
 
I love teaching third grade and my favorite subject to teach is Social Studies.  I have a passion to make it fun, exciting and memorable for every student.  This year reading will have some pop culture (aka superhero) fun included!  I have a energetic yet structured classroom full of movement and learning!!!  
 
Outside of school I am all about family!  I have been married to my beautiful wife for over eight years and we have two kids.  My daughter Ally is seven and will be in Second Grade this year.  My son Jordan (JT) is 3 years old, we all had a great summer together.  I will have plenty of fun stories to share this year as I watch both my kids grow.  I like to run (coach Miners on the Move),  enjoy pop culture like Disney, Star Wars, comics, Harry Potter and I am obsessed with the Super Bowl 50 Champion Denver Broncos and Colorado Buffs!   
 

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Thor Video

Yes this is me signing and the chorus is performed by my class a few years ago! Enjoy! Fun fact: Thursday is named after Thor as Thor's Day!

Weekly Update 12/9-12/13

Important Dates: 
 
Monday: Astronomy Project Research and Supplies DUE
Wednesday: PJs and Stuffies Day (Chesser's class only) Learning Target Celebration for hitting our target over and over!
Friday: STUCO $1/Pair of Socks- Ugly Sweater/PJ day
 
What we are learning this week: 
 
Math: Measurement! Metric Length, Mass, and Volume starts.
 
Reading: We will be focusing on book club discussions and work this week!
    -Comprehension: illustrations and book club work
    -Vocabulary: lob, tremble. skeptic, propose, and inflate
 
Writing:  
     -DLI: 14-Commas with words in series
     -Spelling: R-Controlled Vowels/Bossy R (er, ir, ur) When the /r/ sound is at the end of a 2 or more syllable word, the sound is usually spelled with the 'er', but there is no rule of when to use 'ir' and 'ur'.
 
 
  Planner List
1. baker
2. swimmer
3. father
4. mother
5. driver
6. producer
7. chirp
8. confirm
9. thirteen
10. skirmish
11. thirsty
12. circle
13. furnish
14. disturb
15. purple
16. absurd
17. survive
18. turtle
   
  Red Words
1. should
2. show
 
 
     -Writing: Poetry-Study Core Knowledge Poems
 
Science: Astronomy Projects!!!
 
Social Studies: Vikings-Gods, Myths/Legends, Runes, and Storytelling!

Multi Digit Mulitplication

Please use this video as a resource to help with any homework or reteaching that might come home.

Weekly Update 12/2-12/6

Important Dates: 
 
Thursday- Character Assembly
Friday-Spirit/College Wear Day
Monday 12/9-Astronomy Project Research & Supplies Due!!!
 
What we are learning this week: 
 
Math: Multiplication continues into Chapter 7 where we multiply by tens and hundreds with regrouping!  
 
Reading: We will continue to read aloud Wonder and have amazing discussions about content and life connections!
    -Comprehension: Myths/Legends
    -Vocabulary: gradually, merchant, essential, fortunate, immense
 
Writing:  
     -DLI: 
     -Spelling:
Controlled Ar words are words like: “Bar, Car, Far, Hard, Lard, Tar, and Star.” In these words the “Ar” produces the sound of the Letter Name “R.”
Long A Words that are not controlled by the letter R make the “air” sound and some examples of these words are: “Air, Fair, Care, Dare, Stare, and Scare.”
us the or spelling for most abstract nouns
The “or” sound is the sound of the word “or.”
 
 
  Planner List
1. barstool
2. carpool
3. starlight
4. hard
5. lard
6. stare
7. scare
8. flare
9. glare
10. sport
11. thorn
12. born
13. corn
14. valor
15. terror
16. honor
17. humor
18. horror
  Red Words
  already
  anyone
 
     -Writing: Poetry-Similes and Metaphors
 
Science: Astronomy- Creating Astronaut Space Pockets and Test
 
Social Studies: Vikings-Ships and Sailing, Eric the Red, and Leif Ericsson

Weekly Update11/18-11/22

Important Dates: 
 
Wednesday- Author Day-WEAR BLUE 3rd Grade Shirt
Friday- PJ BDAY Day and Mr. Carlson resents about Mars Rovers!
11/23-12/2 Thanksgiving Break
 
What we are learning this week: 
 
Math: Multiplication continues into Chapter 7 where we multiply by tens and hundreds!
 
