3rd Grade News

April 20- 24


ITBS Testing

We will begin taking the ITBS test on Wednesday, April 22. This is an opportunity for your student to show what they know! Here are a few things you can tell your child to ease their mind as you practice with them:

· Students should bring a morning AND afternoon snack with them on testing days. Our schedule will be a little different due to testing. We will have a snack after testing and at the end of the day.

· This test will not be hard if they take their time and reason through each problem. They know this material!

· The only thing they need to remember is that they have to pay attention to the directions and use reading and math strategies to help them!

· We have to be quiet in our room for the rest of the school who will still be testing. School wide, testing is over at 10:30 am.

It is extremely important that your child is well-rested, has had a healthy breakfast, and is ON TIME on testing days!


· Each testing day, 8-8:15 am will be restroom, pledge, and stretching exercises.

· The whole school begins testing promptly at 8:20 am with instructions for that the test being administered that day.

· Any child who arrives after 8:20 am (after testing begins) will be directed to the Media Center and will have to make up the missed test another day.

· Relax! Your child gets to show off everything they have learned this year :)

Wednesday, April 22 – Reading I and II (90 minutes)

Thursday, April 23 – Written expression, Vocabulary, and Capitalization (105 minutes)

Friday, April 24 – Math I and Math II (90 minutes)

Monday, April 27 – Social Studies (90 minutes)

Tuesday, April 28 – Science and Computation (85 minutes)

No Homework this week--REST UP!

AR for April and May

Since April and May are cut short because of Spring Break, testing, and end of the year activities, I have decided to combine April and May logs. therefore expectations have changed!

The expectation is for your child to complete 4 books:

  1. Book of Choice (3rd grade level and up)
  2. Chapter Book (3rd grade level and up)
  3. Chapter Book (3rd grade level and up)
  4. Nonfiction Book ((3rd grade level and up)

As long as they read 4 books, complete 4 logs, and take 4 AR tests receiving an 80% or above, they get ice cream! However to receive both the dress down day and the ice cream, they should get 100% on all tests and logs!

If they do not get a 80%-100% on their AR test, but fill out a log, that's okay! The good news is they have extended time to read another book and try to get an 80%- 100%! Although 3 books has been the minimum required, so many students are turning in extra logs! I assume many will turn in extra these 2 months! I have been so impressed with their reading this semester!

Important Dates

Monday, April 20, 2015: Study for Science Test!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015: Earth and Our Universe Science Test, ITBS Math HW due

April 22-28: ITBS Testing Days

May 4-15: Spring MAP Testing Days

  • 3rd Grade Math April 30
  • 3rd Grade Language Arts May 6
  • 3rd Grade Science May 11
  • 3rd Grade Reading May 14


May 13: 2nd - 5th Grade Picnic

May 19: Last Blast Carnival at FSAPS

May 22: Last Day of School

Curriculum Corner

Social Studies

We will learn about American citizens: Eleanor Roosevelt, Mary McLeod Bethune, Cesar Chavez, Frederick Douglass, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson standing up and fighting for all citizens' Constitutional rights!


We taking a Chapter 7: Earth and Our Universe test tomorrow. We will begin Chapter 9: Energy and Its Forms!


We are review all skills for ITBS testing and focusing in on Bar Graphs and Line Plots!

ITBS Math HW due tomorrow!

Reading and Language Arts

Reviewing all skills for ITBS