Welcome to third grade mathematics. Changes will be noted on this page. Generally the units or chapters are 2 weeks long and there will be a test at the end of each unit. Expect beginning of the year standardized testing within the first two weeks of school. This will give me a platform to work from and build upon.
Homework: Expect homework Monday through Thursday. The homework will usually require the completion of 1 workbook page(s) (both front and back). Homework will be assigned and will be reviewed the following day. Please remember homework completion is factored into your child's grade. Homework is a review of the day's lesson along with a cumulative review, so please offer only minimal help in regards to homework. If you find your child is struggling with any assignment, please write a note on top of the paper so that I can follow up and address any issues at school.
Please save any homework or class worksheets to serve as a review for chapter tests. These will come home on Mondays. There will be no additional chapter review.
Grades will be entered into our online grading system, but please be patient. Sometimes it takes a couple days for them to be entered. Also don't forget that graded papers come home on Monday. Most tests and quizzes will be given on Friday. Many components make up your child's grade such as math interactive notebook entries, test and quiz grades, and homework completion. Below is the grade percentage break down by category that you will see in our online grading system.
Homework completion = 10%
math interactive notebook = 20%
Quizzes = 30%
Tests = 40%
Overall effort, organization, neatness, and preparedness are also taken into account in your child's overall grade.
Grading rubric for math interactive notebook: Notebook submissions will be graded and then the students will be required to make necessary corrections, so the notebook can be used as a study tool.
5=Entry was neat, complete, correct, and was turned in on time.
4=Entry was neat, mostly complete, mostly correct-few errors. Showed good effort and entry was turned in on time.
3=Entry could have been neater, was mostly complete, had several errors. Not much effort applied, and entry was not turned in on time.
2=Entry was not neat, was not complete, was not correct, and was not turned in on time.
1=No entry found -missed assignment.
Below is a list of the chapters and the dates we will cover them. Please know that the dates are subject to change at any time.
|chapter||dates||topics||# of days||notes|
|XXX||Aug. 12-Aug. 30||review rules, BOY testing, routine,||15 days||assess ability to count to 1,000|
|place value, counting patterns||assess ability of basic number relationships|
Sept. 3- Sept. 13
|addition/subtraction within 1,000/rounding/estimating||9 days||properties of add/sub|
|2||Sept. 16-Sept. 27||Data /graphing||10 days||line plots, word problems|
|3||Sept.30-Oct. 11||Understanding multiplication||10 days||properties of multiplication, strategies|
|4||Oct. 15-Oct. 25||Multiplication facts/strategies||9 days||distributive property/facts 0-12|
|5||Oct. 28-Nov. 8||use multiplication||10 days||unknown factors, double digit X single digit|
Nov. 11-Nov. 22
**Thanksgiving break Nov. 25-29
|understanding division||10 days||equal groups, arrays, related facts|
Dec. 2-Dec. 13
**Dec. 16-Dec. 20 will be review of all multiplication and division facts
Dec. 23-Jan. 6
|division facts and strategies||10 days||
vocabulary, order of ops
Finish chapter 7-start chapter 8
|9 days||unit fractions, writing fractions|
|9||Jan. 21-Feb.14||comparing fractions||19 days||order compare fractions/equivalent fractions|
|11||Feb. 18-Mar.6||Perimeter/area||14 days||area, unit square, unknown sides|
**Spring break is Mar. 16-Mar. 23
|two dimensional shapes||9 days||geometry, identifying shapes,angles and different lines|
|time/length/volume/mass||9 days||elapsed time, length to quarter inch,time to minute|
|XXX||Apr.13-Apr. 17||multiplication/division review/properties||5 days|
|XXX||Apr. 20-Apr. 24||fraction review||5 days|
|XXX||Apr. 27-May 1||Data review||5 days|
|XXX||May 4-8||FSA testing|
|XXX||May 11-May 22||preview of fourth grade math||10 days|
Looking forward to a successful partnership for all of us.
Star test results will be in your child's data folder for your review. How do I look at the results? The most important things I look for: Remember this test reflects concepts they should learn in third grade.
1. What color did they perform in? My goal is to eventually have everyone in the advanced (dark green) section. If you notice your child in the green or dark green sections, that means they performing at a third grade level and are learning third grade material. If they are in blue, yellow or red; it means they may need to be retaught some concepts learned in second grade or retaught some third grade skills. This will be managed through small group instruction in the classroom.
2.PR: this is percentile rank and it means, of all the third grade students who took the STAR test, their score is a percent of all those students. This is similar to the percentile quotes you were given when you went to the doctor with your child and they said "They are in the 90ith percentile in growth". That meant they were 90% taller than other children their age. The STAR test results are similar-if your child's % for example is 78%-this means they scored better than 78% of the other students who took the third grade STAR test at that time.
3. SS-(scaled score)- This is a score given to the students as they answer questions on the test. If a child answers a question and gets the answer correct, it will kick them to a higher level question. It will continue to do this until they get an answer wrong. If they answer incorrectly, the test adjusts the questions down a level. The combination of those scaled questions and their scores are the scaled score results.
3. The time it takes the students to complete the test (upper right hand corner of report). This test should take between 25 and 35 minutes. There is a direct correlation between time and results. Usually the faster they complete the test the lower the results.
** as a general rule I do not look so much at grade equivalency because I don't think it is a true reflection on their level of performance. If the grade equivalency is higher than a fourth grade, it means they are able to answer some higher level questions which will be challenged in our normal classroom curriculum. It doesn't necessarily mean they should be given fifth grade or higher math material.
Hope this helps and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.