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All the Florida standards for third grade are available on the Florida Department of Education website. 

 http://www.fldoe.org/core/fileparse.php/12087/urlt/G3_LanguageArts_Florida_Standards.pdf

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: New word list will come home in the blue folders on 12/3.  These words concentrate on "long a" /ae/.  Words are: daydreams, payment, daisies, awaited, yesterday, crayons, betrayer, explain, mermaid, subway, giveaway, great, dainty, breaker, obtain, ballplayers, beefsteak, trainees. Letter combinations making the /ae/ sound are ay, ai, ea.  Challenge:  family and young.  Content word: straight (extra credit!)

VOCABULARY: No vocab test for Unit 5.

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.  No date set yet for the next test.  I will determine when the students are ready.

CURRENT FLYER:  Flyer 9, Regions of the US.  Test on 12/5/18.  

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.

 

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 IN MY ROOM 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 with me in the classroom.