The Mustang Stampede

Third Grade news for the month of May.


We will wrap up the school year by learning and practicing measuring weight, mass, volume, and capacity. Students will use measurement equipment such as spring scales and triple-beam balances.

We will also wrap up our memorization of our multiplication facts. We have already covered X 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,10, and 11. This week we are working on our 7s. Over the next few weeks we will also learn X8, 9, and 12. Please help your child practice these important math facts at home using flash cards, online speed games, or iPad/iPod apps. It's important that they work on their speed in addition to knowing the answers.


This month in science we will be learning about life cycles and food chains/webs. We have already learned much about ecosystems as we worked on our projects, so we will complete that learning by observing some life cycles in process and how organisms fit into their specific ecosystem food web.

Third Graders at Work and Play

English / Language Arts

Reading (Realistic Fiction):

The students will be reading the novel "Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear" for whole group sessions. Within this genre, we are delving into character issues, plot development, and author's message. Using this information as a foundation, the class will develop ideas on writing their very own fictional stories.

Writing/ LA:

This six weeks we are kicking up the writing a notch. The students will draw upon prior knowledge from throughout the year to formulate ideas and build their very own fictional chapter book. A parent letter explaining the project will be in the Monday folders soon.


We are restarting the spelling for the last 4 weeks. This month's focus will be solely on 3/4th grade sight words. These basic words are commonly misspelled, and they are required knowledge for 3rd and 4th grade students per district standards. We will still use the "Words Their Way" format.

Social Studies

Social Studies:

Focusing on community has been the backbone of the SS curriculum this year. As a culminating project, the students will be able to choose an area in the community which may need improvement (parks, roadways, playgrounds, schools, etc.). They will use ideas learned throughout the year to come up with an improvement plan. This project will begin next week, and expect a parent letter detailing this information.

Sources: CSISD E/LA Curriculum, TEKS

Important Dates

May 12 - Mother's Day

May 24 - Sing-A-Long 2:00 p.m.

May 27 - Memorial Day Holiday

May 28 - Field Day (Info to come)

May 29 - Awards Assembly Day 2:00 p.m.

May 31- Last Day / Early Release