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Transitioning to Third Grade. Presented by: Lauren BeCraft Third Grade Teacher Bellwood Elementary Rachel Hoffman Third Grade Teacher Bellwood Elementary. Goals for tonight : Readiness skills for your child How to prepare for school

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transitioning to third grade

Transitioning to Third Grade

Presented by:

Lauren BeCraft

Third Grade Teacher

Bellwood Elementary

Rachel Hoffman

Third Grade Teacher

Bellwood Elementary

Goals for tonight:
  • Readiness skills for your child
  • How to prepare for school
  • Overview of third grade program in Chesterfield County
  • Third grade expectations
  • Questions

Remember that as a parent, you are your child's first teacher.

  • Respect towards self, others, and school property
  • Coming to school prepared each day (Supplies, homework, etc.)
  • Reviewing curriculum concepts nightly on a consistent basis
  • Reading EVERY night and asking your child about his/her reading

Your child will experience a variety of emotions before starting third grade:

  • Excitement about entering an “upper” grade level
  • Pride
  • Fear of the unknown regarding SOL’s

Practice Routines:

Ritualizing back-to-school time is another way you can help make your child's transition to third grade a bit easier.

  • Starting with proper supplies is ESSENTIAL
  • Attend a meet and greet night (if applicable)
  • Bus stop and bus number
  • Set bedtime and establish homework routines
general information
General Information:
  • Class size ranges from 20-27 in a classroom
  • Homework is a nightly routine and enforces what has been taught in classroom
  • Interims are issued each 9 weeks
  • Report cards are issued 4 times per year
  • Communication is important
  • Parent Teacher Conferences
general information1
General Information:
  • Change in grading scale
  • 94-100 A
  • 93-84 B
  • 83-74 C
  • 73-64 D
  • 63 and below F
  • *There is talk of a change but this is still the norm for now.
general information2
General Information:
  • Testing:
  • PALS (for those who did not pass spring of 2nd grade)
  • DSA (Developmental Spelling Assessment)
  • DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment)
  • Benchmark tests/SOL simulation
  • SOL’s in Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies covering K-3rd grade concepts

Typical Third Grade Schedule:


Language Arts 2 hours 30 minutes

Math 60 minutes

Science 50 minutes

Social Studies 50 minutes

Resource 45 minutes

(Art, Music, PE, Library, Computer or World Language)

Daily 5 stations/ literacy stations



summer activities
Summer Activities:
  • Read, Read, Read and discuss what your child has read together
  • Summer journaling about fun family trips or adventures
  • Math fact practice
  • Review word wall words (writing and reading)

How to establish a working relationship with your child’s teacher:

  • Attend all required conferences/request a conference when you have concerns or questions. Come prepared with questions regarding reading level, test results etc.
  • Make sure you understand classroom procedures and rules
  • Check your child’s homework agenda nightly and make sure you know what he or she is currently learning in core content areas
questions and answers