Third Grade Weekly News

Week of February 11th

Dates to Remember

  • Monday, February 11th: Restaurant Night - Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Tuesday, February 12th: Murphy Book Exchange
  • Wednesday, February 13th: Chevalier Book Exchange
  • Thursday, February 14th: Broomall Book Exchange; Valentine's Day Parties 2:30
  • Friday, February 15th: Pritts Book Exchange; Reading and Math Homework Due

Valentine's Day Parties

Third grade Valentine's Day parties will be held on Thursday, February 14th at 2:30. If you would like to donate supplies for the party, please click on your teacher's link below. If you have any questions about the party, please contact your child's teacher.






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, students will practice using context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words.

  • An example clue is when specific examples are used to define the term.

  • A synonym clue is one or two words that mean almost the same as the word that the author does not expect us to know.

  • A antonym clue is a word with opposite meaning to give us hints about the word the author doesn't think we will know.

  • A definition clue is when the unknown word is explained within the sentence or in a sentence immediately proceeding.

Students will also read a variety of folktales and fables to compare and contrast characters, setting, plot and theme through lesson/moral/life message. When we read multiple texts, we need to track our thinking in a way that works for us. We have learned a lot of strategies to do this (Stop and Jot, text chunking, note taking, charting, highlighting etc). When students read they will think about the strategies that will be most helpful to track their thinking about theme.


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, students will examine the quarter 3 writing rubric. Students will read, annotate and evaluate opinion writing pieces from 3rd grade students in previous years. These essays will be used as anchor papers and will help students set goals in the area of craft and mechanics. Students will begin to organize and draft their first opinion piece.


This week, we will continue Unit 7 in math. This unit focuses on fractions and includes fractions on a number line, fractions beyond 1, equivalent fractions, whole numbers as fractions, and comparing fractions with the same numerator or same denominator.

This week we will focus on renaming whole numbers as fractions and creating/analyzing line plots. When renaming whole numbers as fractions, we can write the whole number with a denominator of 1 if the whole is not partitioned (i.e. 2 wholes = 2/1). If the whole is partitioned, we use the number of parts in one whole as the denominator. For example is the whole is partitioned into halves, 1 whole would be equivalent to 2/2, 2 wholes would be equivalent to 4/2, etc.

Later in the week, we will analyze line plots and measure objects to the nearest 1/4 inch in order to create them. Students will discover that measuring objects is very similar to plotting a fraction on a number line, since rulers are number lines. Students will use this data to create a line plot on a number line and then analyze the data by answering questions about their line plot. An example of a line plot is pictured below.

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

Social Studies/Science

This week, students will finish our new science unit called Forces and Interactions. The driving question for this unit is: How do forces, motion, and magnetism help us perform real life tasks?.

This week, students will finish exploring the concept of gravity and conduct an experiment to determine if heavier objects fall faster than lighter objects.

Later in the week, students will conduct an investigation into magnetism by completing various experiments including how to make a magnet float and how magnets affect pendulums.

Leadership Notebooks

We are finalizing assessments in reading, writing, and math and students are updating their leadership notebooks with their progress. Students will bring home their leadership notebooks to share their progress with you in the coming weeks. We will let you know in advance when students will bring them home. Please contact your child's teacher with any questions.

Quarterly Expectations

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

Important News


Come join us for a technology fund raiser at Buffalo Wild Wings! On Monday February 11 from 11:00 am - Close, 15% of food sales during those hours will be donated to Whittier ES. We'll use that money to get us closer to our goal of having a device for each student to use at school. Tickets will be coming home today. Simply show the ticket to your server and you'll be helping our school reach its goal. This applies to all dine-in and carry out orders. Enjoy .65 boneless wings all day and help Whittier at the same time! Hope to see you there!


Blessings In a Backpack is collecting spare change (bills and checks also accepted) to help feed local students when school meals are unavailable. If you're interested in helping, please send in loose change or checks to Mrs. Miller, Community Liaison, at Whittier Elementary through February 15th. Thank you for considering helping this worthy organization!


Upcoming events:

Box Tops- The PTA is collecting Box Tops starting this Thursday. The class with the highest amount of Box Tops will receive extra recess and the coveted Box Top trophy! Box Tops are due February 22nd!

Silent Auction Items- The PTA is collecting items for silent auction baskets. These items will be raffled off at Movie Night. Please send in your donations by February 15th.

Pre-K: We Love Frederick/Ice Cream Sundae

Kindergarten: Reading/Disney

1st: Family Game Night/Let's Bake

2nd: Outdoor Sports/Lego Theme

3rd: Arts and Crafts/Spa Day at Home

4th: Family Movie Night/Life's A Beach

5th: Camping/Gardening

Upcoming PTA Meetings:

Monday, February 25th

6:30pm-7:30pm: Media Center

*Feel free to stay after and help count box tops if you are able!


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Please let us know if you have any questions.

Amy Broomall


Jaime Chevalier


Robin Murphy


Megan Pritts