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3RD Grade Curriculum Night

2014-2015

Mary E. Bryant Elementary


3 rd grade goals
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.”

http://www.flstandards.org


Orientation highlights
Orientation Highlights fullest potential by promoting a deeper level of critical thinking and problem solving that is necessary to be competitive in today’s job market.”:

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
Grade Equivalencies fullest potential by promoting a deeper level of critical thinking and problem solving that is necessary to be competitive in today’s job market.”

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
Levels of Achievement fullest potential by promoting a deeper level of critical thinking and problem solving that is necessary to be competitive in today’s job market.”

  • 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
Reading Workshop (ELA) fullest potential by promoting a deeper level of critical thinking and problem solving that is necessary to be competitive in today’s job market.”

  • 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
Evidence is Critical fullest potential by promoting a deeper level of critical thinking and problem solving that is necessary to be competitive in today’s job market.”

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
Battle of the Books fullest potential by promoting a deeper level of critical thinking and problem solving that is necessary to be competitive in today’s job market.”

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

Title ___ Author          Level

  • Guinea Dog Patrick Jennings 3.7

  • Alvin Ho: Allergic to … 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 E. Tulane    Kate DiCamillo 4.4

  • Fortune’s Magic Farm Suzanne Selfors 4.6

  • The City of Ember Jeanne DuPrau 5.0


Writing workshop
Writing Workshop fullest potential by promoting a deeper level of critical thinking and problem solving that is necessary to be competitive in today’s job market.”

  • 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 fullest potential by promoting a deeper level of critical thinking and problem solving that is necessary to be competitive in today’s job market.”

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
Go Math fullest potential by promoting a deeper level of critical thinking and problem solving that is necessary to be competitive in today’s job market.”

  • 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
Math Complexity fullest potential by promoting a deeper level of critical thinking and problem solving that is necessary to be competitive in today’s job market.”

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
Nat Geo Science fullest potential by promoting a deeper level of critical thinking and problem solving that is necessary to be competitive in today’s job market.”

  • 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


Stem fair
STEM Fair fullest potential by promoting a deeper level of critical thinking and problem solving that is necessary to be competitive in today’s job market.”

  • 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
Social Studies fullest potential by promoting a deeper level of critical thinking and problem solving that is necessary to be competitive in today’s job market.”

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
Student Expectations fullest potential by promoting a deeper level of critical thinking and problem solving that is necessary to be competitive in today’s job market.”

  • 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


AGP fullest potential by promoting a deeper level of critical thinking and problem solving that is necessary to be competitive in today’s job market.”

  • 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


Agendas
Agendas fullest potential by promoting a deeper level of critical thinking and problem solving that is necessary to be competitive in today’s job market.”

  • 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
Homework Policy fullest potential by promoting a deeper level of critical thinking and problem solving that is necessary to be competitive in today’s job market.”

  • 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


Testing
Testing fullest potential by promoting a deeper level of critical thinking and problem solving that is necessary to be competitive in today’s job market.”

  • 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
How Can YOU Help? fullest potential by promoting a deeper level of critical thinking and problem solving that is necessary to be competitive in today’s job market.”


Volunteer opportunities
Volunteer Opportunities fullest potential by promoting a deeper level of critical thinking and problem solving that is necessary to be competitive in today’s job market.”

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.


Questions comments
Questions/Comments fullest potential by promoting a deeper level of critical thinking and problem solving that is necessary to be competitive in today’s job market.”?

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

[email protected]

Thank you for your support!


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