Celebrate Learning! PES 3rd Grade

Promoting and Empowering Student Success

January News

Check out what's happening in January! 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 note in the morning!
  • Please help us by collecting Box Tops for Education! :)

Upcoming Dates

  • January 3rd Welcome back!
  • January 5th Party with the Principal*
  • January 8th Report Cards
  • January 8th - 9th Math Common Assessment
  • January 15th MLK Holiday (No School)
  • January 16th Social Studies Common Assessment
  • January 26th STEM Day

*Students must have 95% or higher on Class Dojo to be able to attend the party! :)

Students of The Month: Dependable

January STEM Challenge

STEM is a great way for students to practice critical thinking and problem-solving skills! Check out this month's challenge and have your child complete the challenge at home! They can only use the materials listed on the "Teacher's Materials" page. Send us pictures of what your child comes up with! We can't wait to see all the great ideas to solve this month's problem!

January Learning Targets

English-Language Arts

We will ring in the new year with persuasive writing! The students will learn to determine an author's point of view on a topic and also develop their own opinion on the topic!

Challenge: Check out the video below and have your child decide, should the crayons quit? Have them explain their thinking!

Reading Vocabulary: Point of view, reasons, examples

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

Book of the Month

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit! Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from coloring all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other. What is Duncan to do?



In Math, we are wrapping up Unit 3 - Multiplication and Area. We will be reviewing the week we return from the break and the Common Assessment will be given the week of 8th. I will be sending home the End-of-Module Assessment Task as a study guide. Please take the time to review nightly and practice AREA at home. Please keep in mind that students should be able to do the following at the end of Unit 3:

-solve multi-step word problems with four operations

-understand the concept of area

-relate area to multiplication and addition (A=L x W)

-solve problems involving perimeter

Vocabulary - multiplication, array, area, square units, perimeter, A=LxW, rows, columns, distributive property, decompose, identity property, zero property, associative property, plan figures, commutative property,

Video of the Month: KHAN


Area and the Distributive Property:


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

The first 2 weeks of January we will be finishing up our Unit on the 13 Colonies! The students need to be able to compare the New England Colonies, Mid-Atlantic Colonies, and the Southern Colonies.

Here is a great video to review what we are learning.


Vocabulary: New World, worship, colony, region, New England, Mid-Atlantic, Southern, artisans, indentured servants, exported, plantation, cash crops


January 17th we will kick off our next Science unit on the habitats of Georgia. This unit will be super fun as we explore the animals, plants, and environment in each habitat.

Here is a RAP that will help us learn these habitats.


Vocabulary: Georgia, habitat, Blue Ridge Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plains, Valley and Ridge, Appalachian Plateau, wetlands, humid, swamp, marsh, foothills, adaptations

Contact Information

Mrs. Amber Jensen

English-Language Arts

Mrs. Katherine Campbell

Science/Social Studies
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