Celebrate Learning! PES 3rd Grade

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April News

Check out what's happening in April! We are blessed to teach such an amazing group of students!


  • Please check your child's Tiger Tracker weekly to keep up to date on all 3rd grade news!
  • Check out your child's Class Dojo report daily! Students who have a 95% or higher average for the week get to join the lunch bunch on Fridays! Students who have a 95% or higher for the 9-weeks will be invited to the Party with the Principal!
  • Students should be reading at least 15 minutes per night! Reading with your child helps to increase their fluency and build vocabulary. Their reading log will be checked weekly on Friday. They need to have at least 5 entries to earn their $5 bonus!
  • Transportation notes should be written on a separate piece of paper with your child's name, homeroom teacher, and date. Please remind your child to turn in their notes in the morning!
  • Please help us by collecting Box Tops for Education! :)

Upcoming Dates

  • April 2nd-April 6th Spring Break
  • April 11th GMAS Assembly/Game Day
  • April 12th GMAS English-Language Arts Section 1 (Essay Writing)
  • April 16th GMAS English-Language Arts Section 2 (Narrative)
  • April 17th GMAS English-Language Arts Section 3 (Multiple Choice)
  • April 18th GMAS Math Section 1
  • April 19th GMAS Math Section 2

At-Home Testing Tips

  • Make sure your child gets into bed early the night before the test.
  • Prepare a healthy breakfast to help energize your child throughout the day.
  • Make sure your child is on-time or early on test day.
  • Encourage them to do their best!
  • Remind them that they have learned everything they need to know! They are so smart!

Students of The Month: Responsible

Learning Targets

English-Language Arts

In April, we will continue reviewing all of our standards! The kiddos will be taking all parts of the GMAS during the month of April, so please encourage them to do their best! They have learned everything they need to know! They are going to do an AMAZING job! After the GMAS, we will begin a research project on recycling, reducing, and reusing.

Informational Vocabulary: main idea, key details, cause, effect, sequence, hyperlink, sidebar, key words, table of contents, index, glossary

Literature Vocabulary: plot, character traits, actions, thoughts, words, sequence of events, central message, theme, lesson, moral

Persuasive Writing Vocabulary: Opinion, persuasive, introduction, conclusion, linking words and phrases, reasons, examples, point of view

Narrative Writing Vocabulary: Narrative, introduction, conclusion, linking words and phrases, setting, problem, solution, dialogue, and descriptions

Informational Writing Vocabulary: Explanatory, informational, introduction, conclusion, linking words and phrases, facts, definitions, and details

Book of the Month

Testing Miss Malarkey by Judy Finchler

The new school year brings standardized testing to every school and Miss Malarkey's is no exception. Teachers, students, and even parents are preparing for THE TEST-The Instructional Performance Through Understanding (IPTU) test-and the school is in an uproar. Even though the grown-ups tell the children not to worry, they're acting kind of strange. The gym teacher is teaching stress-reducing yoga instead of sports in gym class. Parents are giving pop quizzes on bedtime stories at night. The cafeteria is serving "brain food" for lunch. The kids are beginning to think that maybe the test is more important than they're being led to believe. Kids and adults alike will laugh aloud at the commotion surrounding standardized testing, a staple of every school's year.



In Unit 5, students will explore measurement using kilograms, grams, liters, milliliters, and intervals of time in minutes.

3.MD.1 - students will begin by learning to tell and write time to the nearest minute using analog and digital clocks.

In Unit 6, students will be exploring shapes and their attributes.

3.G.1 - students will understand that shapes in different categories (e.g., rhombuses, rectangles, and others) may share attributes (e.g., having four sides), and that the shared attributes can define a larger category (e.g., quadrilaterals). Recognize rhombuses, rectangles, and squares as examples of quadrilaterals, and draw examples of quadrilaterals that do not belong to any of these subcategories.

3.G.2 - students will partition shapes into parts with equal areas. Express the area of each part as a unit fraction of the whole. For example, partition a shape into 4 parts with equal area, and describe the area of each part as 1/4 of the area of the shape.

Please continue to review and use the standard notebook to spiral back and review standards that are being taught. We are using the binders daily, so please do not take any papers out as this will be an excellent review as we get closer to the GMAS.

Vocabulary -

- about (with reference to rounding and estimation, an answer that is not precise) - addend (the numbers that are added together in an addition equation, e.g., in 4 + 5 the numbers 4 and 5 are the addends)

-capacity (the amount of liquid that a particular container can hold)

-continuous (with reference to time as a continuous measurement)

-endpoint (used with rounding on the number line; the numbers that mark the beginning and end of a given interval)

-gram (g, unit of measure for weight), Interval (time passed or a segment on the number line)

-halfway (with reference to a number line, the midpoint between two numbers, e.g., 5 is halfway between 0 and 10)

- kilogram (kg, unit of measure for mass),

-liquid volume (the space a liquid takes up)

-liter (L, unit of measure for liquid volume)

-milliliter (mL, unit of measure for liquid volume)

-plot (locate and label a point on a number line)

- round (estimate a number to the nearest 10 or 100 using place value)

-second (a unit of time)

- standard algorithm (for addition and subtraction), ≈ (symbol used to show that an answer is approximate)


-triangles, rectangles, square, rhombus, polygons, trapezoid, and parallelograms

Video of the Month: KHAN

Measurement and Data:


Please continue to practice multiplication facts nightly as well. Students are getting excited about earning their ICE CREAM SUNDAE PARTY. If your child has not mastered their facts, they still have a chance to earn it. KEEP STUDYING!!

Science/Social Studies

It is that time of year when we are reviewing all the amazing units we have learned this year. The first 2 weeks of April after Spring Break, we will spend review for the Milestones in Reading and Math and be taking the Milestones. During these 2 weeks, we will take a break from Social Studies and Science homework.

The week after we will begin our Social Studies and Science review. Homework will be a very important part of our review. Also, use the old homework questions and the folders from each unit that they have brought home.

The students have learned so much this year and now it is time to show what that know! I know they are going to do great!

Contact Information

Mrs. Amber Jensen

English-Language Arts

Mrs. Katherine Campbell

Science/Social Studies
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