Welcome! 2008-2009 School Year Louis Sheffield Elementary Mrs. Archer and Mrs. Cowan
To Be Covered Tonight…
What is Co-Teaching?
Third Grade Curriculum
Agendas and Homework
What is Co-Teaching?
Two full time certified teachers are assigned to one classroom
31 students are currently on our attendance
Opportunities for constant learning
Teachers are able to work with small groups
Your child has the chance to have BOTH Mrs. Archer AND Mrs. Cowan!
Mrs. Renee Archer
Math, Science and Social Studies Teacher
Currently has 9 years teaching experience in the State of Florida
Originally from Pensacola, Florida
Mrs. Christine Cowan
Reading and Language Arts Teacher
Currently has fifteen years teaching experience in Duval County
Originally from Jacksonville, Florida
Third Grade Curriculum
Science and Social Studies
Readers Workshop (We have new books!)
Math Investigations is a hands on approach to learning math concepts. You will occasionally see Math Investigations work sent home as homework. The skills sent home are always a review and have been previously taught in class.
Multiplication facts are expected to be memorized by April. Timed tests will be coming soon.
Science & Social Studies
Science and Social Studies will be given a letter grade this year. Science and Social Studies grades will be taken from the Scholastic News that we ask that you purchase for your child. The cost is $3.99 per student. Information was attached to your child’s agenda earlier this week. We are accepting money now.
Scholastic News is a colorful magazine with current events in science and social studies.
Science will be taught in a more hands on approach. Skills taught in class will be tested after each chapter. You will be notified in plenty of time for a test and students are welcome to take the book home.
Science Fair Projects
Science Fair time is right around the corner! Science Fair projects are mandatory for 3 rd grade students. Be on the look out for the informational packet to be sent home around the first week in October.
Basal Reading Book
Learn a variety of reading strategies to help become a better reader and prepare for FCAT
Students will learn to become more fluent readers
DRA tests will be administered twice a year to check current reading levels
DRA levels do not change as frequently for 3rd graders when compared to lower grades
Mastery of a DRA level includes and the ability to comprehend a non-fiction text which tend to be more difficult
What Counts as a Book?
In the third grade, students must read 30 chapter books by the end of the school year
1 Book = at least 100 pages or is a book on their reading level
Students are responsible for keeping track of their own books
Log of books will be kept in their agendas
Books will be counted on the last day of each month
Scholastic Book Orders
Order forms will be sent home about once and month
Helps supply books and materials to be used in the classroom
Orders can be made by check (made out to Scholastic) or cash
Writing will be completed at school
Spelling and Grammar grades will be taken from student writing
Our first writing genre will be Narratives and Memoir writing
3 rd grade is a pre paration year for the 4 th Grade FCAT Writes!
Behavior Management- Card chart method
Blue- (A) had a great day
Green- (B) Warning
Purple (C) Teacher Conference/Note home
Yellow (D) Conference/Note home
Pink (F) Referral and conference
Agendas are a must for communication.
Must be brought home each night and returned the next day
Homework, Notes, Conduct Grades and Important Information will be communicated through the agenda
Replacement agendas are $5 and can be purchased in the office
Homework WILL be assigned Monday through Thursday.
Math homework will be on Monday and Wednesday nights
Written Reading homework will be on Tuesday and Thursday night
Based on skills taught in class and should only take about 15-30 minutes
Students are responsible for their homework
Students are responsible to read at least 20 minutes at night
Reading aloud to parents or siblings is a great way to do this!
New Report Cards
New Report Card will be based on standards
Learning process for teachers and parents
Will have a parent education night to show you how to read the new format
Progress Reports and Student Work
Progress reports will be sent home during the 5th week of each nine weeks
Opportunity to see what your child is doing before report cards come home
Must be signed and returned
Student work will be sent home with the progress reports and all D and F papers must be signed and returned
FCAT is tested in 3 rd grade and passing the Reading FCAT with a level 2 is mandatory for promotion.
Students will be able to log on to FCAT Explore to provide additional practice.
Students will be bringing home a FCAT simulator disc later in the year that they can download onto their home computer to practice.
We will prepare for FCAT through out the year.
Parents are more than welcome to schedule a conference at anytime.
You can request a conference by calling us, emailing us, or writing a note in your child’s agenda.
Our Class Webpage
Mrs. Archer and Mrs. Cowan have a class webpage. The webpage contains the following information
-Suggested reading lists
-Math and Reading games
-Current Events in the class
-Club Einstein and other goodies
You can contact us by the following ways:
Phone- 696-8758 extension 147 (Phone calls will not be taken during instructional time)
Due to budget cuts we are in a copy crisis and are only allotted 500 copies a MONTH. We have been coming up with some creative ways to tackle this. If you can provide any assistance with this please let us know.
We are also requesting email addresses so we may email you vital information rather than copy it.
Teacher Wish List
Volunteers (Please let us know if you are able to volunteer even an hour a day)