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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


    • 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
    • newmank@lake.k12.fl.us