Third Grade Weekly News

Week of May 6th

Dates to Remember

  • Monday, May 6th: BOGO Book Fair 9am-6pm
  • Tuesday, May 7th: BOGO Book Fair 9am-6pm; PARCC Testing
  • Wednesday, May 8th: BOGO Book Fair 9am-6pm; PARCC Testing
  • Thursday, May 9th: BOGO Book Fair 9am-6pm
  • Friday, May 10th: Pritts Book Exchange; Reading and Math Homework Due; Permission Slips Due; 2 Hour Early Dismissal


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

PARCC Testing

This year your child will be participating in the PARCC assessment. PARCC is a test which will assess your child’s acquisition of math, writing, and reading, and will be used as a tool to enhance teaching and learning. The following information will help you and your child prepare for the testing days. It is important that your child attend school and be on time.

If your child comes late to school on a testing day, they will not be allowed into the classroom until the test is completed. They will complete the test that they missed on another day. Likewise, if students are absent they will complete the test on another day.

The students have completed practice tasks to familiarize themselves with the format and tools. The students have worked very hard this year and we are confident that they will be able to show all that they know on this test with success.

If you would like to practice using PARCC tasks at home with your child, please visit the following website:


PARCC starts on April 24th and runs through May 17th. There are 4 days of math and 4 days of reading testing.

Tips for success

• Assure your child that they have worked hard all year and are prepared. There will be challenges but they know how to persevere and do their best.

• Go to bed at a good time.

• Eat a healthy breakfast.

• Wear comfortable clothing.

Language Arts


Putting it all together. Students will analyze and annotate many poems that display examples of poetic devices. Students will group these poems in collections and display them on a poster.

Authors use sensory words and phrases to help the reader create a picture in their mind. This brings the story or poem to life. We see this in poetry and many other literary genres. We closely read and annotate to see the specific words the author used to create this imagery. Readers will explore the figurative language used in poetry. Using figurative language helps to create imagery.

Readers will use poetry to explore the mood (feeling the reader gets) and tone the writer uses to convey the author’s attitude.


Students will explore that elements of fairy tales. We will read a variety of traditional and fractured (adapted) fairy tales. We will explore ways to adapt traditional fairy tales to create an original story.


This week, we will start our last unit in math, Unit 10. This unit explores problem solving using multiplication and division. It finalizes all the problem solving skills we have worked on throughout the year.

This week students will explore the relationship between multiplication and division. They will make connections between this relationship and the relationship between addition and subtraction. Students will create fact families (ex. 2x3=6, 3x2=6, 6/2=3, 6/3=2) and use related facts to solve problems.

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

Social Studies/Science

This week, students will continue our last science unit called Life Cycles, Traits, and Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems. The driving question for this unit is: How does the environment affect the survival (life cycle and traits) of organisms within an interdependent ecosystem?.

This week, students will investigate the difference between inherited and acquired traits. Inherited traits are things that we get from our parents (ex. eye color, height, etc.). Acquired traits are things that we get from the environment (ex. learning to read, breaking a bone).

Quarterly Expectations

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

Important News


Teacher Appreciation Week - The PTA will be thanking our teachers and school staff for all their hard work and dedication over the last year during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 5th-10th! In order for it to be a success, we need your help!!

Please check out the sign up genius links on the Whittier PTA Homepage to see if you are able to help!! Thank you in advance for your continued help and support

Our Scholastic BOGO (buy one, get one free) Book Fair is coming up. We hope you can join us! Our book fair will be open on Friday, May 3rd from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., and Monday, May 6th through Thursday, May 9th from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. In order to make the Book Fair a success, we are looking for volunteers. Please see the following link and consider signing up for a slot or two if you are able.

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SAVE THE DATE! Camp Invention is coming to Whittier! July 8-12 from 9:00-3:30! We will be the first hybrid camp in our area and have 60 spots for paid campers. To sign up, go to: and register for our Whittier camp. Questions? Email Tina Dattoli at

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Amy Broomall


Jaime Chevalier


Robin Murphy


Megan Pritts