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  • The inventory test will be given along side our other district literacy assessments, DRA2 and Fox in a Box. Please note that the grade on the spelling test should be discussed. If you as a team have decided to grade based on SORTING and SPELLING, be sure and explain to the parents.
  • This is an example of a typical schedule. Some classes may give their spelling test on a Monday or even a Thursday . But, the process will stay the same. For each word study, the teacher will attach a letter providing an answer key and possible activities for your child to practice his or her sort. The section below lists the recommended activities: Cut out your word study cards. Use your cards to complete a minimum of one activity below.  Keep your cards and this sheet at home to practice the pattern sort to prepare for the spelling assessment. Sort the Words- Your child should read each word aloud during this activity.  Ask your child to explain to you why the words are sorted in a particular way.  Ask your child to sort them a second time as fast as possible.  No Peeking Sort - Lay down a word from each category as a header and then read the rest of the words aloud to your child.  Your child must indicate where the word goes without seeing the word.  Lay it down and let your child move it if he or she is wrong.  Repeat if your child makes more than one error. Word Hunt - Assist your child in doing a word hunt, looking for words in a familiar book that have the same sound, pattern or both.  Try to find 2 or 3 for each category.  Blind Writing Sort- As you call the words in a random order your child should write them into the sorting categories.  Call out any words your child misspells a second or even third time.
  • Curriculum night ~ new

    1. 1. Welcome to Third Grade Mrs. Wilson
    2. 2. Who am I?? <ul><li>This is my 7 th year at Carroll Elementary. </li></ul><ul><li>I just finished my Masters in School Counseling from DBU. </li></ul><ul><li>I love teaching third grade!!! </li></ul>
    3. 3. Language Arts <ul><li>Spelling </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Words their Way </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Word Sort Activities Daily </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tests on Friday </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Grammar </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Skills from Textbook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice in Writer’s Workshop </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reading </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reader’s Workshop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In class daily reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Just Right books </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Writer’s Workshop </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Everyday </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Frequent Homework </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Handwriting </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Students take a spelling inventory 3 times a year. </li></ul><ul><li>The teacher uses the inventory results to determine a child’s spelling stage. </li></ul><ul><li>Once a week, students are given a list of words to sort and study based upon their spelling stage. </li></ul><ul><li>Students in 1 st -4 th grades take a spelling test once a week. </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>We will follow a typical schedule each week as follows: </li></ul><ul><li>Monday = Sorting words </li></ul><ul><li>Tues.-Thurs. = Word Sorting Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Friday = Spelling and Sorting Test </li></ul>
    6. 6. Math <ul><li>Math facts drills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Self paced </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tested every Thursday </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Math License </li></ul><ul><li>Lone Star Math </li></ul><ul><li>Study Island </li></ul><ul><li>MacMillan McGraw Hill textbook and online website </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    7. 7. Science <ul><li>Hands-on whenever possible </li></ul><ul><li>Harcourt Science Book is used as a reference </li></ul><ul><li>Units of Study for the year </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Safety/Investigation/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Processes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organisms/Environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Matter/Energy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rocks/Soil/Water </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Natural Disasters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Astronomy/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meteorology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Force/Motion/Energy </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Social Studies <ul><li>Map Skills and Geography </li></ul><ul><li>Pioneers </li></ul><ul><li>Oregon Trail </li></ul><ul><li>Lewis and Clark </li></ul><ul><li>Communities </li></ul><ul><li>Government </li></ul><ul><li>Citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>Economics </li></ul><ul><li>Scholastic News </li></ul>
    9. 9. Grading Procedures <ul><li>Report cards will go home on the Friday FOLLOWING the last day of the six weeks </li></ul><ul><li>Progress reports will only go home to students who are making a 75% or below in the middle of the 6 weeks </li></ul><ul><li>Daily work can be corrected for a 70% </li></ul><ul><li>Tests will not be corrected for a 70% </li></ul>
    10. 10. Attendance <ul><li>Children are tardy if they are not in the classroom by 8:00 am…after that they are given a tardy slip. </li></ul><ul><li>Absences will only be excused if we receive a note from you. If we do not receive a note, the absence will remain unexcused. </li></ul>
    11. 11. School-wide Procedures <ul><li>For your child’s safety, please check in at the office at all times. </li></ul><ul><li>The teacher must have a note from the office or be called by the office for early release from school or any transportation changes. </li></ul><ul><li>Important notes/graded papers will be sent home each Wednesday in the Wednesday folder. Please EMPTY it and return it the next day. </li></ul><ul><li>We will not check the folders for notes, all correspondence should be placed in the everyday take home folder ! </li></ul>
    12. 12. Tutoring <ul><li>Tutoring: for students that need extra small group instruction. </li></ul><ul><li>Reading Club: Tuesdays until 3:30 </li></ul><ul><li>Math Club: Thursdays until 3:30 </li></ul>
    13. 13. TAKS TEST <ul><li>TAKS is the “Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills” Test. It is given in Reading and Math at the third grade level in the Spring. </li></ul>
    14. 14. Encore Classes <ul><li>P.E., Art, Music, Library, Computer and Science Lab </li></ul><ul><li>Six Day rotation: this should be recorded weekly in their planner’s so you know when they need to have tennis shoes </li></ul><ul><li>9:20-10:15 Daily </li></ul>
    15. 15. Other info… <ul><li>Snack: healthy snacks please, water bottles can be brought to STAY in cubby area </li></ul><ul><li>Birthdays: birthday celebrations can be outside at playground picnic tables following lunch. Notes for parties can be passed out in the classroom only if each student is invited. </li></ul>
    16. 16. 3 rd Grade Behavior Plan <ul><li>After the allotted amount of chances per six weeks, students will be given circles for inappropriate behaviors. </li></ul><ul><li>Consequences </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One circle: 3 minutes off recess </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Two circles: 5 minutes off recess (Parents will be notified.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Three circles: 7 minutes off recess (Parents will be notified.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students who receive 7 or more circles in one six weeks will not be allowed to attend the 3rd Grade Freaky Friday. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rewards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students who receive 6 or less circles will get to attend the 3rd Grade Freaky Friday. Freaky Friday will be celebrated the last Friday of every six weeks. Freaky Friday will begin at 2:25 and end at dismissal. Each Freaky Friday theme will be a surprise to the students. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students who go above and beyond expectations will be given tickets. On the last Friday of every six weeks, students will be given the opportunity to bid for fun inexpensive items with the tickets earned. </li></ul></ul>