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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
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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
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Cognitive Thinking Strategies
Visualizing
Predicting
Connecting
Questioning
Synthesizing
Language Expectations
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Personal Narrative
Expository
Fiction Writing
Persuasive
Poetry
Grammar-Noun, Verb, Adjective, Adverb,
Preposition, FANBOYS
Social Studies Expectations
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 amathai1@kleinisd.net
Mrs. Burkes jburkes@kleinisd.net
Conference Times:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9:15-10
Teacher Websites/Phone Numbers
• Kleinisd.net
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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.
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