The students will copy down their homework each morning as part of their morning routine. Homework is given Monday through Thursday night every week, unless there is a holiday or special event. The students will be writing their homework in their PTO planners. Please review this with your child and initial the planner each night. In addition to the written homework, the students are expected to read for 15-20 minutes each night.
Students will either bring home a workbook or sheet for reading, spelling, and math homework. If for any reason your child does not or can not complete the homework assignment, please send in a note. When a student does not complete an assignment (without a note) we will send home a note informing you of the incomplete assignment and ask that it be completed.
We will be assigning our Finish It on Monday to have it due back on Friday. This is a writing activity and would like to give the students time to complete it.
Homework should take no longer than 30-45 minutes. If you find any difficulties with the homework, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We strongly encourage each student to practice and review their addition and subtraction facts on an ongoing basis. In addition, when we begin multiplication, practicing and reinforcing these facts at home will assist each student in learning and memorizing their times tables. Flash cards are an excellent tool to use. Ongoing mini-quizzes will be used to assess the accuracy and speed at which each individual student can complete these facts. Students are expected by the end of third grade to have their multiplication facts memorized.
Reading and Writing Workshop
Our Reading and Writing Workshop combines a variety of strategies and activities to provide all children opportunities to read and write. We incorporate a whole class approach to reading involving a shared read aloud. This is where we introduce strategies and utilize think alouds to guide the students. We may also enjoy a class novel together. Students will also work in small guided reading groups with teacher support on skills that they need to develop. Another component of our program is independent reading. Students will become independent readers responsible for thinking about their books while responding in their reading journals. Our goal is to foster a love for reading and provide opportunities for all students to grow as readers.
In writing, we will be incorporating the Six Traits of Writing into our writing lessons. In addition, we will focus on narratives, non-fiction writing, persuasive writing, and poetry. We will work on establishing the writing process and strengthening our writing with details.
Beginning in October, students will complete a book report or project based upon using a book from their home collection, our class library, or the school library. Books will be approved before they are used for the project. Each month a new project will be given. The students will have the entire month to read their book and complete the project. The project for the month and the due date will be sent home monthly. We enjoy celebrating our projects as a class. It is a great opportunity for each student to share and to expose the class to a variety of books.
Beginning this year, the third grade students will be learning the alphabet in cursive, both lowercase and capital letters. The students will have a practice workbook and are encouraged to practice the letters at home. When they have mastered all lowercase letters, we will begin to incorporate cursive into their writing.
Notebooks and Folders
Homework notebooks and folders are required to come with the student to school each day. Students will also have classwork folders that contain work they need to complete during the school day and extra credit work. In addition, they will have notebooks in their desk for science/social studies and math. Spelling notebooks will be kept in a special bin. Reading folders and notebooks are kept separately in their reading bins.
We celebrate birthdays in school. Please let us know ahead of time if you plan to send something in. An individual treat works best. Please send in napkins or small paper plates as well to accompany these treats. Thank you.
Throughout the year, your child may earn a homework pass. The homework pass is a team program that fosters cooperation, hard work, and good listening skills. Cooperative groups work together to earn tickets. When they have reached the established benchmark, their entire team earns a homework pass. The use of homework passes is optional, and they may be kept for as long as necessary.
New York State Assessments
In the third grade, your child will be taking two state assessments, the English Language Arts Exam and Math Exam are both given in April. For further information on these exams, you can check out this website: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/ei/eigen.html
NWEA MAP Assessment
Three times a year our class will complete a computerized assessment in reading and math that is used by classroom teachers and classroom specialists. This assessment will be used to set goals for students, identify areas of strength and weakness, and allow us to formulate learning objectives on how best to meet the needs of all our students.
Common Core Curriculum
This year we will be planning lessons under the guidelines of the Common Core Standards. More information on these standards can be found at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/
If your child is out for any reason, please send in an excuse note on the day they return. It is a New York State law that an absent note be sent to explain any absence. If you know ahead of time that your child will be late or absent, please call the Safety Phone line.
Scholastic Book Orders
Throughout the year we will be sending home book order forms. Scholastic has an online component where you can order the books on your computer and pay with a debit or credit card. If you would prefer, you can also send in a check with your order form to school.