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    Daily and Specials Schedule
    8:25-8:40 -- Morning Check-In: Attendance, Lunch Count, HW turn in
    8:40-9:10 -- Specials

    9:10-10:00 -- Writing

    10:00--10:15 -- Recess

    10:15-11:15-- Math

    11:15-12:00 -- Lunch & Recess

    12:00-12:30 -- WIN (What I Need)
    12:30- 2:00 -- Math
    2:00-2:15 -- Recess

    2:15-3:00 -- SS/Sci/CATCH Rotations (M-W) or Organizing/Team Building (F)
    Curriculum Corner 

    DOL: Daily Oral Language

    ·         Monday-Thursday packets

    o   Identify parts of speech

    o   Solve analogies

    o   Synonym/antonym practice

    o   Suffix/prefix practice

    o   Root words

    o   Proofreading sentences and identifying and correcting errors

    o   Math practice page

    § Subtraction/addition

    § Time

    § Word problems

    § Symmetry

    § Measurement

    § Geometry

    § Multiplication/division



    Math Expressions Common Core


    We do a math lesson for our unit EVERDAY! Your child will also be bringing homework home nightly (purple page).

    We practice example problems in our math activity books daily, so sometimes these will come home too in order to serve as examples to help with homework.

    If you find your child is struggling, please encourage him/her to bring their activity book home nightly to serve as a reference.




    We will be using the ReadyGEN curriuculum this year, as well as other short stories and novels.

    Ready GEN compliments the Daily 5 model. We will have whole class lessons, as well as small group lessons, read to self, reading with partners, listening to stories that model reading fluency, and word work (vocabulary and DOL).

    Reading and writing journals will be used to help students practice essential reading comprehension and vocabulary and convention skills.


    Read at home logs will come home on Mondays and are to be turned in the following Monday. Students should be reading at least 100 minutes per week, which is about 20 minutes per night (during a school week). This will be counted as part of their ELA grade.


    Social Studies, Science, and CATCH


    We will be doing in-class reading and discussions of material.

    Students will also complete comprehension questions and vocabulary aligning with the reading and discussions.



    Writer’s Workshop 

    We will practice writing throughout the week in journals, responses to stories, readings, etc…  

    We will also focus on 3 main aspects of writing this year:

    • ·         Writing to inform and explain
    • ·         Narrative writing
    • ·         Opinion/writing to persuade

    These types of writing will be extensive projects done mostly in class over the course of the year.


     Assessment and Grades
    Assessment in the classroom is an ongoing process, so observations and records of the students’ progress constantly guide my instruction. MCPS report cards are linked to the National Standards for student achievement and provide both letter grades and proficiency reporting. While almost every assignment will receive teacher review, they will not all be recorded in the on-line grading program, Q. Report card grades will reflect your child’s growth and progress in each content area, and will correlate closely with proficiency standards. This is not always the same as a traditional grade point average, but will provide all of us with accurate information at each grading point.

    A very popular alternative to an overall letter grade is a scale that uses descriptors: advanced, proficient, nearing proficient, and novice. Our third grade team will be using numbers for each descriptor to assess our students. In addition, we will also have students self-assess on how they feel they are doing with meeting a particular learning target goal within a standard or content area. Below, I will explain each descriptor.

    ·         Advanced: score of 4 

    o   Students go beyond what was presented in class. They provide detailed explanations using examples and diagrams/drawings from their text/lesson. These students have presented me with a more complex learning target goal.

    ·         Proficient: score of 3 

    o   Students exhibit no errors relative to the simple and complex ideas, details, and processes of understanding the content/lesson. Thus, they have met the learning target goal(s).

    ·         Nearing Proficient: 2 

    o   Students require simplification of their learning target goals. They experience partial success, but there are some major errors or omissions of content/lesson understanding.

    o   Students need assistance to complete work to meet the learning target goals.

    ·         Novice: score of 1 

    o   Students, even with help, are only exhibiting partial success, or in some cases, no success.