Reading: We will continue to read aloud Wonder and have amazing discussions about content and life connections!
    -Comprehension: Folktales
    -Vocabulary: acquire, theses. loathe, rapidly, convey
 
Writing:  
     -DLI: Plural Nouns
     -Spelling: Vowel Teams: ee/ea
Although ea and ee can be used at the beginning, middle, or end of a syllable, ee is not common in the initial position
  Planner List
1. speech
2. sweet
3. seem
4. need
5. feast
6. eat
7. plead
8. tease
9. neat
10. reason
11. teach
12. team
13. peanut
14. week
15. weak
16. beef
17. between
18. coffee
   
  Red Words
1. mother
2. father
 
     -Writing: Opinion Final Drafts
 
Science: Astronomy- Chris Hadfield and the ISS
 
Social Studies: Vikings starts this week!

WeeklyUpdate 11/11-11/15

Important Dates: 
Monday-No School (Veterans Day)
Tuesday- Mr. Chesser's Dad visits to talk about Veterans Day
Wednesday- You can wear a cardigan to honor Mr. Rogers (free and optional)
Friday- $1 STUCO Spirit Day-Wear Purple(pancreatic) or any color that supports the cancer of your choice
 
What we are learning this week: 
 
Math: Division: We are introducing the relationship between multiplication and division.  
 
Reading: We will continue to read aloud Wonder and have amazing discussions about content and life connections!
    -Comprehension: Fables!  How to look for the moral in a story
    -Vocabulary: literal, rival, dialogue, passion, claim
 
Writing:  
     -DLI: None this week for our class 
     -Spelling: Vowel Teams: ai/ay & oa/oe 
Use ai at the beginning or middle of a syllable, ay at the end
Use oa at the beginning or middle of a syllable, oe at the end
  Planner List
1. saying
2. pathway
3. delay
4. maybe
5. afraid
6. mainly
7. trait
8. contain
9. waist
10. coast
11. coaching
12. soap
13. reproach
14. foe
15. tiptoe
16. woe
17. doe
18. dominoes
   
  Red Words
1. almost
2. always
 
     -Writing: Editing Opinion Rough Drafts
 
Science: Astronomy- Space Shuttle and Travel (Astronomy choices Due Tuesday)
 
Social Studies: Decline of Ancient Rome, Review and Test!

Weekly Update 11/4-11/8

Important Dates: 
11/4-11/6: Substitute Teacher (Mr. Chesser in Disneyland)
11/5 3rd Grade Shirts come home!
11/7 Character Assembly
11/8 Miner Mania-Wear BLUE 3rd GRADE SHIRTS
 
What we are learning this week: 
 
Math: Multiplication! Check out the math class page for more info!
 
Reading: We will continue to read aloud Wonder and have amazing discussions about content and life connections!
    -Comprehension: Review Non-Fiction Reading Comprehension Strategies
    -Vocabulary: None
 
Writing:  
     -DLI: Writing Dates Correctly and Complete Sentences
     -Spelling: Words ending in -y and -ey, most end in -y, there are about 40 that end -ey, these need to be memorized, the -y and -ey have the long e sound. There are a few common words that end in -ey and the -ey makes the long a sound.
 
  Planner List
1. party
2. candy
3. puppy
4. happy
5. dirty
6. pretty
7. skinny
8. key
9. monkey
10. hockey
11. turkey
12. they
13. hey
14. prey
15. obey
16. suvey
17. hardy
18. sloppy
   
  Red Words
1. around
2. because
 
     -Writing: Using a Flow Chart to work on Opinion Rough Drafts
 
Science: Astronomy- Moon Phases, Comets and Asteroids and more!
 
Social Studies: Ancient Rome- Roman Leaders!

Important Dates: 
Thursday 10/31: Dress like a Roman for Pompeii Day
Friday 11/1: PRA Spirit Day
11/4-11/6: Substitute Teacher (Mr. Chesser in Disneyland)
 
What we are learning this week: 
 
Math: Multiplication! Check out the math class page for more info!
 
Reading: We will continue to read aloud Wonder and have amazing discussions about content and life connections!
    -Comprehension: Connections and Compare & Contract with Informational Text
    -Vocabulary: None
 
Writing:  
     -DLI: Writing Dates Correctly and Complete Sentences
     -Spelling: NO SPELLING THIS WEEK
     -Writing: Using a Flow Chart to work on Opinion Rough Drafts
 
Science: Astronomy- The Moon Titan, Eclipses and Moon Phases
 
Social Studies: Ancient Rome- Gladiators, Chariot Racing and Pompeii!!!

Weekly Update 10/21-10/25

Important Dates: 
Friday: PJ Bday Celebration
Thursday 10/31: Dress like a Roman for Pompeii Day
Friday 11/1: PRA Spirit Day
11/4-11/6: Substitute Teacher (Mr. Chesser in Disneyland)
 
What we are learning this week: 
 
Math: Time and Temperature.  We will be finishing this unit up this week! 
 
