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Title: Welcome to Third Grade

Welcome to Third Grade
  • Becca Burnside
  • Teresa Parkinson
  • Ruth Powers
  • Kristin Shelton
  • Michelle Vogl

School Hours
The school opens for students to enter at 720
a.m. School dismisses at 245 p.m. (1245 p.m.
on early release days). Please try to schedule
appointments outside of school hours so that
instructional time is not missed.
  • In order to help all students get home in a safe
    and timely manner, please follow these traffic
  • Make sure your child knows how he/she will go
    home each day.
  • If you pick your child up, please remain inside
    your car, and in the car rider line.
  • Do not pull around other cars unless instructed
    to do so by a teacher.

Third Grade Schedule
  • 745-805 Morning Work
  • 810-900 Specials (Music, Art, PE)
  • 900-1030 Math
  • 1030-1100 Science/Social Studies
  • 1100-1120 Recess
  • 1130-1220 Lunch
  • 1230-130 Language Arts
  • 130-200 Intervention/Enrichment
  • 200-230 Science/Social Studies
  • 230-242 Closing/Dismissal

FRIDAY Schedule
  • 745-800 Morning Work
  • 800-900 SWEET Friday
  • 905-945 Specials (Music, Art, PE)
  • 945-1100 Math
  • 1100-1120 Recess
  • 1130-1220 Lunch
  • 1230-130 Language Arts
  • 130-200 Intervention/Enrichment
  • 200-230 Science/Social Studies
  • 230-242 Closing/Dismissal

Additional Information
Tardy Bell 745 a.m. Conference Time
820-900 a.m. Fridays 915-945
a.m. Library Check Out Tuesday Computer Lab
Friday (A week)
RRISD Scope Sequence
  • TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge Skills)
  • http//www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id6148
  • ARRC (Aligned Round Rock Curriculum)
  • This is the outline from the district that
    tells us what we are
  • to teach each 9 weeks. This insures
    continuity across the
  • district in the skills being taught.
  • STAAR (State of Texas Assessment of Academic

STAAR testing
The STAAR test is given beginning in 3rd grade.
Third grade students will take the STAAR test in
both reading and math in April. On the STAAR
test, students will be asked to answer a number
of questions that involve higher-level thinking.
Many of the questions will cover more than one of
the TEKS. The STAAR test has a four-hour time
Balanced Reading Program
  • Teacher Read Aloud - teacher models fluency,
    thought process, reading skills
  • Shared Reading all eyes on same text
  • Word Study phonics, spelling patterns,
    vocabulary, prefixes suffixes, contractions,
    compound words, etc.
  • Guided Reading small group instruction for
    students who have similar reading needs
  • Independent Reading students read individually
    and silently with self-selected text

Balanced Writing Program
Teacher Write-To - teacher models thought
process and writing skills Shared Writing
all eyes on same text Word Study phonics,
spelling patterns, vocabulary, prefixes
suffixes, contractions, compound words,
etc. Guided Writing small group instruction
based on writing needs Independent Writing
students work individually on self-selected
Writing continued
  • The Writing Process - Students prewrite, draft,
    revise, edit and publish a writing piece
  • 6 1 Traits of Writing
  • - Ideas develop the theme
  • - Organization help the reader make connections
  • -Word Choice use descriptive language
  • - Sentence Fluency making the writing flow
  • - Voice acquaint the reader with the authors
  • - Conventions proofread and correct mechanics

Math Instruction
  • Six overall objectives
  • Number, operation, and quantitative reasoning
  • Patterns, relationship, and algebraic thinking
  • Geometry and spatial reasoning
  • Measurement
  • Probability and statistics
  • Underlying processes and mathematical tools
  • Financial literacy2014 TEKS

Math Instruction
  • Instruction
  • whole group
  • small group
  • guided math groups
  • enrichment
  • individual practice
  • Math journals
  • use higher-level thinking skills to solve
    real-world problems
  • model strategies
  • explain their reasoning in multiple ways
  • Several problem solving strategies are
  • guess check draw a picture
  • make organized list look for a pattern
  • make table or chart use logical
  • work backwards

  • Thursdayhomework is due and new homework comes
  • There are 2 parts to the homework
  • Weekly Reading Log
  • Math Problem Solving
  • Other homework will be added soon
  • Students who do not return their completed
    homework on Thursday will stay in at study hall
    to complete the assignments.

