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0809 Power Point

  1. 1. Welcome! 2008-2009 School Year Louis Sheffield Elementary Mrs. Archer and Mrs. Cowan
  2. 2. To Be Covered Tonight… <ul><li>What is Co-Teaching? </li></ul><ul><li>Who’s Who </li></ul><ul><li>Third Grade Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom Policies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Agendas and Homework </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grading </li></ul></ul><ul><li>FCAT </li></ul><ul><li>Parent Conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Contact Us </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is Co-Teaching? <ul><li>Facts </li></ul><ul><li>Two full time certified teachers are assigned to one classroom </li></ul><ul><li>31 students are currently on our attendance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Benefits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunities for constant learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers are able to work with small groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your child has the chance to have BOTH Mrs. Archer AND Mrs. Cowan! </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Who’s Who <ul><li>Mrs. Renee Archer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Math, Science and Social Studies Teacher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Currently has 9 years teaching experience in the State of Florida </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Originally from Pensacola, Florida </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Christine Cowan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading and Language Arts Teacher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Currently has fifteen years teaching experience in Duval County </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Originally from Jacksonville, Florida </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Third Grade Curriculum <ul><li>Math Investigations </li></ul><ul><li>Science and Social Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Readers Workshop (We have new books!) </li></ul><ul><li>Writers Workshop </li></ul>
  6. 6. Math Investigations <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Multiplication facts are expected to be memorized by April. Timed tests will be coming soon. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Science & Social Studies <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Scholastic News <ul><li>Scholastic News is a colorful magazine with current events in science and social studies. </li></ul><ul><li>http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/classmags/pdfs/SN3_090108.pdf </li></ul>
  9. 9. Science <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Science Fair Projects <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Reader’s Workshop <ul><ul><li>Basal Reading Book </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn a variety of reading strategies to help become a better reader and prepare for FCAT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students will learn to become more fluent readers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DRA tests will be administered twice a year to check current reading levels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DRA levels do not change as frequently for 3rd graders when compared to lower grades </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mastery of a DRA level includes and the ability to comprehend a non-fiction text which tend to be more difficult </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. What Counts as a Book? <ul><li>In the third grade, students must read 30 chapter books by the end of the school year </li></ul><ul><li>1 Book = at least 100 pages or is a book on their reading level </li></ul><ul><li>Students are responsible for keeping track of their own books </li></ul><ul><li>Log of books will be kept in their agendas </li></ul><ul><li>Books will be counted on the last day of each month </li></ul>
  13. 13. Scholastic Book Orders <ul><li>Order forms will be sent home about once and month </li></ul><ul><li>Helps supply books and materials to be used in the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Orders can be made by check (made out to Scholastic) or cash </li></ul>
  14. 14. Writer’s Workshop <ul><ul><li>Writing will be completed at school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spelling and Grammar grades will be taken from student writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Our first writing genre will be Narratives and Memoir writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 rd grade is a pre paration year for the 4 th Grade FCAT Writes! </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Classroom Policies <ul><li>Behavior Management- Card chart method </li></ul><ul><li>Blue- (A) had a great day </li></ul><ul><li>Green- (B) Warning </li></ul><ul><li>Purple (C) Teacher Conference/Note home </li></ul><ul><li>Yellow (D) Conference/Note home </li></ul><ul><li>Pink (F) Referral and conference </li></ul>
  16. 16. Agendas <ul><li>Agendas are a must for communication. </li></ul><ul><li>Must be brought home each night and returned the next day </li></ul><ul><li>Homework, Notes, Conduct Grades and Important Information will be communicated through the agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Replacement agendas are $5 and can be purchased in the office </li></ul>
  17. 17. Homework <ul><li>Homework WILL be assigned Monday through Thursday. </li></ul><ul><li>Math homework will be on Monday and Wednesday nights </li></ul><ul><li>Written Reading homework will be on Tuesday and Thursday night </li></ul><ul><li>Based on skills taught in class and should only take about 15-30 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Students are responsible for their homework </li></ul><ul><li>Students are responsible to read at least 20 minutes at night </li></ul><ul><li>Reading aloud to parents or siblings is a great way to do this! </li></ul>
  18. 18. New Report Cards <ul><li>New Report Card will be based on standards </li></ul><ul><li>More detailed </li></ul><ul><li>Learning process for teachers and parents </li></ul><ul><li>Will have a parent education night to show you how to read the new format </li></ul>
  19. 19. Progress Reports and Student Work <ul><li>Progress reports will be sent home during the 5th week of each nine weeks </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to see what your child is doing before report cards come home </li></ul><ul><li>Must be signed and returned </li></ul><ul><li>Student work will be sent home with the progress reports and all D and F papers must be signed and returned </li></ul>
  20. 20. FCAT <ul><li>FCAT is tested in 3 rd grade and passing the Reading FCAT with a level 2 is mandatory for promotion. </li></ul><ul><li>Students will be able to log on to FCAT Explore to provide additional practice. </li></ul><ul><li>Students will be bringing home a FCAT simulator disc later in the year that they can download onto their home computer to practice. </li></ul><ul><li>We will prepare for FCAT through out the year. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Conferences <ul><li>Parents are more than welcome to schedule a conference at anytime. </li></ul><ul><li>You can request a conference by calling us, emailing us, or writing a note in your child’s agenda. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Our Class Webpage <ul><li>www.mrscowan.com </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Archer and Mrs. Cowan have a class webpage. The webpage contains the following information </li></ul><ul><li> - Homework </li></ul><ul><ul><li>-Suggested reading lists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-Math and Reading games </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-Current Events in the class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-Newsletters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-Club Einstein and other goodies </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Contact Us <ul><li>You can contact us by the following ways: </li></ul><ul><li>Phone- 696-8758 extension 147 (Phone calls will not be taken during instructional time) </li></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Class Webpage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.mrscowan.com </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. COPY CRISIS!! <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>We are also requesting email addresses so we may email you vital information rather than copy it. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Teacher Wish List <ul><li>Volunteers (Please let us know if you are able to volunteer even an hour a day) </li></ul><ul><li>Copies </li></ul><ul><li>Candy </li></ul><ul><li>Small toys or prizes (for class store) </li></ul><ul><li>Clorox wipes </li></ul><ul><li>Treats for Fridays </li></ul><ul><li>Gently used books </li></ul><ul><li>Expo markers (dry-erase markers) </li></ul>

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