Many of you shared questions about third grade. Some of these will be answered as the year goes on; some will be answered at curriculum night. However, I will try to answer as many as I can the best I can.
1. Lots of questions about homework! Homework will be introduced gradually. The only homework I expect third graders to complete right now and nightly reading.
*All third graders must read each night for at least twenty minutes. Children can read independently, with a family member, or can even have books read to them.
*Third grade mathematicians should use XTRA Math at least 3 times each week to practice their basic math facts.
*Room 221 third graders will also be responsible for completing a Spelling City assignment online. This will be due each Friday. *Room 221 mathematicians will be responsible for completing Weekly Math. Weekly Math is a cumulative review of math skills taught throughout the year. Children will receive Weekly Math each Friday. It is due the following Friday.
2. Lots of questions about MCAS! I will provide a sample MCAS packet on curriculum night. My message to third graders will consistently be, "I know you're smart. Your families know your smart. MCAS is not going to change that. While you are taking the test, all you need to do is work hard and try your best."
MCAS details :
*English Language Arts test - 3 days in early April (specific dates TBD)
*Math test - 2 days in mid-May (specific dates TBD)
*Each test is designed to be one hour. However, students can use the entire school day if they need it. (This rarely happens.)
*Children have extra recess, extra snack time and no homework during MCAS weeks. (This part is their favorite! :)
3. I love help! There are many opportunities for parents to come in the classroom - on a regularly scheduled basis or for special events. I will provide a sign-up at Curriculum night.
4. Children can earn a bike license in third grade! The Bike Rodeo has long been a favorite activity in third grade. Mr. Brenhiser will facilitate this event in the spring or the fall. (Date TBD) Children typically receive their license before the end of the school year. It looks a little like a student i.d. Each student has their photograph on their license.
I look forward to seeing many of you next Wednesday night,
September 13, 6:30 at Curriculum Night!