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Title: Welcome to Third Grade!


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Welcome to Third Grade!
2
Contact Information
  • Phone (860) 561-2200
  • Email kim_maloney_at_whps.org
  • Ashley_radis_at_whps.org
  • Brian_petronio_at_whps.org

3
Agenda
  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
    (PBIS)
  • Reading
  • Writing/Spelling
  • Math
  • Science and Social Studies
  • Homework
  • Assessments
  • Classroom policies

4
PBIS
  • A program to foster positive behavior
  • Based on research that shows that acknowledgment
    for positive behaviors increases their frequency
  • Students receive tickets, classes receive paw
    prints
  • School wide behavior is tracked for data purposes
    in effort to promote accountability (consistent
    throughout school)
  • Sept. 20 PTB meeting devoted to this topic.
  • Please visit the café tonight for additional
    information

5
Literacy
  • Storytown Anthology Researched based reading
    program that provides explicit phonics,
    vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency
    instruction
  • Supplemental materials

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Reading Comprehension
  • Forming a General Understanding
  • Which statement BEST tells what the story or
    article is about?
  • Developing an Interpretation
  • What type of person do you think ________ was?
    Use details from the passage to support your
    answer.

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  • Making Reader/ Text Connections
  • Which part of the story was most interesting or
    surprising? Use information from the story to
    support your answer.
  • Examining the Content and Structure
  • - If the author had added another paragraph to
    the end of the story, it would most likely have
    described _________.


10
What Does Writers Workshop Look Like?
  • Mini-Lesson (i. e. grammar, punctuation, word
    choice, story structure)
  • Writers Notebook
  • Genres (personal narrative, fictional narrative)
  • Independent Writing
  • Conference Time
  • Publishing
  • Sharing

11
The Writing Process
  • Prewriting
  • Drafting
  • Revising
  • Editing
  • Publishing

12
Third Grade Writing Rubric
1 Unorganized, not enough detail, poor vocabulary, confusing 2 Unorganized, sounds like a list, general details, poor vocabulary, confusing 3 Somewhat organized, mostly general and a few specific details, okay vocabulary, order sometimes makes sense
4 Okay organization, general and specific details, average vocabulary, order of story mostly makes sense 5 Good organization, mostly specific details, good vocabulary, order makes sense 6 Great organization, specific details, excellent vocabulary, story flows well and make s sense
13
Spelling
  • Individualized weekly test-12 total
  • Includes West Hartford Core Words (4), spelling
    patterns (Storytown) (5), content words (2), and
    a challenge word (1)

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  • Date _______________________________________
  • Highlighted Core Words/
  • Words Missed on Last Weeks Spelling Test
  • _________________________________________
  • _________________________________________
  • _________________________________________
  • _________________________________________
  • Pattern Words
  • _________________________________________
  • _________________________________________
  • _________________________________________
  • _________________________________________
  • _________________________________________
  • Content Words
  • __________________________________________
  • __________________________________________
  • Challenge Word
  • 12. __________________________________________

15
Second and Third Grade Core Words
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Math
  • Trailblazers
  • Problem Solver
  • District Created Pre/Post Assessments
  • Other resources

17
What are the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)?
  • K-12 national academic standards in mathematics
    and English language arts/literacy adopted by CT
    State Board of Education in 2010
  • Establish what Connecticut students should know,
    be able to do and understand as they progress
    through grades K-12
  • Will be fully implemented in grades K-5 over the
    next two years

18
The Common Core State Standards
  • Are clear, consistent, and high-level based on
    research and evidence
  • Align with college and career expectations
  • Include rigorous content and application of
    knowledge through higher order thinking skills
  • Build upon strengths and lessons of current state
    standards
  • Are informed by other top-performing countries so
    that all students are prepared to succeed in our
    global economy and society

19
How will the Common Core impact our work at each
grade level?
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How will the Common Core Standards impact what
your child is learning this year?
  • Grades 1, 3, 5 Math
  • Our revised curriculum provides students with a
    solid foundation in
  • Whole numbers (grades 1, 3, 5)
  • Addition/subtraction (grades 1, 3, 5)
  • Multiplication/division (grades 3 5)
  • Fractions (grade 5)
  • Decimals (grade 5)
  • Focus is placed on understanding and fluency with
    concepts
  • Students have experiences with varied
    mathematical ways of thinking which they apply
    to more and more complex problems

