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3 RD Grade Curriculum Night 2014-2015 Mary E. Bryant Elementary. 3 rd Grade Goals. To give your child the academic and social skills needed to successfully progress toward 4th grade

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3RD Grade Curriculum Night


Mary E. Bryant Elementary

3rd Grade Goals

To give your child the academic and social skills needed to successfully progress toward 4th grade

To provide a supportive, fun, & safe classroom environment while promoting the highest possible student achievement

“The Florida Standards will help our students reach their fullest potential by promoting a deeper level of critical thinking and problem solving that is necessary to be competitive in today’s job market.”


Orientation Highlights:

Grade Equivalencies

ELA- English Language Arts

Battle of the Books

Focus on using Math Strategies

Investigations in Science

STEM Fair within the classroom

Social Studies builds good citizens

Nightly Homework expectations

How YOU can help!

Grade Equivalencies

E=A (90-100%) N= (60-69%)

S=B (80-89%) U= (<59%)

C (70-79%)

  • Multiple forms of assessments are utilized

  • Grades are not averaged; trends are considered

  • Progress Alerts - mid point of each 9 week period

  • Conference Nights - Oct 16th & Mar 26th

Levels of Achievement

  • OL = On-level (receiving instruction on a third grade level 50% or more of the time) which is the NORM

  • AL = Above-level (receiving instruction on a fourth grade level or above, 50% or more of the time) is a very rare EXCEPTION

  • BL = Below-level (receiving instruction on a second grade level or below, 50% or more of the time)

Reading Workshop (ELA)

  • 120 minutes focusing on reading, writing, speaking and listening

  • Read Alouds, Shared, Guided, Independent & Close Reading

  • Student Response Journals

  • Use “Journeys” text and other varied resources

  • Balance of fiction and nonfiction, Time for Kids, & other genres to prepare for FSA (Florida Standard Assessment) Testing

Evidence is Critical

Close reading practice ensures that students find evidence within the text

Students practice good test taking strategies by marking up the text

Expectations have increased beyond “right there” answers into the ability to compare and contrast multiple texts

Greater emphasis on nonfiction

Battle of the Books

Competition in Spring prepares our students through exceptional literature...

Title ___ Author          Level

  • Guinea Dog Patrick Jennings 3.7

  • Alvin Ho: Allergic to … Lenore Look3.8

  • I Survived: Sinking of the Titanic Lauren Tarshis3.9

  • The Lemonade War Jacqueline Davies 4.1

  • The World According to Humphrey Betty Birney 4.2

  • The Miraculous Journey of E. Tulane    Kate DiCamillo 4.4

  • Fortune’s Magic Farm Suzanne Selfors 4.6

  • The City of Ember Jeanne DuPrau 5.0

Writing Workshop

  • Embedded within120 minutes of ELA

  • Lessons include Process, Crafts and Conventions

  • Teacher-directed as well as student chosen topics

  • Informative, Narrative, Opinion, and Reader’s Response

  • May include short Research/Technology

  • Incorporated throughout the curriculum

Word Study

Traditional weekly spelling tests are being replaced by research-based practices Weekly practice is done within the classroom concentrating on spelling patternsAssessment will take place within normal classroom writing activities

Go Math

  • Focus on offering various strategy options

  • Frequent use of manipulatives

  • Journals = explain thinking

  • Solidify mastery of addition and subtraction facts

  • Expectation for mastery of strategies in multiplication and division

  • Think Central provides online practice and resources

Math Complexity

Assessment rarely involves simple computation…

Careful reading of the word problem is essential!

Select the pertinent information

Analyze the question (often multi-step) and explain thinking using correct vocabulary and evidence

Complete the computation

Check work! (Accuracy/Efficiency)

Nat Geo Science

  • Frequent investigations

    using tools and inquiry skills

  • Textbook is accessible on-line

  • Appropriate use of vocabulary is essential within short responses

  • Design Challenge Mondays use engineering process, and students will be expected to reflect on prototypes and make revisions


  • 3rd graders are put into groups based upon interest in similar topics

  • Explanation of thinking is essential through thorough written responses

  • Parents will be asked to help find research and send in supplies

  • May need SERVE volunteers to assist with trials that are done in class

  • Data logs are judged

  • December 4 = STEM Fair Night

Social Studies

Geography and Culture of N. America and Caribbean

Primary focus on Government, Civics, and Economics

Often integrated across the curriculum

Utilize other resources (Time for Kids and Journeys reading series)

May integrate research skills

Student Expectations

  • Complete all classroom assignments in a timely manner

  • Complete all homework assignments carefully, neatly and thoroughly

  • Be responsible for organizational binder and contents daily

  • Be responsible for reading NIGHTLY

  • Follow classroom rules: respectful, responsible, and caring attitudes


  • Gifted services for qualified students with specific Educational Plans

  • Students receive core “plus” instruction within a separate classroom for Math and Science

  • Renzulli and IIM assignments provide enrichment opportunities to accomplish annual goals

  • Email Mrs. Fink with questions


  • Each student has an organizational binder (STAR binder, HERO binder, POSSE binder, etc.) as a communication tool

  • Please check and sign daily re: notes/info regarding behavior, upcoming events, etc.

  • Each student is responsible for recording his/her daily homework assignments

Homework Policy

  • Expected timeframe = within 30 min.

  • Student’s responsibility to turn it in

  • Unfinished class work may occasionally be sent home for completion

  • Homework is not graded, but it is checked for effort and completion

  • YES, you may support your child with homework as necessary!

  • Students are expected to read for an additional 20-30 minutes each day


  • Not FCAT, but FSA --- also expect Stanford 10 NRT

  • Students practice practical test taking strategies to carefully read and analyze test questions

  • For example questions go to www.fsaassessments.org

How Can YOU Help?

Volunteer Opportunities

Fall Festival November 14th

Great American Teach-In November 20th

Grandparents Read-to-me Day January 16th

Field Trip- Glazer Children’s Museum February 27th

**All volunteers must have a completed and approved SERVE form on file each year prior to the event.


Feel free to write notes in Student Agenda; however, the BEST WAY to reach the teacher is via email since classroom phones do not have outside lines


Thank you for your support!

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