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Welcome to Mrs. Richardson’s Third Grade Class. Blackwell Elementary Open House 2010 - 2011. Important Dates. COGAT Testing – September 29 th - October 1 st ITBS Testing _ October 4 th -11 th Parent Teacher Conference – October 18 th -22nd CRCT Testing – April 12 th -21 st.

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blackwell elementary open house 2010 2011

Welcome to Mrs. Richardson’s

Third Grade Class

Blackwell Elementary

Open House

2010 - 2011

important dates
Important Dates
  • COGAT Testing – September 29th- October 1st
  • ITBS Testing _ October 4th -11th
  • Parent Teacher Conference – October 18th-22nd
  • CRCT Testing – April 12th -21st
  • Each student will be assessed to determine his or her progress toward mastery of the standards in the subjects of Language Arts (Reading and Writing) Social Studies, Technology, Mathematics, Science and Health.
  • The third-grade homework policy states that assignments will be accepted only one day late. Students that are absent due to illness get one day per absence to make up assignments.
communication homework
  • Agenda and Homework Folders –These should be taken home and returned each day. The Agenda is where we record our homework. Please initial it each day to acknowledge your awareness of your child’s homework. The Homework folder has a pocket for homework (Bring Right Back) and a pocket for graded papers, school info., PTA notes etc. (Left At Home). Please look at your child’s folder every day. Homework should take between 30 and 45 minutes for reinforcement and practice. Please assist, if needed and go over your child’s homework with them daily. If stressful, make best effort and we will review it the next day.
  • Graded Assignments – When your child brings home graded papers each week, please take the time to go over any papers that have received a score of 2 or lower and send them back signed so that we know you are aware of his/her academic progress.
reading logs
Reading Logs
  • Reading Logs - Students will be given a monthly reading log to track the amount of time he/she has read during that month. Each entry must be initialed daily by the parent/guardian for every 20 minutes that child has read. The logs are part of your child’s daily homework and need to be left in the folder so that we can see that the assignment has been completed. This assignment is made to reinforce the importance of reading in your child’s life and to create a fluent reader.
absences and tardies
Absences and Tardies
  • Absences/ Tardies- This year it has become Cobb County Schools policy that all absences/ tardiesare cumulative. In the past they were counted quarterly. If a student is absent/tardy for 5 days, the classroom teacher will document and send a letter home. If a student is absent/tardy for 10 days, the school administrator will document and send a letter home to the parent/guardian. After 15 days, the school Social Worker will become involved. Please be sure to send a written excuse with you child when the return to school.
classroom management
Classroom Management
  • Behavior
  • The focus of the classroom this year is more on rewarding positive teamwork and consistent daily effort that our students display.
  • We will be working on filling the Gem Jar with positive comments and observations made daily by myself and other teachers in the building. Once the jar is full the class will choose a reward they vote on together.
classroom management1
Classroom Management
  • Student consequences:
  • Post-It note – warning
  • 1 check mark – 5 minutes of recess
  • 2 check marks – 10 minutes of recess
  • 3 check marks – student writes a note home to have signed.
  • When a student ends the day with no check marks, they have a hole punched in their “Positive Behavior” cards.
  • We are working toward a reward at the end of a 10 day period.
  • Students must have 8/10 holes punched to participate in special activity
reading genres shift from learning to read to reading to learn
Reading GenresShift from “learning to read” to “Reading to learn”
  • Narrative Text
  • Informational Text
  • Fiction Text
  • Poetry
reading skills
Reading Skills
  • Comprehension : main idea, inference, use of context clues, drawing conclusions, sequence of events,
  • Fluency : 120 wpm by end of grade 3
  • Vocabulary
  • Guided Reading Level: goal of Level P by end of third grade
  • 6 +1 Traits of Writing
  • Writer’s Workshop
  • Writing Journals
  • Grammar
  • Writing effective paragraphs
  • Cursive handwriting – beginning after Fall Break.
state writing assessment
State Writing Assessment
  • 4 Genres
    • County Rubrics are used to assess
      • Response to Literature
      • Narrative
      • Persuasive
      • Informational
      • Completed throughout the school year
      • Final scores submitted to state by the end of March.
  • Place Value to Ten Thousand
  • Addition/Subtraction Facts
  • Multiplication Facts
  • Division
  • Elapsed Time
  • Counting back change
math program components
Math Program Components
  • Flexible Small Groups
  • Guided Math
  • Math Journals
  • Problem Solving Activities
  • Problem of the Day
  • Rocket Math – mastering math facts – beginning in November
  • Rocks and Minerals
  • Fossils
  • Soil
  • Magnets
  • Heat
  • Georgia Habitats and Organisms
social studies
Social Studies
  • Roots of Our Democracy – Ancient Greece, Ancient Olympics
  • Our Economy
  • Locating important rivers and mountain ranges in the US
  • Famous American Heroes – Having an impact on our democracy
social studies famous americans
Social Studies Famous Americans
  • Paul Revere, Fredrick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Mary McLeod Bethune, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Thurgood Marshall, Lyndon B. Johnson, & Cesar Chavez
general information
General Information
  • One party per year – Holiday Party in December only. However, we do have “Special Treats” along the way. If you would like to help with said treats please let me know.
  • Birthdays/Party Invitations – Cannot be passed out at school (can use PTA Directory for home addresses). Birthday treats are welcome and can be passed out in the cafeteria during lunch.
  • Visitor Pass- Please sign in at the office per each visit. This is for your child's protection. If you are not signed in you will be asked to return to the office to follow procedure.
  • Change in Transportation Notes - If your child has a change in their mode of daily transportation (other than what is recorded in the front office) please send a signed and dated note with them so that we can assure that the child gets home safely.
  • No early checkouts will be called after 1:45. We have started a school wide silent reading program that takes place during this time.
contact information
Contact Information
  • Please feel free to contact me to discuss any concerns you may have. You may call the school (678) 494-7600 and leave a voice mail, and Iwill return your call as soon as possible. The BEST way to catch me is email at Most days I am able to check it several times throughout the day.