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Welcome to Third Grade. WRITING. Writing - Most of their work is in the journal. We will publish one writing piece each nine weeks so do not expect lots of graded pieces to go home each week. Journal - Our journals are “our playground for our pencils” in

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WRITING

Writing- Most of their work is in

the journal. We will publish one

writing piece each nine weeks so do

not expect lots of graded pieces to

go home each week.

Journal- Our journals are

“our playground for our pencils” in

which we use to explore creative

concepts.

Cursive- We will focus on two

letters a week. Practice booklet

will come home each week.

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WORD WORK

  • Weekly Skill
  • Each week we will explore
  • an instructional spelling skill
  • that follows a pattern. The student
  • will have opportunities to make
  • new words and apply these words
  • in their writing.
  • Assessment

We do not test the skill through

traditional spelling tests that

encourage memorization; instead

through authentic writing and

application..

reading
Reading
  • Reading in Class
    • Build stamina
    • Expand vocabulary
    • Increase fluency/speed
    • Improve comprehension
    • Develop love of reading
  • Reading at Home
    • Every night
    • Complete reading response

journal once a week

  • Skills
  • Using metacognition to think

about their reading

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MATH

  • Manipulatives/Hands-on learning
  • AISD 90 minute math model
    • Drill and Practice
    • Problem Solving- critical thinking
    • Content Instruction –modeling
    • and guided practice
    • Learning Groups- assessments,
  • work stations , reinforcement of
  • skills
  • Math Journals- concepts, examples,
  • strategies on solving problems
  • What does it look like
  • in our daily lives?
science

Science Fair (optional,

  • highly encouraged)
  • Observation Journals
  • Safety in the Lab
  • Scientific Tools
  • Matter
  • Ecosystems
  • Life cycles
  • Recycling
  • Sun, Earth, and Moon
  • Changes to the Earth
  • Force and Friction
Science
social studies
Social Studies
  • Local Communities
  • Maps
  • Local Government
  • Citizenship
  • Economics
  • Inventors
  • Regions
  • Cultural Celebrations
  • Recycle Sale in December
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STAAR

State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness

  • Benchmarks
    • Nov. 11-15
    • Reading, Math, Science
  • Simulation
    • Feb. 11 Math
    • Feb. 12 Reading
  • STAAR Math******April 22
  • STAAR Reading******April 23
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CASTLE TIME

  • 30 Minute block from 10:35-11:05
  • Time for Intervention and/or Enrichment
  • Access to multiple teachers
  • Students can move from group to group as needed.
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HOMEWORK

  • Given most nights each week
  • Homework should take 30 minutes excluding reading time
  • Homework will be written daily in their agenda.
  • Read nightly, at least 20-30 minutes, and stay accountable through response logs.
  • Word Work skills will be practiced through practice and application activities each week.
  • Cursive- two letters each week
  • Projects/assignments will be given throughout the year.
classroom management
ClassroomManagement
  • Positive Incentives vary by class
  • Study Hall (Use time wisely)
  • “Think Track” (ZAP PAD)
  • Zap report sent home on Fridays
help wanted
-Help Wanted-
  • Minimizing tardies and absences
  • Submit Volunteer Background Check
  • Sign agenda each night
parent conferences

Parent Conferences

Conferences are in October. This year conferences are optional; however, if you prefer you may schedule a conference in person, or through email. Your child’s teacher will send you a link to sign up via signupgenius.com.

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Notes of Interest

  • Time For Kids – $5
  • Scholastic Book Order monthly – Great Deals! Online ordering allows one free book for classroom per student order
  • Communication: e-mail, notes, agenda, folder, newsletter, teacher websites- Feel free to e-mail anytime, as you are a key component to your child’s education.
  • Field Trips: Day of Service, Perot Museum , and the Allen Symphony