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A Message from 3rd Grade Teacher

The daily schedule for the 3rd Grade is as follows:

 

Time

Activity

7:50 - 8:10 AM Religion
8:45 - 9:50 AM Reading Literature / English
9:50 - 11:00 AM

Handwriting / Spelling

11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon Math
12:45 - 1:00 PM Accelerated Reading (Silent Reading Time)
1:00 - 2:45 PM Science, Social Studies, Art, Music, Health and Physical Education *
2:45 PM Dismissal

 

* Wednesday and Friday - Physical Education
* Tuesday - Music * Wednesday - Library / Computer - Language Arts Lab

The 3rd Grade Projects are listed below.

 

Report about Myself

Wolves Report

My Favorite Book

Autobiographies

Farm Animal Reports
(PowerPoint Slide Show)

Leprehcaun Traps

Panthers Report

Ireland Report
PowerPoint Slide Show

Spiders Report

My Insect Report

Thanksgiving Traditions

Newspaper Ad

Christmas Recipe Book

Travel Brochure

Planet Report
(PowerPoint Slide Show)

Third Grade Memories

President Report
(PowerPoint Slide Show)

Meet the Masters

Fun books to be read in class during the school year

Book

Author

Charlotte's Web E. B. White
Ramona the Brave Beverly Clearly


Religion:

This year the students will be developing themselves spiritually through daily prayers, petitions offered, and personal petitions. Along with prayers the students will have daily homework to review what was taught to reinforce and help the students grow closer to God. Weekly, the students will be tested on the material taught.  During this year their spirituality will grow through multiple projects and through a visit to a convalescent home, where they will enhance their lives by helping others.  This year the students will be learning about the sacraments, prayers and performing plays for the different holidays celebrated. This is just the tip of the iceberg of what the students will be learning.


Prayers: Hail Mary, Our Father, Glory Be, Apostle's Creed, Nicene Creed   and Sign of The Cross
Projects: Illustrator/Author of stories, Personal Journal
Text: Faith First www.faithfirst.com


Language Arts: (Includes Reading, English, Writing, and Spelling)


Reading:

Vocabulary and word analysis are a couple of areas where the students develop their reading aloud with others and by themselves. During this process the children will develop a love of reading, which starts the process of being able to write and express their thoughts and ideas.

Text: Houghton Mifflin 
Novels: See Reading List
Reading Program: Accelerated Reader (See attach information)


English:

In this area the students will be able to format sentence structure using nouns, verbs, adjectives, pronouns.....Students focus on grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, and capitalization.

Text: Houghton Mifflin


Writing:

The students write clear, coherent sentences, and paragraphs that develop a central idea. Through this writing process they begin forging their writing skills through pre-writing, drafting, revising, and editing of their work. In this process they consider their audience and purpose for writing.

Writing Program: Writing Traits
Major Writing Projects in Language Art:  Personal Narrative, Character Descriptions, Directions, Book Reviews, Fantasy and Adventure Stories.


Spelling:

Our main focus here is word recognition, vocabulary, and developing the student’s skills in sounding out and writing of words. Pre-tests are every Monday, and tests are on every Friday. Also, the students place their words in sentences, stories, definitions, and ABC order to name a few.


Math:

In this subject there is a deeper understanding of place value through addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers. The students will develop math skills to help them move forward and master this concept with time. The students are tested every 5 lessons. (Once A Week)

Text: Saxon http://www.saxonpublishers.com


Social Studies:

In this subject the students learn how to make connections to the past, emphasizing the physical and cultural landscapes, including the study of American Indians and the arrival of immigrants, as well as focusing on the immigrants’ impact on forming our society as a Melting Pot.


Text: Houghton Mifflin
Projects: President Report, Pilgrim and Native American Indian Project, and Immigrant Project

www.enchantedlearning.com


Science:

In this subject we are taken through three major units. We look at Earth Science to learn about planets, sun, and earth's moon. Secondly, we learn about Life Science, which includes studying about our ecosystem, organisms, and other living things within our environment. Finally, we learn about Physical Science, studying matter, energy, and how both affect our world. We learn about light and sound. Both travel in many directions and our source of being.

Text: Discovery Works
Projects: Planet Report, Moon Observation, And Plants Observation


 

Understanding Your Third Grade Child


Encourage your child to be friends with everyone.
Encourage your child to be positive role models and leaders of our school
Encourage them to be kind, and patient to all.
Bullying and clicks are not tolerated behavior in my classroom.


Needs of Third Grade Children

Bedtime

Every third grader should be IN BED between 8 and 8:30.  Set a bedtime and stick to it!
Try not to schedule so much into your child’s life that there is no longer free time to play.  Special lessons are wonderful and important; as are sports and clubs, but sometimes it is overwhelming to a child if too much is planned at one time.  Beware of sports programs that schedule late practices, ending around 8.  By the time the child gets home, washes, eats and relaxes, it could mean bedtime is at 9 or 10!