Why cant I skip my 20 minutes of reading tonight?
  • 1.) Multiply minutes per night times 5 nights
    each week.
  • Student A reads 20 X 5 100 minutes/week
  • Student B reads 4 X 5 20 minutes/week
  • 2.) Multiply minutes per week times 4 weeks per
  • Student A reads 400 minutes/month
  • Student B reads 80 minutes/month
  • 3.) Multiply minutes per month times 9 school
    months per year.
  • Student A reads 3600 minutes/school year
  • Student B reads 720 minutes/school year

Reading 20 minutes continued
  • Student A practices reading the equivalent of 10
    whole school days each year.
  • Student B gets the equivalent of only 2 school
    days of reading practice.
  • By the end of 6th grade, if Student A and Student
    B maintain these same reading habits,
  • Student A will have read the equivalent of 60
    whole school days.
  • Student B will have read the equivalent of only
  • 12 school days.
  • One would expect the gap of information retained
    will have widened considerably and so,
    undoubtedly, will school performance. How do you
    think Student B will feel about him/herself as a

Third Grade Behavior
  • Classroom rules reflect Pioneer Pride.
  • P - Positive Attitude
  • R - Respect
  • I - In control
  • D - Determination
  • E - Excellence

Pioneer Pride
Before School Hallway Restroom Playground
P-Positive Attitude Be a positive role model Follow all directions Follow all directions Follow all directions
R-Respect Keep hands, feet objects to yourself Keep hands, feet objects to yourself Keep hands, feet objects to yourself Include peers in play
I-In-control Sit down and read Walk on right side, stop at corners Go, flush, wash and leave Be aware of surroundings
D-Determination Walk directly to designated area Go with a purpose Complete task in a timely manner Have fun
E-Excellence Read quietly Silence (whisper if necessary) Silence Play fairly and safely
Discipline Plan
  • Self-monitoring system
  • Incorporates intrinsic rewards for positive
    behavior/work habits
  • Prepares students for successful citizenship
  • Is an effective communication tool between
    parents and teachers
  • Tickets are earned for wanted behavior/work
    habits. These tickets are then used to trade in
    for trinkets or extra privileges.
  • Teachers will give warnings to students who are
    not showing wanted behavior/work habits.
    Continued misbehavior will be noted in the
    students planner. Follow ups with phone calls
    and/or emails will occur as needed.

  • Third graders receive numerical grades once each
    9 weeks in the areas of reading, writing, math,
    science, social studies and each of the PEW/Fine
    Arts classes.
  • Grades are based on daily classroom assignments,
    assessments, and class participation. 70 is
    considered passing.
  • When a student fails an assignment, he or she
    will be given an opportunity to learn the
    material again and to improve the score, up to a
  • Graded work is sent home in your childs Tuesday
    folder each week.

Home Access Center
  • You can access your childs grades from home
    using the Home Access Center.
  • From the Pond Springs website homepage, choose
    For Parents, then Home Access Center
  • Follow the on-screen prompts.
  • If you need help, you may contact Judy Long at

From the Pond Springs homepage, choose Parent
Resources gt Home Access Center This will take you
to a page with an overview of the HAC as well as
a link to the log in page.
Choose the Log-In link. If you had an account set
up last year, you may use that to log in
again. If you are a new user, follow the
directions to set up an account.
Pond Springs Elementary is a S.W.E.E.T. campus!
School-wide Exciting Enrichment Time
Teacher Webpages
Pond Springs website Our Teams Third
Grade Teachers Name upcoming events
classroom happenings resources to reinforce
3rd grade concepts downloadable documents
  • Please sign up for e-news. This can be done by
    going to our school website and looking under the
    For Parents Menu. Click on E-News Subscription.
  • E-news provides parents with important updates
    such as school closures, as well as upcoming
  • This year the system will call families of
    elementary students who are absent.

P.R.O. Center
  • Here parents can check out resources, get school
    information, socialize with other parents, and
    help with teacher projects.
  • If you are interested in volunteering, please
    stop the PTA/PRO Center portable.

Watch D.O.G.S.
  • We will once again be hosting the Watch D.O.G.S.
    program this year.
  • Dads Of Great Students allows fathers to
    volunteer to spend a day at the school helping in
    classrooms, the cafeteria, playground, and
  • This is a great opportunity to make a positive
    impact on the lives of our students.

Background Checks
  • If you would like to volunteer in the classroom
    or school, or would like to attend field trips,
    you must complete the Round Rock ISD criminal
    background check.
  • A new background check is required to be
    completed each school year.
  • You only need to complete one background check if
    you have multiple children.
  • Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing.

Field Trips
  • Fall Field TripWestwood Theater Production
  • at the RRISD PAC
  • Spring Field Trip--Pioneer Farms

Cafeteria Extras
  • At lunch, your child is able to purchase extra
    items. These items can significantly add to your
    childs lunch bill and quickly deplete his/her
  • If you choose, you can block these purchases by
    notifying Sandy Redding in the cafeteria at

Birthday Celebrations
  • Third grade teachers prefer that you send
    non-edible treats for birthdays such as stickers,
    pencils, small favors or erasers.
  • If you would like to send an edible treat, it
    will be passed out after 230 to be eaten at the
    end of the day or taken home to enjoy.

Additional Notes
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Fall Festivalsee sign up sheets
  • huge fundraiser
  • requires a lot of volunteers
  • tons of fun

Thank You!
  • We appreciate you taking time out of your busy
    schedules to come tonight.
  • Working together we can optimize your 3rd
    graders learning experience and help them reach
    their potential.
  • If you have any additional questions, your
    childs teacher will be happy to answer them.
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