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Welcome to 3 rd grade!. 2013-14 School Year Mary E. Bryant Elementary. 3 rd Grade Goals . T o give your child the academic and social skills needed to progress toward fourth grade.

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Welcome to 3 rd grade

Welcome to 3rd grade!

2013-14 School Year

Mary E. Bryant Elementary


3 rd grade goals
3rd Grade Goals

  • To give your child the academic and social skills needed to progress toward fourth grade.

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

  • This year our school theme is Adventures in Learning Through Teamwork!


Orientation highlights
Orientation Highlights:

  • Grade Equivalencies & Levels of Achievement

  • English Language Arts (ELA)

    Reading & Writing Workshop

  • Battle of the Books

  • Hands on Go Math & National Geographic Science program

  • Social Studies

  • Nightly Homework expectations

  • How YOU can help!


Grade equivalencies
Grade Equivalencies

  • E= A (> 90%)

  • S= B/C (70-90%)

  • N= (60-69%)

  • U= (<59%)

    Progress Alerts are provided at mid point of each nine week period.

    Conference Nights :

    Oct. 17th & March 6th


Reading workshop
Reading Workshop

  • 120 minutes total ELA with a 90 minute “uninterrupted reading block” focusing on fluency and comprehension

  • Read Alouds, Shared, Guided, Independent Reading, as well as, Close Readings

  • Implement Student Response Journals

  • Use “Treasures” text and other resources

  • Balance of fiction and nonfiction, Time for Kids, & other genres to prepare for FCAT


Battle of the books
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 Girls, School,& Other Lenore Look 3.8

  • I Survived: Sinking of the Titanic Lauren Tarshis 3.9

  • The Lemonade War Jacqueline Davies 4.1

  • The World According to Humphrey Betty Birney 4.2

  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane    Kate DiCamillo 4.4

  • Fortunes Magic Farm Suzanne Selfors 4.6

  • The City of Embers Jeanne DuPrau 5.0


Writing workshop response to literature
Writing Workshop Response to Literature

  • Incorporated into the 120 minutes of ELA

  • Writing Workshop:

  • Process, Crafts, Conventions

  • Types: Informative, Narrative and Opinion

  • Uses a combination of teacher-directed

  • prompts and student-chosen topics

  • Three Bryant Writes Assessments:

  • August, November, and May-

  • maintained within portfolios

  • Writing in Response to Reading

  • Short Research

  • Technology

  • May be incorporated across the curriculum


*Traditional weekly spelling tests are being replaced by research-based program: Working with Words*Weekly practice within the classroom concentrating on spelling patterns*Assessment will take place within normal classroom writing activities

Word Work


Math curriculum
Math Curriculum research-based program: Working with Words

  • 1 hour daily using Go Math

    “hands on” curriculum

  • Frequent use of manipulatives

  • with student journals for reflection

  • Necessary to solidify mastery of

    addition and subtraction facts

  • Focus on Multiplication & Division

    with expected mastery of strategies

  • Think Central

  • First in Math


Science curriculum
Science Curriculum research-based program: Working with Words

  • Frequent investigations

    using National Geographic series!

  • Textbook will become accessible on-line – more information to follow

  • Frequent “hands-on” activities applying the scientific method

  • STEM Fair – small boards done in class


Social studies curriculum
Social Studies Curriculum research-based program: Working with Words

  • The Geography and Culture of

    North America and the Caribbean

  • Government and Civics

  • Economics

  • May be integrated across the

    curriculum and through Time for Kids

    magazines within classrooms


Student expectations
Student Expectations research-based program: Working with Words

  • Complete all classroom assignments in a timely manner

  • Complete all homework assignments nightly

  • Be responsible for organizational binder and contents daily

  • Be responsible for reading NIGHTLY

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


Levels of achievement
Levels of Achievement research-based program: Working with Words

  • 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) as a very rare EXCEPTION

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


Agendas
Agendas research-based program: Working with Words

  • Agendas go back and forth daily

  • Please check daily for notes/info regarding behavior, upcoming events, etc.

  • Your child is responsible for recording their homework assignments in his/her agenda each day

  • Each student has an organizational binder (specific name based upon homeroom) that helps him/her to be successful


Homework policy
Homework Policy research-based program: Working with Words

  • Student should be able to complete homework assignment within 30 minutes

  • Student’s responsibility to turn in assignment (not parent’s responsibility to bring it to Bryant)

  • Students are encouraged to read for an additional 30 minutes per day

  • Students may occasionally be asked to complete unfinished classwork at home

  • Please note: We are not checking homework for accuracy but for

    completion and yes, you may

    support your child as necessary


Fcat preparation
FCAT Preparation research-based program: Working with Words

  • First year for FCAT in addition to NRT

  • Grades 3-5 Study Tools for Home Use through FCAT Explorer (information & assignments to be provided later)

  • FCAT-like assessments will be given regularly in order for students to get familiar with test-reading/taking.

  • Regular Go Math Assessments (please review these at home)


How can you help
How Can YOU Help? research-based program: Working with Words


Questions comments
Questions/Comments research-based program: Working with Words?

  • The Best Way to reach your teacher is via email because classroom phones do not receive outside calls!

    [email protected]

  • We normally respond within 24 hours

  • Feel free to write notes in Student Agenda

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!


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