2 Third Graders as Learners Making the transition from concrete to abstract thinking*Distinguish between fact and opinion*Think beyond the textLearning how to think about their thinking*Verbalize and/or write what they’re thinking and support it with reasons and/or evidence from the textLearning how to think critically*Make decisions*Analyze and develop criteriaLearning how to learn*Identify and use appropriate strategies and skills for the situation/problem at hand
3 Third graders are learning how to gain mastery over the tools of their trade *Organizational skills*Study skills/ Test taking skills*Handwriting skills*Computer skills-typing/ Word processing*Vocabulary specific to differentdisciplines
4 Our most important goal in third grade is to move your children toward academic independence in a way that ensures their continued love of learning.
5 As Your Child’s Teacher… Ground Rules-ROPESRespect for OneselfRespect for PropertyRespect for Each OtherRespect for SchoolLifelong GoalsWork well independentlyWork cooperatively with othersBe goal orientedStay on taskTaking Responsibility for your ActionsWe believe all children want to do what is rightWe have high expectations for all childrenWe encourage children to challenge themselves by providing an environment where they feel it is okay and safe to make mistakesWe encourage students to put forth their best effortWe value the process as well as the productWe want students to be excited about coming to school each day
6 *It is our goal to meet the needs of the whole child by getting to know them as readers and writers, scientists, mathematicians and social scientists.
7 Reading Workshop Goals To instill a life-long love of readingTo teach students the necessary strategies and skills to enable them to become active, independent thinkersTo make sure each child is reading at his/her appropriate reading level and can self-select books at that level.To gain the skills to move on to the next level.To expose students to a variety of genresTo encourage individual reflection in regard to the ideas of othersTo encourage discussion and comparison between written materials
8 Balanced Literacy Approach Reading WorkshopMini-lessonIR/ConferringShareInteractiveRead AloudShared ReadingGuided ReadingStrategy Groups &Mini-InquiriesWord/Language StudyReading Block 60 mins.What’s in – What’s out
9 Writing Workshop Goals To instill a life-long love of writingTo teach students the necessary strategies and skills to enable them to become active, independent thinkersTo make sure each child can generate ideas and put ideas on paperTo learn the organization necessary to write in a variety of genresTo have each child understand that writing is a process and that they need to use that process EVERYTIME they writeTo encourage individual reflection in regard to their work and the work of others
10 Ways to Help Your Child with Reading and Writing at Home Help your child find a quiet, comfortable place to read or writeHave your child see you as a modelRead aloud to your childReread favorite storiesRead with your childDiscuss the stories you read and writeRecognize the value of independent reading and writingKeep reading and writing time enjoyable and relaxedPut your editors pen awayRecognize the importance of choice
11 *To relate classroom learning to everyday life MATHGoals:*To relate classroom learning to everyday life*To promote independence in regard to problem solving and critical thinking*To encourage students to use specific vocabulary when sharing their mathematical thinking orally and/or in writing
12 The Transdisciplinary Approach Transdisciplinary learning means taking topic and using the lens of different disciplines to explore that topic’s big ideas.
13 Essential QuestionsScience Based Questions: •What enables organisms to survive? •What behaviors are advantageous for survival? •How does where organisms live affect how they live? •What adaptations will organisms need to survive in the future? Over Arching Essential Questions: • How do we determine the impact of change? • How do we evaluate the impact of change? • Is all change good? • How is inquiry used to investigate the answers to questions we pose • How is scientific knowledge created and communicated?
14 Multiple Opportunities for Exploration and Assessment Multiple Disciplines: Science, SS, Reading, Writing, and ArtChild directed inquiry experimentsWebquestsResearch ReportsGroup Presentations
15 Science The Nature of Scientific Inquiry-Basis of all Scientific Study Geology and Earth DynamicsChemistryAdaptations – trandisciplinary unit
16 Social Studies (Subject to change) Civics – Transdisciplinary UnitAmerican IndiansColonial Greenwich
17 HomeworkYour role with homework is one of the most significant changes next year.Instead of helping to complete the homework and to check their answers, your role will be to set a time and place for homework and make sure it is completed on time (the only exception is Everyday Math).Students will have an assignment sheet that you will need to check and sign each night.We ask you not to help your child complete the homework or to check it when it is done is because we use the homework to plan future lessons and assess student retention. It also helps create independence.
18 Unity I dreamed I stood in a studio And watched two sculptors there. The clay they used was a young child’s mindAnd they fashioned it with care.One sculptor was a teacherthe tools she used were books and music and art;One sculptor was a parentwith a guiding hand and a gentle loving heartAnd when at last their work was doneThey were proud of what they had wroughtFor the things they had worked into their childCould never be sold or boughtAnd each agreedshe would have failedif she had worked aloneFor behind the parentstood the school,and behind the teacherstood the home.