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Welcome to Third Grade. A Place Where We Think, Imagine and Explore!. Who is Miss Johnson?. Truman State University Bachelor of Arts in Classics—2004 Truman State University Master of Arts in Education--2006. Truths (Beliefs). Every child has the capacity to learn. (Einstein)

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welcome to third grade

Welcome to Third Grade

A Place Where We Think, Imagine and Explore!

who is miss johnson
Who is Miss Johnson?

Truman State University

Bachelor of Arts in Classics—2004

Truman State University

Master of Arts in Education--2006

truths beliefs
Truths (Beliefs)
  • Every child has the capacity to learn. (Einstein)
  • Students will gain the greatest benefit in an environment in which they feel safe and accepted.
  • Making choices is an integral part of learning.
school wide character education values
School-Wide Character Education Values

Character Education is an integral part of our learning environment—Meramec Five

Students will identify what it will look like and sound like to practice the Meramec Five

behavior expectations
Behavior Expectations
  • Respect greatest virtue
    • Respect self
    • Respect the building
    • Respect others
  • “You can do anything in this class as long as it doesn’t cause a problem for you or someone else”
  • Choices
    • Love and Logic, Jim Fay
what does this mean to you
What Does This Mean to You?
  • Phone Call or Email
  • Setting Goals
daily schedule
Daily Schedule
  • Please look inside your packet.
  • Rotating Days
    • Adjusts to insure that all students get an equal amount of time in specialist classes
  • Brain Research (Degree of Focus)
  • Recommend arriving by 8:25
class meetings
Class Meetings

Character education

Focus on Meramec 5

Teach strategies for solving problems


Games for building community


Subject areas


How you can help

social studies
Social Studies
  • Foundation for fourth grade social studies
  • Communities—Through a global lens
    • What are some similarities and differences between international communities?
    • What are some of the different types of landforms? How do they effect communities?
    • How do international businesses effect communities?
  • FOSS Curriculum
    • Scientific process
  • Physics of Sound (taught in the classroom)
  • Water and Measurement
  • Sun, Moon and Stars
  • Everyday Math
  • Cluster Grouping
    • Share children across the grade level
  • Family letters
  • Fact Fluency
    • FASTT Math
    • Flash cards at home
mathematics algorithms
Mathematics Algorithms

Partial Sums—addition

Trade First—subtraction

writer s workshop
Writer’s Workshop


Six Traits of Writing and Lucy Calkins Units of Study




Grammar skills


Promote story telling at home

reader s workshop
Reader’s Workshop
  • Making Meaning
    • Teaching reading strategies through read-aloud and think-aloud
    • Helps to build a cooperative community
      • Listening and responding
  • Guided Reading/Literacy Circles
    • Based on assessment tools such as the SRI and DRA
    • Focus on specific strategies to help students
    • Share students across the grade level
  • Read nightly
  • Fill out planners at the beginning of the day
    • Check planners for parent signature and notes in the morning
    • Write notes as needed throughout the day
    • Daily home-school communication
  • Go over homework assignment
    • Parents sign nightly
  • Homework—30 minutes
    • Math Practice—Home Links
    • Reading for 15 minutes nightly
    • Spelling Practice (5 day weeks)
  • Optional Weekend Work
    • FASTT Math Practice Sheet
    • Flash Cards
    • EDM Games Online
    • Visit Website for additional work
regular communication
Regular Communication
  • Third Grade Bi-Weekly Newsletter
    • Emailed Friday
    • Information about upcoming units
    • Grade Level Events
    • Fieldtrips
    • Schedule changes
  • Daily Planner
    • Preferred Communication—comment section
    • Assignments
  • Website
communication student progress
Communication: Student Progress
  • Assessments
    • Everyday Math Tests and Profile Sheets
    • Science and Social Studies Tests
    • Published Writing
    • FASTT Math Progress Grid
  • Homework
    • Assessed returned within the week
    • Responsibility & effort
  • Email & Phone
    • Checked once daily
    • Respond within 24 hours
    • I prefer email
    • Call the office for urgent matters
      • Changes in how students get picked up
  • Website for updates
  • Conferences
  • Report Cards
class volunteers vip
Class Volunteers (VIP)
  • Fieldtrips
  • Class projects
  • Assistance with Class Library
extracurricular events
Extracurricular Events

I love supporting the our kiddos outside the classroom too… Please share their event schedules with me!


Conference Sign-up in the library

Birthday treats: Please give advanced notice

Read your packet carefully

Feel free to use the paper to write a letter telling your child what you learned about Third Grade

two sculptors
Two Sculptors

Thank you for your partnership! Working together will make all the difference!