Classroom Information

Reminder:  
Each student must come each day for their Cohort (A or B) wearing a mask.  They will need to bring their backpack each day and carry their materials for school daily and bring them home. 


In our classroom and at home we will focus on learning, growing, and understanding all third grade standards.  Students will learn how to apply a growth mindset to move themselves forward in their learning and knowledge in reading, math, writing, social studies and science.  Here's what we will learn:

Literacy:
Our focus is on balanced literacy which integrates reading, writing, and word study.  We use Jan Richardson's Guided Reading Program to first assess students.  Then in guided reading groups students will learn a variety of strategies in reading, including understanding characters, making inferences, important details, questioning and making connections with both fiction and non fiction texts.  Students will be exposed to multiple genres in a variety of texts.  In writing students will learn the writing process, how to respond to text and how to organize a writing piece with details, grammar, sentence structure and multiple paragraphs.

Math:
Ready Math is the curriculum we use to support our teaching and student learning in Third grade.  We begin the year with understanding place value, rounding, addition and subtraction.  Understanding multiplication and division strategies in third grade is a primary focus.  Mastering basic math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division is a very important component for third graders to know.  Regular practice at home will help students gain strength in this area.  

Social Studies:
We begin our year learning about communities and government (Civics).  We learn about different types of communities and sustainability.  Our class will understand the Branches of Government at the National level, with our focus in Third grade on our local government and its connection to the community.  Later students learn about some of Colorado's History through migration of people, regions in Colorado and its Geography.  Economics is a fun unit where kids learn about supply and demand, profit, marketing, producers and consumers and apply sustainability to what makes a business successful.

Science:
Our science this year includes weather and climate, life cycles, and force of motion.  We use our new STEMscopes program to support our learning in science with online activities and reading.

Here's some more:

Communication:
My primary communication with families is through email:   delliott@dcsdk12.org
There is a weekly classroom newsletter, planning calendar, classroom and E-learning schedule.  I read and respond to emails daily when I am not teaching.  Please feel free to email me and know that I will respond as soon as I can.

Student behavior management:
We focus on our PCE P.R.I.D.E for students to understand and follow each and every day.  They know that a Positive Attitude, Respect, Integrity, Determination, and Effort guide us everyday to be the best students they can be.  The PRIDE chart in our classroom acknowledges positive behavior choices and serves as a reminder to make better choices.  If a student has difficulty making positive choices with their behavior they will talk with me as a first reminder; anything further will result in an email to their family.  

Restroom Breaks and Snacks:
Our classroom is in the mobile, which means we will be taking regular restroom breaks together in the building.  Students are required to sanitize/wash hands both before and after the restroom.  We will take our breaks throughout the day.  Students may bring an extra HEALTHY snack to school for recess in the afternoon.  I do not have a snack time in my room.   Students need to bring their own personal water bottle (Water Only) to school each day and take home everyday.  We do have a bottled water dispenser in the classroom to refill throughout the day.

Birthdays and Star Student:
We will acknowledge birthdays in our classroom.  Each student will get a poster signed by their classmates (in their own Cohort this year) and a birthday pencil from me.  We will also recognize each student as a STAR STUDENT where each child will be able to fill in a poster with fun information about themselves and share with the class.  Each classmate will write a letter to their STAR and it will go into a booklet for that student.  

Grading:
Classwork will be graded for both classroom and E-learning activities and projects.  The grading scale agrees with both district and school instructions:
Exceeds: 4 
Meets: 3
Approaching: 2
Does not meet: 1

If we work together we can meet all the challenges that we face as this new school year begins...I am confident with all my third grade friends.




 
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