Third Grade Weekly News

Week of November 12th

Dates to Remember

  • Monday, November 12th: American Education Week Breakfast; Military Appreciation Day (2:30, Clap Out 3:15)
  • Tuesday, November 13th: Murphy Book Exchange; Casa Rico Fundraiser (4:30 - close)
  • Wednesday, November 14th:
  • Thursday, November 15th: Broomall Book Exchange; Report Cards Distributed
  • Friday, November 16th: Reading and Math Homework Due; Word Study Test; Multicultural Night (6:00 - 8:00)


Please see files below for information about reading and math homework.

Quarterly Expectations

Please see the files below that contain the second quarter expectations for language arts and math.

Language Arts: Reading and Writing

Summary writing:

Is your child struggling with writing a summary of what they read? Try giving them a sticky note or a piece of paper. While they read, encourage them to “stop and jot” about only the big ideas. Another strategy is SWBST (see image).

Success Statements for this week:

I can read, write, and discuss words with long vowel pairs-ui, oa, ee, ea, ie, oe

I can select a topic, list expert vocabulary words related to the topic, and make a plan for my informative essay.

I can identify text features and use them to gather information as I read non-fiction text.


This week, we will continue Unit 5 in math (we will come back to Unit 4 after completing Unit 5). We will strengthen our understanding of multiplication as equal groups and connect that idea to the concept of area. Students will explore finding the area using repeated addition and multiplication. Students will also create rectangles given side lengths (i.e. students will create a rectangle that is 3x2 using grid paper).

Click here for an overview of the unit and ideas to try at home!

Social Studies/Science

This week, students will start a new Social Studies unit on economics called The Game of Life. This unit is modeled after the board game Life. Throughout the unit, students will be exploring the compelling question: How does economics affect our everyday lives?

Students will begin reviewing economics terms learned in previous years (needs and wants, consumers and producers, goods and services) and then receive a job and an income for the unit. Students will create a budget based on their job and income.

Later in the week, students will explore the concept of opportunity cost (giving something up when you choose one thing instead of another) by making choices based on their budget. Students will use a decision making process by exploring the pros and cons of their options before making a final decision.

Conferences Reflection

Thank you for taking the time to conference with us. We were so happy to get to know our families and to know that we are working together to help your child find success.

Important News


Our English Language (EL) Department hosts this annual event that celebrates the many cultures of our students, families, and community! Join us for fun, games, education, and food from different cultures. The event is hosted here at Whittier and all are invited!

We are looking for support in coordinating food, and activities. If you can help, please sign up using the link below:

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you for this exciting event!


Our Service Learning Club is collecting new or gently worn cold weather clothing to donate to the Frederick Mission. If you look through your closets at home and find any of the following items that you are not using, please consider sending them in. There will be collection boxes throughout the school and all donations will go to keeping our neighbors warm this winter! Thank you for helping our community!

Needed Items:

  • Coats
  • Jackets
  • Hats
  • Mittens
  • Gloves
  • Snow Pants
  • Snow Boots

Upcoming PTA Events:

Multicultural Night - Friday, November 16 from 6:00-8:00 pm

This annual event celebrates our school's cultural diversity! Join us for fun, games, education, and food from different cultures. The event is hosted here at Whittier and all are invited!

PTA membership is always appreciated in order to support your children and the PTA’s mission. Volunteering is not required! Sign up at and follow us on Facebook to keep up to date on all events!

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Please let us know if you have any questions.

Amy Broomall


Robin Murphy