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You might say Big Creek has been my first and only love as I am beginning my 26th year of teaching and all of these years have been here at Big Creek! I am married and my husband and I have five children and ten grandchildren! We also have a very spoiled dog and a cat.
Third grade is a BIG year! Personal responsibility is taught and expected. Academic expectations are high and accountability for learning is essential. The Common Core Curriculum standards are challenging. There is a lot of information to learn across the curriculum and the students are expected to show this learning on the CRCT test this spring. I am committed to your children and with your support at home this will be a successful year!
Homework is assigned each evening and should take • about 30 minutes to complete. • Please sign your child’s agenda every day. • The newsletter will be sent to your email each Friday • by 4:00. Please read them as they contain important • classroom information every week. • Please send in healthy snacks for your child. Only water • bottles are permitted, please no juice boxes, etc. • Every Monday your child will bring home a folder with graded papers for you to review and sign. Please return all of the papers as I keep them on file in the classroom.
All changes in transportation must be received in a written • note. Email, faxes, and phone calls are not accepted. • If you will be joining your child for lunch please meet us at • the cafeteria door. Parents and visiting siblings are not • permitted on the playground. No outside food. • Our class is a BYOT classroom; however, students are not • required to bring in a device. Please make sure your • child’s device is appropriately “cleaned up” before • sending itschool. The contract must be • signed before your child may bring • their device to school.
Wondering about the Horizon’s program? Mrs. McCallum is • here tonight and welcomes the opportunity to talk with • you. She is in room 412. • Cursive Writing will be taught after Labor Day. • Multiplication fact mastery is essential. I encourage you to • purchase a set of flashcards and review them often with • your child. (I saw them at Target this past Sunday for • $1.00 and a parent in our class saw them at the dollar • store.)
7:45 – 9:00 9:00 - 10:00 10:00 - 10:40 10:40 – 11:35 11:47 – 12:47 12:55 – 1:25 1:25 – 2:05 ELA/Reading Reading (small group) Science/Social Studies Specials Lunch/recess IE2 small group Math Math
10:40 – 11:35 (Daily) PE Art Think Lab Music PE
My reading program is geared to provide support and success for your child. I teach all students using both whole group instruction and in a small group setting. The reading tests are all “cold read” and will contain questions that will require a written response as well as some multiple choice questions. The tests will include fiction and non-fiction passages. Reading fluency • andcomprehension is essential to learning • in all content areas.. Yoursupport at • home is huge and I thank you in • advance for your help.
Grammar and conventions are taught in conjunction with writing as well as in isolation. Basic grammar will be reviewed and introduced. Basic conventions will be reviewed and introduced. Students are expected to use these skills correctly in all content areas of writing.
Students will write in their composition notebooks. Writing will be a combination of teacher-directed prompts and instruction as well as student-chosen topics using the writing process. Students will also write across the curriculum which will include written responses in Math, Science, and Social Studies. .
There are three genres of writing your child will focus: • Narrative • Informational • Opinion • Instruction is teacher-guided culminating with • independent student writing of these genres • for the state mandated Georgia Writing • Assessment.
Students will work toward building a solid foundation as well as procedural and conceptual knowledge of the following skills: • Multiplication and Division • Adding and Subtracting whole numbers • One and two step word problems • Fractions ~ on a number line, equivalent, and • comparing fractions. • Measurement and Data ~ time, liquid volume, • mass, graphs • Area and Perimeter • Geometry
Rocks, Minerals, Fossils, Soil • Habitats of Georgia’s plants and • animals and the effects of pollution • Heat, Energy and Magnets
Map and Globe Skills • Hudson, Ohio, Mississippi, Colorado, Rio Grande • Appalachian and Rocky Mountains • Greece – examining our democratic roots • U.S. Government • Key People in U.S. History • Economics
If you have not sent in the $5.00 for the Georgia Weekly publication, please send it in tomorrow. It is a valuable tool we will be using to help supplement our standards in Social Studies. Thank you very much!!
Behavior • Negative behaviors are dealt with a card chart. Each negative behavior • results in the student turning their card to a different color and each color has a consequence. If they have appropriate behavior the color will • remain on the green card. Please look in agenda for daily color. • Positive behavior is rewarded with a ticket that is placed in a box. Every Friday I draw two names from the box and the students may select a privilege for the following week.