MINIMUM CRITERIA FOR THIRD GRADE PROMOTION TO FOURTH GRADE AT ECCLESTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

The student…

• scores above level 1 in reading on the FCAT
• scores at or above level 41 on the DRP
• uses information from a variety of sources to figure out unknown words (ex., letters and sounds, common spelling patterns and grammar)
• uses context clues and a variety of word structures to construct meaning and increase vocabulary including prefixes, suffixes, root words, homonyms, antonyms and synonyms
• develops vocabulary by reading independently and using reference books
• identifies main idea, relevant supporting details and facts
• makes inferences and sequences events
• identifies author’s purpose as to inform, entertain and/or persuade
• uses reference materials such as maps, graphs, charts and photos for different purposes (ex., making a report, conduction of interviews and performing a task)
• knows the difference between fact and opinion
• understands the use of comparison and contrast within a selection
• will be able to score 110 words per minute on the DIBELS Oral Reading Fluency test

WRITING

The student…

• demonstrates knowledge and use of graphic organizers/thinking maps to organize information
• is able to write a three paragraph essay that remains focused on topic/prompt and include all writing conventions
• opens a story with a t least 2 sentences and closes a story with at least two sentences with 3 details or elaboration per thought in the story

MATHEMATICS NUMBER SENSE

The student…

• Completes fact and number families
• Finds equivalent names for numbers
• Knows addition and subtraction facts
• knows multiplication facts having 0 or 1 as a factor
• knows division facts
• reads and writes whole numbers through hundred thousands or more
• reads and writes proper fractions and decimal notation in context of money
• compares and orders whole numbers and commonly used fractions
• translates problems into diagrams and models using whole numbers fractions and decimals in money
• knows the value of a given digit to hundred thousands
• explains and demonstrates addition and subtraction and their inverse relationship
• explains the inverse relationship of multiplication and division
• predicts solutions using the four operations
• writes number sentences and solves one-step problems using the operations
• estimates quantities of objects to 250 or more using various strategies
• uses models and charts to determine factors of whole numbers
• has basic knowledge of multiplication facts 0-9

MEASUREMENT

The student…

• uses concrete objects to measure length, weight, capacity, area, perimeter, volume, time and temperature
• measures line segments to nearest centimeter
• knows right angles
• uses schedules, calendars and elapsed time to solve problems
• calculates and compares types of measurement
• compares length, weight and capacity using standard and non-standard units of measure
• determines whether an accurate or estimated measurement is needed
• uses objects, graph paper or charts to solve problems involving estimated measurement
• estimates area, perimeter and volume of rectangular shapes
• selects the appropriate unit and tool of measurement for a solution

GEOMETRY AND SPATIAL SENSE

The student…

• Identify and name 2 & 3 Dimensional Shapes
• knows symmetry, congruency and reflections in geometric shapes
• explores flips, slides, tessellations and 180 degree turns
• compares area and perimeter using concrete and graphic materials
• knows how to identify, locate and plot ordered pairs of whole numbers
• Identify symmetric figures and draw lines of symmetry

ALGEBRAIC THINKING

The student…

• describes, extends, creates and predicts visual, numeric and geometric patterns
• analyzes, explains and states the rule for number patterns
• creates a simple word problem for a given number sentence, diagram or model
• knows that an equation is a number sentence stating that two quantities are equal
• uses models and graphs to solve equations and inequalities

Data Analysis and Probability

The student…

• identifies parts of a graph and interprets displays of data
• interprets and compares information from pictographs and bar graphs
• identifies the mean, median, mode and range in a set
• uses technology to compare data and to construct and discuss patterns
• determines the number of possible combinations of items
• calculates the probability of an event and represents all possible outcomes
• designs questions for a survey, depicts the data in a graph and explains the results
• uses statistical data to recognize trends

Ideas for helping your child at home

Language Arts

• Provide experiences for writing such as daily journals, letters and notes
• Read with your child on a daily basis from any sources (ex., books, magazines, poetry, plays and newspapers). Orally ask questions and have your child summarize what was read.
• Encourage your child to identify the author’s reason for writing a book, story or poem

Mathematics

• Have your child time activities you do together such as cooking, playing games or reading and calculate elapsed time for each activity.
• Practice basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts with your child on a daily basis by using flash cards and practice problems. Have your child answer problems by using mental math.
• When shopping with your child, give him/her an amount of money to spend and an opportunity to make decisions about what can be purchased.