Hello My Name Is...
Hello, this is my eighth year teaching third grade in the MSAD #49 district. I absolutely love teaching third grade!!
I live in Clinton with my family. My husband’s name is Jake and our two daughters are Anna and
Isabell. I also have a dog, his name is Cooper.
I enjoy gardening, golfing, sewing, and scrapbooking (when I have time).
In third grade we work on the following:
During reading, the class will work on all aspects of reading including reading strategies, vocabulary, and comprehension. Your child will read independently each day, as well as be read to during shared reading. I also utilize small guided reading groups, buddy reading (read-to-someone), and written activities to help with comprehension. The children will learn how to record the books they have read and respond to their reading in a Reader’s Notebook.
We will use a writing program that incorporates the Common Core writing standards. This program will focus on three genres in writing: narrative, informational, and opinion writing. It will also utilize the writing workshop model. Students will work to develop organized writing pieces with detail.
We are now entering our fourth year using Envision Math, which is aligned with the Common Core. If you are not familiar with the Common Core, it is a U.S. education initiative that seeks to bring diverse state curricula into alignment with each other by following the principles of standards-based education reform. The initiative is sponsored by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).
With the Envision math program, we will work on numeration, number sense with addition and subtraction, place value, multiplication, division, fractions, 2-D shapes, time, perimeter, area, liquid volume and mass, and data.
There will be a short homework assignment each day with this new program and I always encourage practicing math facts for a few minutes each day. More information will follow as we progress.
Word Study (spelling)
We will be studying high frequency words from the third grade word list, as well as words from a core strategy lesson. I will introduce a strategy mini lesson each week, and the students will study a word list comprised of words from the strategy lesson.
Students should bring home a word list to study on Tuesdays. Tests will be on Friday.
This year for social studies we will work to strengthen our mapping skills, by studying the State of Maine. We will take our time to study many aspects of Maine including the three branches of our state government. We will also study economics and Milton Hershey’s role as an entrepreneur. Grade three social studies field trips include a trip the the Maine State House and Museum, as well as, the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan.
This year we are adopting a new science curriculum. Through this curriculum students will work concepts such as life cycles, habitats, magnetics, and the weather.