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  1. 1. 9/10/2009<br />Welcome!<br />2009-2010 School Year<br />Louis Sheffield Elementary<br />Mrs. Blackmar, Ms. Cowan, and Ms. Stephens<br />
  2. 2. 9/10/2009<br />To Be Covered Tonight…<br />What is Co-Teaching?<br />Who’s Who<br />Third Grade Curriculum<br />Classroom Policies<br />Agendas and Homework<br />Grading<br />FCAT<br />Parent Conferences<br />Contact Us<br />
  3. 3. 9/10/2009<br />What is Co-Teaching?<br />Facts<br /><ul><li>Two full time certified teachers are assigned to one classroom
  4. 4. One certified teacher that is assigned part time to the room to help students meet individual needs
  5. 5. 26 students are currently on our attendance</li></ul>Benefits <br /><ul><li>Opportunities for constant learning
  6. 6. Teachers are able to work with small groups
  7. 7. Your child has the chance to have Mrs. Blackmar, Ms. Cowan AND Ms. Stephens!</li></li></ul><li>9/10/2009<br />Who’s Who<br />Mrs. Jennifer Blackmar<br />Math, Science and Social Studies Teacher<br />Originally from Jacksonville, Florida<br />Experienced with multiple grade levels, most recently 4th and 5th.<br />Mrs. Christine Cowan<br />Reading and Language Arts Teacher<br />Experienced in multiple grade levels, including 3rd<br />Originally from Jacksonville, Florida<br />
  8. 8. 9/10/2009<br />Third Grade Curriculum<br />Math Investigations<br />Science and Social Studies<br />Readers Workshop<br />Writers Workshop<br />
  9. 9. 9/10/2009<br />Math Investigations<br />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. <br />Multiplication facts are expected to be memorized by April. Timed tests will be coming soon.<br />
  10. 10. 9/10/2009<br />Science & Social Studies<br />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 year. We are accepting money now. <br />
  11. 11. 9/10/2009<br />Scholastic News<br />Scholastic News is a colorful magazine with current events in science and social studies.<br />http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/classmags/pdfs/SN3_090108.pdf<br />
  12. 12. 9/10/2009<br />Science<br />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 to study. They will be responsible for returning the book. Lost books must be paid for.<br />
  13. 13. 9/10/2009<br />Science Fair Projects<br />Science Fair time is right around the corner! Science Fair projects are mandatory for 3rd grade students. Be on the look out for the informational packet to be sent home around the first week in October.<br />
  14. 14. 9/10/2009<br />Reader’s Workshop<br />Basal Reading Book<br />Learn a variety of reading strategies to help become a better reader and prepare for FCAT<br />Students will learn to become more fluent readers<br />DRA tests will be administered twice a year to check current reading levels<br />DRA levels do not change as frequently for 3rd graders when compared to lower grades<br />Mastery of a DRA level includes and the ability to comprehend a non-fiction text which tend to be more difficult<br />
  15. 15. 9/10/2009<br />What Counts as a Book?<br />In the third grade, students must read 30 chapter books by the end of the school year<br />1 Book = at least 100 pages or is a book on their reading level<br />Students are responsible for keeping track of their own books<br />Log of books will be kept in their agendas<br />Books will be counted on the last day of each month<br />
  16. 16. 9/10/2009<br />Scholastic Book Orders<br />Order forms will be sent home about once and month<br />Helps supply books and materials to be used in the classroom<br />Orders can be made by check (made out to Scholastic) or cash<br />
  17. 17. 9/10/2009<br />Writer’s Workshop<br />Writing will be completed at school<br />Spelling and Grammar grades will be taken from student writing<br />Our first writing genre will be Narratives and Memoir writing<br />3rd grade is a preparation year for the 4th Grade FCAT Writes! <br />
  18. 18. 9/10/2009<br />Classroom Policies<br />Behavior Management- Card chart method<br />Blue- (A) had a great day<br />Green- (B) Warning<br />Purple (C) Teacher Conference/Note home<br />Yellow (D) Conference/Note home<br />Pink (F) Referral and conference<br />Students will be responsible for writing down the reason their card is flipped.<br />
  19. 19. 9/10/2009<br />Homework<br />Homework WILL be assigned Monday through Thursday.<br />Math homework will be on Monday and Wednesday nights<br />Written Reading homework will be on Tuesday and Thursday night<br />Based on skills taught in class and should only take about 15-30 minutes<br />Students are responsible for their homework<br />Students are responsible to read at least 30 minutes at night<br />Reading aloud to parents or siblings is a great way to do this!<br />
  20. 20. 9/10/2009<br />Agendas<br />Agendas are a must for communication.<br />Must be brought home each night and returned the next day<br />Homework, Notes, Conduct Grades and Important Information will be communicated through the agenda<br />Replacement agendas are $5 and can be purchased in the office<br />Students are rewarded for their signed agenda.<br />
  21. 21. 9/10/2009<br />Progress Reports and Student Work<br />Progress reports will be sent home during the 5th week of each nine weeks<br />Opportunity to see what your child is doing before report cards come home<br />Must be signed and returned<br />Student work will be sent home with the progress reports and all D and F papers must be signed and returned<br />
  22. 22. 9/10/2009<br />FCAT<br />FCAT is tested in 3rd grade and passing the Reading FCAT with a level 2 is mandatory for promotion.<br />Students will be able to log on to FCAT Explorer to provide additional practice. <br />Students will be bringing home a FCAT simulator disc later in the year that they can download onto their home computer to practice.<br />We will prepare for FCAT through out the year.<br />
  23. 23. 9/10/2009<br />Conferences<br />Parents are more than welcome to schedule a conference at anytime. <br />You can request a conference by calling us, emailing us, or writing a note in your child’s agenda.<br />
  24. 24. 9/10/2009<br />Our Class Webpage<br />cowanblackmar.blogspot.com<br />Mrs. Blackmarand Mrs. Cowan have a class webpage. The webpage contains the following information<br /> -Homework<br />-Suggested reading lists<br />-Math and Reading games<br />-Current Events in the class<br />-Newsletters<br />-Club Einstein and other goodies<br />
  25. 25. 9/10/2009<br />Contact Us<br />You can contact us by the following ways:<br />Phone- 696-8758 extension 147 (Phone calls will not be taken during instructional time)<br />Email<br />blackmarj@duvalschools.org<br />cowanc@duvalschools.org<br />Class Webpage<br />http://cowanblackmar.blogspot.com<br />
  26. 26. 9/10/2009<br />COPY CRISIS!!<br />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. <br />We are also requesting email addresses so we may email you vital information rather than copy it.<br />
  27. 27. 9/10/2009<br />Teacher Wish List<br />Volunteers (Please let us know if you are able to volunteer even an hour a day)<br />Copies<br />Candy<br />Small toys or prizes (for class store)<br />Clorox wipes<br />Treats for Fridays<br />Gently used books<br />Expo markers (dry-erase markers)<br />SNACKS!!<br />