Welcome Parents! 3 rd Grade Teaching Teams Mrs. Evans- Math Mrs. Witt- Reading and Word Work Mrs. Payne- Writing, Science & Social Studies Mrs. Hogsett- Math, Science & Social Studies Mrs. Allen- Reading, Word Work and Writing Tonight will give you an overview of our year and show you what 3 rd grade is all about!
Math Fact Practice-addition/subtraction essential in order to be successful in multiplication. Multiplication– starts in October. Problem solving strategies- UPS check, word problem strategies, not just computation. Most skills are embedded in multistep word problems EnVisions: students have log-ons and can access from home. It is our textbook material. Ask your teacher for ideas for practice or additional help. Visit technology pages for areas to explore
Language Arts This year we are “reading to learn” ! Novels, guided readers, picture books, book boxes, big books, basal readers Literature, news magazines for children (Scholastic) Reading logs at school to encourage finishing books Home reading every night –minimum on homework assignment for Mon-Thurs is 15 minutes. Reading HW will change at semester. Reading skills, critical readers and thinkers. Writing Skills-journaling and drafting Word work- we will be teaching phonics, rules, & high frequency words in class and students are practicing on homework. No need to send in word work practice from homework, parent signature means you have seen it/child has done it. No spelling test. Cursive-strokes will be taught at school and practiced at school and occasionally at home.
Science & Social Studies Hands on science group activities Science journals Scientific process and skills Integration of curriculum Typically in three week segments Examples- Allen History, Solar System, Communities, Lab Safety, Inventions, Systems
OTTER Time A great opportunity for teachers to work in depth with small groups Extension of Math and Language Arts 30 minutes/day M-TH right after lunch Every child will be mixed in groups with different teachers to meet individual student needs
Assessments: STAAR – Reading & Math -in May We want to get to know our students! Variety of forms of assessment – daily, weekly, rubrics, checklists, class work, observations. Unit tests District benchmarks in November Testing Simulations in February STAAR test- not the focus of our year, just a PART of our year, but it is important being their first year to take a state mandated test. 3 rd grade STAAR
Communication Between Home and School 3 rd grade……big responsibility- HW, Go home folder, Thursday folder, behavior, level of independent work. Thursday Folder-please look over papers. Communication/HW chart- simplified. Please sign nightly. Teacher email will be weekly with updates and learning for the week. Sweaters, water bottles, healthy snacks. Allen ISD website-please register to be a volunteer online. You must register every year if you wish to volunteer. Please communicate with teachers on change of transportation home as soon as possible. Rainy Day plan- This will be the same as every other day.
Lunch on stage is for you and your child only- inviting friends isn’t allowed. Avoid sending birthday party invitations unless you are inviting the entire class. Please ask your child’s teacher before bringing in any type of treat to the class. We have a few peanut allergies in 3 rd grade this year. We are asking that you don’t send cupcakes. Email is our best way of communication, let us know if you need anything!