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Spencer Pointe
Elementary School
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Ms. Vanderwall
3rd Grade - Spencer Pointe

Language Arts -- This year we will be using the Pearson ReadyGen reading series which is an integrated literacy program that accelerates learning for students by presenting modeled reading with authentic text. ReadyGen also offers interactive anchor texts, digital publishing tools, and game-based online activities to increase student engagement while building literacy skills.

  • Reading: ReadyGen lessons include a Close Reading routine where students will learn how to approach complex texts by citing evidence from the text, exploring key ideas and ideas, and analyzing text structure. ReadyGen uses a generative approach to vocabulary instruction where words are taught in clusters, with a focus on key words that are critical to understanding the text.
  • Phonics Skills: We will be covering many phonics skills this year so check the newsletter for the skill each week.
  • Writing: Throughout the year, students will practice informative, narrative, and opines writing in response to text. 
  • English:  Students will be learning about parts of speech and grammar rules. We will be covering sentence structure, capitalization, punctuation, prefixes, suffixes, synonyms, antonyms, and contractions. 

 We also do Guided Reading centers during Language Arts instruction. 

Spelling -- We will be using the ReadyGen spelling program which focuses on spelling patterns. Students will receive lists that should be practiced nightly. A test on these words will be given. Students have additional opportunities for practice in the classroom that include: workbook pages, creating sentences, ABC order, word patterns, etc.  

Social Studies – Our social studies program publisher is TCI. The TCI social studies program addresses the teaching of Social Studies through technology and hands on activities.  Some topics we study are: communities in the United States, civic ideals and practices, the beginning of our country, continuity and change, and global connections.

Science -- We are addressing the NGSS (New Generation Science Standards).  We will learn about the following topics:  motion and stability, from molecules to organisms, Ecosystems, heredity, biological evolution, Earth’s systems, Earth and human activity, and engineering design.

Handwriting -- In the classroom we will practice the letters, analyze strokes, and practice alignment. By the end of the second trimester, the students will be writing in cursive.

Math -- Our math program is Everyday Math 4. PLEASE review addition and subtraction facts.  These facts need to be automatic. We will use the online Reflex program to master not only addition and subtraction, but multiplication, too--all by the end of the year!!