Lunch

Third graders eat lunch at the tables in the Cafeteria.  Please include a paper napkin and one sheet of paper towels in your child’s lunch box each day.  The towel can be used as a place mat and spills/crumbs can be quickly wiped up.  NO SODA OR CANDY should be sent to school.  Glass containers are also not allowed.  The children have been told to bring uneaten food home so that you know what and how much is eaten.  DO NOT bring forgotten lunches to school.  Classmates will be encouraged to share a small part of their lunch with their friends.  Occasionally surprise your child with a note tucked in the lunch box.  It might simply say, “I love you!” or “I hope you are having a good day!”  Not only is this a reassuring touch, but it encourages reading, as well.

Snacks

A nutrition break takes place each morning at 10:10, before recess.  Here are some suggestions: small pieces of fruit, celery/carrot sticks, cheese, crackers, a small muffin, raisins ...something good for your child!  The snack should be SMALL because it must be eaten in 5 minutes.  Chip, cookies or fruit rolls are not considered nutritious snacks.

Birthday Treats

Whenever a child celebrates a birthday he/she receives a card and a gift from the class treasure chest.  We sing “Happy Birthday” and bless him/her.  It is fine to send a treat for the entire class (25 children), as long as it is easy to hand out.  The children will be given the treat at snack or lunch time.  Please do not send the bakery cupcakes that have lots of frosting; frequently these go uneaten.  A simple cookie or muffin is perfect.  Another suggestion (instead of food) for a birthday treat is a new fancy pencil or eraser for everyone.  Some children have chosen a favorite book to place on our classroom library shelf.  The book was inscribed with their name and date of their gift to the class.
If your child has a summer birthday, you might want to celebrate the “half birthday.”  Please let me know ahead of time, if you plan on sending a treat.  It is best to send the treat to school in the morning when your child comes to school.

Please let me know if your child has a food allergy so we can let parents know what NOT to send for treats.


How Parents Can Help Their Third Grade Child

·        Encourage your child to read aloud with you or by themselves daily.
·        Always check their folders and backpacks for assignments or notes from the teacher.
·        Know that your child will have daily homework assignments.
·        Any class work that is not completed in class becomes part of their homework.
·        There will be no extra credit assignments given.
·        Please assist your child with at home projects.


Homework Expectation of Third Grade Children

In third grade all children use a Planner Booklet in which they will write their homework.  It is large and not easy to lose!  Each day your child will write assignments in it, as well as important information for the week.  It should be returned to school daily in the homework folder.  Please initial it daily to indicate that you have seen the homework.

Homework is the responsibility of the CHILD!  Parents do need to provide the materials and a quiet place, but the child is responsible for taking the work home, doing it, placing it back in the folder and book bag, and having it at school the next day.  If your child forgets the book or paper in school, please DO NOT ask someone in the office or the custodian to open the door.  IF YOUR CHILD LEAVES THE HOMEWORK AT HOME OR IN THE CAR, DO NOT BRING IT TO SCHOOL!  Learning responsibility and accepting consequences for one’s actions are both parts of becoming a good citizen.

Homework should last one hour for third grade.  If your child finishes quickly, he/she should read the remainder of the time.  If it takes longer than one hour, try setting a timer so that your child will become more aware of time passing.  Often daydreaming or dawdling is the reason it is not completed in a reasonable length of time.  Homework is REVIEW or PRACTICE of a skill and should not be difficult.  Please contact me if doing homework is becoming a problem at your house.

I do ask parents to take part in homework by listening to their child read or by signing a parent page that gives you information on what is happening in class.
Our SAXON math program requires that homework be done every night.  There will usually be one page of math fact practice and one page of class review.  Help might be necessary if your child struggles with reading directions.  These papers should be corrected at home and signed on a daily basis.


Friday Folders
Daily work is filed in our classroom and sent home on Friday in a special “Friday Folder.”  This gives you extra time on the weekend to discuss the work with your child. PRAISE! HELP! REVIEW! Return the folder on Monday morning, empty.  Please initial and write a comment of encouragement to your child on the parent form.


Reporting and Communication between Parents and Teachers


-   Parent- Teacher Conference in November 2008.

-   Friday Folders: Reviews student’s weekly assignments (Signature Required of Guardian).

-  Teacher's notes, emails, and phone calls regarding student’s progress.
Individual contact with parents when need arises.

-   Parents are encouraged to send a note, phone the teacher at school, email, or make an appointment for a conference whenever they have a concern, letting the teacher know of significant changes or events (new glasses, loss of pet, family emergency, change in living arrangements, etc...) that might affects the student’s ability to learn.


