Welcome to Third Grade!
Third grade is a year of transition. Third graders transition from "learning to read" in the beginning of the year to "reading to learn" at the end of the year. It's also a time for students to assume responsibility for their education and become life-long learners. Check out our back to school presentation here.
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Want to help out with supplies? Here are some items that our classroom is always in need of:
Black Sharpie (fine and ultra fine)
Throughout the year GUSD teachers submit projects for funding supplies that our classroom needs. Check it out here and donate if possible.
Don’t worry if your student isn’t on track each day; I expect them to make some misguided choices. That is an important part of growing up and learning to make good choices! If you have any concerns please feel free to contact me. On the first day of each week I will send home a packet in the homework folder with the previous week’s work and a progress report. The paper needs to be signed and returned the next day. Feel free to write comments on the report for me also.
In case Common Core is making you worry, let me reassure you. We will still work on reading, grammar, spelling, and writing daily. This year we are excited to start a new ELA CCSS program, Benchmark Universe. For Math, the importance of mastering all the times tables 0-10 can't be stressed enough. The third grade theme in Social Studies is "Our Communities”. For Science we cover all major themes: Earth, Physical, and Life Science. Our first Science unit will be on Matter.
What to Expect for Homework
Reading nightly for at least 30 minutes is essential for growth in third grade. If your child is behind even more time is necessary. Homework will consist of any unfinished work from the day and a small paper for practice. Take this time to spend with family, read together, study when you have the chance as often as possible. Students will still pick an AR book to read and earn points each week for rewards. Math facts need to be practiced as much as possible!
Our classroom has four simple rules.
1. Be Responsible
2. Be Respectful
3. Be Safe
4. Be Productive
Suggested Student Supplies
For the school day all the supplies your child needs are in our desks and ready to use.
We work on a lot of projects that require creating something so it HIGHLY recommended you have a set at home. Here are some supplies that are recommended for home.
Crayons & colored pencils
Ultra fine tip black sharpie
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8:30 a.m. School begins
2:35 p.m. Dismissal
8:30 a.m. School begins
1:45 p.m. Dismissal
Monday and Wednesday 9:05-9:55
*Please wear or bring appropriate shoes on these days.
I encourage parents to help out in the classroom as much as their schedule will allow. Please see me and I can give you some options, even if you can't be in the class during school hours.
After School Program
After school is dismissed students have the opportunity to work on their homework with credentialed teachers after school. There also are many different enrichment activities students can choose from. Space is limited, so please apply as soon as possible. Please contact the school office for more information.
First Day Packet
There are many forms in the First Day Packet. Please go through it carefully. It needs to be returned as soon as possible. We need permission for almost everything we do in the classroom. Last year’s packet can’t be used for the current school year. Each student needs a packet and siblings can't be combined. Thank you!