3RD Grade Curriculum Night 2014-2015 Mary E. Bryant Elementary rd 3 Grade Goals To give your child the academic and social skills needed to successfully progress toward 4th grade To provide a supportive, fun, & safe classroom environment while promoting the highest possible student achievement “The Florida Standards will help our students reach their fullest potential by promoting a deeper level of critical thinking and problem solving that is necessary to be competitive in today’s job market.” http://www.flstandards.org Orientation Highlights: Grade Equivalencies ELA- English Language Arts Battle of the Books Focus on using Math Strategies Investigations in Science STEM Fair within the classroom Social Studies builds good citizens Nightly Homework expectations How YOU can help! Grade Equivalencies E= S= A (90-100%) B (80-89%) C (70-79%) N= (60-69%) U= (<59%) Multiple forms of assessments are utilized Grades are not averaged; trends are considered Progress Alerts - mid point of each 9 week period Conference Nights - Oct 16th & Mar 26th Levels of Achievement • OL = On-level (receiving instruction on a third grade level 50% or more of the time) which is the NORM • AL = Above-level (receiving instruction on a fourth grade level or above, 50% or more of the time) is a very rare EXCEPTION • BL = Below-level (receiving instruction on a second grade level or below, 50% or more of the time) Reading Workshop (ELA) • 120 minutes focusing on reading, • • • • writing, speaking and listening Read Alouds, Shared, Guided, Independent & Close Reading Student Response Journals Use “Journeys” text and other varied resources Balance of fiction and nonfiction, Time for Kids, & other genres to prepare for FSA (Florida Standard Assessment) Testing Evidence is Critical Close reading practice ensures that students find evidence within the text Students practice good test taking strategies by marking up the text Expectations have increased beyond “right there” answers into the ability to compare and contrast multiple texts Greater emphasis on nonfiction Battle of the Books Title Competition in Spring prepares our students through exceptional literature... ___ Guinea Dog Alvin Ho: Allergic to … I Survived: Sinking of the Titanic The Lemonade War The World According to Humphrey The Miraculous Journey of E. Tulane Fortune’s Magic Farm The City of Ember Author Patrick Jennings Lenore Look Lauren Tarshis Jacqueline Davies Betty Birney Kate DiCamillo Suzanne Selfors Jeanne DuPrau Level 3.7 3.8 3.9 4.1 4.2 4.4 4.6 5.0 Writing Workshop • Embedded within120 minutes of ELA • Lessons include Process, Crafts and Conventions • Teacher-directed as well as student chosen topics • Informative, Narrative, Opinion, and Reader’s Response • May include short Research/Technology • Incorporated throughout the curriculum Word Study Traditional weekly spelling tests are being replaced by research-based practices Weekly practice is done within the classroom concentrating on spelling patterns Assessment will take place within normal classroom writing activities Go Math • Focus on offering various • • • • • strategy options Frequent use of manipulatives Journals = explain thinking Solidify mastery of addition and subtraction facts Expectation for mastery of strategies in multiplication and division Think Central provides online practice and resources Math Complexity Assessment rarely involves simple computation… Careful reading of the word problem is essential! 1. Select the pertinent information 2. Analyze the question (often multi-step) and explain thinking using correct vocabulary and evidence 3. Complete the computation 4. Check work! (Accuracy/Efficiency) Nat Geo Science • Frequent investigations using tools and inquiry skills • Textbook is accessible on-line • Appropriate use of vocabulary is essential within short responses • Design Challenge Mondays use engineering process, and students will be expected to reflect on prototypes and make revisions STEM Fair 3rd graders are put into groups based upon interest in similar topics Explanation of thinking is essential through thorough written responses Parents will be asked to help find research and send in supplies May need SERVE volunteers to assist with trials that are done in class Data logs are judged December 4 = STEM Fair Night Social Studies Geography and Culture of N. America and Caribbean Primary focus on Government, Civics, and Economics Often integrated across the curriculum Utilize other resources (Time for Kids and Journeys reading series) May integrate research skills Student Expectations • Complete all classroom assignments • • • • in a timely manner Complete all homework assignments carefully, neatly and thoroughly Be responsible for organizational binder and contents daily Be responsible for reading NIGHTLY Follow classroom rules: respectful, responsible, and caring attitudes AGP • Gifted services for qualified students with specific Educational Plans • Students receive core “plus” instruction within a separate classroom for Math and Science • Renzulli and IIM assignments provide enrichment opportunities to accomplish annual goals • Email Mrs. Fink with questions Agendas • Each student has an organizational binder (STAR binder, HERO binder, POSSE binder, etc.) as a communication tool • Please check and sign daily re: notes/info regarding behavior, upcoming events, etc. • Each student is responsible for recording his/her daily homework assignments Homework Policy Expected timeframe = within 30 min. Student’s responsibility to turn it in Unfinished class work may occasionally be sent home for completion Homework is not graded, but it is checked for effort and completion YES, you may support your child with homework as necessary! Students are expected to read for an additional 20-30 minutes each day Testing •Not FCAT, but FSA --- also expect Stanford 10 NRT •Students practice practical test taking strategies to carefully read and analyze test questions •For example questions go to www.fsaassessments.org How Can YOU Help? •Please regularly check •Agenda & organizational binder •Homework •Newsletters •"Take home Tuesday" fliers •Progress reports • Please support your child’s nightly reading habits •Think Central has a link to students math and reading text books which can help review concepts Volunteer Opportunities Fall Festival November 14th Great American Teach-In November 20th Grandparents Read-to-me Day January 16th Field Trip- Glazer Children’s Museum February 27th **All volunteers must have a completed and approved SERVE form on file each year prior to the event. Questions/Comments? Feel free to write notes in Student Agenda; however, the BEST WAY to reach the teacher is via email since classroom phones do not have outside lines email@example.com Thank you for your support!