Friday, July 31, 2015

Welcome to third grade!

Thank you for taking time out of your summer to attend registration, fill out all that paperwork, and get your child's school photo taken.  We sincerely appreciate it.

Our open house is scheduled for Wednesday, August 26th,  anytime between 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM.  We are hoping that you will be able to attend.  Come to your classroom with your supplies and take a moment to introduce yourself to your teacher (Mrs. Sanchez, Mr. Sime, or Mrs. Zurfluh).  Be sure to find your locker and mailbox, too!

During milk, snack, and storytime, we expect each child to provide his/her own healthy snack.  You may want to consider storing a box of crackers in your child's locker in case a snack is ever forgotten.  Open house is a great time to bring a box of snacks!  Teach your child to pack a healthy snack each day and to consume these snacks in moderation as snacks will not be provided nor monitored by the classroom teachers.

The third grade teachers will be using a classroom management tool called ClassDojo this year. ClassDojo is a web based program which allows teachers to track students’ behaviors (positive AND negative) easily and efficiently. The program is based on points, and students can be given positive points for things such as being respectful, responsible, or safe. On the other hand, points can be taken away if students are not respectful, irresponsible, or unsafe. 

The students will be added to the Dojo monitoring system. A letter will be sent home with an attached parent access code so that you can log on to the website, https://home.classdojo.com/#!/signup. On the site, you will be able to see how many points your child has, which positive behaviors were noted, and which negative behaviors he/she needs to work on
One of the greatest features of ClassDojo is that it allows parental access to this information daily and it sends you a “behavior and skills report” every Friday by e-mail.  All you need to do is use the parent access code to get signed up. Our hope is that this will help you monitor the progress of your child’s behavior on a week-to-week basis.
Please contact us if you have any questions!

               ~3rd Grade Team

Grading Scale

The grading scale for our report cards is reported out using numbers. On the top of your child’s papers you may see a 3, 2, or 1. There will be some papers/work we do together or use as practice that we will not necessarily give a number grade.

It’s also important to note that our Math Homework (the sheets sent home) are NOT graded on achievement but on being responsible to complete the work and return it to school. It is our hope that homework helpers will look these sheets over and help the student if needed. We do also take some time to go over the more difficult problems in class.

These are the numbers you will see on some papers as well as the report card.
3-Demonstrates an understanding of grade level standards/expectations taught in this term
2-Demonstrates a partial understanding of grade level standards/expectations taught in this term
1-Does not demonstrate an understanding of grade level standard/expectations taught in this term

Battle of the Books ~ 3rd grade

Are you looking for a way to expose your 3rd grade reader to a variety of authors and genres?  Battle of the Books is the answer.  Your child will be bringing home more information about this opportunity in the future, but you could get your child started on reading some of these titles now.  Enjoy!
These are the 2014~2015 books, but many titles are included each year.  An updated booklist will be added when available. 

  • A Fine, fine School by Sharon Creech
  • Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  • Double Fudge by Judy Blume
  • Duck on a Bike By David Shannon
  • Encyclopedia Brown   by Donald Sobol
  • Escape from Fire Mountain By Gary Paulson
  •  Frindle By Andrew Clements
  • Hoodwinked by Arthur Howard
o    How to Speak Moo By Deborah Fajerman
o    Judy Moody Saves the World By Megan McDonald
o    Little House in the Big Woods By Laura Ingalls Wilder
o    Look Out, Jack, The Giant is Back By Tom Birdseye
o    Matilda  by Roald Dahl
o    Mystery Mansion By Michael Garland
o    Skeleton Hiccups By Margery Cuyler
o    The Black Stallion      by Walter Farley
  • The Color of My Words By Lynn Joseph
  •  The Shark God By Rafe Martin


Third Grade Supply List 2015 ~ 2016


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Xtra Math

Last year our school encouraged our students to use Xtra Math as a way to learn and practice their math facts.  Math Expressions, our current math program, uses a different approach to math fact fluency and practice.  We work on strategies and facts that are related to one another.  Xtra Math is not organized in that manner.  If you would like your child to practice his/her facts, please have her orally recite the sets at home that we are working on at school.  For example, we start with 5s, 2s, and move on to 10s.  Oral practice of these facts will build automaticity.  www.IXL.com offers limited practice on a variety of concepts including facts organized by groups.  Feel free to encourage your son/daughter to practice on IXL.

Once all of our facts have been learned we will send home the codes for practicing using Xtra Math.