Reading: We will continue to read aloud Wonder and have amazing discussions about content and life connections!
    -Comprehension: Problem and Solution within texts 
    -Vocabulary: literal, dialogue, rival, passion, claim
 
Writing:  
     -DLI: 
     -Spelling: .
            --Green Words: The suffix -ful is spelled with only one "L," add -ful to base words without changing them. Add -ly to base words without changing them. If the base word ends in L, there will be two L's, when adding -ly to consonant -le words drop the -le and add ly. Both -ful and -ly can be combined.
 
  Planner List
1. careful
2. hopeful
3. useful
4. helpful
5. gladly
6. safely
7. simply
8. totally
9. finally
10. hardly
11. carefully
12. hopefully
13. usefully
14. helpfully
15. partly
16. sadly
17. gently
18. gleeful
   
  Red Words
1. answer
2. even
 
     -Writing: Using a Flow Chart to start an Opinion Rough Draft
 
Science: Astronomy- Constellations and Planets
 
Social Studies: Ancient Rome- Roman Republic and Punic Wars

Weekly Update 10/7-10/11

Important Dates: 
Tuesday: Chick-Fil-A Night!!! 20% goes back to PRA...20%!!!! I will be there @6pm.
 
What we are learning this week: 
 
Math: Time and Temperature.  Ask your kiddo how much time to the next hour or how much time past the last hour.  Practice reading an analog clock!
 
Reading: We will continue to read aloud Wonder and have amazing discussions about content and life connections!
    -Comprehension: Non-Fiction Sequence
    -Vocabulary: redundant, gesture, acknowledge, clutch, & persevere
 
Writing:  
     -DLI: Capitalization of Companies and Review
     -Spelling: .
            --Green Words: Change the Y to an I Rule- If a vowel precedes the y, keep the y and add the suffix. If a consonant precedes the y, change the y to i and add the suffix, except when the suffix begins with an i.
            --Red Words: each & could
     -Writing: Flow Chart for Opinion Rough Drafts
 
Science: Astronomy Unit begins!!!
 
Social Studies: Ancient Rome begins!!!

Weekly Update 9/30-10/4

Important Dates: 
Friday-Animal Expo at 1:30 (please arrive at 1:15, with ID, and park at HS)
Friday: Blackout Spirit Day 
Saturday: Homecoming Football Game
 
What we are learning this week: 
 
Math: Data!!! Students love this unit!
 
Reading: We will continue to read aloud Wonder
    -Comprehension: Non-Fiction Sequence
    -Vocabulary: oppose, snide, heap, diverse, origin
 
Writing:  
     -DLI: Capitalization of Companies and Review
     -Spelling: .
            --Green Words: Drop Rule (When adding a suffix to a word ending in silent e, drop the e if the suffix begins with the vowel, keep the e if the suffix begins with a consonant.  
            --Red Words: above, against
     -Writing: Transition Words
 
Science: Animal Expo Building!!!
 
Social Studies: Canada! 

Weekly Update 9/23-9/27

Important Dates: 
PJ Bday Day is on Wednesday!!!
ECON FAIR is Thursday 9:30-10:00am (arrive by 9:15 with ID, park at HS)
No School Friday (PD Day for teachers)
 
What we are learning this week: 
 
Math: Subtraction to 10,000 with regrouping!  We are continuing to make math fact goals and with quizzes every Friday (Thursday this week).  
 
Reading: We will continue to read aloud Wonder
    -Comprehension: Reviewing all Strategies with a test on Wed. & Thurs. 
    -Vocabulary: none this week
 
Writing: 
     -DLI: Proper and Common Nouns
     -Spelling: .
            --Green Words: Digraphs -ch, -ph, -wh, -th, -sh (Check Planner).  
            --Red Words: about & some
     -Writing: Opinion Topic Sentences
 
Science: How to classify vertebrae animals review and test!
 
Social Studies: Economics Fair work time!  

ZOO FIELD TRIP FRIDAY (9/20)

We are going to the Zoo tomorrow and here is what you need to know:
  • Bring a sack lunch, snack, & water bottle
  • Bring sunscreen (sunny and mid 80s tomorrow)
  • I recommend a back pack to carry everything so nothing is lost.  This could be their school one or a smaller one from home
  • Comfortable walking shoes, we will be walking around for about 3 hours
  • What to wear?
    • We are encouraging PRA spirit wear and clothes for a warm day of walking
    • It is a "Dress Like a Runner" student council day.  Students can dress like a runner but please try to incorporate PRA Spirit.  
    • They DO NOT have to pay $1 unless they want to support student council
    • We are representing our school and it looks nice to show school spirit!