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Ms. Havens 3rd Grade 2018-2019
A quick message
from PTA
•Math and Language Arts are based on Georgia Standards of Excellence
and delivered in a clear and consistent manner that fits individual needs.
•REAL time (daily)- a time on each grade level for reading enrichment
and extra support.
•Science topics will include GA Habitats, Rocks and Minerals, Fossils, and
Thermal Energy/Heat.
•Social Studies topics will include Early American Indian Cultures,
European Exploration in North America, Colonial America, Roots of our
Democracy, Economics, and map skills.
•Science and SS will be integrated throughout our ELA block.
Tools to Achieve Learning
•Anchor Texts (text complexity, modeled discussions, and skills)
• Good Habits, Great Readers (leveled readers)
• Writers’ Workshop
•Interactive notebooks used as resources for learning
•Integrated Curriculum with Social Studies, ELA, Math, and Science
•STEAM activities (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math)
•Online Resources-students can login to most things through
Launchpad using Fulton County ID and birthday.
How do we monitor learning and progress?
We are continuously assessing students through:
•Quizzes, Tickets out the Door, quick checks
•Unit Tests- announced one week prior
•Writing Samples
•Individual and Small Group Work
•One-on-one Instruction and teacher conference
•Project Based Learning Tasks and Activities
•Reading and Math benchmark assessments
Homework Policy
•Homework is given Monday-Thursday or on an as needed basis. It will
vary from teacher to teacher and student to student. When homework
is assigned, the purpose is to practice/maintain skills.
•Students are responsible for writing all homework down in their agenda
each Monday and it will also be posted on my website.
•Homework should be kept in their binder.
•About 30 minutes Monday-Thursday
•Expected to turn in completed assignments the following day (unless
otherwise stated).Textbooks, workbooks, or notebooks should always
come back the next day.
-ITBS: Oct. 22, 2018-Nov. 2, 2018
There is no preparation for this test other than a great night’s sleep
and a hearty breakfast each day. (Used to compare 3rd graders to
other 3rd graders)
-Georgia Milestones Window: April 11-25, 2019
3rd grade will take ELA, Reading, and Math online.
For more information, visit
-Write Scores: independent formal writing sample
Given in the fall and spring
Typing at home with program is highly encouraged, found
on Launchpad
Report Cards and Grading Scale
•Grade recording is done electronically. You can always access your
child’s grades via Home Access Center using your child’s specific login
information provided. SAVE THIS INFORMATION!
•Graded papers will come home about every two weeks in Graded Paper
Folders. Please review, sign and send in papers the following day.
•Report cards will come once a quarter.
Grading Scale: Weights:
A 90 and Above Classwork: 25%
B 80-89 Tests: 40%
C 70-79 Quizzes: 35%
F 69 and Below
Bobcat Expectations:
Be Respectful
Be Responsible
Be Ready to Learn
We use Class Dojo in our classroom to track behavior in our classroom.
Student’s points are used for small rewards.
Our school focuses on using P.B.I.S. (positive behavior intervention and
support) strategies to encourage and recognize positive behavior.
Students earn PURRR tickets to reward positive behavior and these
tickets can cashed in for rewards and privileges.
•Goal of BYOT is to have students creating products in a variety of ways that they
could not do with traditional paper and pencil. Additionally, it allows more children
access to online content in a more efficient manner.

•Completely voluntary

•MUST connect to filtered wifi network at SBCE. Data/cell plans should be disabled.
The device must be in the off position while not in use.

•Devices cannot be accessed at lunch, recess, during any after school program,
including Prime Time, or the bus

•No communication via email or texting

•Your child must have the SBCE BYOT agreement signed and returned prior to
bringing in his/her device. You are encouraged to review the contract with your
child prior to sending it in.
How can You stay connected?
•Volunteer to help with class parties
•Look for opportunities in the weekly Bobcat Tales!
•If you volunteer with students at SBCE you must do
mandatory volunteer training online. This must be
completed 48 hours prior to you volunteering with children.
This includes parent reader and field trip chaperones.
•Digitally via class website, teacher emails to parents, HAC,
and Bobcat Tales
•I send emails and update my website every Friday
Emails: will have important dates/information and what we will
be learning the following week
Website: dates/information, schedules, class list, homework,
spelling, units of study

**Please allow 24 hours for a response during the work week.

Questions and Conferences
•Please write down any questions pertaining to the
whole class on a post it note and leave it at your
child’s seat on the way out. I will answer questions in a
timely fashion via email.
Questions pertaining to your individual child can be
addressed via email or during conferences.
Please sign up via Sign-up Genius. I will send out a link
shortly with the dates and times via email.
Class dismissed!

Please head to your child’s MATH teacher

for the remainder of the evening.
Math Class
•Units of Study:

Unit 1: Number and Operations in Base Ten

Unit 2: Relationship Between Multiplication and Division

Unit 3: Patterns in Multiplication and Division

Unit 4: Geometry

Unit 5: Representing and Comparing Fractions

Unit 6: Time and Measurement

*All units have some component of graphing and data integrated

Interactive Notebooks: contains big ideas for each unit and resources for reviewing and
studying concepts

-Needs to go home and come back!

-Has notes and modeled examples for students to use as a resource for a study tool
Math Class
•Homework: Pretty much given every week based on the skills we
are working on.
-Choice board, Virtual, McGraw Hill workbook, or handouts,
Multiplication facts
•Tests will be announced one week in advance. Students will use
their interactive notebook, homework, and workbook as study tools
for tests.
•Updates and information regarding math class will be emailed to
•Online Resources: Fact dash, iMath, McGraw Hill Online Workbook
Our Day in Math
1. Warm-up on the board
2. Mini-lesson on the carpet
3. Independent activity or interactive notebook page
4. Rotations (students go to several centers including
the teacher table)
a. These groups are based on skills that need
remediation or enrichment.
b. They change throughout the year based on
I update my website every Friday
Emails will be sent as needed or to let you know about a
upcoming Test. I will give a week’s notice for a test.
Website: Homework and units of study

**Please allow 24 hours for a response during the work week.