Welcome to Rockhill!
In our third grade class, we work on developing a positive classroom community where students are engaged in learning. Students are encouraged to invest in the ownership of their classroom environment where their voices are acknowledged and recognized. We work on skills that help students take responsibility for their learning, promote individual and group problem solving, and encourage individual reflection about learning strengths and weaknesses.
This is the first year that the children will be taking the Standards of Learning test in the spring. This is quite a responsibility. Many of the science and social studies units will be exlored via Project Based Learning. A few areas in which we will be exploring include ancient civilizations, continents, government, soil, and the water cycle.
We will be studying a wide variety of skills in math. We will be working with many different hands-on math activities as well as utilizing various strategies to help with better understanding of the math concepts. As part of nightly homework, students should participate in Dreambox math.
The students will be working in small groups to discuss the literature we read. We will be working with literacy stations where students may explore reading and writing across the curriculum. We will also explore google classroom and sewsaw during our reading group time. Please encourage your child to read for at least ten to twenty minutes each day. Our goal is to build reading stamina.
We will be working on creating a positive learning community using Responsive Classroom strategies...morning meetings, daily messages, sharing activities, and energizers. We will also engage in Stem activities throughout the year.