Check out these photo albums of our year!
In reading, we are work on fluency and comprehension as well as increasing vocabulary words.
In language arts (writing), we write opinions,narratives, informative and explanatory pieces.
In social studies, we work on communities.
In science, we learn about bones, environment, space, and properties of matter, plants, soil, forces and motion, including Lego robotics.
Character education- Each month we learn about one trait of the 7 habits and practice it in our classroom.
7:30 Walk and Talk
8:00 School starts
9:00 Language Arts
12:30 TAG reading time
1:00 T W Social Studies
M Th Science (until 2:30)
F Fun Friday (earned by completing all HW and CW appropriately)
1:45 T Media
W Computer Lab
2:30 Pack up and mark down points for the day
2:35 DEAR and Read Aloud
Community members are invited to volunteer in or for our class. If you would like to volunteer, please email Mrs. Peoples (see information on contact me page for details). Parents are encouraged to volunteer.
* Help in the classroom an hour a week or more.
* Work from home on projects (cutting, etc.)
* Come to school to help with grading (Fridays or Mondays are the days we need it the most).
* Assist during specials (trips, art projects, parties).
* Send healthy items to the school (class snacks)!
Third Grade Expectations are the 7 Habits:
Begin with the end in mind.
Put first things first.
Seek first to understand others.
Sharpen the saw.
Planners must be signed every night . On about Wednesday, graded work and the contract for the previous week is sent home for your review. Students may not attend Friday special fun activities if they owe any work, either school work from the contract or homework. Your signature in the planner tells me that you know the homework, looked at any notes (I love to use labels for notes to parents and you especially want to look for yellow notes about behavior!), reviewed completed work, made sure your child read and that you saw behavior for the day.
Every morning is a fresh start for each child. The points at the end of the day will be listed on the planner. Morning points for HW, reading and such can only be received until 8:15. Anyone leaving early will not get points for the day.
On the last day of the month, students will be able to "shop" with the points they earned.
§ 2 large boxes of tissues for our class to use
§ pencils- 10 or more (NOT mechanical, please!) These will need to be replenished regularly throughout the school year. Please send more often!
§ 3 marble bound composition books for math, reading and a dictionary
§ zippered pencil pouch, with holes, like for a binder!
§ A 3 ring binder, 1 inch, please, for the planner to be kept in all year
§ personal head phones- in a ziplock bag, with your child’s name.
§ colored pencils and/or crayons for your child to use
§ a flat, plastic clipboard (this can be decorated with patterned duct tape)
§ highlighters for your child to use
§ $5 for Scholastic News subscription for the year
pull out disinfectant wipes for cleaning our desks
glue sticks/scissors for your child to use
ziplock bags- any size will be fine- for vocabulary words and such
Get Ready for Third Grade!!
Ø Read DAILY. Students who do not read in the summer can lose as much as half a grade level of reading ability. Students who read 5 or more AR books on a second grade level or higher, and pass the tests the first week of school, will get a “no HW pass.” This is a very big deal in third grade.
Ø Review addition and subtraction facts through 20- all facts should be memorized. Speed does matter for these. Making it into a game while you are driving can help. Do a few every day until your child is fluent and fast. Students may also begin to memorize multiplication tables. These are required in third grade.
Ø Review all math skills. Visit www.reneepeoples.org and look on the math games page to see some online games to use for practicing math facts. Resources for parents will be posted on the home page, also.
Ø Check the school’s Facebook page for links and suggestions throughout the summer. I manage this and I put up-to-date resources on it.
Behavior is recorded on a "seven habits ladder" each day. The higher a child is on the ladder at the end of the day, the more points he or she earns. When a habit is not followed, the student’s dot will be moved down. When a student is using the seven habits, his or her dot will be moved up. Completing all homework or making a 100% on an appropriate level, independent AR book result in automatic moves up. The dot is in motion all day so your child can always try again and improve behavior, any time of the day. Any student on negative one at lunch has half time silent lunch. Negative two is silent lunch for the entire time. If a student gets "on the red" at the very bottom of the chart, he or she will get a yellow note that he or she must complete and get a parent to sign.
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