21
Will your child take the Connecticut Mastery
Test (CMT)?
  • Students in Grades 3-5 will take the CMT in
    spring 2013 and 2014
  • National assessments based on Common Core
    Standards are in design/pilot stage for
    implementation in 2014-2015

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Where can you find out more about the Common Core
State Standards?
  • Curriculum in an Nutshell documents at each grade
    level highlight curriculum revisions
  • Link via West Hartford Public Schools website
    www.whps.org (right column)
  • www.corestandards.org

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Math Facts
  • The goal of the math facts strand in Math
    Trailblazers is for students to learn the basic
    facts efficiently, gain fluency with their use,
    and retain that fluency over time."  
  • "a large body of research supports an approach in
    which students develop strategies for figuring
    out the facts rather than relying on rote
    memorization."
  •  "too much drill before conceptual understanding
    may interfere with a child's ability to
    understand concepts at a later date." 
  • Opportunities include class assignments and
    relevant homework to reinforce concepts.
  • There are NO specific benchmarks
  • (i.e. must master 100 facts in 5 minutes),
  • but the goal is FLUENCY

24
Problem Solving Strategies
  • Act out or use objects
  • Make a picture or diagram
  • Use or make a table
  • Make an organized list
  • Guess and check
  • Use or look for a pattern
  • Work backwards
  • Use logical reasoning

25
Steps to Problem Solving
  • Find Out
  • Choose a Strategy
  • Solve It
  • Look Back

26
Science
Switch Groups
  • Properties of Matter (Mr. Petronio)
  • Life Science Adaptations (Mrs. Radis)
  • Forces and Motion Pushes and Pulls (Mrs.
    Maloney)

27
Health
  • Nutrition food labeling
  • Safe and Unsafe Touch/Substance Abuse Officer
    Grant
  • Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Healthy relationships Respectful and
    responsible behaviors

28
Social Studies
  • Geography
  • Native Americans
  • West Indies (Jamaica, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Haiti,
    Dominican Republic)
  • Citizenship

29
Third Grade Homework
  • To review, refine, and reinforce skills presented
    in class
  • To promote responsibility and organization of
    time. Homework should be completed
    independently.
  • Homework should take 10-30 minutes per night,
    not including daily reading for 20-30 minutes.
  • Weekly Reading Log due Fridays
  • Monday assignments due Wednesday
  • Wednesday assignments due Friday

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Assessments in Third Grade
  • Baseline Assessments Administered in the fall
  • AIMSWeb Reading September 10-14
  • AIMSWeb Math 18-28
  • Reading Comprehension October 16-18
  • Used as a benchmark to help guide our instruction
  • It is not unusual to hear feedback from students
    who are experiencing this for the first time.

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AIMSWeb Reading and Math
  • Universal assessments given three times
    (September, January, May)
  • R-CBM (Oral Reading Fluency) and the MAZE (Cloze
    activity)
  • Students who perform below or well below average
    are progress monitored every two weeks

33
Reading Assessment
  • Fiction and non-fiction passages with multiple
    choice and open-ended questions

34
Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT)
  • Two weeks in March (7 sessions)
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Math

35
Field Trips
  • Westmoor Park (October 30th)
  • Native American Museum, Washington Depot, CT
    (spring)

36
Birthday Celebrations
  • Birthday celebrations include non-food items.

37
Green Cleaning Products CT Public Act 09-81
  • No parent, guardian, teacher, or staff member
    may bring into the school facility any consumer
    products which is intended to clean, deodorize,
    sanitize, or disinfect.
  • Soap and water are the BEST way to prevent germs
  • Earth Sense brand cleaners to be used
  • Dye and fragrance free
  • NObleach, phenols, ammonia that are found in
    over-the-counter general purpose cleaners (THIS
    INCLUDES HAND SANITIZERS!)

38
Communication
  • Please send in a note when your childs dismissal
    plans for the day change.
  • If you forget to send a note, please call the
    main office at 561-2200
  • Please sign up for the school listserv from the
    schools main webpage. This will ensure that you
    will receive the Sunflower newsletter and routine
    communication from the school.

39
Overwhelmed??
  • Thank you for all that you do for your child!
  • Our goal is to help make your child a life-long
    learner!
  • Personally, we think third grade is the best!
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