Parent Night 2009


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Parent Night 2009

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