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Welcome to our 3 rd Grade Back to School Night. Thanks for coming!. Communication Arts. Goal : To make meaning out of print. Reading Writing Phonics/S-p-e-l-l-i-n-g. Components of Balanced Literacy. Whole group instruction Shared reading Small group instruction (guided reading groups)

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Welcome to our 3rd Grade Back to School Night

Thanks for coming!


Communication Arts

Goal: To make meaning out of print

Reading

Writing

Phonics/S-p-e-l-l-i-n-g


Components of Balanced Literacy

  • Whole group instruction

  • Shared reading

  • Small group instruction (guided reading groups)

  • Project Read

  • Independent reading


1. Whole Group Instruction

  • Comprehension strategies

  • Decoding (phonics)

    • Project Read

  • Vocabulary


2. Shared Reading

  • Teacher and students share the text


3. Small Group Instruction

  • Guided reading groups

  • Flexible groupings

  • Skills, Interests, and Needs


4. Project Read

  • Focus is on letters and sounds

  • All First and Second Graders have had Project Read

  • Third Grade continues to reinforce and extend skills


5. Independent Reading

  • Occurs daily

  • Students select books

  • Provides opportunities to use strategies


Assessments

  • Continual assessment guides instruction

  • Teacher observation

  • 4-Sight

    • Standardized test given four times a year

    • Allows teachers to gain a snapshot of the student progress through the year

    • Preparation for PSSAs

  • STAR

    • Computer program that monitors student’s ability to use words in context

  • DIBELS

    • Assesses oral reading fluency

  • Core Phonics

    • Assesses phonetic skills


Narrative/Informational Writing

  • Modeled Writing

  • Shared Writing

  • Guided Writing

  • Independent Writing


1. Modeled Writing

  • Teacher models what good writers think about and do during writing.


2. Shared Writing

  • Teacher and students work collaboratively

  • Focus is on writing skills and strategies


3. Guided Writing

  • Teacher serves as coach

  • Student has opportunities to practice skills and strategies


4. Independent Writing

  • Ultimate goal for writing instruction

  • Student selects topic


Assessments

  • Teacher observation

  • Writing prompts (monthly and district)

    • Narrative/Informational are aligned with instruction


Math

  • Continuation of mathematical concepts learned in K, 1, 2

  • Curriculum spirals: concepts are introduced and revisited throughout the year

  • Family letters help explain the unit’s topics and terms

    • Some concepts are introduced differently than the way we learned them. Referring to the family letter will help you reinforce how concepts are being taught in the classroom.


Mathematics Continued…

  • Key features of our Everyday Mathematics program include:

    • Problem solving in everyday situations

    • Developing readiness through hands-on activities

    • Establishing links between past experiences and exploration of new concepts

    • Sharing ideas through discussion

    • Cooperative learning through partner and small group activities

    • Practice through games


Math Centers

  • Day 6

  • In place of Social Studies/Science lesson

  • Remediation/Enrichment

  • Small Groups – defined skills


Rocket Math

  • Purpose is to increase speed and accuracy in math facts

  • Will improve students’ ability to learn and retain higher order math skills

  • Goal for Third Graders is to master all addition and subtraction facts

  • Some children may advance to other operations

  • Rocket Math will begin November 3rd

  • The first 9 weeks of school are spent focusing on building fact power strategies


Social Studies

  • Units of study include:

    • Pennsylvania

    • Communities

    • Local and National Government

    • History

    • Economy


Science

  • Units include:

    • Earth Materials

    • Life Cycles

    • Sound


Ways to help your Third grader

  • Homework

    • About 30 minutes per day

    • Reinforce the skills taught in school

    • Math homelinks

    • Phonics/Spelling

    • Math Facts

    • Read 10 to 20 minutes

  • Communication

    • E-mail

    • Voice mail

    • Handwritten notes


Let’s have a great year!


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