Presentation on theme: "Welcome to Third Grade in Room 5!"— Presentation transcript:
1Welcome to Third Grade in Room 5! Your kids are awesome!Thanks for sharing them with me!
2Agenda for Tonight I. Introduction Meet Ms. Evenhuis I. Introduction Meet Ms. Evenhuis My Teaching PhilosophyTeacher ExpectationsGoals for Your ChildII. Room 5 Overview and General InformationRoom 5 TourLearning EnvironmentOrganizationCommunication Between School and Home Daily Schedule Birthday Celebrations
3 III. Curriculum Overview IV. Volunteering/Parent Involvement Reward SystemsHomeworkIII. Curriculum Overview IV. Volunteering/Parent InvolvementMeet our wonderful room parent!V. ConclusionPacket on the Web PageThank Yous!
4Additional Questions? No Worries! Since we have a great deal to cover, I have provided paper for any questions you may have. If I don’t answer your specific question, just jot it down, and I’ll get back to you right away with an answer.
5Meet Ms. Evenhuis Born and raised in Palo Alto Two children, one a senior in high school and a sophomore in college. Also Paco and Penny (dogs), and Skrilly (Bearded Dragon)Started teaching after 12 years in corporate worldBA in Speech Communication, Teaching Credential from USF, Administrative Credential, Masters Degree in Applied School LeadershipMy 14th year teaching (both upper and primary grades)School Site Council, Writing/Six Traits Committee Lead, District LA/Writing Committee Member. Student Council Advisor, Admin Designee, SST Facilitator
6My Teaching Philosophy Get to know your childEvery child is unique and specialInstill a love of learning and exploringProvide opportunities for students to connect with their personal interests and explore themExplain why what they are learning is important
7Teacher ExpectationsStudent comes ready to learn, ask questions and exploreStudent demonstrates respect at all timesStudent is responsibleWork is neat and completeStudent participates and cooperates during group projectsAssignments and homework are turned in on timeStudent makes good choicesStudent gives best effort on a daily basis
8My Goals for Your ChildTo gain independence, perseverance, and learn to accept responsibilityTo learn organization strategiesTo participate in positive cooperative learning projects and become supportive classmates for each otherTo develop a love of learning and quest for knowledgeTo have fun!
9Learning Environment PROJECT-BASED LEARNING Provide opportunities to investigate and explore, especially in group settingsBuild a safe and welcoming community to encourage risk-taking and new ideasOK not to know – How do I need to explain it differently? How can you figure it out on your own? Can we try it in another way?Teach them perseverance and taking responsibility for their actionsPROJECT-BASED LEARNING
10Feeling SafeMost important thing is their safety, both emotional and physical.Class Rules - Respect, Responsibility,Safety (Students created and signed)Rules of Cooperative Learning(Also student created and signed)
11Organization Organization is a huge part of our day. We have routines which help to keep the class organized. This is VERY important!Students have a folder/journals for everything. Teaches organizational strategies and responsibility.
12Communication E-mail in the best and fastest way to reach me! address:Classroom Web Page:teacherweb.com/CA/GardnerBullis/EvenhuisI POST IMPORTANT DEADLINE AND EVENT INFORMATION THERE AS WELL!Student Work Packets will be sent home for parent on Thursdays. Often I include work to be signed and returned.Use Yahoo or Google group as much as possible this year! I send out important notices and summaries in lieu of newsletters.Parent/Teacher Conferences will be scheduled in mid-October. Since the focus is goal-setting, your child will be invited to attend.
13Sample of a Daily Schedule 8: :10 a.m. Language Arts10: :30 a.m. Recess10:30 – 12:10p.m. Math12: :55 p.m. Lunch12:55 – 1:15 p.m. Cursive1:15 - 1:45 p.m. Workshop (DEAR and small group instruction time)1:45- 2:20 p.m. Science/Social Studies/Writing2:20 - 2:25 p.m. Homework Assigned2:30 p.m. Dismissal
14Birthday Celebrations No food items, pleaseNon-food items are welcome but certainly not necessary.We always sing and the student get a visit from the Birthday Bear!Those students with summer birthdays are welcome to celebrate a half birthday with the class if you chose.
