Welcome to Third Grade 2014-2015
What Third Grade Means… It means… • Your child will have greater personal responsibility. • Your child moves from learning to read to reading to learn. • Your child works independently on homework with you checking to see if it is done.
Daily Schedule • 7:50 Opening • 8:15-9:35 Math • 9:40-9:55 Recess • 10:00-10:40 Special • 10:40-11:10 Content • 11:15-11:45 or Lunch (Myers) • 11:20-11:50 Lunch (Evans/Gruett) • 12:00-2:20 Reading Language Arts • 2:30 Dismissal
Math • New Math Curriculum this year • The Math Connects website (www.mhschool.com) is a great resource to use at home. • There are tutorials, games and the online student edition. The access code is B824256BE8.
Math • Math Fluency-Please continue to practice facts at home. • New Mountain Math-Students will be able to complete all of these types of problems by the end of third grade.
Language Arts • Reading Units include: Friendship, Music, Families, Money-Themed, Famous People, Sports-Themed, This Really Happened and Reading in the Real World
Language Arts • Sources include: Anthology books, Poems, Chapter books, Time For Kids magazine • Other Areas: Guided reading, Vocabulary, and Fluency
Language Arts • Word Study/Spelling • Language Skills/Grammar • Writing-Informational, Opinion, and Narrative
Content (Social Studies/Science) • These subjects are not tested or graded. • There will be one subject per marking period to allow for in depth study. • Writing is embedded in content. • Occasionally there will be projects to be completed at home.
Social Studies and Science Topics Social StudiesScience *Communities *Life *Pennsylvania *Earth *Human Body *Physical
Flexible Groupings • Groups are based on current achievement/performance data. • In 3rd grade, this data includes: CDTs, GRADE assessment, DIBELS data, writing samples, spelling inventories, and DDS data.
Flexible Groupings • We continually monitor students' performance and progress to ensure we are meeting their instructional needs. • Groups are flexible, fluid, and change throughout the year. • Teachers will notify parents of any changes in their child’s groups.
Third Grade Rules and Expectations We use a behavior plan called “Be a Hero.” BE RESPONSIBLE: Be prepared for class. Work to the best of your ability.
Third Grade Rules and Expectations • BE RESPECTFUL: One person speaks at a time. Respect and be considerate of others in the classroom. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
Third Grade Rules and Expectations • BE READY: Follow directions the first time they are given. Be cooperative and on task. • Warning System • Loss of Recess—parent notification
Forms You Might See Homework Alert Classwork Alert While You Were Gone Poor Grade Alert Time Out Note Cafeteria Slip
Your Child’s Binder • Your child’s binder needs to come back and forth to school each day. • A “Homework Sheet” is kept in the front of the binder to show daily assignments. • Dividers keep papers organized-please leave them in there. • “Homework Folder”-Please check and empty this folder on a daily basis.
Homework Guidelines • The homework policy allows for 20 minutes of homework with an additional 15 minutes for reading each night. • If your child has worked and not completed the assignment within the 20 minutes, please note it on the paper and we will address it in class.
Recess • We will go outside for recess every day, so please have your child dress appropriately. • Just note…the wind whips across the fields, so many times it is colder here than at home.
Field Trips • We will be going on TWO field trips this year. • Landis Valley Museum • Harrisburg-State Capitol/State Museum • Volunteer opportunities will be available, so be sure that you have completed any necessary background checks to be an independent volunteer.
How To Reach Us • To get in touch with us, please call the school at 626-3704 or e-mail us. • Mrs. Evansemail@example.com • Mrs. Gruettfirstname.lastname@example.org • Mrs. Myersemail@example.com We also look forward to taking with you during Parent/Teacher Conferences in November.
Thank You! We would like to thank you for coming to this Open House this evening. Working together as a “TEAM” we can make your child’s learning experience in 3rd grade a happy and successful one.