Welcome to our 3 rd  Grade Back to School Night Thanks for coming!
Communication Arts Reading Writing Phonics/S-p-e-l-l-i-n-g Goal : To make meaning out of print
Components of Balanced Literacy <ul><li>Whole group instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Shared reading </li></ul><ul><li>Small g...
1. Whole Group Instruction <ul><li>Comprehension strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Decoding (phonics) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pro...
2. Shared Reading <ul><li>Teacher and students share the text </li></ul>
3. Small Group Instruction <ul><li>Guided reading groups </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible groupings </li></ul><ul><li>Skills, In...
4. Project Read <ul><li>Focus is on letters and sounds </li></ul><ul><li>All First and Second Graders have had Project Rea...
5. Independent Reading <ul><li>Occurs daily </li></ul><ul><li>Students select books </li></ul><ul><li>Provides opportuniti...
Assessments <ul><li>Continual assessment guides instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher observation </li></ul><ul><li>4-Sigh...
Narrative/Informational Writing <ul><li>Modeled Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Shared Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Guided Writing ...
1. Modeled Writing <ul><li>Teacher models what good writers think about and do during writing. </li></ul>
2. Shared Writing <ul><li>Teacher and students work collaboratively </li></ul><ul><li>Focus is on writing skills and strat...
3. Guided Writing <ul><li>Teacher serves as coach </li></ul><ul><li>Student has opportunities to practice skills and strat...
4. Independent Writing <ul><li>Ultimate goal for writing instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Student selects topic </li></ul>
Assessments <ul><li>Teacher observation </li></ul><ul><li>Writing prompts (monthly and district) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nar...
Math <ul><li>Continuation of mathematical concepts learned in K, 1, 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum spirals: concepts are i...
Mathematics Continued… <ul><li>Key features of our Everyday Mathematics program include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Problem sol...
Math Centers <ul><li>Day 6 </li></ul><ul><li>In place of Social Studies/Science lesson </li></ul><ul><li>Remediation/Enric...
Rocket Math <ul><li>Purpose is to increase speed and accuracy in math facts </li></ul><ul><li>Will improve students’ abili...
Social Studies <ul><li>Units of study include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communities <...
Science <ul><li>Units include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Earth Materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Life Cycles </li></ul></ul...
Ways to help your Third grader <ul><li>Homework </li></ul><ul><ul><li>About 30 minutes per day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>...
Let’s have a great year!
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  1. 1. Welcome to our 3 rd Grade Back to School Night Thanks for coming!
  2. 2. Communication Arts Reading Writing Phonics/S-p-e-l-l-i-n-g Goal : To make meaning out of print
  3. 3. Components of Balanced Literacy <ul><li>Whole group instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Shared reading </li></ul><ul><li>Small group instruction (guided reading groups) </li></ul><ul><li>Project Read </li></ul><ul><li>Independent reading </li></ul>
  4. 4. 1. Whole Group Instruction <ul><li>Comprehension strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Decoding (phonics) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Project Read </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Vocabulary </li></ul>
  5. 5. 2. Shared Reading <ul><li>Teacher and students share the text </li></ul>
  6. 6. 3. Small Group Instruction <ul><li>Guided reading groups </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible groupings </li></ul><ul><li>Skills, Interests, and Needs </li></ul>
  7. 7. 4. Project Read <ul><li>Focus is on letters and sounds </li></ul><ul><li>All First and Second Graders have had Project Read </li></ul><ul><li>Third Grade continues to reinforce and extend skills </li></ul>
  8. 8. 5. Independent Reading <ul><li>Occurs daily </li></ul><ul><li>Students select books </li></ul><ul><li>Provides opportunities to use strategies </li></ul>
  9. 9. Assessments <ul><li>Continual assessment guides instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher observation </li></ul><ul><li>4-Sight </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Standardized test given four times a year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows teachers to gain a snapshot of the student progress through the year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preparation for PSSAs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>STAR </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Computer program that monitors student’s ability to use words in context </li></ul></ul><ul><li>DIBELS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assesses oral reading fluency </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Core Phonics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assesses phonetic skills </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Narrative/Informational Writing <ul><li>Modeled Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Shared Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Guided Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Independent Writing </li></ul>
  11. 11. 1. Modeled Writing <ul><li>Teacher models what good writers think about and do during writing. </li></ul>
  12. 12. 2. Shared Writing <ul><li>Teacher and students work collaboratively </li></ul><ul><li>Focus is on writing skills and strategies </li></ul>
  13. 13. 3. Guided Writing <ul><li>Teacher serves as coach </li></ul><ul><li>Student has opportunities to practice skills and strategies </li></ul>
  14. 14. 4. Independent Writing <ul><li>Ultimate goal for writing instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Student selects topic </li></ul>
  15. 15. Assessments <ul><li>Teacher observation </li></ul><ul><li>Writing prompts (monthly and district) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Narrative/Informational are aligned with instruction </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Math <ul><li>Continuation of mathematical concepts learned in K, 1, 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum spirals: concepts are introduced and revisited throughout the year </li></ul><ul><li>Family letters help explain the unit’s topics and terms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some concepts are introduced differently than the way we learned them. Referring to the family letter will help you reinforce how concepts are being taught in the classroom. </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Mathematics Continued… <ul><li>Key features of our Everyday Mathematics program include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Problem solving in everyday situations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Developing readiness through hands-on activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establishing links between past experiences and exploration of new concepts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing ideas through discussion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cooperative learning through partner and small group activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice through games </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Math Centers <ul><li>Day 6 </li></ul><ul><li>In place of Social Studies/Science lesson </li></ul><ul><li>Remediation/Enrichment </li></ul><ul><li>Small Groups – defined skills </li></ul>
  19. 19. Rocket Math <ul><li>Purpose is to increase speed and accuracy in math facts </li></ul><ul><li>Will improve students’ ability to learn and retain higher order math skills </li></ul><ul><li>Goal for Third Graders is to master all addition and subtraction facts </li></ul><ul><li>Some children may advance to other operations </li></ul><ul><li>Rocket Math will begin November 3 rd </li></ul><ul><li>The first 9 weeks of school are spent focusing on building fact power strategies </li></ul>
  20. 20. Social Studies <ul><li>Units of study include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local and National Government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>History </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economy </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Science <ul><li>Units include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Earth Materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Life Cycles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sound </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Ways to help your Third grader <ul><li>Homework </li></ul><ul><ul><li>About 30 minutes per day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reinforce the skills taught in school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Math homelinks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phonics/Spelling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Math Facts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Read 10 to 20 minutes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E-mail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Voice mail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Handwritten notes </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Let’s have a great year!
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