Reading and Writing - The Ohio Learning Standards will serve as the cornerstone of the language arts curriculum. These standards are bundled into six main domains: reading literature, reading informational texts, foundational skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language. Each of these domains will be woven throughout the six units of study your child will engage in this year. Each of these units will place equal emphasis on reading and writing using research-proven strategies. These standards and strategies serve students well beyond the language arts arena and will be integrated into science, social studies, and mathematics. We will be teaching our reader’s workshop and writer’s workshop using a curriculum developed by Teachers College Reading and Writing Program. The ultimate goal is for students to develop increased independence and dramatic growth in the level of their reading and writing, as they become confident, engaged members of a larger caring community of writers.

    Home Reading - This year, your third grader will be expected to read approximately 20 minutes per night. On average, your child should be reading at least 100 minutes per week. There is research evidence which suggests that the volume of reading is linked to attaining higher-order literacy proficiencies. 



    Words Their Way (WTW) - This year, we will be using a program called Words Their Way. Words Their Way Classroom® is the K-5 supplemental literacy program that helps teach phonics, spelling, and vocabulary. Developmental stages reflect students’ spelling behavior as they move from one level of word knowledge to the next. This school year, all students will start in the Within Word spelling stage to better learn the spelling patterns which will help students with their decoding and encoding skills. Students who are demonstrating a higher spelling level will be challenged to dive deeper with the words the class is learning through an extension choice board. Students demonstrating a lower spelling ability will receive small group support in the classroom with their classroom teacher. 

    Patterns of Power - Patterns of Power is a new teacher resource we will be using this school year to address the grammatical needs of our students. In this program, young, emergent writers are invited to notice the conventions of the English language and build off them in this inquiry-based approach to instructional grammar. We will start implementing these as whole group lessons in Trimester 2 so students can firm up foundational skills using WTW in Trimester 1. In third grade, we will cover The Power of Sentences: Why Do Writers and Readers Use Sentences? This includes capital letters and when to use them, nouns and verbs. Your child will continue these lessons in fourth and fifth grade moving into subject-verb agreements and so on. 



    Math Workshop - The Ohio Learning Standards will serve as the cornerstone of the math curriculum. These standards are bundled into five domains: operation and algebraic thinking, number and operations in base ten, number and operations in fractions, geometry, measurement, and data. During third grade, students continue their exploration of multiplication with the expectation of fluency in multiplication. Students will begin the exploration and modeling of division. Fluency in division is not expected until fourth grade. Students will explore place value with larger numbers and adding and subtracting 4 digit numbers. We will begin our investigation of fractions, examine measurement in both metric and linear units, continue time studies to the nearest minute, and solve many multi-step real world problems. Students will have access to online materials to support their study.

    Bridges Math Curriculum - Bridges in Mathematics, second edition, is a comprehensive K–5 mathematics curriculum that equips teachers to fully implement the Ohio Learning Standards for Mathematics in a manner that is rigorous, coherent, engaging, and accessible to all learners. The curriculum focuses on developing students’ deep understanding of mathematical concepts, proficiency with key skills, and ability to solve complex and novel problems. Bridges blends direct instruction, structured investigation, and open exploration. The program taps into the intelligence strengths of all students by presenting material that is as linguistically, visually, and kinesthetically rich as it is mathematically powerful. 


    The Bridges curriculum consists of five major components of instruction:  

    • Problems & Investigations

    • Work Places

    • Math Forums

    • Problem Strings

    • Assessments

    Mathematical Practices - The students are also assessed on their ability to develop and practice the following skills. You will see these marked on the report card in Trimester 2 and 3:

    1.    Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

    2.    Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

    3.    Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

    4.    Model with mathematics.

    5.    Use appropriate tools strategically.

    6.    Attend to precision.

    7.    Look for and make use of structure.

    8.    Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.


    Math Homework Expectations - Students will be expected to complete one homework assignment, per week, from their Home Connections workbook. These assignments will be checked for completion but not graded.  This is a wonderful opportunity for you to engage in “math talk” with your child.




