Class Procedures and Homework
ClassDojo--I use this program to track positive/negative behavior observed in class. I also use this program often to message parents. Please look for a letter to be sent home soon with a code to enroll in this year's class.Raffle Tickets--In my classroom, I use raffle tickets as a positive incentive. These will be given to students who are on task and exhibiting good behavior. About every 4 weeks, students will put their tickets into a jar for a raffle. The raffle items that a student may win consist mainly of school supplies. Several names are called during each raffle.Team Points--Teams are given points when everyone on that team is working, on task, and cooperating together. The students on the team with the most points for the week will be given several raffle tickets each.Popcorn Scoops--The class will earn scoops of popcorn when the whole class has shown super behavior and/or effort during the day. Multiple scoops can be earned each day. The class will earn a popcorn party whenever the popcorn jar is full!
Steps--Each time a student breaks a rule, they earn a step along with consequences. Steps are cleared at the beginning of each month.*Step 1 is a conference with the teacher about ways to improve the behavior*Step 2 is another conference with the teacher, a phone call home, and a recess detention*Step 3 is a conference with the teacher, another phone call home, and a recess and lunch detention*Step 4 is three recess and three lunch detentions and parent notification*Step 5 is a conference with the principal or vice principal with a consequence determined by theadministrator and parent notification
Homework and Assignment Sheet
Students will receive a weekly assignment sheet every Monday. Every day, the students fill out their assignment sheet with that day’s assignments. These are assignments that have been given in class with time to work on each of them as well. I encourage you to look at your child’s assignment sheet every day to see what assignments he/she may need to complete at home. I check the assignment sheet each morning to ensure that students are keeping up with their daily assignments. This is one way I keep in contact with parents about their child’s progress. Every Friday, students must return the assignment sheet with a parent signature.
Every day, your child will have assignments in language arts, spelling, reading, math, social studies, and/or science. I expect the classroom assignments to be completed. I give time in class to work on all assignments and whatever is not finished by the end of the day is considered "homework". Be sure to check that your child is finished with all of the assignments for that day and that he/she is keeping up with an independent reading book, too. If your child is spending more than 30 minutes each day at home completing assignments, please let me know right away so we can discuss what areas of concern may be occurring.
If a child does not have an assignment completed, that student may receive a recess detention. All assignments are due the following day unless otherwise noted. I will circle any missing/incomplete assignments on the assignment sheet each day. If your child is absent, I give appropriate time to make up assignments. Please keep all assignments in your child's binder!
I keep each student’s graded assignments for a period of 2-3 weeks in a file. After that time, I send each student’s graded assignments home with them. Please make sure that you are seeing your child’s work on a regular basis. If you are not seeing it, please feel free to contact me so we can figure out why!
Students are graded using a percent system which is converted to a proficiency score in all subjects. For example, 85-100% is a 4, 71-84% is a 3, 51-70% is a 2, and 50% and below is a 1. Points are given for assignments, tests, quizzes, and projects, and students' scores are figured from that point.
Each student is expected to read for 15-20 minutes each night (M-Th) and write down what they read with a parent initial. The reading logs are to be written on the tan colored handout that is given on Mondays. The reading log sheet will be collected every Friday. Students will be given time to read in class, also. In addition to the independent reading component, we will be having "Book Talks" in class. These will be informal chats about books that the students are reading. This provides an opportunity for students to hear about books that they may have an interest in, too!
I will be assigning book report projects throughout the year. Each student will choose a book he/she has read to complete a book report project to present to the class. More information will be provided to the students regarding these projects when they are assigned.We will also be reading an assortment of novels as a class, as well as using the new McGraw Hill "Wonders" adoption throughout the year. Our focus is on reading comprehension, summarizing, vocabulary, and making connections with the texts. Third grade marks the transition from "learning to read" to "reading to learn". Please encourage the independent reading at home by helping to provide a quiet, calm environment for it (both of my daughters enjoy reading right before bed).
This will consist of grammar, writing narratives and essays, and daily spelling assignments given in class. Students are typically assigned a writing assignment each week in which they will brainstorm, write a rough draft, edit, and publish a final draft. As part of our daily routine, every morning students will complete a grammar, writing, or reading comprehension warm-up after they enter the classroom and have settled in. While they are working on the warm-up, I will be checking their assignments and assignment sheet. The warm-ups will be turned in every Friday for credit and will be included in their language arts grade.
Every day I will teach a lesson in math and provide the students time to get started on their assignment. They will also have a short math warm-up each day with the language warm-up (see above). After completing each unit, students will be given an assessment covering the concepts learned in that unit. Periodic quizzes and other forms of assessment are also given to gauge overall student progress. Multiplication is strongly emphasized in third grade, so it is important that students begin practicing times tables from the first day! Please look over your child’s math assignments at home when you can.DreamBox is used on a regular basis as well. I will be keeping track of student progress in the classroom and focusing on mastery of grade level standards from kindergarten on up.Think Central is an online component of our Houghton Mifflin "Math Expressions" adoption. I use this program as a reinforcement of the concepts/lessons taught in class. Many times I use Think Central for assessment to help the 3rd graders in becoming more comfortable with online assessments, such as district testing three times per year and SBAC in late spring.
Using maps, graphs, and charts to understand geography, studying American Indians, and learning about the structure of the U.S. government are some of the topics covered in third grade social studies. Multiple forms of energy and matter, varying structures of plants and animals that are needed for survival, and engineering are some of the topics studied in third grade science. I will be alternating units of social studies and science during the school year.
Monday through Thursday will be P.E. days. We will be outside approximately 25-30 minutes each P.E. day. Please be sure that your child has proper footwear on those days. Grades are based on participation and effort.