" One child, one teacher, one pen, one book can change the world."
Welcome to Bungalow B! My name is Margaret Marcoccio and I will be your child’s 3rd grade teacher during the 2016-2017 school year. I look forward to getting to know you and your children as we navigate our way together to make this an effective and successful school year.
WHAT WILL YOUR CHILD BE LEARNING IN THIRD GRADE?
This school year we begin our third year implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Math and ELA.
In Math the content and concepts remain essentially the same. The major shift will require students to explain their own thinking with words (written, orally), graphically (diagrams, pictures, graphs), numerically (lists, tables, data), and symbolically (equations, expressions, algebraically). Students will be extending their existing mathematical knowledge and number sense through the study of place value, addition and subtraction. They will continue to develop their conceptual understanding of time intervals, fractional units, and geometry.
During third grade, students continue to build their understanding of the concepts and the relationship between multiplication and division.
In English Language Arts (ELA), students will build their reading fluency, comprehension, and critical thinking skills through extensive reading and writing assignments generated and based upon the CCSS. The scope and sequence for 3rd grade writing will include personal narratives, informational writing ( research and book reports, writing imbedded in the content areas), summaries, opinion pieces, and poetry.
Social Studies covers investigations into California geography with its diverse environmental regions, California’s Native Americans, and our local history. We also highlight the valuable contributions made by important Americans both past, and present.
Our Science program explores the adaptations acquired by organisms to help ensure their survival in our diverse physical environment; the predictability of patterns in space, plus the study of matter and energy.
I give homework because it is a useful tool to reinforce the concepts learned daily in class. Homework helps students prepare for upcoming lessons, extends knowledge in content areas, and teaches responsibility, helping students develop positive study habits.
You should expect to see your child with daily homework assignments Monday -Thursday, unless special circumstances alter that routine. Each day I will review that night’s homework assignment and respond to any questions the students might have. I never give children homework that has not been explained.
Homework should take no more than 45 minutes to complete. In addition, students are expected to read at least 20 - 30 minutes each night. I expect students to do their own homework, asking for help only after they have given it their best effort.
Parents sign a Reading Contract daily. If by Friday the contract has not been signed, daily, homework is considered incomplete for that week.
Bungalow B has a classroom library where students may borrow books to read overnight for homework, or for their personal enjoyment.
What if my child is absent or homework is not complete?
If a student is absent they will be responsible for any homework missed, unless special circumstances are brought to my attention by a parent or guardian. I do not send home a weekly homework packet to be turned in once a week. Homework is turned in each morning and checked daily. If any homework or classroom assignment remains incomplete by Friday, students will be required to complete the assignment, in class, during a designated free time period on Friday afternoons.
From the first day of school students will have all necessary materials available to them. So, check with me if you are planning to make any purchases. Later in the school year supplies can become more limited, and at that time I may ask for donations (paper, pencils, etc.).
During the first days of school, your children and I will be working together to create a set of classroom norms that they will need to abide by during the school year. In the past such rules usually include some of these essential guidelines:
*Mutual respect (Treat others the way you want to be treated)
If a student at any time chooses not to follow our classroom norms, there are consequences that will be enforced:
*First time..................................... Verbal warning by the teacher
*Second time...............................10 minutes away from the group
*Third time.................................Documented; Parent notified
Please remember that school begins at 7:50. Frequent tardiness creates classroom disruptions and gaps in student learning.
If you have any questions please feel free to stop by before or after school to schedule a convenient time to meet (usually after school). I can also be reached via my school district email (email@example.com), or by calling the school number, 759-2815. Please refrain from calling during instructional hours, unless it is an emergency. You are the most important people in your children’s lives. Working together, we can make a difference in the quality of their educational experience.