Welcome to 3rd Grade!
Aloha to 3rd Grade
English Language Arts
What will we focus on in English Language Arts?
- Main idea and supporting details
- Identifying genre
- Narrator and point-of-view
- Writing narrative, opinion, and informative essays
Students should be practicing building up their reading fluency and love for reading daily. The best way to do this is simply to READ. Each day, students should be reading at least 20 minutes in a book on their level that they enjoy. The Big Universe Library, located in the quick links on the OLS, is a great place to find books to read.
Note: OVCA has not personally reviewed the books on this list. We highly recommend that parents review these and decide for themselves if the content is appropriate for their child as this list is intended for students in 3rd – 6th grades.
Some of the things we will focus on in math this year are:
- Reading and writing numbers in different forms (standard, word, expanded, etc.)
- Solving real-world problems
- and so much more!
It will be essential to have a good foundation of fact fluency, so be sure to practice your addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts every day!
Teacher Graded Assignments
The three types of TGAs that students will complete each quarter are:
- Writing TGA
- Writing Work Sample
- Math TGA
More information about specific TGAs and the Seesaw platform will be upcoming in future newsletters.
NWEA MAP Growth Screener
MAP Growth is a computer adaptive test created by NWEA that kids take three times per school year in live class connects. The results provide teachers with information to help them deliver appropriate content for each student and determine each student’s academic growth over time.
Teachers can use the score to inform instruction, personalize learning, and monitor the growth of individual students. Principals and administrators can use the scores to see the performance and progress of a grade level, school, or the entire district.
Before we take the screener in class, make sure that you can access the NWEA testing website by visiting https://test.mapnwea.org/#/ . Once you are on this page, you should see a window pop up to a "Log in" page. If your browser does not allow pop-ups, you will want to fix the settings to always allow pop-ups from the NWEA site.
Important Course Information
Math and ELA
State History and PE
Tips for a Successful 3rd Grade Year
- Set up a designated workplace for each student. Ensure that it is in a place that is free from distractions, where students can focus on their schoolwork during the day.
- Make sure that your technology is working and that you have everything you need, including a computer, a working headset with a microphone, and a webcam. If you need assistance with technology, be sure to contact tech support at https://www.help.k12.com/s/ or at (866)512-2273.
- Familiarize yourself with the OLS on both the learning coach and student side. The student view of the OLS is new this year, so take some time learning how to navigate it before school starts.
- Attendance will be extremely important for all class connects. Be sure to attend every day and communicate with your homeroom teacher if you have any conflicts. If a student does need to miss a class connect, be sure to email your teacher and watch the recording of the class as soon as possible.
- Stay on track every day with the Bison On Track Calendar. In order for lessons to be marked complete, students must demonstrate mastery (80% or higher). If you don't master a lesson, review and retake it as soon as possible to stay on track.
- Along with the Bison On Track Calendar, be sure to access the grade level newsletter biweekly. We will share important announcements and information, including TGA instructions and other important information that you can't miss.
2020-2021 School Year Calendar
You will be able to find current and past Bison On Track Calendars and Newsletters on the school website.
If you are experiencing technical issues, please use the link above or call 866-512-2273 to submit a ticket.
3rd Grade Teachers