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Welcome Parents. Ms. Newman’s Third Grade Class!. Welcome to Third Grade!. I will introduce you to third grade and to our classroom. If you have any questions during my presentation, please don’t hesitate to ask. About me!. I grew up in Windermere.

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Welcome parents
Welcome Parents

Ms. Newman’s Third Grade Class!

Welcome to third grade
Welcome to Third Grade!

  • I will introduce you to third grade and to our classroom.

  • If you have any questions during my presentation, please don’t hesitate to ask.

About me
About me!

  • I grew up in Windermere.

  • I got my Bachelors degree from the University of Florida in Environmental Science.

  • I got my Masters of Elementary Education from UF also.

  • This is my second year teaching third grade at Lost Lake.

  • I love third grade!!

My goals
My Goals

  • To give your child the academic and social skills they be successful this year, and in the future

  • To provide a supportive, cooperative, and fun classroom environment

  • To help your child develop a love of reading and writing

  • To strengthen your child’s understanding of math concepts while keeping it fun and enjoyable

Class subjects
Class Subjects

  • The subjects we study during third grade are:

    • Reading

    • Language Arts & Writing

    • Math

    • Science

    • Social studies

    • Cursive

    • Character education

      • Steps to Respect

Challenges to excel

Accelerated Math

Accelerated Reader

Steps to Respect

Science Fair


Challenges to Excel


  • Compare/contrast

  • Author’s Purpose

  • Plot Development

  • Context Clues

  • Figurative Language

  • Cause & Effect

  • Main Idea & Details

  • Narrative Elements

  • Text Features

Reading grade break down
Reading Grade Break Down

  • Tests-35%

    • FCAT style Wonders assessment by benchmark

  • Cold Reads-45%

    • Short portfolio pieces

  • FCAT Mini Achieves-10%

    • 5 question quizzes by benchmark

  • Classwork-10%

    • Center work

    • AR test on weekly story

Language arts writing
Language Arts &Writing

  • Narrative Essays

  • Expository Essays

  • Descriptive writing

  • 6 Write Traits

  • Cursive Handwriting

Language arts writing grade break down
Language Arts & Writing Grade Break Down

  • Writing-30%

  • Classwork-35%

    • Grammar skills

  • Spelling-35%

    • Weekly test


  • Number Sense

  • Multiplication

  • Division

  • Geometry

  • Fractions

  • Data analysis

  • Algebraic Thinking

  • Time

Math grade break down
Math Grade Break Down

  • Tests-55%

  • Quizzes-35%

    • Mid Chapter Checkpoint

  • Mini Achieves-10%


  • The Practice of Science

  • Living things

  • Florida Wildlife

  • Space-The Universe

  • Matter, Heat, Energy

  • Weird Science Wednesdays!

Science grade break down
Science Grade Break Down

  • Test-50%

    • Open book

  • Quizzes-30%

    • Lesson Checks, about 3 per chapter

  • Classwork

    • Labs and other projects

Social studies
Social Studies

  • Geographic Information (maps, globes)

  • Contributions of Citizens who defended American Principles

  • Exploration of the Americas

  • The foundations of Government

  • Basic Principles of American Citizens

  • Government

  • Economics- Goods/ services


  • Third grade is a big year for your child to develop their independence!

  • I ask students to be responsible for…

    • Having the correct materials in class and at home

    • Knowing what their nightly homework is

    • Keeping their desks and backpacks organized

    • Turning in assignments on time

    • Asking for something that they need

Policies and procedures

Policies and Procedures




Ready to Learn

School wide reward system
School Wide Reward System

  • Pink Lion Loot-Cafeteria

    • Given only by lunchroom assistant

    • Earn loot as a class

    • Must follow posted lunchroom behavior

    • Reward once a month for top class from each grade level and top class overall

  • Blue Lion Loot-Specials

    • Given only by a special area teacher

    • Earn loot as a class

    • Follow the rules for special areas

    • Reward once a semester

    • Establish own guidelines for Lion Loot day

Classroom incentives
Classroom Incentives

  • Fuzzies- Good for You chart

  • “Clean” Behavior Sheets

    • Lunch and a movie

  • A-Math Objectives

  • Accelerated Reader points

  • Shining Star

  • Fun Friday!

Fun friday
Fun Friday!!!

  • Shine Folder

    • Record classroom infractions and dates

    • This includes missing or incomplete homework!

    • Two marks for the week means that the student will miss 5 minutes of fun Friday.

    • Three or more marks means that the student will miss all of fun Friday.

    • If behavior continues to be an issue week after week, I may send this behavior folder home to be signed.

  • Fun Friday is either extended recess, or a game/craft session inside. 

Homework folder
Homework Folder

  • This is where I will send all important papers and information home to you.

  • It contains...

    • Reading log

    • Literature Response questions

    • Vocabulary words

    • Spelling words

    • All usernames and passwords for at home websites

  • It is the students’ responsibility to bring this folder to and from school daily!


  • Students will have 20 minutes of reading and a reading log entry to do nightly.

  • They will also have math practice pages that correspond to our lessons.

  • On nights before tests students will bring home materials to study from.

  • It is the students’ responsibility to study spelling as often as they need for the weekly test.

  • **Please note: Having the agenda and reading log signed each night is also part of your child’s homework.


  • 14 tested reading benchmarks

  • 17 tested math benchmarks

  • Window: April 22-25

  • Practice throughout the school year

    • FCAT explorer

    • Cold Reads

    • Mini Achieves

  • Tutoring

  • Level 1 Law

  • Good Cause promotion

  • Come to our FCAT night in late fall!

Fcat practice at home
FCAT: Practice At Home!

  • Read, read, READ!!

    • Build stamina

    • Read outloud

    • Ask questions and discuss what your child read

  • Complete and understand the daily math homework

    • Underline key words and numbers

    • Show work

  • FCAT Explorer

Some odds and ends
Some Odds and Ends

  • Parent Volunteers (9:00 – 2:30)‏

    • New online form!

  • Field trips

  • Tuesday School

  • Lunch

    • 12:09-12:39

    • www.mylunchmoney.com

    • Hand stamp

    • Pink Lion Loot!

  • Enrichment

    • 10:20-11:05

    • 8 day rotation

Water fountain
Water Fountain

Please send in a water bottle with your child daily. We do visit the water fountain after recess, but having one in the classroom will limit wasted time going to the water fountain.


I welcome and encourage parent communication!

You may contact me through—

  • Agenda

  • Parent Conference

  • Email

    • [email protected]