Welcome to 3rd Grade

Back-to-School Night 2017/2018

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What's 3rd Grade All About?

In 3rd grade, my goal is to build a classroom community where students are active participants. I will encourage independence and self-discovery while remaining a constant source of support and encouragement for my students. We will work together to explore new ideas using technology and collaboration.

What to look forward to...

  • Cursive License!
  • STEM Scopes
  • First In Math - started 9/5
  • Technology - Innovation Room, iPads (one for each student) - Popular Apps: Tinkerbox, SpokenPhoto, ScreenChomp, EPIC
  • Community Service - Bringing Hope Home
  • Project Based Learning
  • Experiential Learning - Field Trips! (Philadelphia Art Museum, The Franklin, CCHS, West Chester Mayor, Cherry Crest Farms)
  • Customization
  • Writing Workshop
  • Electives
  • Ditch that Homework!
  • Thinking Kind
  • TEAMWORK!

A Day in the Life of a 3rd Grader

8:10-8:40 Morning Work/Catch-Up

8:40-8:55 PRIDE Time (Electives on Tuesdays beginning in October)
8:55-9:05 Morning Meeting

9:05-9:35 Vocabulary/Grammar Practice/Phonics

9:35-11:00 Guided Reading

11:00-12:05 Math

12:05-1:05 Recess & Lunch

1:05-1:15 Independent Reading/Cursive

1:15-1:45 Specials

1:45-2:15 Writing

2:15-3:15 SS/STEM

3:15-3:30 Afternoon Meeting & Pack-Up

What will your child learn in 3rd grade?

Language Arts
  • Writing Workshop
  • Guided Reading Groups
  • Phonics & Word Study *1st test tomorrow
  • Grammar
  • Conventions
  • Vocabulary
  • i-Ready
  • Poetry Cafe - April


Math

  • Place Value
  • Multiplication Challenge!
  • Division
  • Geometry
  • First in Math
  • Math Journals
  • i-Ready


STEM Scopes

  • Adaptations
  • Environmental Changes and Effects
  • Environmental Traits
  • Fossils
  • Inheritance & Variation of Traits
  • Life Cycles
  • Plant and Animal Extinction
  • Social and Group Behavior
  • Survival of the Fittest
  • Electric & Magnetic Forces
  • Objects & Motion
  • Processes & Impacts of Natural Hazards
  • Weather & Climate


PBL

  • Parade of Pumpkins
  • Poetry Cafe

I-ready

  • i-Ready is an on-line diagnostic assessment and on-line instruction in reading
  • The diagnostic assessment will pinpoint a child's needs in reading down to the domain and sub-skill level by using sophisticated adaptive logic and a bank of thousands of test items.
  • This allows teachers to differentiate instruction based on student needs.
  • I-Ready provides a Lexile score, which is a number used to identify each students' reading level.
  • I-Ready is built on the Common Core State Standards, but also reports out on individual state standards.
  • Students will complete weekly 45 minute assignments on I-Ready in the computer lab.
  • We will have a formative assessment at the beginning and end of each quarter.

Report Cards and PLP's

  • Your child will receive a quarterly, standards based report card including a achievement and effort grade
  • We will hold conferences 3 times a year (1st Quarter conferences are November 13 & 15, 4:00-8:00pm *subject to change)
  • During conference time we will develop a Personalized Learning Plan for your child to meet their individual needs

Flexible Seating

  • Linked to higher academic performance, better health, improved behavior
  • Increased motivation and engagement
  • Takes practice

Parade of Pumpkins!

  • October 20th at 6:30pm!
  • Students make flyers, learn about & advertise the organization we are fundraising for, sell pumpkins, set up and run the event
  • Volunteer Opportunities at BHH
  • All students are expected to attend the event
  • Pumpkin sales begin October 16th - Looking for volunteers
  • Parent volunteers needed for set-up
  • Sign-Up Genius coming soon!

Homework

  • Ditch that Homework!
  • No assignment book... YET!
  • Check your child's yellow folder each night
  • Read and practice math facts each night
  • Monthly Book Reports - Start in October (Mystery)

Positive Behavior

Dojo Points

  • Earned for demonstrating excellent character, sportsmanship, behavior, academic diligence, transitioning quickly and quietly, specialty classes, manners, staying on task, etc...
  • Awarded throughout the day
  • Rewards for points accumulated individually and whole class


Think Kindness

  • Starts 10/27
  • Assembly at 1:30... Join us!
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Returning this year!

NEW this year

  • Learning Buddies with Mrs. Shaw's class
  • STEMscopes
  • 1:1 iPads
  • Thinking Kind
  • Class Dojo - school wide

STEM Scopes

  • Instead of doing one large STEM project we will be implementing STEMscopes which is a daily science curriculum
  • Hands on science and experiments to engage different types of learners
  • Support students' deeper understanding of science so they can relate it to the world around them
  • Students work like scientists and engineers to discover and design solutions

Learning Buddies

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Technology Integration

  • Your child will be using various forms of technology on a daily basis in the classroom and in specialty classes.
  • In the classroom we will use our Apple TV and iPads and to enhance our phonics, reading, writing, math, social studies and STEM skills.
  • We will use technology individually, in small groups and whole group.

Specialty Classes

MUSIC

Students will begin recorder studies, ensemble playing, music field trips to the orchestra, composer research projects


TECH

Students will focus on digital citizenship, iPad related tech projects, makey makey inventions and typing skills


SPANISH

Students will develop a Spanish vocabulary of more complex words and phrases. Enhance students’ communication skills through oral language, reading, and written exchanges.


GYM

Students will use manipulative skills in movement combinations such as dodging and moving in different pathways. Students will continue to develop an understanding of why Health is important.


ART

Third Grade Students are exploring new materials and processes in art this year including weaving, printmaking and ceramics. As well as learning about historical and contemporary artists who have used or currently use these processes. We will visit downtown West Chester for an interdisciplinary History and Art project. Our trip is scheduled for October 13th. After our tour we'll have lunch at Lorenzo's. Students will not need to bring or buy lunch this day.

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