WELCOME TO THIRDGRADE!Thank you for coming.Tonight I hope to help you gain a betterunderstanding of the work your child will be doingthroughout this school year.I look forward to working in partnership with you thisyear to support your child to develop socially,emotionally and intellectually.Please take a moment to take a look around theclassroom and read the letter that your child hasleft out for you to see.
A LITTLE ABOUT ME– PAUL JOHNSON(FEEL FREE TO CALL ME PAUL, MR. J, OR MR. JOHNSON) 1st year at AIS/D 7 years teaching in a public school near Seattle, WA National Board Certified -Middle Child Generalisto I have a two year old named Bo, and my wife, Nora Strauch teaches Grade 1 right below us. I love to read, ski, garden, cook, surf, climb mountains, fly-fish, travel with Nora & swim with Bo. I am passionate about making learning fun, meaningful, and relevant to the world that we live in. Each day through constant goal setting and small group interaction I work to meet each student’s individual needs. It is important that each and every child is challenged, but also feels like he or she is growing in a nurturing and safe setting. I look forward to getting to know all of you this year!
CAROL PREWITT, SUPPORT TEACHERMONICA MARWAHA, TEACHER’S ASSISTANT Push-in (in class) Pull-out (during modern language) Areas of Support: EAL Reading Writing/word study Math Organizational skills Extension activities
3JO SCHEDULE School hours: 7:45 to 1:40 Tuesday 7:45 to 2:40 Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday Daily Schedule: Recess and Lunch 12:05-12:50 SNACK! 9:20-9:40 Day 1- Art, Spanish Day 2-PE, Performing Arts, HCS Day 3-Spanish Day 4-PE, Library, Art Day 5-Spanish & HCS Day 6-PE & Performing Arts
CLASSROOM AGREEMENT &EXPECTATIONS AISD Vision: Preparing students to become stewards of a just and sustainable world. As teachers we expect students to manage their behavior to the best of their ability so that they can function independently in class as well a collaboratively in groups. The students developed the following agreements they felt were important in order to achieve this goal: Have Fun! Cooperate & be honest Be respectful & responsible Be safe (take care of yourself and others) Always do your best &participate
UNITS OF INQUIRY We cover six units of inquiry in which we try to incorporate all areas of curriculum. Each unit last approximately six weeks. Our Unit Work often provides great interest and excitement in our classrooms, as we explore the following fascinating topics and issues: •Water: River Systems •The Human Body •Exploration •People Helping People •Looking Into the Mirror •Energy
As a part of our unit of inquiry on water, students of grade 3 will record the amount of water used at home over seven days. Students will tally daily household use of water on tally sheets from Sunday, September 2nd through Saturday, September 8thand will return the sheets to class on Sunday, September 9th. Our goal is to record the amount of water used, analyze the results, and identify ways we can help to conserve water at home. Students will record, compile, graph, and analyze their data. Thank you in advance for your support of this environmentally aware project that includes math skills as well as the use of technology. River Field TripSeptember 9th—Please sign permission form
READING WORKSHOP Small group mini-lessons focused on comprehension Independent reading Literature Circles Reader’s Theater focused on fluency Word Work- Structured Word Inquiry/Words Their Way
Writing WorkshopoWhole or small group mini-lessonoIndependent writingoGuided writing and conferencing with childrenoFree Writing6 Traits of Writing Guides Instruction •Ideas •Organization •Conventions •Voice •Word Choice •Sentence Fluency
MathOur mathis designed to be interactive, encouraging studentsto build upontheir natural curiosity to investigateand understand the world around them. Our goal is forstudents to think and reason mathematically. This year wewill continue to work on integrating math across thecurriculum.Our units in third grade are:•Data Collection and Graphing•Multiplication and Division•Measurement•The Number System•Addition and Subtraction•Fractions•Geometry
HOMEWORK 30-40 minutes per night including at least 20 minutes of reading every night. Research has shown that reading is the MOST important indicator of school success. Homework Routine help your child set up a homework area with supplies Reading Log please sign your child’s planner Homework reinforces learning in school
PARENTS AS PARTNERS o I look forward to working in partnership with you this year to help support your child academically, socially, and emotionally. o If you have an area of expertise that you would like to share with the class, or know someone who has a connection to something we are learning about please let me know. Contact me Email:email@example.com Cell phone: 01713396753 Send a note with your child Make an appointment Conferences: Student-Involved October 25th
A FEW LAST THINGS AISD Initiatives this year: Building Relationships, Assessment, & Technology integration Buddy Classroom/Blog/Dietary Restrictions Things that should come home each night & then returned to school (book bag, planners, Howework Folders, any school journals or folders associated with homework) Bus Arrangements (if anything changes, please contact Ishraat/ Kavya/ by 12:00 noon) Please write a note to your child