Hello and Welcome to 3rd grade! This is my 21st year educating students in Menomonee Falls. And they have all been at Riverside. It's going to be a great year.
B.S. in Education - North Central University
M.S. in Administrative Leadership - University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
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Math - Welcome to Third Grade Bridges Math. The curriculum focused on developing students' deep understandings of mathematical concepts, proficiency with key skills, and ability to solve complex and novel problems. Bridges blends direct instruction, structured investigation, and open exploration. It taps into the intelligence and strengths of all students by presenting material that is as linguistically, visually, and kinesthetically rich as it is mathematically powerful. The students will have a homework journal that they may need to bring home periodically to do activities that reinforce what has been taught in school. Besides, the regular curriculum, the students' will also be doing an activity called Number Corner where we look at patterns, and activities that go along with the calendar each month.
Reading - Instruction correlates with a Balanced Literacy Approach. This is accomplished through a Readers' Workshop Setup in the Classroom which includes: mini-lessons, independent practice, conferring with students, whole class and small group sharing, guided reading groups, literacy circles, and shared reading experiences. Reading Comprehension Strategies such as Making Connections, Questioning, Visualizing, Inferring, Summarizing, Evaluating, and Synthesizing (these strategies are taught so students can better understand and enjoy the books they are reading) are explored and practiced throughout the year.
Spelling - The Words their way Program is a way for students to explore the English language; develop their ability to look at, listen to, and think about words; and to extend that learning into becoming fluent writers.
Writing - Students will be writing in a Writer's Workshop type of environment. Writer's Workshop is an interdisciplinary writing technique which can build students' fluency in writing through continuous, repeated exposure to the process of writing. The students will also continue to work with the 6 Traits of Writing (ideas, conventions, sentence fluency, voice, word choice, and organization). Six Traits Writing is a systematic approach for looking at writing one part at a time. Since writing is such a complicated activity, this approach helps many people break down the task and understand it better. By focusing on the 6 Traits of Writing, a writer/reader can break down a complex activity like writing and make it more manageable. With practice, writers can then learn to be more critical of their own work and can make improvements in the quality of their writing. Perhaps, more than anything else, the six traits give teachers and students a common vocabulary for talking and thinking about writing.
Science - Units explored this year will be: Earth Science: Weather and Climate, Physical Science: Forces and Interactions, and Life Science: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems.
Social Studies - Learning about Community and what Makes up a Community. We will also be working on Map skills and reading a map. We also will be working on understanding timelines. Our other unit also deals with budget and economics. We also look at what makes up our government.
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