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All the Florida standards for third grade are available on the Florida Department of Education website.
Year at a Glance and Pacing Guides for ELA and social studies have been sent home. These are SUGGESTED GUIDELINES from our county office. Each classroom is different, so we may not stay exactly on this schedule week to week, but rest assured that all standards will be taught by the end of third grade!
SPELLING: TEST WILL BE ON THURSDAY BECAUSE OF OUR STEAMSPIRATION DAY ON FRIDAY! Your child should have the new list in his/her folder. The sound this week is the "schwa e + l", which I can't reproduce on this computer, but it sounds like "ul", and is spelled with "el", "al", and "le". We also have the /shun/ sound spelled "tion". We have gone over the words in class, and your child should have circled the correct letters making the sound. These were projected onto the white board and also spoken orally. The words are channel, scuttle, generation, autumnal, wobble, nation, funnel, festival, trickle, hospital, addition, freckle, vowel, rustle, subtraction, travel, trial, celebration. Challenge words: important, children; Content word: ceremonial
CKLA: We are reading in Unit 8: Native Americans: Regions and Cultures
VOCABULARY: We will be working on words in class for a vocabulary test in the next few weeks. It has yet to be determined which words the class as a whole does not already know.
KID BIZ: All students will be using this program for practicing informational text and answering questions that are very similar to the rigor of the FSA. Students are allowed to access Kid Biz at home for practice in reading and using strategies to answer questions. Our goal is to earn a 75% on our first try using Kid Biz, and we are tracking our data to help us improve as readers of informational text. Sometimes students may need to complete a written Kid Biz activity at home if scores are consistently below 75%.
SOCIAL STUDIES: We are using Florida Studies weekly flyers for classwork and test grades. Students may take the flyers home to prepare for the test after the classwork activity has been completed at school. Tests will always be "open book" style, meaning the students will use the flyers during the test for support. There is no way to "memorize" the material contained in the flyer, but the content will be read and discussed in class. If your child listens and participates, he/she should have no problem passing the test. If your student leaves the flyer at home, he/she will have to take the test without it. It is the student's responsibility to remember to take it home and bring it back.
CURRENT FLYER: Flyer 13: Natural Resources. Students are working in class on questions, map, and crossword. They may read the flyer at home as well from their portal.
DISTRICT REQUIRED HOMEWORK: Read each night for 20 minutes. Reading aloud for a portion of this time is a great way to practice fluency! Students may also have homework to practice necessary skills or work on parts of a project. MOST PROJECT WORK WILL BE DONE AT SCHOOL. Homework will be individualized based on student need.
WHAT TO DO WHEN THERE IS "NO HOMEWORK" : Parent discretion
- Work on addition/subtraction/multiplication facts
- Practice spelling words and vocabulary words if needed
- Do Kid Biz at home to practice question types found on the FSA.
- Practice targeted reading skills on Education Galaxy. Your child should know how to access these on the site.
AR GOALS: 85% AVERAGE EACH NINE WEEKS (Students can read books AT ANY LEVEL APPROPRIATE OR INTERESTING TO THEM.)
Word count: 1st 9 weeks: 100,000 (Due October 11)
2nd 9 weeks: 125,000 (Due December 19)
3rd and 4th 9 weeks: 150,000 each (March 14; 4th nine weeks goal must be met by May 15)
MILLION WORD CELEBRATION WILL BE HELD AT THE END OF MAY.
Those who meet these word count goals will receive prizes and rewards from the classroom and the library.
For my students (both classes), those who reach a MILLION WORDS will receive a box of "theater" candy and will have their photo placed on the window in the "MILLION WORDS CLUB". These students will have a lunch/party in May.