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Welcome! 
1. Please take a moment to estimate 
the number of Lifesavers® in the jar. 
1. Write your child’s name and your ...
Helping you get a better sense of 
how your child spends his/her day. 
• My philosophy on teaching and learning. 
• ACPS g...
My Philosophy on Teaching & Learning 
• When students enter the school, they should feel like they are 
walking into their...
ACPS Goals and Vision for Students 
• Lifelong-Learner Competencies 
• Seven Pathways in Practice 
• Virginia Standards of...
Our Daily Schedule
Students’ Rights & Responsibilities 
Rights 
 Challenging & engaging work 
 Comfortable spaces to work 
 Personal ‘bubb...
Third Grade Curriculum - Math 
– Number & Number Sense 
– Computation & Estimation 
– Measurement 
– Geometry 
– Probabili...
Language Arts 
• Reading Workshop : explicit instruction of reading and 
comprehension strategies 
• Writing Workshop (Bei...
Importance of Nightly Reading 
Student A 
Additional 20 minutes/day 
Student B 
Additional 5 minutes/day 
3600 minutes in ...
Third Grade Curriculum 
Science Social Studies 
 Scientific Investigation, 
Reasoning & Logic 
 Force, Motion, & Energy ...
SOL Tests 
Third graders take SOL tests in just two subject areas this year: 
– Math 
– Reading 
* Contain technology enha...
Upcoming Projects (1st Quarter) 
• Young Filmmakers’ Academy (screen films 11/08 @ UVA) 
• Quadblogging (on list to be ass...
Communication 
• E-mail is best bet: kheathcock@k12albemarle.org 
• Visit our webpage – I keep it updated – feel free to s...
Questions for You 
What are your thoughts on homework: 
A) Load’em up. 
B) 30-45 minutes/night + nightly reading seems rea...
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  1. 1. Welcome! 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 by 2. 4. Winner takes all! 
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. 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 components. * Data driven planning and instruction. * Responsive Classroom.
  5. 5. Our Daily Schedule
  6. 6. Students’ Rights & Responsibilities Rights  Challenging & engaging work  Comfortable spaces to work  Personal ‘bubbles’  Breaks when necessary  Acceptance for who we are Responsibilities  Lead by example  Use materials and spaces responsibly  Meet expectations wherever you are  Be in control of you
  7. 7. Third Grade Curriculum - Math – Number & Number Sense – Computation & Estimation – Measurement – Geometry – Probability & Statistics – Patterns, Functions, & Algebra * Multiplication tables through 12’s * Numbers < 1 (fractions – identification & computation) * Computation with much larger numbers * Parent Math Night
  8. 8. Language Arts • Reading Workshop : explicit instruction of reading and comprehension strategies • 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
  9. 9. Importance of Nightly Reading Student A Additional 20 minutes/day Student B 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.
  10. 10. Third Grade Curriculum Science Social Studies  Scientific Investigation, Reasoning & Logic  Force, Motion, & Energy  Matter  Life Processes  Living Systems  Interrelationships in Earth/Space Systems  Earth Patterns, Cycles, and Changes  Natural Resources  Geography & Map Skills  Economics  Ancient Greece  Ancient Rome  West African Empire of Mali  Early Exploration of the Americas  Government & Civics  Famous Americans - Wax Museum
  11. 11. SOL Tests Third graders take SOL tests in just two subject areas this year: – Math – Reading * 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
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. Communication • E-mail is best bet: kheathcock@k12albemarle.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) • Conferences • Parent Information Nights – dynamic – will change based on need. • Send notes in daily planner. • Feel free to drop by, but know that I can’t interrupt instruction for non-emergencies.
  14. 14. 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.

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