Classroom Information

Reading -   Comprehension strategies such as schema (background knowledge), inferring,  questioning, making connections, determining importance, and summarizing will be the focus in reading.  We will also work on fiction and non-fiction text.  Having students read independently both at home and at school is very important to practice and apply these skills.  Students will apply and enhance these skills while reading within the content area and participating in reading groups. 
Writing -  We will be looking at the different genres and practicing them in writing. The genres include descriptive, narrative,  expository, poetry and opinion.  Sentence structure,  grammar, organization, and conventions are our focus.  The student will write in a draft book and publish some writing.

Math Our Math Curriculum is Math in Focus, Singapore Math.  Math this year will begin with place value and move into multiplication and division.  Fractions, geometric relationships, data will also be addressed.  

3rd graders are ability grouped for math instruction.  Students may change groups based on abilities, strengths, and challenges.  

Mastering basic math facts for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division is a priority.  Practicing facts can be accomplished by your student using Xtra Math, flash cards, and math activities.  PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOUR STUDENT PRACTICES MATH FACTS DAILY.   Knowing these facts will help your student in all areas of math.   
Science -  Changing solids, liquids, and gases by heating and cooling to create a new state, life cycles, and breaking down rocks/minerals make up the Science Curriculum.  Creating and participating in science experiments allows students to think and understand science critically.  

Social Studies -  Civics includes communities (class, school, town) and branches of government.  Influential people within the communities will allow students to connect with people in their lives. Geography will look at landforms and tie in with our rocks and minerals in science.  Students will also participate in Market Day for Economics.  

Snacks - Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle with water ONLY and two snacks each day. Please make sure that your child also brings in a healthy snack.  No candy, cookies or soda.    Additionally, Mrs. Rotherham is asking that we do not have snacks that could stain our new carpet :-).  

Behavior Management - Our classroom is a respectful, caring and safe environment.  Students are encouraged to make good choices with their behavior.  Most behavior situations are handled with a conversation with the student. If a student is not following the classroom procedures, he/she will be asked to move their clip to a warning level/Parent contact level.  Students are will also move their clips to a higher level for exceptional behavior.  Students are responsible for their behavior.  

Birthday Celebrations -  For your students birthday celebration his/her name will be announced during the announcements, and his/her picture will be displayed on our closed circuit tv in the lobby.  There is a specially decorated birthday table in the lunch room where your child and a few friends are invited to have lunch.   At Prairie Crossing one of the expectations is that students not share birthday treats, therefore PLEASE DO NOT send in birthday treats.
Communication - Communications is key to making your student's 3rd-grade year successful.   The best way to contact me is through email as I check daily.  For immediate assistance, please contact the office.  Please check this website frequently.  The Weekly Update Tab will contain our classroom newsletters.  This tab is where you will find information on what is happening in our classroom, important dates, and upcoming events. 

Grading - Work sent home with a check mark means that I have looked at the work.  Work with a number such as 14/15  or a 1, 2, 3, or 4 is work that I have put in the grade book.

1 - Does Not Meet Expectations
2 - Approaching the Expectation
3 - Meets the Expectation
4 - Above the Expectation.  
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