The Mustang Stampede

Third Grade news for the month of February


We are continuing to work on problem solving using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Students should be able to identify which operation should be used to solve a problem and then solve it, often in more than one step. Students do NOT have to have their multiplication facts memorized for this skill. They have other strategies to figure out answers using multiplication when they don't know it from memory. This week we are incorporating patterns in our problem solving skill-set. Students will test over patterns Monday.

We are continuing our work in learning our multiplication facts from memory. So far, we have done our 0s, 1s, 2s, 3s, 5s, and 10s. We will add our 4s next. Watch the planner for fluency work to keep up with which facts students are practicing.

Feb. 26 students will take the second and final Content Based Measure (CBM) test. This will cover everything we have learned since August. Specifically: graphs/data, operations (+,-, x,

÷), number lines, fractions (of a set and of a whole), rounding/estimating, perimeter, place value, money, time, temperature, patterns, measurement, and problem solving (especially multi-step using data). We will do a week-long review of previously learned skills.


Students have been learning Earth science, including weather, the water cycle, and landforms. We have constructed models of the water cycle and landforms. We will wrap our study of Earth by learning about changes to Earth's surface, including earthquakes and volcanoes.

Language Arts - Reading

Language Arts - The Essay

The students will be writing an informational essay for their Citizen Hero project.

The essay will be done in steps during class for the most part. We encourage parents to assist in the editing and revising phase. The essay will also be due on February 15th, and the rubric was included in the parent letter.

Reading: Non-fiction with an emphasis on utilizing text features

The students will be reading non-fiction biographies and researching information from internet sources.

Social Studies

We are working on a study of Citizen Heroes.

The students will choose a historical figure, do research, and organize their information in the form of a poster. This will be due on February 15th. The rubric was previously sent home in a parent letter.

Dates to Remember

Feb. 12, 19, 26 - Tone-Up Tuesdays during Morning Assembly

Feb. 13 - Early Release 12:45 pm

Feb. 14 - Valentine's Day Party 1:45

Feb. 18 - Student Holiday/Staff Development

Feb. 21 - Class & Individual Pictures

Feb. 22 - Sing-A-Long 2:00 pm

Feb. 26 - Math CBM Test (make-ups March 1)

Feb. 27 - Reading CBM Test (make-ups March 1)