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Title: WELCOME TO OUR THIRD GRADE CLASSROOM!


1
  • WELCOME TO OUR THIRD GRADE CLASSROOM!

2
Our Class
  • Packets are on your childs desk with assorted
    class information. Ill chat about the info in
    them a bit later tonight.
  • There are notes on your childs desk. Please
    write a message to your child.

3
A Day in The Life of Your Third Grader
  • Ill discuss the routines, expectations, and
    curriculum based on the schedule the children
    follow each day.
  • Our goal is to instill organization and
    independence in your children.

4
Math
  • This year we will be using the Math in Focus
    program which is based on the Singapore math
    program.
  • We spend more time on math topics so that
    students understand more about how math works and
    increases their number sense and confidence with
    math.
  • We work on Math for an hour a day. Students
    begin each day with a regular routine of a daily
    word problem and a math meeting.
  • There will usually be a Math Workbook page for
    homework every night.

5
Writing
  • Students write for a sustained period every day.
  • We will write across different genres, such as
    personal narratives, expository writing and
    persuasive pieces.
  • Daily lessons will use mentor texts and extensive
    modeling of examples.
  • We will focus on adding describing details using
    adjectives and adverbs, using thoughtful
    vocabulary, using their own voice in their
    writing and covering mechanics and grammar.

6
Reading
  • We concentrate on Good Reader Strategies, which
    teach the children various ways to think about
    their reading. These strategies include Making
    Connections, Visualizing, Questioning, Inferring
    and Synthesizing Information.
  • We also cover skills of Main Idea, Cause and
    Effect, Sequencing, Predicting, Story Elements,
    Comparing and Contrasting, Using Context Clues,
    Analyzing Details, Determining Importance, and
    Elements of Non-fiction texts.

7
Reading
  • Our literacy block includes time for whole group
    lessons, small group lessons and one on one
    conferences and independent reading time.
  • We have numerous resources that we use that cover
    various genres and skills and strategies. We use
    a program called Good Habits/Great Readers, the
    Harcourt Trophies Reading Series, Comprehension
    Toolkit, Buckle Down books as well as leveled
    readers and trade books.
  • Students choose their own Good Fit books for
    independent reading time and maintain a
    collection of books that are selected weekly.

8
SpellingWords Their Way
  • The program is differentiated for each child,
    very hands on, and student driven.
  • The basis of the program is word sorts. The
    emphasis is on word patterns vs. memorizing the
    spelling of words.
  • Homework will include sorting their words and
    choosing an activity to complete from a choice of
    assignments.
  • There will be an assessment on some Fridays that
    will also include words that follow the pattern
    but were not sorting words that week.

9
Science and Social Studies
  • There is a text book for each subject that also
    can be accessed online.
  • We will use shared reading and guided questioning
    strategies with the text.
  • Some of the science topics are Types of Plants,
    Types of Animals, Where Living Things are Found
    and Conserving Resources.
  • Some of the Soc. Studies topics are Maps,
    Geography, U.S. Regions and Our American Culture.

10
Homework
  • There will be Language Arts and Math homework
    Monday through Thursday. At various times during
    the year there will be other homework and
    extended projects.
  • Homework is expected to take no more than 30
    minutes.
  • Homework will be posted through the Pequannock
    District website.

11
DisciplinePlan
  • Class Constitution
  • Clip Chart
  • Marble Jar

12
Communication
  • Communication between home and school is very
    important.
  • I send home a class newsletter each Friday with
    snippets of highlights from our week.
  • Please also look at our class website at
    www.Pequannock.org. Homework is on this site.
  • Please contact me at any time with any questions
    or concerns you may have. You can write a note
    or email me at donna.madison_at_pequannock.org. I
    will get back to you as soon as Im able.
  • The Gerace Journal comes home once a month which
    highlights school activities.

13
Information Packet
  • This packet will highlight some additional useful
    information.
  • Grading Scale
  • Test Folders

14
Closing
  • Please contact me at any time if you have any
    questions or concerns.
  • You can send in a note or email me at
    donna.madison_at_pequannock.org
  • Thank you very much for coming!
  • Ill be waiting at the door so you can introduce
    yourself to me as you leave.
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