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Welcome to 3 rd grade!. 2013-14 School Year Mary E. Bryant Elementary. 3 rd Grade Goals . T o give your child the academic and social skills needed to progress toward fourth grade.

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welcome to 3 rd grade

Welcome to 3rd grade!

2013-14 School Year

Mary E. Bryant Elementary

3 rd grade goals
3rd Grade Goals
  • To give your child the academic and social skills needed to progress toward fourth grade.
  • To provide a supportive, fun, & safe classroom environment while promoting the highest possible student achievement.
  • This year our school theme is Adventures in Learning Through Teamwork!
orientation highlights
Orientation Highlights:
  • Grade Equivalencies & Levels of Achievement
  • English Language Arts (ELA)

Reading & Writing Workshop

  • Battle of the Books
  • Hands on Go Math & National Geographic Science program
  • Social Studies
  • Nightly Homework expectations
  • How YOU can help!
grade equivalencies
Grade Equivalencies
  • E= A (> 90%)
  • S= B/C (70-90%)
  • N= (60-69%)
  • U= (<59%)

Progress Alerts are provided at mid point of each nine week period.

Conference Nights :

Oct. 17th & March 6th

reading workshop
Reading Workshop
  • 120 minutes total ELA with a 90 minute “uninterrupted reading block” focusing on fluency and comprehension
  • Read Alouds, Shared, Guided, Independent Reading, as well as, Close Readings
  • Implement Student Response Journals
  • Use “Treasures” text and other resources
  • Balance of fiction and nonfiction, Time for Kids, & other genres to prepare for FCAT
battle of the books
Battle of the Books

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

Title ___ Author          Level

  • Guinea Dog Patrick Jennings 3.7
  • Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School,& Other 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 Edward Tulane    Kate DiCamillo 4.4
  • Fortunes Magic Farm Suzanne Selfors 4.6
  • The City of Embers Jeanne DuPrau 5.0
writing workshop response to literature
Writing Workshop Response to Literature
  • Incorporated into the 120 minutes of ELA
  • Writing Workshop:
  • Process, Crafts, Conventions
  • Types: Informative, Narrative and Opinion
  • Uses a combination of teacher-directed
  • prompts and student-chosen topics
  • Three Bryant Writes Assessments:
  • August, November, and May-
  • maintained within portfolios
  • Writing in Response to Reading
  • Short Research
  • Technology
  • May be incorporated across the curriculum

*Traditional weekly spelling tests are being replaced by research-based program: Working with Words*Weekly practice within the classroom concentrating on spelling patterns*Assessment will take place within normal classroom writing activities

Word Work

math curriculum
Math Curriculum
  • 1 hour daily using Go Math

“hands on” curriculum

  • Frequent use of manipulatives
  • with student journals for reflection
  • Necessary to solidify mastery of

addition and subtraction facts

  • Focus on Multiplication & Division

with expected mastery of strategies

  • Think Central
  • First in Math
science curriculum
Science Curriculum
  • Frequent investigations

using National Geographic series!

  • Textbook will become accessible on-line – more information to follow
  • Frequent “hands-on” activities applying the scientific method
  • STEM Fair – small boards done in class
social studies curriculum
Social Studies Curriculum
  • The Geography and Culture of

North America and the Caribbean

  • Government and Civics
  • Economics
  • May be integrated across the

curriculum and through Time for Kids

magazines within classrooms

student expectations
Student Expectations
  • Complete all classroom assignments in a timely manner
  • Complete all homework assignments nightly
  • Be responsible for organizational binder and contents daily
  • Be responsible for reading NIGHTLY
  • Obey classroom rules: respectful, responsible, and caring attitudes
levels of achievement
Levels of Achievement
  • 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) as a very rare EXCEPTION
  • BL = Below-level (receiving instruction on a second grade level or below, 50% or more of the time)
  • Agendas go back and forth daily
  • Please check daily for notes/info regarding behavior, upcoming events, etc.
  • Your child is responsible for recording their homework assignments in his/her agenda each day
  • Each student has an organizational binder (specific name based upon homeroom) that helps him/her to be successful
homework policy
Homework Policy
  • Student should be able to complete homework assignment within 30 minutes
  • Student’s responsibility to turn in assignment (not parent’s responsibility to bring it to Bryant)
  • Students are encouraged to read for an additional 30 minutes per day
  • Students may occasionally be asked to complete unfinished classwork at home
  • Please note: We are not checking homework for accuracy but for

completion and yes, you may

support your child as necessary

fcat preparation
FCAT Preparation
  • First year for FCAT in addition to NRT
  • Grades 3-5 Study Tools for Home Use through FCAT Explorer (information & assignments to be provided later)
  • FCAT-like assessments will be given regularly in order for students to get familiar with test-reading/taking.
  • Regular Go Math Assessments (please review these at home)
questions comments
  • The Best Way to reach your teacher is via email because classroom phones do not receive outside calls!


  • We normally respond within 24 hours
  • Feel free to write notes in Student Agenda