Third Grade

Curriculum:
Reading
  • Storytelling, choral reading, plays, songs, partner reading, and presentations

  • Small group guided reading instruction is provided at individual skill levels

  • Strategy instruction will accompany guided reading

  • Independent reading where students read a variety of text including text at their instructional level and books of student choice 

 

Writing
  • Writing process is taught using life experiences to brainstorm, pre-write, draft, share, revise, edit, and sometimes publish 

  • Variety of written work will be produced including journals, stories, letters, lists, essays, poems, and independent study which can include research reports

  • Narratives, letter writing, essays and poetry are our main focus this year

  • Conventional spelling will be emphasized and the children will be taught editing, dictionary skills, and grammar  

     

 

Word Study
  • Emphasis is on understanding spelling patterns and similarities for life-long spelling success rather than memorization of word lists

  • Bi-monthly word lists are differentiated based upon your child’s needs

  • Spelling groups are formed based on the combined performance in pretests, reading levels and writing samples

  • Assessments are every other week and vary from classroom to classroom

  • Spelling grade on report card is a combination of spelling tests and application of spelling rules in authentic writing during writing workshop 

     

 

Technology 
  • SBISD has implemented a third grade keyboarding initiative that uses The Writer Learning System to teach keyboarding skills and integrate keyboarding into the curriculum throughout the year – 15 minutes per day per child is alloted

  • Daily keyboarding instruction focuses on finger placement, accuracy and speed

  • Variety of multi-media projects and activities will be explored such as PowerPoint, trading cards, chart and graph making, research, scanning, digital cameras, to name a few. 

     

Math
  • Patterns – identify, extend, and create in numbers, shapes, and operations

  • Metric and Customary Measurement – length, volume, weight/mass, perimeter, area, temperature (F)

  • Place Value – reading, writing, comparing, ordering numbers to 999,999

  • Addition and Subtraction Strategies – rounding, estimating, fact families

  • Time – read, tell and write time to the minute

  • Fractions – whole numbers, locating halves, and fourths on a number line

  • Money – counting and writing value, understanding place value of money

  • Geometry – naming anc comparing 2-D and 3-D figures

  • Graphing – collect, organize, record, display, and analyze data

  • Problem Solving – reasonableness using Singapore Math strategies and SBISD models 

  • Fact Mastery – addition and subtraction through 12s, and multiplication (1, 2, 3, 5, 10, doubles)

  • Multiplication – strategies, and facts to 12x12

  • Division – concrete and pictorial models

  • Computation Practice – ongoing 

     

 

Science
  • Matter

  • Chemical and Physical Changes

  • Forms of Energy

  • Force and Motion

  • Natural Resources and Destructive Forces

  • Landforms

  • Weather

  • Sun and Planets

  • Environments

  • Plants and Animals

 

Social Studies 
  • Maps

  • Geography

  • Citizenship and Government

  • Economics

  • Story of America

  • Famous people who have made a difference

     

 

Handwriting 
  • We use the Handwriting Without Tears, developmentally-based curriculum 
  • Our goal: “Cursive After The New Year” 

 



Behavior/Conduct:
 
 
Third grade rules are simple and clear:
 
In this classroom we are respectful, and we don’t cause problems for ourselves or others.
 
Our school is a happy and safe place for all. In order for learning to occur, children have to take charge of their choices. If a child does not follow the rules, there are several things we will do. We will make note of the behavior and discuss it privately with the child. The child will have an opportunity to determine a solution to prevent the problem from recurring.   We will make note of the topic of conversation on the homework calendar. Often a private conference may not be needed. Gentle reminders usually work very well to help students remember our rules.
 
The calendar is simply one way we communicate between home and school. Please review the calendars daily so you are aware of your child’s behavioral choices at school. This sheet is kept in the homework binder which contains the daily conduct expectations and a weekly grade. The weekly grades determine the conduct grades on the report cards at the end of each quarter. The children need to have a parent sign the bottom of this sheet every weekend and return it to school the following Monday.
 
We appreciate your support as we establish a safe and respectful learning environment for all children.
 
Creating Community:
 
We implement the Tribes TLC curriculum to create and foster classroom community. It allows children to develop their ability to voice their concerns and celebrate what is working for them socially. We practice listening and respecting each other in everything we do, even when opinions differ. The goal of this approach is to feel a sense of community in a safe environment where risk taking is not only accepted but encouraged.
 
Newsletter:
 
A newsletter is sent home weekly via e-mail. This is one way we connect school experiences and expectations with you at home. Please take time to review this document. It will include everything you need to stay on top of things going on at school in regard to third grade.
 
Communication:
 
All transportation changes must be accompanied by a parent signature. If changes need to be made during the school day, they must be done so through the front office by noon. These changes must be done so in writing from the parent. We no longer can accept email as a valid transportation change.
 
Often our planning time is spent in meetings or preparing for class, so we are not usually able to check our computer until after school. Please give us a 24 hour turn-around to respond to e-mails and notes in regard to individual questions or concerns. We want to give you the privacy and attention you deserve which sometimes takes some scheduling on our part.
We ask you don’t call us at home unless it is something that cannot wait and needs immediate attention. Thanks, in advance, for respecting our personal family time.  
 
Conferences:
 
There will be a required fall and an optional spring conference for each child. If you would like an additional conference please let me know, and I would be happy to meet with you.   
 
Homework:
 
Please join us in taking homework seriously. It would be helpful if you establish a routine at home for homework time and have available to your child adequate supplies, good lighting, and a quiet atmosphere.
 
Each Monday your child will bring home an assignment sheet in the homework binder. This shows the daily homework assignment(s) your child needs to complete. Homework is used as a reinforcement of skills taught in the classroom and is not to exceed one hour per night. Each evening your child will have 20 minutes of reading to complete and 5-10 minutes of fact practice. The remainder of the homework time varies. We are working toward independence and responsibility; therefore a child will receive an automatic mark in his or her folder with no warning when he or she forgets homework. If your child is consistently spending a inordinate amount of time doing homework, you should contact your child’s teacher.    
 
If your child forgets his or her homework, it is helpful if you want to drop it by school after school has started.   Keep in mind the focus is on responsibility, so the mark will remain.
 
We want the students to complete the homework independently. It is the child’s responsibility to complete the homework – not yours. However, if you see the need for support, we encourage you to assist. We would like for you to look over your child’s homework before it is returned and help him or her with any mistakes. From time to time there might be an additional assignment or project. You will be given plenty of notice when the homework expectations change.
It is just as important to us that our students have down time and creative playtime every single day. Our aim is that the average child spends no more than an hour on homework. The reality is that some will spend more and some will spend less. Please let us know if there is something not working at your house during homework time and we will do our best to individualize. Thanks so much!
 
Medications:
 
All medications, prescription and non-prescription, must be given to the school nurse.
 
Grading:
 
We encourage you to stop by the school office to set up a family account on the Spring Branch website. This enables you to watch your child’s grades as the teachers enter them in the system. It gives you an updated average with each assignment. Once you have an account, you are in the system for the duration of your child’s Spring Branch experience.
 
Birthday Guidelines:
 
We think birthdays are a big deal and should be celebrated. We want everyone to participate in the celebration of every birthday. We have a lot of dietary restrictions that we want to respect, therefore we are not centering birthdays on food treats in the third grade. If you’d like to send a goodie bag or a small gift to the students in your class, those will be sent home with the children the day they are received.   Please refrain from sending candy or food of any kind.  
 
Reminder: all personal party invitations need to be sent from home and not delivered at school.