Third Grade Weekly News

Week of October 15th

Dates to Remember

  • Monday, October 15th: 6:00pm Volunteer Training; 6:30pm PTA Meeting
  • Tuesday, October 16th: Murphy Book Exchange
  • Wednesday, October 17th: Picture Day; Chick-Fil-A Fundraiser (route 26) 5-8pm
  • Thursday, October 18th: Tech Trek; Broomall Book Exchange
  • Friday, October 19th: Reading and Math Homework Due; Dress like the Career you want to pursue

Fall Harvest Parties

Our Fall Harvest Party will be on Friday, October 26th at 2:30. If you would like to sign up to bring something to the party, please use the below links:




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

Students will receive a new homework menu in math this week that focuses on multiplication. The file can be found below.

Language Arts: Reading and Writing


  • I can use the structure of fiction literature to summarize a story.
  • I can analyze character’s thoughts, words and actions to infer traits about the character.


  • I can edit my small moment so that readers can understand my writing.
  • I can use the rules of dialogue to add what characters say to my small moment.

Word Study:

  • I can apply the pattern of blends and digraphs to my writing and reading.

Word Study

"Word study" is an alternative to traditional spelling instruction. It is based on learning word patterns rather than memorizing unconnected words. Word study provides students with opportunities to investigate and understand the patterns in words. Knowledge of these patterns means that students needn't learn to spell one word at a time.

Take, for example, the difference between "hard c" (as in cat) and "soft c" (as in cell). After collecting many words containing the letter "c," students discover that "c" is usually hard when followed by consonants (as in clue and crayon) and the vowels "a," "o," and "u" (as in cat, cot, and cut). In contrast, "c" is usually soft when followed by "i", "e," and "y" (as in circus, celery, and cycle). Of course, for every rule there are exceptions that threaten the rule. Students learn, though, that spelling patterns exist and that these patterns help to explain how to spell, read, and write words. (From Reading Rockets)

Students will be introduced to new patterns on Mondays. Throughout the week they will work with the words to master the patterns, and they will be assessed on Fridays. All work will be completed in class and will be due on Fridays. You can view their words and graded work in Google Classroom.You are welcome to review the words with your child prior to the Friday tests.


This week, we will finish Unit 2 in math. Students will continue their exploration of multiplication. Students will discover how to multiply using multiples of 10 (i.e. 20, 30, 40, etc.). Please refer to the chart below for additional information. The important vocabulary math words students will use this week are factor, product, expression, equation, and multiple.

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

Social Studies/Science

This week we will continue our first science unit: Weather and Climate. Our driving question for this unit is How can recognizing trends and patterns of weather and climate in different regions help prepare people for and lessen the impacts of natural hazards?

Students will learn about the different types of clouds and their impact on weather. They will also explore the job of a meteorologist and the different tools used to measure the ingredients of weather. At the end of the week, students will assess their knowledge of weather, the different types of clouds, and how to measure the weather.

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Important News


Please take a moment and become a member of the PTA. Your membership entitles you to discounts in and around Frederick County. More importantly, your membership says that you are in support of our school. We would love to have you join us. Our next PTA meeting is Monday, October 15th @ 6:30pm. ALL ARE WELCOME!

Upcoming PTA Events:

Trunk or Treat - Thursday, October 25th at 6:30

This family-friendly trick or treating event is held in the side parking lot of Whittier Elementary! If you are interested in decorating a trunk, sign up here:!/showSignUp/10c0e4caba62ea4f85-whittier

PTA Sponsored Teacher Dinner - Wednesday, November 7 from 6:00-8:00 pm

Join us for a social dinner to honor our teachers at Whittier for all they do for our children.

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!

We are looking for Volunteers to assist with the PTA Book Fair.

Click on the link below to volunteer your time.

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!

Check out the PTA website!

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Email them!


Friday October 19th

  • Dress like a career that you think you want to pursue

Monday October 22nd

  • Make your Character Count- Wear something with a number on it.

Tuesday October 23rd

  • Red Ribbon Week- Wear RED

Wednesday October 24th

  • Unity Day- Wear ORANGE

Thursday October 25th

  • Character Counts Day- Wear the Color Assigned to your Grade Level
  • K- Red for Caring
  • 1st Orange for Fairness
  • 2nd Blue for Trustworthiness
  • 3rd Yellow for Respect
  • 4th Green for Responsibility
  • 5th Purple for Citizenship
  • PreK- Any color you want

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Amy Broomall


Robin Murphy