Academics in Action Third Grade Teachers Mrs. Mathai Mrs. Burkes Ms. Polichnia Ms. Russell Ms. May Ms. Celestine Spelling Homework • Monday: Write spelling words 3 times each. • Tuesday: Complete reading homework. • Wednesday: Write each spelling word in a sentence. Complete math homework. • Thursday: Study for spelling test. Receive or lose a Dojo point for completion/non-completion This will change as the year progresses. Reading Expectations • • • • • • • • • • • • • Reading Skills Vocabulary Character Traits Story Elements Cause and Effect Sequencing Author’s Purpose Fact and Opinion Author’s Craft Compare/Contrast Text to Support Meaning (Evidence) Inference Summary Main Idea & Supporting Details • • • • • Cognitive Thinking Strategies Visualizing Predicting Connecting Questioning Synthesizing Language Expectations • • • • • • Personal Narrative Expository Fiction Writing Persuasive Poetry Grammar-Noun, Verb, Adjective, Adverb, Preposition, FANBOYS Social Studies Expectations • • • • • • Communities Map Skills Geography (research project) Government Economy Historical Figures ELA Grading Guidelines • Major = 60% of final average • Minor = 40 % of final average Subject # Majors # Minors Reading 3 6 Language 3 5 Social Studies 3 5 Reading Levels • • • • Levels taken 3 times per year (MAP test) Beginning of year = Lexile 550-600 Middle of year = Lexile 600-650 End of year = Lexile 650 and above. • Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) testing is a nationally normed self-leveling test. • Computer based Why Read? STAAR • • • • • Math STAAR is May 9 Reading STAAR is May 10 Maximum of 4 hours Homework will help build endurance STAAR information available at: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/p arents/ Math and Science Grading Guidelines • Major = 60% of final average • Minor = 40 % of final average Subject # Majors # Minors Math 3 6 Science 3 5 Homework is Important! Practice Math facts every day!! Math problems every night except for Wednesday. One to ten problems to check for understanding. Math and Science Math • Large group to introduce • Individual Practice • Small Group/Flexible Grouping • Partner Game to reinforce/enrich Science • Hands on labs • Discovery Education • Science Journal • Science Projects Math Expectations For the Year Math Skills • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Counting coins Place Value up to 100,00 Comparing/Ordering Numbers Addition/Subtraction Rounding/Estimating Reading/Naming Fractions Comparing Fractions Composing/Decomposing fractions Multiplication/Division Patterns Paired Tables Number Lines Telling/Elapsed Time Measurements of: Length, Temperature, Perimeter, Area 2D/3D Geometric Figures Graphing Science Expectations For the Year Science Skills • • • • • • Safe Practices/Tools Matter Energy Force and Motion Earth/Space Organisms/Environment Math Websites Check the Wednesday folder for login information for the following online Math programs: – Reflex Math (Fact Fluency) – Thatquiz.org How to Get in Touch With Us • E-mail is the quickest and easiest way to reach us. Mrs. Mathai firstname.lastname@example.org Mrs. Burkes email@example.com Conference Times: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:15-10 Teacher Websites/Phone Numbers • Kleinisd.net Campuses Krahn Teachers (scroll to the bottom) Third Grade Amy Mathai or Judy Burkes Amy Mathai 832 484 6510 Judy Burkes 832 484 6487 Wednesday Folders • Look for them every Wednesday • Some papers might need to be signed and returned. Be sure to check. We have a Wonderful PTO • Please join the PTO • Please send me your email if you would like to volunteer with PTO. Remember • Lunch with your 3rd grader is on Thursday at 11:55 Parent/ Teacher Conferences • Monday, October 12, 2015- student holiday • We will send home a designated time. If it does not work for you, please let us know by signing and returning the form. • We also have a sign up sheet tonight if you would like to sign up for a time. We will send home reminders. • Phone conferences are acceptable depending on academic performance. • We will try to schedule the conference with both the math and language arts teacher. • No walk ins. Thank you for valuing our time and the time of other parents. Thank you for coming tonight. We look forward to working together to make this a fun and rewarding learning year for your child.