3rd Grade’s Class Wish List
1.  Newspapers
2.  Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener
3.  Magazines (National Geographic, Kids Times, Science for Kids etc.)
4.  Wide Ruled Notebook Paper
5.  Fabric (green, red, Christmas material patterns: Snowman, Santa Claus, Angel’s etc.)
6.  Tempera paints ( red, blue, yellow, green, brown, orange, black, and purple).
7.  Paper Plates:    -Small, Medium, and Large
8.  Brown bags (lunch size)
9.  Paper cups:   -Small, Medium, and Large
10.  Tongue depressors
11. Yarn (fall colors and Christmas colors)
12.  Scraps of Fabric (fall colors)
13.  Ziploc Baggies:    -Small  & -Large
14.  Wired hangers (from the cleaners)
15.  Shoe boxes
16.  Felt squares (variety of colors)
17.  Egg cartons
18.  Potting soil
19.  Seeds for  growing herbs
20.  Small clay pots (class set of 24)
21.  Toilet paper rolls
22.  Paper towels
23.  Wipes
24.  Glitter (variety of colors)
25.  Straws
26.  Foil

Look around your house for some of these items to donate.  Please contribute to our classroom purchasing any of the items above.  Put your name next to the items you wish to donate, this would be greatly appreciated for our classroom projects.  We will be using these items for art, science, religion, social studies and a wide variety of other activities throughout the school year.

3rd Grade Supply List

Please bring all items on the first day of school.  Be sure to write your child’s name on each item.

All of the following items should be unwrapped and placed in a Pencil Box.  A simple plastic rectangular school box is needed. A fancy kind with a handle, zipper or other ornamentation WILL NOT FIT in the desk. The box should be approximately 8 ½” by 5 ½” by 3”. Space is limited.

PENCILS – Six sharpened #2 lead pencils are needed.  Please sharpen them at home, if possible.

CRAYONS – A box of 24 crayons is needed. Please do not send larger boxes. These need to be replaced every trimester.  You may wish to purchase a few boxes now, while they are inexpensive.

ERASER – A soft gum eraser works best.

SCISSORS – A sturdy pair is needed and should be the child-safety type. Fiskar makes a good one, but any type is acceptable. Plastic scissors often do not cut with enough precision. Choose a metal pair.

3 GLUE STICKS – We use glue sticks VERY often, so the giant size is best. These, too, will need to be replaced frequently, so purchase a large package.

4 RED BALL POINT PEN – This needs to be a pen, not a marker.

1 YELLOW HIGHLIGHTER.

COLORED PENCILS – A box of 12 is needed.  Please do not send larger boxes.  These will need to be replaced every trimester.

PENCIL SHARPENER – A small hand-held one to fit inside the pencil box.

Each student will also need:

A BOOK BAG – A simple zippered one that will hang in our small closet space is preferred. Do not purchase the kind with wheels.

A 1” WHITE 3-RING BINDER – This will be used in the Technology/Language Arts Lab.  Please write your child’s name inside the binder with a permanent marker.

2 JOURNAL NOTEBOOKS – College ruled, spiral notepads approximately 8 ½ X 11 inches.

1 SPELLING NOTEBOOK – Small spiral notepad approximately 4 x 5 inches.

5 “PEE-CHEE” TYPE FOLDERS – Each folder should be a different color – yellow, red, purple, blue, and green. One will be for homework, one for keeping classwork/projects in the desk, one for sending papers home on Friday, one for storing prayer/song papers, and one for writing.  Please get the kind with the pocket along the bottom, rather than along the sides; these are easier for the children to handle. Print your child’s first and last name inside each folder.

PENCILS – Please send a package of 48 pencils.  Each week your child will be given a new sharpened pencil (not necessarily the ones he/she brought).  They do not have to be “fancy”.  Plain yellow pencils are perfect and inexpensive.

1 BOTTLE WHITE GLUE – 4 oz. Size

1 WATER COLOR PAINT SET – The Crayola brand has the best quality paintbrush, but any brand is acceptable. An 8 color set is large enough.

1 BOX CRAYOLA CLASSIC MARKERS with the 8 basic colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, black).  Please leave them in the box. We will use them for special projects, and they will not be stored in the desks at the beginning of the year. Purchase the thick kind, not the thin kind.

1 RULER with both inch and centimeter measurements.

2 REQUIRED READING BOOKS TO PURCHASE:

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White  (Fall semester)

Ramona the Brave by Beverly Clearly  (Spring semester)

3 CONTAINERS OF BABY WIPES (any brand)

2 boxes of Kleenex-type tissues

2 rolls of paper towels

2 packets of college-ruled paper (250 to 400 sheets per package)

THREE STRETCHY CLOTH BOOKS COVERS – These covers are wonderful! They can easily be put on, and they do not fall off or tear. They also can be washed and used again and again. These book covers can be purchased at Coffee Hour on the first day of school or later in the office.

These items will be needed at home to do homework:

A quiet place to work at a desk or table, pencils, crayons, scissors, glue stick

If your son/daughter will use a LUNCH BOX, please remember that many lunch boxes need to fit in the closet at one time. It is a tight squeeze if everyone has an extra large cooler type box.  Select a lunch box that fits your child’s needs, but is not too big.

I realize that many items are needed, but I hope that by having the list in June, you will be able to purchase many of the items when they are on sale during the summer.


Thanks!!

3rd Grade Teacher

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