Monday, August 18, 2014

Whats going on...

Here is a glance at our week!!


DON'T FORGET!! Third Grade Curriculum night is this Thursday, August 21 at 6:30pm.  We will be meeting as a grade level to discuss the third grade curriculum and other grade level information! If you will not be able to attend, we will have the PowerPoint to share with you!


If you would like to participate in activities with our class or at our school, please make sure to attend a Volunteer Training.  Here are the final two dates!
Thu Aug 28, 2014   7:00pm – 8:00pm
Sat Sep 6, 2014   9:00am – 10:00am


Math: NBT 1 How do I round whole numbers to the nearest ten or hundred? How are digits in a number related? What are the different ways to show the value of a number?  We really focused on rounding today and will begin working on solving story problems by demonstrating an understanding of place value and other properties.   Below is a Student Learning Map that will let you know what our essential questions and concepts are for this unit! These are also posted on the tab at the top of the page!


Unit 1 - Numbers and Operations


Reading:  What do good readers think about while reading? In reading, we will start reading the book Hour of the Olympics. This book goes GREAT with our Social Studies standards. We will continue to work on the Daily 5. We will also focus on identify the setting and details of the setting.


Social Studies - Our Democratic Heritage-SS3H1, SS3G1, SS3CG1 What influence does ancient Greek democracy have on the modern democracy in the United States of America?  We will start Science during the last four weeks of the quarter!

Drops In The Bucket:  These worksheets will be used for weekly homework. They will be given to students on Mondays and are DUE BY FRIDAY.  For this week, the students will be asked to do one side only! This week is the Math side. Next week, both sides will be assigned for homework and will be due by Friday.

Please don't forget to send in snacks daily!  If anyone would like to send in a healthy snack, I would love to have some in the room for those days when a student forgets his/her snack. Thanks!

Monday, August 11, 2014

What's going on.....

I hope you had a great weekend!  Here is a glance of what we will be working on this week.

If you have not completed the Parent Questionnaire, please do so. I am trying to get a list of all emails! PARENT QUESTIONNAIRE


Math: NBT 1 How do I round whole numbers to the nearest ten or hundred? How are digits in a number related? What are the different ways to show the value of a number.

Today we worked on the different ways to show the value of a number.  If your child has me for math, there is a baggie with some cards in it. Your child can practice finding  the value of a number for these cards.

 For example: how to identify the value of a number when written like this:
 
3 hundreds
12 tens
5 ones.
This number would be 425.


Reading:  What do good readers think about while reading? In reading, we will start reading the book Hour of the Olympics. This book goes GREAT with our Social Studies standards. They will begin working on book clubs and learning expectations for each job. Each book club job helps your child to apply different reading standards to books read in class. Below is a list of the jobs. Be sure to ask your child what his/her job is for Hour of the Olympics.

We will also start modeling and practicing the Daily 5.  Information about the Daily 5 is posted on the tab at the top of the blog. Due to scheduling and making sure the needs of all students are met, I will be modifying how I use Daily 5. I will still include the 5 components during reading time.

Reading Homework: -

Nightly Reading: For homework, your child will be asked to read for 20 minutes a night OR 80 minutes a week. Some parents prefer the 20 minutes a night; however, others know they have activities one night and need to adjust amount of times read on other nights to get in all required minutes of reading. Please do what works best for your child. Please record nightly reading in the AGENDA. Have YOUR CHILD write the title of the book and the number of minutes read in the Agenda. I showed them the best place to do this on Monday.

Writing: How do I use the Writing Process to complete a published writing? We will read The Important Book and then write The More Important Book.

Social Studies - Our Democratic Heritage-SS3H1, SS3G1, SS3CG1 What influence does ancient Greek democracy have on the modern democracy in the United States of America?  We will start Science during the last four weeks of the quarter!

Drops In The Bucket:  These worksheets will be used for weekly homework. They will be given to students on Mondays and are DUE BY FRIDAY.  For this week and next week, the students will be asked to do one side only! This week is the Language Arts side. In three weeks, both sides will be assigned for homework and will be due by Friday.

Please don't forget to send in snacks daily!  If anyone would like to send in a healthy snack, I would love to have some in the room for those days when a student forgets his/her snack. Thanks!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

First Day

We had a WONDERFUL first day! I really enjoyed getting to know your children today!  We seem to have a GREAT bunch!


PLEASE make sure that you have completed the parent questionnaire either online or by paper!
I hope to get a "group" email up and going soon!


CLICK HERE FOR QUESTIONNAIRE!


Thanks so much for all the supplies as well! I really is amazing how much we go through and it will not go to waste!


PLEASE let me know if your child seems to be anxious or nervous about school. I want to do all I can to calm those nerves. As a parent, I know how helpless and hard it is to watch your child stress!


Thanks again! I will keep you updated!



Thursday, July 31, 2014

Parent Questionnaire

PLEASE complete the following quick Parent Questionnaire so I know how to best help meet the needs of your child!


CLICK HERE FOR QUESTIONNAIRE!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Welcome to Third Grade


Welcome to 3rd Grade and a new school year!
 
I hope you enjoyed your summer vacation. I am so excited about working with you and your child this year.   I would like to take a few moments to introduce myself.   This is the beginning of my twentieth year of teaching. I have taught Pre-K, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades. I value the opportunity that I will have to work with your child and assist him/her with all of their 3rd grade experiences. Your child’s progress this year is my priority. I realize that some children (and parents) are apprehensive about the changes and challenges that third grade brings, but by working together, your child will make wonderful progress. In third grade, I strive for each child to be responsible and independent learners. I believe that each child should be responsible for their learning , assignments, actions, and treatment of others. With a little help from you and myself, this will be a great experience for your child.

 Throughout the year, please feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions that you may have. We are in this together, and it is going to be a great year!
  
Communication
Student Agenda Books: Throughout the week, each student will record all homework assignments in his/her agenda. 
Please place notes to me, transportation changes, lunch money, forms or other notes to your teacher in your child’s agenda. As your child arrives to school, he/she will place these items in a designated area in the classroom. Lunch money should be place in a separate envelope and labeled with your child’s name, teacher, grade, and amount of money included.
 
Snack
PLEASE bring a snack daily and a water bottle each day!



Fun Facts about me:
 
Husband: Brian (grew up in Watkinsville)
Children: Emily – 14 and Elizabeth 12
Years Teaching: 20
Education: Young Harris College and University of Georgia
Hometown: Fayetteville, GA
Favorite Sport/Team: Football/UGA…what else?
Weakness: Diet Coke and HOT Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Hobbies: Reading, Singing, and Dancing
 



 

 

Our TeamWe are going to make a great team this year. Working together, (you, your child, the Rocky Branch Teachers, and myself) amazing things are possible.