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Title: Welcome to the Third Grade

  • Welcome to the Third Grade
  • Open House

Welcome Parents!
  • My name is Alicia OShea and this is my 4th year
    teaching third grade.
  • Ive taught kindergarten, first, 78th grade.
  • Im a mom of three great children and my husband
    is also a teacher.
  • I have a webpage on the school website. Check it
    out for more information.

Welcome Parents!
  • Welcome families, friends, children!
  • My goals for the open house
  • To explain my expectations for all students.
  • To give an basic overview of the curriculum.
  • To share information about how parents can
    support their childs learning.
  • To answer any questions families have about third

Daily Schedule
  • Everyday
  • Recess/Lunch at 1105-1200
  • Monday
  • Library 1205 1245
  • Music. 140-220
  • Tuesday
  • P.E. 1205-1245
  • CAI 140-220

Daily Schedule Continued
  • Wednesday
  • Art 130-220
  • Thursday
  • P.E. 1205-145
  • Friday
  • Music 1205-1245
  • P.E. 140-220

Goals for Third Grade
  • My goal for all students is to keep them engaged
    in their learning, for them to value their role
    in our classroom, and to progress confidently as
    readers and writers.
  • Community building is a key feature of our
    classroom. Community is promoted through daily
    morning and afternoon meetings where we greet and
    exchange ideas among each other, through the
    sharing of our classroom tools, and through
    engaging in daily small group and partner work

Reading in Third Grade
  • All children are given multiple reading
    assessments to better understand each child as a
  • NWEA standardized reading and math test based on
    the new Common Core which is taken in the
    computer lab.
  • Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessment is given
    by me individually 2 times a year.

Readers Workshop
  • 60-90 minutes which includes
  • Mini-lesson on various comprehension strategies
    and/or genre information
  • Whole group direct instruction/interaction
  • Small group direct instruction/interaction
  • Independent partner work group work
  • Independent individual work

Included in Readers Workshop
  • Teacher directed guided reading groups
  • Teacher/student conferences
  • Literacy Circles
  • Reading Response
  • Reading Log
  • Word Work
  • Poetry Collection

Things Thoughtful Readers Do
  • Preview
  • Ask questions before, during and after reading
  • Predict and revise predictions
  • Clarify
  • Infer
  • Visualize
  • Connect
  • Summarize
  • Evaluate

Writing / Writers Workshop
  • Occurs throughout the day in a variety of
    contexts, in addition to a dedicated writing
  • Writers Workshop/Notebooks
  • Journals
  • Prompt Writing
  • Poetry
  • 61 Traits

  • Sentences capitalization, punctuation
  • Parts of speech Nouns, verbs, adjectives,
    adverbs, pronouns
  • Application of all of the above

  • Month by Month Spelling Program
  • The words are the 100 most misspelled for third
  • We use interactive spelling activities and real
    writing to practice and review the words.
  • Each new list will appear on the word wall and
    your child will receive a copy of the words in
    word wall form.
  • All units are posted on the website

Math Based on Math in Focus
  • New Math Program
  • Rooted in Singapore Math
  • Concrete, pictoral, symbol
  • Common Core aligned
  • Interactive web based component
  • Continual professional development

Science/Social Studies
  • What is a Scientist?
  • Structures
  • Birds
  • Plants
  • Ecology
  • Geography/ Maps skills/ Land forms
  • USA
  • China
  • Australia
  • Country Report

What else will your child learn?
  • Cursive
  • Keyboarding
  • Compass Learning in CAI Lab
  • Library Skills
  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education

Homework Overview
  • Develops good study habits and time management
  • To review/practice concepts previously taught
  • Approximately 30 min. per night
  • Encourage independence, but be available to help
    if necessary
  • Check over the work together to take advantage of
    a learning opportunity.
  • Decide together on a time and place to complete
    homework. Generally, its best to let kids have a
    break after school before settling into doing
    more school work.

  • Allow some free time for active play, a healthy
    snack, time to visit with friends, mom, dad, or
    anyone else that is in the home.
  • Discourage video games and television, as kids
    need to be active, not passive after school.
  • In order for the brain to process and consolidate
    learning, there needs to be downtime between
    learning periods.
  • (Brain-Based Learning by Eric Jensen)

Our Homework
  • Spelling words to practice weekly
  • Math homework- Monday through Thursday
  • Read a minimum of 15 minutes on a daily basis.
  • As a commitment to our partnership, we ask that
    parents monitor their childs reading nightly
  • Homework will be collected and checked but will
    not be given a numerical grade
  • Spelling can also be practiced on

Reading at Home
  • Novels
  • Magazines
  • Instruction Manuals
  • Comic Books
  • Newspapers (Yes, the comics and sports page!)

Report Cards
  1. Report cards are distributed 4 times a year.
  2. For the first report card, we ask that parents
    schedule a conference to discuss their childs
  3. On Friday, November 14th, the 3-5 side will have
    a half day for conferences. There will be
    additional dates and times as well.
  4. Please sign up for one tonight.

New York State Assessments
  • In third grade students are expected to take a
    state exam in Math and in Language Arts.
  • The above assessments are usually given in April.

Organize for Success
Backpacks Lunches Homework Agenda Take-home
  • ? Some ways Volunteers might help are
  • Room Parent To organize/notify parents about
  • Celebrations help with parties
  • Projects come in when we are doing big projects
    to help students
  • Flash card work with students to practice their
    multiplication facts

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Q Can my child bring in a treat for his/her
  • A Yes! Currently we have 18 students in our
  • Q What should I do if my child is absent?
  • A The work will be placed in a folder and will
    be sent home with a friend if you specify or will
    be given to your child when the arrive back at
    school. I may have to keep your child in at
    recess to complete assignments that cannot be
    completed at home.
  • Q What does CIC at the top of my childs paper
  • A It means we went over the assignment in class
    and corrected it together.
  • Q What is the best way to help my child at home?
  • A Ask him/her about their day. Check their AGEND
    and TAKE HOME FOLDER for homework that needs to
    be completed, work that needs to be corrected,
    newsletters, ect. Organization is important!
  • Q Are toys allowed in school?
  • No! Do not let your child bring toys to school
    even if he/she says they are not going to take
    the toy out during the day. Your cooperation is
  • Q What is the best way to contact you?
  • A The best way is call me at 758-2241 ext. 2289.
    You may email me also, but expect a delay in my
    response. My email address is aoshea_at_rhcsd.org.

  • Please feel free to ask any questions. I will
    answer them the best that I can.
  • Please sign up for a conference and write down
    your email for easy notification of events ?

Thank You for Coming
  • Please make sure you visit your childs other
    teachers and rooms!
  • P.E.
  • Music
  • Art
  • Library
  • Computer lab and CAI lab

Third Grades Secret Recipe for Learning You
will need Students Teachers Parents Principals Su
perintendents Custodians Secretaries Aides Just
add A smidge of curiosity A pinch of knowledge A
dash of enthusiasm A cup of cooperation A heap of
understanding Sprinkle with a bushel of
love. Season with humor and let simmer for 180
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