15Behavior Rewards Marble Jar Evenhuis Bucks Patrick – Keep Clean, Please!
16Homework RED folder! Nightly Monday-Thursday Students write homework down in plannerCompleted and returned on the due dateHow much help can I give my child?Returned only if there is an issueAssignments posted on the class web pageIf your child is spending more than 25 minutes, let me know.Homework requests when student is sick
18Language Arts Houghton Mifflin – Themes in anthology Important focus for year: Learning to reading non-fiction!Supplement with core literature sets and Literature CirclesAccelerated Reader (AR) and RazKidsSpelling homework Monday and Thursday nights- Activities and words on web page.One book project is due each trimester.Grammar skills are introduced and reviewed weekly. Each story has a corresponding practice packet that covers many different skills and higher-level thinking challenges. Additional instruction and practice during centers. (Parent volunteers to assist.)
19Accelerated Reader & STAR Accelerated Reader assesses comprehension. The weekly stories, as well most books from home or the library, have quizzes that accompany them. Reports are printed out weekly and sent home in Thursday Folders to show parents what their child has been reading and his/her comprehension of the materials.STAR Test is not the state test, but the assessment component of Accelerated Reader program. Based on questions and passages generated by the student’s responses, STAR will identify an optimum reading level based on the student’s understanding of vocabulary words and reading ability.
20Writing Narratives, descriptive, informational paragraphs and letters Focus on idea development and planning this year!!!!Daily “Quick Write”Writing across the curriculumSix Traits – The Language of What Makes Good WritingIdeas • Organization • Fluency • Voice • Word Choice • ConventionsStep Up To Writing: uses color-codes to construct and write cohesive paragraphs easily.Writing prompt assigned on Mondays and due on Fridays. They share what they have written with a “buddy.”
21Social Studies The main focus of the curriculum will be: Native American TribesGovernmentEconomicsCommunity HistoryGeography/Mapping SkillsLIVING WAX MUSEUM IN THE SPRING!
22Famous American Project The Famous American Project culminates with the Living Wax Museum in May. Information from can be found on the class web page.
23Science The subjects to be explored this year are: Physical Science/Energy and MatterEarth Science/AstronomyLife Sciences/Organisms & EnvironmentThe Scientific Process/Investigation
24Math Program covers all the CA State Standards My focus is on challenging the students to develop strategies for solving math problems instead of just rote memorization.Students practice the topic skill during class time and then have the opportunity to move on to challenge activities if appropriate - May Do Math CenterMATH FACTS ARE EXTEREMLY IMPORTANT!!!
25Art/Music/Drama/Movement This will be provided by Starting Arts this year on Thursdays at 1:55.Thank You, PTA!!!
26Technology Students will explore: Word processing (Word) Basic internet research and projectsInserting graphicsPowerPointVideo editingPlus STEM!
27P.E. P.E. will be Wednesdays and Fridays Wear appropriate shoes to school for P.E.!!!
29Opportunities to Help This Year Library – Tuesdays at 10:30Centers - Thursdays at 8:40Garden lessonsArt Docent lessonsField Trip Chaperones
30Field TripsWe are in the process of finalizing the schedule for the year. A letter will go home as soon as we have all the details for you.
31Thank you for taking on this important job! Meet Our Room Parent!Courtney CopelandThank you for taking on this important job!
32PDF for BTSN on Class Web Page: Things to Help Your Child at Home Homework OverviewDaily Reading SuggestionsBook Project & Daily Reading LogWeekly Spelling ActivitiesGrammar Standards10 Step Writing ProcessSeven Tips to Help your Child LearnSeven Styles of Learning
33Thank You!Thanks to the PTA and LAEF for all they do. We couldn’t do this without your support!I appreciate you being here tonight and working with me to provide the best third grade experience possible for your child!