For addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, it is expected that third-graders can complete 96 out of 100 facts correctly within five minutes. Click here for a good, free web site for practicing facts, or to print out time tests try Super Kids or Aplusmath.

YPP (Yearly Progress Pro):

YPP is a computer program that is used to supplement our math program. The program is used in two ways. The first use is as a review. Every student will login to their account once a week and take a 15 minute assessment that randomly accesses questions based upon the state standards. This assessment is only used to track their retention of topics already taught by me. The second use is for me to create custom tests and assignments that will cover objectives of the unit being taught. These assessments usually do result in grades for the grade book.

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Scott Foresman is our Reading and Language series. The series is divided into 6 themed units. Most weeks we will cover a story in the book, along with a complementary skill lesson and vocabulary. A main language objective, or two, is covered with each theme (such as nouns). Each week's story will be wrapped up with a "Selection Test" on the story, which is in a multiple choice format of 15 questions. These are taken are regular grades, and students are always allowed to, actually encouraged, to look back in the story while completing these assignments.

Without question, there is no skill which has greater impact on your child’s success in school than reading. Time is set aside each day in class for a sustained silent reading period. In addition, part of your child's nightly homework it to read independently for at least 20 minutes EVERY DAY! Please help your child to see this as an enjoyable time to become immersed in a good book, a positive attitude can make reading fun!

To encourage students to read more at home this year, they will be reading Accelerated Reader (AR) books from our library. AR books in our school library are marked with a star on the side of them and constitute a large number (literally thousands) of commonly read children’s books. After students have read an AR book, they have the opportunity to take a short quiz over the book on the computer (usually 10 questions). You can view your child's progress by logging on to the AR site, the username and password is the same as what your child uses at home to take a test. ONCE YOU LOG ON, YOU CAN SET IT UP TO HAVE AN EMAIL SENT TO YOU EVERY TIME YOUR CHILD TAKES AN AR TEST AT SCHOOL!!!! I find this very useful with my own children, please let me know if you need any help setting this up. The varying number of points each student earns for the test is determined by several factors including: difficulty of the book, length of the book, and how many questions were answered correctly. Student goals are set individually to meet the needs of each child. To meet goals students MUST read nightly to keep up. Students who get behind in points may lose privileges, such as recess, to catch up on their reading.

We will read many novels together this year as well. Some novels will be read as a whole class, and some will be done in small groups. For me, the biggest goal for reading novels together is to help to develop an appreciation for good literature.

We will work a lot on paragraph writing this year. The first half of the year will focus heavily on writing a cohesive paragraph that stays on topic, starts with a main idea, and has good supporting sentences. Towards the end of the year students will be introduced to writing multiple paragraphs, which will be the focus for 4th grade. We will complete one major writing assignment each. Some will be kept in the students' files to measure progress, others will be coming home. Another main focus this year will be on letter writing.

Please see the spelling page for a complete list of spelling words, these are also in their assignment notebook. Each Monday students will be introduced to the week's words. Spelling tests are usually on Thursdays.

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I team with Miss Pontsler. She will teach Social Studies to my class three times a week, and I teach Science to her class. I have focused on science instruction as part of a team for 10 years at Whitehouse, while teaching grades 3 and 4. Switching for Science and Social Studies allows teachers to better focus in our content areas to provide the best instruction for your child.

We do not have a main textbook for science this year. Science lessons will be supplemented with a variety of materials. We will work on the following units:

  • Science Process Skills
  • Force and Motion
  • Rocks and Soil
  • Animal Habitats
  • Animal Life Cycles

Study guides will be provided before tests, which will need to be signed and returned on test days.

We will follow our Social Studies textbook, which focuses on the 3rd grade theme of "Community". Some of the major units to be covered focus on community components, economics, government, map skills, timelines, and local history.

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This site was created on June 16, 2004 and last updated July 29, 2011
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