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Title: Welcome to Back to School Night

Welcome to Back to School Night
  • Third Grade
  • September 4, 2014

  • Our new math curriculum is based on the
    internationally-driven Common Core State
  • The goal is for students to use math practices
    (UCARE) to develop deep understandings.
  • UCARE stands for understanding, computing,
    applying, reasoning, and engaging

  • By the end of third grade, students are expected
    to develop the following deep understandings
  • Understand properties of multiplication and the
    relationship between multiplication and division.
  • Use place value understanding and properties of
    operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.
  • Develop understanding of fractions as numbers.
  • Understand concepts of area and relate area to
    multiplication and to addition.

  • Throughout the year students will work with
    spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and
    grammar usage. These very important skills will
    help students become more proficient and
    competent writers. Much of this skill work will
    come in the form of mini-lessons or will be
    incorporated into Reading and Writing

Word Study
  • This year 3rd graders will participate in the
    Words Their Way word study program just as they
    did in 2nd grade.
  • This program is a student-centered approach to
    phonics, spelling and vocabulary instruction that
    actively engages the learner in constructing
    concepts about the way words work. Students will
    have the opportunity to construct their own word
    knowledge that they can then apply to their
    reading and writing.
  • You will receive more detailed information about
    what this program will look like in the
    classroom when we begin in late September.

  • There will be a heavy emphasis placed on writing
    in third grade.
  • Students will be taught how to write strong,
    detailed paragraphs with main ideas and
    supporting details.
  • We will concentrate on strong topic sentences and
    concluding sentences, as well as sensory words to
    describe things.
  • Students will be learning how to use descriptive
    sensory details to enhance their writing.

Writing (Continued)
  • During the year children will be taught and will
    write in the three intents
  • Narrative writing
  • Informative writing
  • Opinion writing

Writers Notebook
  • Students will be writing in their writers
    notebook on a regular basis.
  • Subjects for this notebook will include their
    thoughts, feelings, questions, lists, memories,
  • Students will only be turning in a few of their
    writers notebook entries into published pieces
    for each marking period.

Writing Instruction
  • Instruction will be based on the writing workshop
    model. Mini lessons, independent and guided
    writing, conferencing, and sharing will provide
    opportunities for students to develop writing
    skills and strategies by spending ample time
    writing after a short mini-lesson.
  • Instruction and analysis of writing will center
    on the following six traits
  • 1. sentence fluency
  • 2. conventions
  • 3. word choice
  • 4. voice
  • 5. organization
  • 6. ideas

  • In third grade, the reading program is composed
    of a variety of reading types. These include
  • Realistic Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Plays
  • Folktales
  • Myths
  • Non-fiction

Reading Strategies
  • Making Connections Activating relevant, prior
    knowledge before, during, and after reading text.
    (Text-to-Self, Text-to-Text, Text-to-World)
  • Questioning Asking questions of themselves, the
    authors, and the text before, during, and after
  • Determining Importance Determining the most
    important ideas and themes in a text.

Reading Strategies (Continued)
  • Visualization Creating visual and other sensory
    images from the text during and after reading.
  • Inferring - Using prior knowledge and textual
    information to draw conclusions, make
    predictions, create critical judgements, and form
    unique interpretations from text.
  • Synthesizing - To monitor for overall meaning,
    important concepts, and themes in a text. To be
    aware of how text elements fit together, and to
    extend the literal meaning of a text to the
    inferential level.

The 90 Minute Block
  • 20 30 minutes
  • Modeled or Shared Reading
  • 60 70 minutes
  • Guided Reading
  • Independent Reading
  • Written Work
  • Guided reading work
  • Reading responses
  • Poetry responses
  • Literature circle work

  • In Science, third graders will learn about
  • Forces and Motion Properties of Matter
  • Heat Energy Ecology

Social Studies
  • Government-basic functions, roles in society,
  • Geography-comparing places and regions around the
  • Elements of multicultural settings -comparing and
    examining different cultures
  • Money Management strategies-learning about
    producers, consumers, and budgets

T.A.T. (Tiger Achievement Time)
  • Third Graders will have T.A.T. every day after
    lunch for 15 - 20 minutes.
  • Students will use this time to finish their class
    work, meet with their teacher for extra support,
    or read silently (self-selected reading).

Weekly Folder
  • Your child will receive graded work in their
    folder every Thursday or Friday (depending on
    their teacher)
  • Please sign and return the weekly folder the next

  • The third graders will be taking the PARCC
    (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for
    College and Careers) performance based assessment
    in March. They will take the PARCC end of the
    year assessment in May.
  • The subjects that will be covered are math and

Third Grade Website
  • The third grade website is a valuable resource!
    You can find overviews of each subject area,
    information about Curriculum 2.0, and many other
    things. Please check it out!

One last note...
  • We are truly thrilled to be teaching your child
    and thank you for giving us the opportunity to
    make a difference in his or her life. We know we
    will have a FABULOUS year together!
  • Thank you for coming this evening!
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