Parent Night Summer Slide Prevention
Welcome to 3rd grade! • By the 3rd grade, children have spent two years mastering reading and doing basic math computations. In 3rd grade, they are able to branch out in their studies and handle more complex material. Prepare for August by looking over the following skills that will ensure that your child is ready for hands-on science experiments, more challenging math problems, and higher-level reading assignments.
Time to Get all Your Ducks in a Row! • As with every passing grade level, the work in 3rd grade becomes more challenging, which can initially intimidate any 8 year old. But with focus, motivation to learn, and attentiveness to the material, your child can make major strides in the following subjects.
Preparing for 3rd Grade • Your child will: • Explore fiction and nonfiction reading • Progress as an independent reader and work at the appropriate comprehension level • Memorize the multiplication table 1’s to 12’s • Identify written and spoken numbers up to 100,000 • See more information for each subject on your “Welcome to 3rd Grade!” handout.
What’s the Game Plan? • Get a library card and use the local library’s free resources • Know your student’s reading level and know they need to be at 3.0 by the end of summer • Ask higher order thinking or depth of knowledge questions Running Record • Use an “agenda” at home and make your student responsible for it. • It can be a notebook or you can use an actual agenda/planner. • Have your student write down tomorrow’s “homework” (this could be what your family is planning to do tomorrow, what the student is expected to complete independently or even a simple to-do list.) • The important thing is for the student to complete and upkeep these records neatly so they are prepared to continue to do so with their school agendas. • Have your student write your grocery lists and record how much each item costs. • Have your student record when they start and stop an activity. Keep a daily schedule.
R E S P E C T find out what it needs to be: • Grade-schoolers aren't exactly models of respectful behavior. In fact, it often seems as though their whole purpose in life is to get your goat. • Avoid overreacting-- a child who wants to provoke a reaction will endure almost any unpleasantness just to get a rise out of you. Take a deep breath and as calmly as possible assign a consequence. • Set limits— Reward appropriately. If your student is improving in small ways, reward in small ways, if your student reaches a milestone or accomplishes a long term goal then you should give a ‘bigger.’ Reinforce your grade-schooler's spur-of-the-moment displays of politeness as much as possible. But be specific. The praise should describe the positive behavior in detail: “I’m so impressed that you started your work without me reminding you!” • Consistency— If you only reward the behaviors you want to see your student should naturally want to continue those behaviors. Be careful of bribing and don’t over reward. Once a skill has been mastered they should be expected to reach the next level before being rewarded again. Doing what is expected shouldn’t be overly rewarded, however if that is a challenge then set a length of time before the reward is earned: if you keep your room neat for a week/month (instead of once a day) then you can have a sleepover. Balance and consistency is the best strategy.
Linked in • Use these free resources: • www.easyCBM.com • http://www.fcrr.org/Curriculum/studentCenterActivities23.shtm • http://treasures.macmillanmh.com/california/teachers/building-reading-and-writing-skills/student-fluency-passages • http://www.k12reader.com • www.lexile.com/fab • http://www.thehouseholdplanner.com/free-printables/ • http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-3 • http://www.softschools.com/math/games/
UNRAAVEL a Reading Strategy • U- Underline the Title and read it as you underline it. It will help you know what the selection is about. • N- Now predict the passage with your prior knowledge and the passage’s pictures. • R- Run through and number the paragraphs to help you locate the answers later. • A- Are you reading the questions so you know what to look for. Don’t answer yet! • A- Are the important words circled? These are usually the answers. • V- Venture (read) through the passage. Stop a summarize each paragraph in 1 sentence. • E- Eliminate the obviously wrong answers. • L- Let the Questions be answered.
UNRAAVEL A Math Strategy • Underlining the question. • Now predict what you think you need to do to solve the problem. • Read the word problem again • Are the important words circled? (Especially the clue words?) • Apply the steps you chose to solve the problem • Verify your answer (Is it reasonable? Does it make sense?) • Eliminate wrong answers. • Let the correct answer stay or rework the problem.
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