New at Third Grade

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  1. bonteach

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    Hi, I've taught 5th grade for 9 years and will be continuing this year, but I will also be teaching 3rd grade this year for the first time. My school has a dual curriculum, so I will be teaching third in the morning and fifth in the afternoon. I would really appreciate any advice on the best way to start the day in third, as well as how "young" to go. I'm nervous about being too babyish or too mature with them. Any advice would be helpful :) :thanks:
     
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    I've never felt I talked beneath them. They're at the age when they know right from wrong, and still like school. I always start the day with some morning work, then progress with the agenda. They are responsible enough to know how to sharpen pencils and put away their items. I like third - it's just right for me.
     
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    Thanks for the little tidbit advice. I think I will like 3rd also (I am new), just because they can do things on their own....
     
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    There is no reason to be worried. Since you have taught 5th grade before, 3rd graders are THAT much different. They are making thier way from being the "babies" of the school to the "kids" of the school...if you know what I mean. You need to just talk to them like you would talk to any 8 year old. You will find out within the first week what they can/can't handle. Good Luck!
     
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    Thanks everyone for your replies. Any great ideas for starting the day?
    Bonnie
     
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    I usually review the work they have. We have a community meeting where students have a few seconds to share something on their minds. Afterwards, I present the agenda for the day, take a restroom break and start learning.
     
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    Every morning my students walk in and must do thier lunch count & turn in homework. Then they have morning work on thier desk to start on. I have them do this because I need to do lucnh count attendance etc. Anyway, after a certain ammount of time I start class. :) My third graders were so into the routine, that one day when I had a sub she left me a note that she couldn't believe how well they were "trained". It was funny , but it made me feel good! Take Care.
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    What kind of morning work do you give?
     
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    I usually give a review page, it might be any subject, but just something to review what we are working on. For example, if we did a measuring lesson the day before, it might be that. Or a language page on nouns if we are working on them. Just whatever I have to reinforce what I'm teaching. :)

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    Thanks for the info! :)
     
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    bonteach- I'm curious: What subjects do you teach? Do you teach Reading, Writing, and Social Studies together for both 3rd & 5th? Or, do you teach Math and Science for both? Or, some other combination?
     
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    I teach Language arts, Math and Social Studies for 3rd in the morning and the same for 5th in the afternoon. Science is taught by a specialist (definately for 5th, but the new headmaster has not yet told us for third) .
     

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