A syllabus should:
- welcome a student into a learning mindset
- state what will be learned that year
- state what is expected of the student
- express behavioral policies
- show grading strategies
- state what is to be brought to class
- talk about teacher and who they are
Here is an example of a 3rd Grade Syllabus:
School Phone Number: 535-2221
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Planning Time: 12:34-1:24 M-W & F; 12:34-1:04 Thurs.
Welcome to third grade! I am very excited to have your student in class this year. Throughout the year I hope to get to know each of you so I would like to tell you a little about myself. I am 25 years old and have been married for 2 years. I graduated with a Bachelors in Elementary Education and have certification in both Elementary and Early Childhood Education. Eventually I hope to return to school and earn my Masters. This is my second year at Everton and I am happy to be back. As many of you may know I just had my first child this summer. Her name is Mia Grace and she was born on July 29th. Due to her arrival so close to school starting I will be on maternity leave for the first six weeks of school. I anticipate September 24th to be my first day back. While I am gone Meon Cloud will be substituting for me. Mrs. Cloud substituted at Everton many times last year and is well aware of the school procedures. She and I have been working together to get ready for school and I am confident that together we can make a smooth transition for your students. If you have any questions or concerns while I am gone you can direct those to Mrs. Cloud or Mr. Winton. I will be happy to answer any questions and concerns myself upon my return. I am confident that we are going to have a great year and will work together to provide your student with the best education we can.
Class Supply List
1-pkg #2 pencils
1-pkg pencil top erasers
2-pkg loose leaf paper wide ruled
1-70 page spiral notebook wide ruled
1- bottle elmers school glue
1-box 24 crayons
1-pkg 8 washable markers
1-poket folder (orange preferably)
1-1 ½” economy clear view binder
1-pkg tab dividers (at least 5 tabs)
1-pkg Clorox Wipes
2-pkgs 3×3 post-it notes
1-box zipper bags (boys-gallon size; girls quart size)
1-pkg construction paper (any color or a variety)
2-pkg lined index cards
Gym shoes to be left at school
Raise Your Hand To Speak
Do Not Speak When Someone Else Is Speaking
Do Not Yell Out
Keep Hands, Feet, and All Other Objects To Yourself
Respectful Discussions Are Welcomed (no arguing)
Always Try Your Best
Treat All Students and Adults With Respect
These are the rules that I have for my students. In addition there are to be NO toys brought to school. My policy is that if a toy is brought to school I will keep it until a parent or guardian comes to pick it up. On the first day of school we will, as a class, discuss what each rule means and how we are expected to follow them. For the most part, consequences will be as stated below; however every student and situation is different, so when some situations arise the consequence will need to fit the unique situation. I believe in letting the student be responsible for their actions so the student & I will discuss what consequences should be given for their actions.
First Offense: Verbal Warning
Second Offense: 5 minutes off recess
Third Offense: 10 minutes off recess
Fourth Offense: All recess lost
Fifth Offense: Sent to the office
F 59.5% and Below
Points will be given to assignments based on the number of questions and steps necessary to answer them.
The District wide policy is assignments that are one day late receive half credit and no credit for assignments that are more than one day late. If a student was absent they have 2 days for every day they were absent to turn in missed assignments.
In our class not every assignment that is sent home will have points given for it, but students will get participation points for doing each assignment. I do understand that there are extenuating circumstances and it is sometimes hard for students to get homework done every night. To help with this each student will be allowed two late homework papers each semester without penalty. These must be turned in the next day. I will keep track of these and let students know when they have used up all of their late paper privileges. All other late papers will be accepted 1 day late with half credit given and no credit given after that, as stated in the District Handbook.
In Class Assignments
Students will be expected to complete individual assignments during class. They will be given ample time to complete these assignments. Any student who does not complete an assignment during the time given will be kept in at recess until the assignment is completed. If the assignment was given after the second recess of the day and is not completed in the time given it will be placed on the student’s desk the next morning to be completed AFTER their morning work for that day. If it is not completed at this time they will miss their first recess to finish it. I DO NOT send unfinished work home to be completed unless it is due to an absence.
This year expectations for AR are pretty much the same as in past years. Each quarter students will have a point goal, a percent correct goal, and a reading level goal. I require that students meet ALL three goals in order to meet their goal for the quarter and attend the AR party. This expectation helps students to read not only for points, but also to work on their comprehension of stories and making sure they are reading books that are “just right” for them.
Students will learn:
Writing for Reports
Editing and Rewriting
Gather, Analyze, Apply Information and Ideas (dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, and trade books)
Figurative Language (personification, simile, metaphor)
Make and Explain Predictions
Main and Supporting Details
Use Types of Communication (Fairy tales, letters, personal narratives)
Identify Problem or Goal of Main Character
Decoding Strategies to Figure Out Unknown Words
Recognizing Text Features
Addition and Subtraction Skills
Regrouping and Renaming
Basic Multiplication and Division facts
Solving and Estimating Skills
Measuring (length, capacity, weight, area, volume, time, temperature, and angle)
Investigating States of Matter
Earth, Sun, and Moon
Scientific Tools (Thermometers, microscopes, balanced scales, etc.)
Importance of Individuals to Family, Community, and Country
Third Grade is what I call a learning year. We learn several new things that have not been presented to students in past years and are learning test-taking strategies to prepare us for the MAP test in April. Students are required to work very hard and expectations are very high. Students are expected to do most of their work independently, therefore I give very little help other than re-explaining a concept that they are struggling on. The reason for this is that students are expected to know and be able to perform independently on Third Grade concepts during the MAP Test, if I provide too much one-on-one help other than making sure they understand the concept your students will not benefit from completing tasks on their own and therefore will not be prepared for the MAP. I don’t say this to worry you or to appear mean or unwilling to help, on the contrary I want nothing more than for every student to succeed in Third Grade and that cannot and will not happen unless they are allowed to try and succeed independently.
If you have any questions regarding this syllabus please feel free to call at 535-2221 (school). Please sign and return the bottom portion of this paper on the first or second day of class.
I have received and read the Third Grade Syllabus. Any questions I had have been addressed and answered by the teacher.
Parent Signature:_____________________________ Date:___________________
My reflection of this Syllabus:
This syllabus welcomes the students into a learning mindset right off the bat. She also introduces herself to the class. “The syllabus can set a tone for what students’ interactions with you will be like. (Mansbach, 2016)” I believe this sets the tone for what kid of year she wants to have with her kids. She also shows that she is qualified to take care of the parents students. The next topic she addresses is what to bring to class on the first day of school. This was one of my favorite parts of the syllabus in elementary school because it meant going out and getting fresh supplies for the year. She then communicates what is to be learned that year which seems like a lot but is helpful for the parents to know what their child will be learning and accomplishing that year. She makes sure to state what is expected of the student when it comes to behavior activity. She seems very serious and no nonsense which is good and healthy for the students to hear and see. The syllabus has good organization and is easy to understand.
Mansbach, J. (2016, March 07). The Importance of a Syllabus. Retrieved from https://dl.sps.northwestern.edu/blog/2016/03/the-importance-of-a-syllabus/