    Inquiry is formerly known as Science and Social Studies. Inquiry is an official investigation based on our curiosity, questioning, and research. Students and teachers will come up with problems or topics that will be investigated. That problem or topic becomes a driving question. This driving question will help guide our research on finding a solution. Inquiry helps students to find tools and a path that they need to solve the problem. It is a time of exploration, cooperative and independent learning, brainstorming, designing, reflecting and starting the cycle over again. Most of the topics we will end up exploring are real and authentic for students in the role they play in today’s world.



    Teaching Students to Embrace Mistakes and the Growth Mindset - As students begin to work on their learning objectives, growth minded language guides and motivates them to ensure that they remain persistent, resilient, and focused on the process of learning. It is important to give learners feedback about their progress and their results so they can specifically see their growth. We believe that feedback and mistakes are the two most important things that happen in any classroom. Mistakes tell you where to focus the deliberate practice. The feedback makes the student aware, and provides help where needed. We have changed our perspective of mistakes being a “bad” thing and look at mistakes as a gift. By positively embracing students’ mistakes, the students can grow their brains and learn from their errors. This provides a more engaged group of students, who are constantly improving and refining their skills. 

    School Counseling

    Ohio's K-12 Social and Emotional Learning Standards are the foundation of our School Counseling program and are developed around five competencies: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills and Responsible Decision-Making.  East Woods Intermediate School Counseling services provide  social emotional support and education through a  school wide positive support system  and classroom lessons addressing the  topics including  Growth Mindset, Self Regulation, Diversity, Friendship, Responsibility, Leadership, Resiliency, Perspective Taking, and Kindness/Empathy. Additional opportunities for support include small groups, individual check-ins,  peer mediation, lunch bunch, and resource support.  



    Ohio’s learning standards for the fine arts will guide the design of the visual art curriculum. The main domains of these standards include: conceive and develop ideas, materialize and present work, understand and evaluate meaning, and relate to personal and external contexts. In addition to meeting these standards we wish to help students develop a personal voice and create an environment in art  that feels safe to be as creative as possible. 



    General Music State Standards:    Grades 3-5

    Students will, at the appropriate developmental level:

    A. Sing and play instruments, focusing on how musical elements such as tempo, beat, rhythm, pitch, form, harmony and timbre create meaning.

    B. Listen to and perform a wide variety of music from multiple cultures focusing on the historical and cultural significance of the works.

    C. Identify and classify voices, musical instruments, roles and careers of musicians.

    D. Relate historical information from the study of music to other art forms and disciplines outside the arts.

    E. Develop criteria to evaluate solo and group performances of music.



    Physical Education -  In physical education class, we follow the Ohio Academic Content Standards to create and implement a fun and educational learning experience for our students. The physical education standards are broken up into 5 standards focusing on motor skills/movement patterns, knowledge of concepts and strategies, knowledge of health-enhancing skills, personal and social behavior, and recognizing the value of physical activity for health and enjoyment. Many of the skills and units that I will teach are going to be the first time that students will try some of these activities. We will build on those foundations so students can pursue competitive and lifetime activities in the future and long after they leave school. Tennis shoes are recommended each day your student has physical education class. If your child has any physical disabilities, please let us know. Conditions such as asthma, allergies, heart problems, diabetes, etc. need to be documented and kept in our files in the PE office. Prior knowledge will help us to monitor your child closely and correct or alleviate any problems that arise. The students’ safety is important to us as they go through their daily physical education routine. I am looking forward to a great school year!!



    Media classes will focus on digital citizenship and information literacy skills that will enable students to successfully navigate our digital world and will help ensure success during these uncertain times. Our grades 3-5 students will learn how to access their library accounts and resources like INFOhio and subscription databases (National Geographic Kids and Discovery Education, for example). 


    One of our favorite activities is to talk about books! We will offer book talks and “virtual” book shelves in order to help students find those “just right” books to check out.