Saddlebrook Elementary

Mrs. Pryor ~ Room 018

Thank you for visiting my webpage.  On this page you will find information about our daily schedule and what we are learning! Staying involved in your child's education is vital to their success.  Please visit often for upcoming dates, classroom happenings, and important information.  


I feel communication; commitment and cooperation are essential in the educational process. Let’s work together to make this school year a tidal wave of success at Saddlebrook! If you have any celebrations, questions, or concerns, please feel free to contact me.


Thank you for your continued support!

Mrs. Pryor

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Classroom Management

In my classroom I believe that self-discipline is important.  I have developed a classroom management plan that gives the students an opportunity to manage his or her own behaviors.  Every child deserves a positive classroom environment where they can learn and grow.  To encourage students to follow our classroom/school rules, I will consistently reinforce appropriate and positive behaviors. We will follow the Four B’s in our classroom. “Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible.” 

Your child will start everyday with four circles.  If a student chooses to not follow our classroom/school rules, they will lose a circle and consequences will be given. Documentation will be recorded on my clipboard throughout the day. 

Students will earn $1.00 Funny Money for every circle they keep.  At the end of each month the Funny Money Store will be open for students to shop with their “Funny Money."

 

S.T.A.R. Binder ~ Students Taking Awesome Responsibility

Every student will have a S.T.A.R. Binder this year.  This binder is one of the most important materials in 3rd grade.  It contains a Funny Money pouch, an assignment notebook, and important handouts.  The Funny Money pouch is for the student’s money that they earn at school.  You are also welcome to send lunch, field trip money, or any notes to school in this pouch too.  The assignment notebook is the second part of the binder.  It is your way of knowing what is happening at school on a daily basis.  We record our day’s lessons.  The students will be highlighting any section where they have homework.  I will also note any behavioral issues as well.  It is the expectation that the planner is signed nightly and returned to school everyday!  Students will earn $1.00 Funny Money each day it is signed.

What We Are Learning...

Reading

We continue to work on decoding and fluency, but usually between second and third grade, students go from learning to read to reading to learn.  In third grade, students will learn reading comprehension strategies to help them comprehend both fiction and nonfiction texts.  Students will read both fiction and nonfiction texts, while learning to apply higher level thinking skills, such as, identifying story elements, nonfiction text features, main idea and details, summarizing, inferring, and author’s purpose.  Students will be in taught in both whole group and small group.  While students are meeting in small group with the teacher, students will be working on Daily 5 activities.

 

Word Work

In third grade students will continue to use Sitton Spelling.  The Sitton Spelling program believes words aren’t really mastered until they are spelled correctly in everyday writing.  Third graders will have five new core words to learn each week, in addition to other vocabulary words students will be studying in various content areas- including academic vocabulary, spelling rules, phonics, and word patterns.

 

Writing

Students will be writing daily during our writer’s workshop block.  First a mini lesson (5-15 minutes), focused on a single topic that students need help with will be taught.  Then students will write for about 30 minutes, while the teacher is conferencing with students or small groups.  We will cover many forms of writing, such as writing a complete paragraph with a main idea and details, personal narratives, friendly letters, poetry, figurative language, the Six Writing Traits and grammar lessons embedded in the mini lessons. 

 

Math

Students will continue to use the curriculum – GO Math!  It is an engaging and interactive approach to teaching our math standards.  Incorporated in our math curriculum the academic vocabulary words that students will be expected to define in their words and apply the meaning in various tasks. Starting second quarter, students will begin learning about multiplication- vocabulary, strategies, and concepts, including memorizing their multiplication facts!  Students should practice their multiplication facts every night for 10 minutes!  Knowledge of these facts is crucial to your child's math success as a third grader.


Social Studies

In third grade students will focus on people and communities, in conjunction with learning about communities, students will study Omaha history.  Students will study Omaha Native Americans, Lewis & Clark, and famous Omahans.  We will also study map skills- oceans continents, local government, and economics.   


Science

In third grade students will explore different themes through hands on activities, discussions, and inquiry.  We will study living and nonliving things, the moon, matter, earth’s surfaces, and sound and light.