Third Grade Blazers

December Newsletter

Mrs. Haupt, Mrs. Cook, Mrs. Keenan, & Mrs. Pingatore

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Important Dates:

Friday, December 14th- Dismiss 2 hours early

Monday, December 24th - Tuesday, January 1st - No School

Science - Forces and Interactions

This quarter we will be planning and conducting an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

  • PS2.A: Forces and Motion - Each force acts on one particular object and has both strength and direction. An object at rest typically has multiple forces acting on it, but they add to give zero net force on the object Forces that do not sum to zero can cause changes in the object’s speed or direction of motion. (Boundary: Qualitative and conceptual, but not quantitative addition of forces are used at this level.)

  • PS2.B: Types of Interactions - Objects in contact exert forces on each other.

Forces & Interactions Game

Click above for an interactive science game to help reinforce the concepts we are teaching at school.

Forces and Interactions Vocabulary Cards

Want to help your child at home with all the tier 2 science vocabulary for our unit, click on the link below to access our vocabulary cards for this unit. You can use the computer or print them out.


  • Students will find the area of a rectangle with whole number side lengths by tiling and show that the area is the same as would be found by multiplying side lengths to find areas of rectangles with whole number side lengths in the context of solving real world and mathematical problems, and represent whole-number products as rectangular areas in mathematical reasoning.
  • Students will multiply one-digit whole numbers by multiples of 10 in the range 10-90 using strategies based on place value and properties of operations.
  • Students will begin to understand division in terms of a missing factor, either the number of groups or the number of items in each group and write an equation that represents the situation.
  • Students will continue to use their understanding of multiplication within 100 to solve word problems in factor or product unknown situations involving equal groups, arrays and measurement quantities (area) and write an equation to represent the problem with a symbol for the unknown whole number in the problem and begin to use this thinking for division.
  • Students will understand and apply properties of multiplication (commutative, associative, and distributive using parenthesis within the Associative and Distributive Properties) and understand the relationship between multiplication and division.
  • Students will solve two-step scaffolded word problems involving addition, subtraction and multiplication in which the unknown is in a variety of positions, using parentheses to separate the operations.

You can help your child with these skills by using any of the online resources below.

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Read To Succeed - Six Flags Tickets!!

Read to Succeed is a free program sponsored by Six Flags Theme Parks. Every student who completes six hours of recreational reading before Winter Break is eligible for a free admission ticket, valid at the participating Six Flags Theme Park that the school has selected. Get those calendars turned in, if you need another copy, please ask your child's teacher.

Word Study

We have begun word study groups with our students. Ask your child about the game, word sneak... it is a blast and an engaging way to start learning our new word patterns.

We have also been using word sorts, word study menus, and online tools like Spelling City and Freckle. Be on the lookout for word sort resources coming soon! If you want to have your child practice some online word study games, use the link below.

GET EPIC! Book at home with your child!

We are using Epic! in class to nurture students’ love of reading & learning. Connect with our class for free at using our class code to see what your child is reading & find out how to access Epic! at home.


Haupt - KKp3798

Pingatore - bix7737

Cook - ixa5568

Keenan - zqy6557

Writing - Informational

We have moved to Informational writing! The Art of Informational Writing focuses on one particular template of informational writing. Students will create a short informational book that demonstrates their expertise about a topic, using the mentor text "Deadliest Animals," as their model. In this unit, students will build on the strategies that they learned in the 2nd grade information writing unit and add new strategies that not only meet 3rd grade standards, but stretch them to explore 4th grade standards as well. Students will focus on clear introductions, elaboration, domain specific vocabulary, inclusion of text features, logical transitions, and short, summarizing conclusions.

Third Grade Team

Mrs. Cook (A210) - (ex. 60365)

Mrs. Keenan (A209) - (ex. 60364)

Mrs. Pingatore (A211) - (ex. 60366)

Mrs. Haupt (A208) - (ex. 60363)