Monday, October 2, 2017

A Look Ahead to October
Reader’s Workshop - We will continue our efforts to help students make reading part of their lives. The focus will be on essential comprehension skills through fiction text. These skills include envisioning, predicting, retelling, using context clues to figure out unfamiliar words, and questioning.

Writer’s Workshop - Narrative Writing-- Students will continue working on true stories with the goal of a published piece by the end of the quarter.

Math- Continue to use properties of multiplication and division and patterns to multiply and divide within 100.
  • Reach fluency with finding products of single digit numbers and their related quotients.
  • Solve two-step word problems involving the four operations using a letter for the unknown quantity

Geography- The first part of the month students will focus on learning the continents and oceans of the world. They are expected to know their place in the world showing their understanding through a Me on the Map activity.
Government- The second part of the month students will learn about the three levels of government and the responsibilities of each level.  

October Dates to Remember
October 11th - Early Release
October 19th - PIcture Retakes
October 20th - No School
October 31st - Halloween Celebrations-following the 2:00 parade

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Class Dojo

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, notification will be given 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,!/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

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