Third Grade Weekly News

Week of March 4th

Dates to Remember

  • Monday, March 4th: Dress as a Twin or Thing 1 and Thing 2
  • Tuesday, March 5th: Murphy Book Exchange; Green Eggs & Ham - Wear Green
  • Wednesday, March 6th: Chevalier Book Exchange; Wacky Wednesday - wear wacky tacky
  • Thursday, March 7th: Broomall Book Exchange; Fox in Socks - wear crazy socks
  • Friday, March 8th: Pritts Book Exchange; Reading and Math Homework Due; I Can Read with My Eyes Shut - PJ Day; Trivia Night 6:30 pm


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

Ms. Pritts's homeroom class has a different reading assignment. Please email Mrs. Chevalier with any questions.

Language Arts


This week in reading, students will continue to identify the different structures of informational text. Students will analyze the text to identify the main idea, key details and signal words (transition words) to help determine the text structure that the author used to organize their writing. As students determine the text structure, they will stop and jot and use many of the close reading skills we have practiced so far this school year.

New this week - students will use their note taking skills and what they know about text structure to ask and answer questions about an informational text.


The purpose of our writing unit during Quarter 3 is to Write to Persuade. During this unit, the students will develop opinions about topics, brainstorm support for their opinions, and organize their ideas into an essay. Persuasive writing pieces can be in the form of an essay, letter or petition. This is always a fun unit!

This week in writing, we will focus on how we can strengthen our argument to truly persuade our reader. Students may strength their arguments using examples, facts, comparisons, personal experiences, etc. See chart below.

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This week, we will continue Unit 8 in math. This unit focuses on deepening understanding about the relationship between multiplication and division. It discusses how you can use a multiplication problem to solve a division problem and vice versa.

This week, students will continue to explore the relationship between multiplication and division and how you can use one operation to solve the other (similar to the relationship between addition and subtraction). Students will use this knowledge when solving problems as well.

Later in the week, students will distinguish between the different properties of multiplication and apply those properties when solving problems. The properties include the commutative (i.e. 3x4=4x3), the associative (i.e. 2x(3x4)=(2x3)x4), and the distributive (i.e. 7x3=(4x3)+(3x3)). For more information, see picture below.

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

Social Studies/Science

This week, students will learn about personal body safety. Please refer to letter below for more information.


  • Students in Pre-K-2nd grade have the option to submit a student science fair project (individual or group.)
  • Students in grades 3-5 are required to submit a student science fair project (individual or group.)
  • Science fair projects are due on Wednesday, March 27th.

Click the link below for science fair registration, information, and ideas.

Whittier’s STEM Fair is on Thursday, March 28th!

Our STEM Fair is from 6:00-8:00pm with science fair projects in the gym and hands-on STEM activity stations that include science, technology, engineering and math in the cafeteria, gym and other locations within the school.

Questions? Contact Tina Dattoli at

Quarterly Expectations

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

Important News


Independent reading is designed to give students continued opportunities to expand and practice reading strategies. In the classroom independent reading provides the opportunity for teachers to provide explicit instruction to increase competence and encourage students to monitor their own reading.

When: Whittier’s Annual Book Swap will begin Monday, March 4th

We would appreciate any donations of GENTLY USED books that are appropriate for Pre-K- 5thgraders.

Gently Used: please no tore pages, not written on or damaged books. Donation boxes will be placed throughout the Whittier.

All students will be able to attend the BOOK SWAP during the week of March 4th to select the perfect book.

Volunteers Needed: to help with setup, restocking books or helping students find the perfect book. You can volunteer half hour or more. If you would like to volunteer please contact, or sign up here .


In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, we'll be celebrating his birthday the week of March 4. Join us in dressing up in the following way:

Monday, March 4............Dress Like a Twin or Thing 1 & Thing 2

Tuesday, March 5...........Green Eggs and Ham - Wear Green

Wednesday, March 6......Wacky Wednesday - Wear Wacky Tacky

Thursday, March 7..........Fox in Socks - Wear Crazy Socks

Friday, March 8................I Can Read With My Eyes Shut - PJ Day

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Amy Broomall


Jaime Chevalier


Robin Murphy


Megan Pritts