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1. Please take a moment to estimate
the number of Lifesavers® in the jar.
1. Write your child’s name and your
estimate on an index card.
2. Place the index card in the bag.
3. Your estimate will be added to
your child’s estimate and divided
4. Winner takes all!
Helping you get a better sense of
how your child spends his/her day.
• My philosophy on teaching and learning.
• ACPS goals and vision for students
– Lifelong Learner Standards
– Seven Pathways
– Standards of Learning
• Students’ Rights and Responsibilities
• Curriculum & How We’ll Get There
• How you can support your High Achiever at home & at school
• Your thoughts and questions.
My Philosophy on Teaching & Learning
• When students enter the school, they should feel like they are
walking into their future, not into my past.
• Students should feel like every adult they know is on their side
and wants to see them succeed.
• Students need the confidence, the knowledge, and the skills to
pursue whatever interests them.
• It is my responsibility to meet students where they are and to
keep pace with the rapidly changing technologies that impact
how students learn, interact, and demonstrate knowledge.
• Teaching is a constantly evolving practice that requires ongoing
professional development and meaningful reflection.
ACPS Goals and Vision for Students
• Lifelong-Learner Competencies
• Seven Pathways in Practice
• Virginia Standards of Learning
* My mission is the seamless integration of these three
* Data driven planning and instruction.
* Responsive Classroom.
Students’ Rights & Responsibilities
Challenging & engaging work
Comfortable spaces to work
Breaks when necessary
Acceptance for who we are
Lead by example
Use materials and spaces
Meet expectations wherever
Be in control of you
Third Grade Curriculum - Math
– Number & Number Sense
– Computation & Estimation
– Probability & Statistics
– Patterns, Functions, & Algebra
* Multiplication tables through 12’s
* Numbers < 1 (fractions – identification & computation)
* Computation with much larger numbers
* Parent Math Night
• Reading Workshop : explicit instruction of reading and
• Writing Workshop (Being a Writer/Power Writing)
• Word Study & Vocabulary
• Language Arts Task Cards & Integration of Subject Areas
• Assessments ensure fluid groupings and informed planning
• Publishing (cursive and keyboarding)
• Typically synchrony between reading, writing, and word study
Importance of Nightly Reading
Additional 20 minutes/day
Additional 5 minutes/day
3600 minutes in a school year 900 minutes in a school year
Exposure to ~1,800,000 words Exposure to ~282,000 words
By the end of 6th grade, Student A will have read the equivalent
of 60 whole school days while Student B will have read just 12.
Third Grade Curriculum
Science Social Studies
Reasoning & Logic
Force, Motion, & Energy
Earth Patterns, Cycles, and
Geography & Map Skills
West African Empire of Mali
Early Exploration of the
Government & Civics
Famous Americans - Wax
Third graders take SOL tests in just two subject areas this year:
* Contain technology enhanced items (15%)
* Far more interesting – requires higher order thinking skills
* SOL Tests as a genre of literature
* Parent Night that covers details around SOLs
Upcoming Projects (1st Quarter)
• Young Filmmakers’ Academy (screen films 11/08 @ UVA)
• Quadblogging (on list to be assigned a quad this week)
• Mystery Skype with various schools around the country and
around the world (starting this week)
• Expanding STEM Friday – potential for partnering on challenges
with other ACPS schools.
• Global Read Aloud (starts October 6th)
• UVA Student Teachers – Kierra Chin and Rachel Case will be
starting next week. Time will increase as semester progresses.
• Typing Club, RSVP, Paramount Field Trip
• E-mail is best bet: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Visit our webpage – I keep it updated – feel free to suggest
categories or information that you want to see on there.
• Follow us on Twitter (@karenheathcock)
• Parent Information Nights – dynamic – will change based on
• Send notes in daily planner.
• Feel free to drop by, but know that I can’t interrupt instruction for
Questions for You
What are your thoughts on homework:
A) Load’em up.
B) 30-45 minutes/night + nightly reading seems reasonable.
C) Little-to-None, unless for a project.
2014 Third Grade Back to School Night Presentation