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A brief overview of our third grade classroom.

A brief overview of our third grade classroom.

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  • 1. Welcome toThird Grade!
  • 2. Welcome!
  • 3. Tyndall Elementary School
    National Board Certified Teacher
  • 4. Academics
    Problem Solvers
    Independent, self directed
    Adaptability with new programs
    Internet acceptable use/Web 2.0 permission
  • 5. Homework
    A strategy that can enhance learning
    Excessive homework can have a negative effect
    Connected to learning goals
    Written homework should take less than an hour
    Time limits are incredibly helpful
  • 6. Homework
    Parent Support
    Provide structure
    Environment
    Time
    Support/Guidance
    Appropriate involvement allows homework to be an effective tool
    Different children need different levels of support
  • 7. Homework
    3-4 pieces per night, please review
    Math, Wordly Wise, Language Arts, DEAR
    Reading log turned in Fridays
    (located on homework sheet)
    Missing homework: Homework Slip, with potential to miss recess
    Homework assignments (and other 3rd grade sites) can be found online at:
    Third Grade Links
  • 8. Academics
    Reading Rotation
    Workshop
    Small group instruction (literature, writing)
    Variety of choices for reading
    Seatwork and Research
    DEAR
    Small group library visits
  • 9. Reading Counts
    Reading Counts program
    Monthly/annual goal setting (form)
    Additional Reading Goals
    3rd Grade Genre list (in your packet)
    Buccaneer Book list
    Two lists: Third Grade & Fourth/Fifth
  • 10. Academics
    Math
    Allows for differentiation
    Manipulatives are used for hands-on instruction
    Math facts emphasized through games
    Strong focus on critical thinking skills
    Family Letter contains homework support
  • 11. Academics
    Social Studies and Science
    Research
    Group/Independent projects
    Multimedia Presentations
    Goals:
    Improving reading for content
    Improving confidence with programs used in fourth grade
    Expose students to evolving Web 2.0 programs
  • 12. Academics
    Grammar and Writing
    Daily “Caught Ya” for introduction
    Targeted instruction to specific skills
    Writing: Six Traits
    Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency
    Organization, Ideas, Conventions
    Wordly Wise
    EVERY OTHER WEEK
    Vocabulary introduced week one
    Homework & test on week two
  • 13. Academics
    Spelling
    Spelling pattern focus
    Beginning: Introduction, personal dictionaries
    Direct instruction and games
    Weekly dictation
    Accountability
  • 14. Handwriting Without Tears
    Progression from easiest to more advanced skills
    Letters taught in a sequence, based
    on similarity of formation
    Simple, clear vertical style
    Easy to read and easy to write
  • 15. Academics
    Research Skills
    Note taking skills strengthened
    Focus on writing instruction
    Move from book to internet research
    Computer Skills
    Mrs. Driscoll teaches keyboarding & computer skills weekly
  • 16. Assessment
    Practice assignments are not graded
    Project based learning
    Rubrics (example) and Checklists
    Formative and summative Math assessments
  • 17. Spanish
    Assessment
    Students are only tested on what they are taught this year.
  • 18. Report Cards
  • 19. Behavior
    Positive Reinforcement
    Name board
    Consequences:
    Warning
    Miss recess
    Contact a parent
  • 20. Odds ‘n Ends
    Birthday Celebrations
    Treat of your choice (cookie cake, cake, muffins, doughnuts, etc)
    Snack is usually at 9:15
    Please send in napkins, drinks are optional
    Summer birthdays can be celebrated at any time of year
    Please just let me know the day before
  • 21. Odds ‘n Ends
    Book orders
    Please write check out to book company
    All book orders can be combined
    Conferences October
    sign up sheets available
    Used light bulbs?
    We still collect Box Tops
  • 22. Field Trips
    October: MOTE Marine
    December 2: Cracker Country
    January 25: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
    February 3: Tampa Bay History Center
    Dates are tentative and depend upon the facility and bus availability.
    Mark calendars for the
    Mothers’ Day Tea on May 7th
  • 23. Chaperones
    Room mothers contact parents
    Usually two parents attend each field trip
    Specific instructions given before trips
    Responsible for small groups of children
    Please monitor behavior, noise levels, and
    safety
  • 24. Thank you!
    Wish list!
    Books
    Projector
    Mimio Board
    Computers
    Furniture
    Digital camera
    Cupboards
    Our Room Mom