Megan Stacklum


Megan Stacklum

megan.stacklum@bdms.org

 

 

Hello, and Welcome! I am so excited that you have chosen to visit the class homepage! This website is designed to share information about the classroom with family members and friends. As you explore the site, you can find the daily schedule, homework information, special events, and much more! I hope that by visiting our classroom website, you will get a better idea of what we do each day.

 
Teaching Philosophy
Our number one priority in 3rd grade is to enable and encourage your children to work to their full potential.  We believe in teaching the child as a whole and helping them to learn based on their abilities.  We encourage a love of learning that the children foster and take with them as they grow. We provide a safe, secure, and respectful environment that allows students to have a “can-do” attitude about learning.  We encourage the children always to try their best and believe that they can.

 

Welcome to Third Grade

A Day in the Life of a 3rd Grader

Each day students are immersed in a wide variety of subjects and topics.  Listed below are short descriptions of each aspect of our day.

Reader's Workshop

Students read a variety of self-selected and teacher selected text for extended periods. They work with teachers during this time to develop a love of reading and the comprehension strategies that will help them to succeed while reading both fiction and nonfiction texts. They construct meaning and make personal and textual connections as they learn from and about reading. Students also work on their writing skills by working of choice topics as well as teacher given topics.  Mini-lessons are used to provide direct instruction allowing the teacher to act as a model author.  Students also use mentor texts to see how other writers use different styles and language. Finally, students develop their vocabulary and grammar skills by using these skills in their writing and text decoding.

Word Study 

Each day we devote time to enhance our knowledge of language. Students explore the intricacies of language across multiple genres including literature, informational texts, and poetry. They investigate the conventions and forms of written language by completing word sorts and applying various spelling features to their daily writing.

ELA

Using the Common Core Curriculum, students will read a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts.  They will use Close Reading Strategies to deeply read and understand a text.  Students will also develop their listening, speaking, and writing skills.  For more information on the 3rd Grade ELA Curriculum please visit EngageNY.

Math

Using the Common Core Curriculum, students study topics including multiplication, division, measurement, fractions, solving word problems, and geometry.  Each day students work with a teacher to complete the problem set focusing a the specific topic for the day.  They will practice their fact fluency through work in centers and given sprints.  For more information on the 3rd Grade Math Curriculum please visit EngageNY.

Science/Social Studies

In science, we cover a broad spectrum of areas which include earth science, life science,  physical science, space, and technology. In social studies we study different types of communities and what it is like to be a member of each community. To supplement of Science and Social Studies curriculum students read a variety of articles in Time for Kids Magazine. Science and Social Studies is  also addressed using the New York State ELA modules.

Religion

The religion curriculum is Walking by Faith which concentrates on the law of love. Bishop Dunn encourages the children to follow different virtues such as compassion, caring, respect, cooperation, patience, courtesy, courage, understanding, wisdom, and generosity.

Field Trips

The third grade class participates in field trips to enhance their curriculum throughout the school year. Some of our past adventures include Howe Caverns, The Walkway over the Hudson, Radio City Music Hall, and The Hudson Highlands Museum.

Testing

Beginning in 3rd Grade, students are required to participate in two New York State standardized tests. The New York State English Language Arts Test is given in May to assess skills in reading, writing and listening. The New York State Mathematics Test is also administered in May to assess a variety of mathematical skills including graphing, fractions, computation, and reasoning. Students are also required to take an Archdiocese Religion test in the month of June. All skills and strategies learned throughout the year will help to prepare students to take these tests.

 

Archdioceses' Resources for Parents:
http://buildboldfutures.org/elementary/resources-for-parents/

 

 

Math

Module 5, Topic D (Fractions on Number Line)

Khan Academy Fractions on a Number Line

To View Zearn lessons and helpful videos, please login to your student accounts.

Zearn Lesson 14 Math Chat

Zearn Lesson 14 Tower of Power (Game)

Dear Parents,

Listed below are some reading recommendations for the summer:

Recommended Summer Selections:
Magic Tree House Series (Mary Pope Osborne)
Horrible Harry Series (Suzy Kline)
Roald Dahl Series (Roald Dahl) - advanced
A to Z Mysteries (Ron Roy)
The Boxcar Children (Gertrude C. Warner)
Judy Moody Series (Megan McDonald)
Beverly Cleary Series
Flat Stanley Series (Jeff Brown)
The Littles Series (John Peterson)
A Series of Unfortunate Events - advanced
Shel Silverstein Poems - entertaining
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle (Betty MacDonald)

I would also like to recommend subscribing to "Scholastic News" for summer reading.  Passages include a wide range of informational and non-fiction text, supporting the Common Core Standards, all presented in an engaging and fun format for children to explore.

Lastly, please have your child spend just 10 minutes a day reviewing basic addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts through 6 (7-9 if possible).  This will surely build the confidence and fluency needed and give them a great "jumpstart" in September, as we begin the math curriculum with multiplication.  Thank you for your support! 

 

 

1 - supply box (standard size 8" x 5" x 2" )

1 - box crayons or colored pencils (12 count)

1 - pair children scissors

2 - glue sticks

1 - thin yellow highlighter

2 - pack white index cards (100)

1 - 2 pocket vinyl folder

7 - one subject marble notebooks...100 pages

2 - packages pink or colored eraser tops (for class sharing)

2 - packages/boxes "sharpened"  pencils (for class sharing)

1 - box tissues

1 - container Clorox or Lysol Disinfecting Wipes

1 - small paperback children's word search or crossword puzzle book

1 - small independent reading book

1 - ream of copy paper (optional)

1 - small box of Band Aids (optional)

 

PLEASE LABEL ALL BELONGINGS (CLOTHING INCLUDED)!

Please keep supplies as close to teacher request as possible.  Extra bulk size items will be difficult to store due to limited desk and classroom space.

Thank you!