WELCOME TO 3RD
MEET THE TEACHERS
Ms. Kirkland-Williams: Reading, Grammar,
and Social Studies
Ms. Weiss: Math and Science
•VIP packets are sent home each Thursday. Please
sign and return on Friday.
•Classroom check sheets are in your child’s agenda.
These should be signed weekly.
•Homework can be expected Monday-Thursday and
may consist of reading, completion of daily
assignments, or studying for quizzes/tests. Students
will not have homework on Fridays.
Class Participation= 40%
Parents can login to the Parent Portal to access their child’s
grades. If you are unfamiliar with this, please refer to the
Parent Portal Website:
Please check our websites for information
Email is the most effective way of reaching us.
We both check our email several times a day. If
you have a dismissal change in the middle of the
day, please contact the front office and they will
relay the message.
We will collect missed work for students who are
Students will receive the missed assignments upon their
return to school.
**Please be sure to let us know why your child is
absent so we can input your child’s absence correctly
(if your child is sick, we MUST have this in writing).
Please send a snack in with your child
Students may bring water bottles to
school with them.
• Follow directions the first time given.
• Maintain silence in the hallways.
• Keep hands, feet, and objects to self.
• Demonstrate respect for self, others,
and school property.
• Verbal Praise
• Positive notes/phone calls home
• Positive conduct grades
• Participation in classroom reward opportunities.
• Learning the lifelong lesson of interacting successfully
• Student of the Month recognition
• Pay day every two weeks
1st Offense: (Warning) Teacher will give a verbal
redirection of expectations.
2nd Offense: (Classroom Time Out)
3rd Offense: (Classroom Consequence) Teacher will
contact parent to report behavior.
4th Offense: Parent will be called and/or a conference
will be scheduled.
5th Offense: (Office Referral) Student will be referred
to an administrator.
•Foster a love for literature and
authors that will last a lifetime
•Making good book choices
•Making connections to personal experiences, other texts,
and the world
•Visualizing to create mental images while reading
•Inferring and predicting
•Identifying important story elements
•Summarizing and synthesizing
•Understanding elements of fiction and nonfiction
•Exploring a variety of genres
•Reading aloud with fluency and expression
•Participating in Literature Circles
Fact and Opinion Interpreting Information
Plot from Charts, Diagrams,
Graphs, and Graphic
Dictionary, Glossary, and
Context Clues Thesaurus Skills
• The Writing Process
• Transition Words
• Organizational Patterns
• Sensory Details
• Narrative, Persuasive, and Response
• Cursive Handwriting
Daily: Students will be expected to read a
chapter book for at least 20 minutes as well as
prepare for their Friday spelling/vocabulary
test, grammar sentence assessment. Students
will also be assessed over the concepts covered
during the week.
Periodically: Students may be asked to work on
projects. Complete specific homework
assignments or finish incomplete classwork.
Some topics we will study include:
Types of sentences
8 Parts of Speech
Synonyms Root Words
Dictionary skills Figurative Language
A FEW GOALS FOR MATH THIS
•All students will determine and estimate amounts of
money up to $5.00. This includes amounts spent,
change received and equal amounts.
•All students will tell time to the minute, measure
elapsed time, and measure time before and after an
•All students will be able to divide and multiply up to
the number 12. Yes, we do long division in 3rd
WHAT DO YOU DO IN CLASS EACH DAY?
• Lots of hands-on activities (base ten blocks,
tangrams, pattern blocks, working with
• Working with partners and small groups
• Mad Minutes to build our speed and accuracy
• Dry Erase Boards
TESTS, QUIZZES AND
Expect math homework four days a week.
Students will take a pre-test at the beginning of
each unit. Students will have quizzes periodically
throughout the unit, and a test at the end of each
unit. Study guides will be provided for each test,
and students will know test dates well in advance
“WHAT CAN I DO AT HOME?”
Practice with flash cards (during commercials or on a car
Ask your child “What time is it?” and have them calculate
elapsed time to find out how long until a certain event
“Make change” have students help out at the store or
play monopoly at home.
Review homework nightly.
Areas of Study
Themes of Social Studies
Beliefs and Ideals
Conflict and Change
Distribution of Power
Individuals, Groups, Institutions
Productions, Distribution, Consumption
MARY MCLEOD BETHUNE
SUSAN B. ANTHONY
LYNDON B. JOHNSON
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
Types of resources
Types of maps
AREAS OF STUDY
• Heat • Rocks, Soil
• Pollution & Fossils
• Habitats • Magnets
•Energy is produced in different ways.
•Insulation affects heating and cooling.
•The transfer of heat energy from the sun differs
according to the materials.
•Thermometers are used to measure temperature
changes over time.
•Some materials conduct heat energy much better than
•Sun is the original source of heat energy.
•Heat energy is transferred in many different ways.
•Magnets attract or repel objects that contain iron, nickel
•Objects attracted to a magnet contain iron, nickel and/or
•Magnets have different strengths.
•Magnets have opposite ends called poles. One end is
called the north pole and the other is called the south
•Opposite poles attract and like poles repel.
•Magnets are used in everyday life.
POLLUTION / HABITATS OF
•Explain the effects of The 4 different regions
pollution (such as littering) of Georgia.
to the habitats of plants
• Identify ways to protect Understand animal
the environment. adaptations
• Conservation of
• Recycling of
ROCKS, MINERALS, AND
The different types of rocks
The rock cycle.
The different types of soils.
Explore and learn about fossils and
•Tests will be given at the end of each
•Students will be given a study guide
prior to the test.
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Standardized testing for the school year
CogAT, ITBS, Renzulli , CRCT, GKIDS, 3rd and 5th Grade
Report Cards/Progress Reports- make sure parents
have dates for distribution and conference dates and
DCSS TESTING DATES
CogAT: Oct 3, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14
ITBS: Oct. 24-28 and 31st
Writing Assessment – Mid January