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The Grade 3 program will follow the guidelines established by the Ministry of Education in the Ontario Curriculum:  1-8 document.  The provincial standards are designed to ensure consistency in curriculum throughout Ontario and to prepare students for province-wide testing.  The Grade 3 program may be slightly altered or enriched in order to meet the needs and interests of this particular group of students.
Specific classroom goals are to create an atmosphere that is conducive to learning, to promote each child’s self-concept with emphasis on his/her positive qualities and to encourage appropriate behavior and positive peer relationships.
1.  Punctuality, Absenteeism, Appointments:  students are encouraged to be on time.  If your child has an appointment, must leave early or is going to be absent the following day, please send a note  
2. School Attire:  students are required to wear their school uniform 
3. Student Agenda Planner:  students are expected to follow the rules as outlined in their Agenda Planners under the heading Student Code of Discipline and to complete all daily assignments to the best of their ability.  Please check your child’s planner for handouts or letters and to see if your child has any homework.  It would also be appreciated if you would sign it daily.  Reinforcement of these daily routines will help your child become better organized  
4. Parent-Teacher Contact:  to ensure that parents are fully aware of their child’s work habits and progress, notebooks and tests will be regularly sent home for viewing and for signatures.  We would appreciate if you would take the time to occasionally peruse your child’s notebooks and sign them.  This will result in a constant line of communication between us.  If you have any concerns, please phone the school or leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible 
Parents will also receive occasional newsletters providing information about specific classroom activities or field trips that are being planned.
The primary division is now using the TCDSB Balanced Literacy program.  The program provides a balance of four major approaches to learning to read, Word Study, Guided Reading, Self-selecting Reading and Writing.  The language expectations, as outlined in the Ontario Curriculum 1-8:  Policy Document are organized into 3 strands:  reading, writing and oral and visual communication.
• selected independent and guided reading selections from Bookshop
• selective content from the reader Cornerstones
• theme-related selections from Science, Social Studies, Religion, Family Life, etc.
• self-selected, independent, silent reading and “readathons” 
• grade-appropriate spelling and grammar exercises
• exercises in student workbooks which accompany readers
• creative writing, poetry, journals, research projects
• novel studies and book reports  

Oral and Visual Communications 


• participation in discussions, brainstorming, drama
• oral comprehension of reading material
• presentations of projects, public speaking
• listening to and following directions, inferring and drawing conclusions 

Mathematics expectations are organized into 5 strands:  Number Sense and Numeration, Measurement, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Patterning and Algebra and Data Management and Probability.  Problem solving is an integral part of every strand.  The expectations identified for each grade describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to develop and to demonstrate in their class work, on tests and in various activities on which their achievement is assessed.  Nelson 3 Mathematics is the new designated text.  In addition, each student will have his/her own consumable workbook with extra exercises to reinforce the concepts taught.  Parents should expect daily homework assignments. 


Themes:  All About Me, Safety, Aboriginal and Pioneer Life, Urban and Rural Communities, Magnetism, Forces and Movement, Stability of Structures, Growth and Changes in Plants and Soil in the Environment.  
These units are to be integrated with the rest of the curriculum, whenever possible.  The Scientific Method will be emphasized and students will have opportunities to do investigations both individually and in small groups.  Appropriate field trips will be taken.
The students will use a new book God Calls Us Together, which is part of the God With Us catechetical series that unfolds the richness of our Eastern heritage.  This book emphasizes the importance of coming together as God’s people.  In addition, they will study the Bible, participate in liturgies and learn new prayers, hymns and songs.  Father Kachur will visit the class every Monday.  
Family Life 
The Grade 3’s will follow the program Fully Alive Level 3.  The objectives of this program are to develop a positive self-image in the students, to help them know the love of God and appreciate the love they receive from parents, family, teachers and friends. 
Students will participate in activities that follow the expectations outlined in the Ontario Curriculum.  Gym is on Mondays and Fridays.  On this day, the children are required to wear non-scuffing running shoes.

Students have Vocal Music every Wednesday.  In addition, other songs will be taught in Religion or just for fun.  Art is integrated throughout the entire curriculum; however, specific art projects are done on Fridays.  Library and Computers are on Wednesdays. 
The assessment of a student’s achievement should take into consideration both his/her ability to learn as well as the ability to apply learning in a useful way.  Daily observations of a student’s classroom performance, completion of tasks, quizzes, unit tests and oral participation will be considered in the assessment.  Student folders will be used to gather data work samples that are indicative of each child’s progress.  All students will be assessed and evaluated following the levels and rubrics outlined in the Ontario Curriculum.  In the third term, they will take part in the Provincial Standardized Tests.  
Reporting to parents will be done through report cards and interviews.  If the need should arise, we will notify you through a note or a phone call.  Please feel free to contact us, if you have any questions regarding your child.
We am looking forward to working with your child.  This class appears to be a very enthusiastic, hard-working group.  We am confident that with your co-operation and support, together we will give these children a memorable and profitable year in Grade 3.  
“Evaluation is the continuous systematic gathering and recording of information about students’ progress and achievement.  The purpose of evaluation is to improve instruction and learning, as well as, to determine progress and achievement.” 
 The following is a list o evaluation tools that will be used this year to assess your child’s learning:  
1. Teacher Observation:  includes anecdotal logs, tracking charts, checklists and personal notes  
2. Student Evaluation:  students reflect on their own learning through self-evaluation to recognize their own strengths and needs so that they may improve their learning strategies and skills  
3. Peer Evaluation:  through peer conferencing and sharing time, students gain positive and constructive feedback from their peers, which will help them improve their work  
4. Conferencing:  during conferences with the student, teachers are able to observe and note strategies that students use in their learning.  These conferences may include listening to a child read aloud and making notes on reading strategies, talking about a piece of writing or giving feedback on projects and making suggestions for improvement  
5. Summative Tests:  teacher-made tests  
6. Rubrics:  achievement scales (Levels 1, 2, 3, 4) designed specifically for, and in accordance with, the Ministry Expectations
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In closing, we thank you for your partnership and look forward to working with you and your child throughout the year