Third Grade Weekly News

Week of February 25th

Dates to Remember

  • Monday, February 25th: Volunteer Training 6:00; PTA Meeting 6:30
  • Tuesday, February 26th: Murphy Book Exchange
  • Wednesday, February 27th: Chevalier Book Exchange; Spaghetti Dinner 6:00
  • Thursday, February 28th: Broomall Book Exchange
  • Friday, March 1st: Pritts Book Exchange; Reading and Math Homework Due; 2 Hour Early Dismissal


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 in reading, students will identify the different structures of informational text. Students will analyze the text to identify the main idea, key details and signal words (transition words) to help determine the text structure that the author used to organize their writing. As students determine the the text structure, they will stop and jot and use many of the close reading skills we have practiced so far this school year.


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 in writing, students will continue to draft their opinion essay. Students will use opinion transition words to organize their writing and connect their paragraphs, reasons and examples. Students will re-read and evaluate their writing, in order to make edits to improve their written work.

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This week, we will start Unit 8 in math. This unit focuses on deepening understanding about the relationship between multiplication and division. It discusses how you can use a multiplication problem to solve a division problem and vice versa.

This week, we will begin by exploring different units of measurement including grams and liters and using those measurements to solve problems. Students will begin by using balances to measure items in grams. Then students will solve problems using those measurements in contexts. These problems could involve any of the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication or division).

Later in the week, students will review the relationship between multiplication and division and how you can use one operation to solve the other (similar to the relationship between addition and subtraction). Students will use this knowledge when solving problems as well.

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

Social Studies/Science

This week, students will begin our new social studies unit called Road Trip. The driving question for this unit is: How can geography help us learn about the United States?.

This week, students will answer the question what is geography. They will discover that geography has both physical and human characteristics. They will use this information to classify items as physical geography or human geography.

Later in the week, students will learn about the different parts of a map and how those parts help them read a map.

Leadership Notebooks

We are finalizing assessments in reading, writing, and math and students are updating their leadership notebooks with their progress. Students brought home their leadership notebooks to share their progress with you this week. Please contact your child's teacher with any questions.


  • Students in Pre-K-2nd grade have the option to submit a student science fair project (individual or group.)
  • Students in grades 3-5 are required to submit a student science fair project (individual or group.)
  • Science fair projects are due on Wednesday, March 27th.

Click the link below for science fair registration, information, and ideas.

Whittier’s STEM Fair is on Thursday, March 28th!

Our STEM Fair is from 6:00-8:00pm with science fair projects in the gym and hands-on STEM activity stations that include science, technology, engineering and math in the cafeteria, gym and other locations within the school.

Questions? Contact Tina Dattoli at

Quarterly Expectations

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

Important News



Independent reading is designed to give students continued opportunities to expand and practice reading strategies. In the classroom independent reading provides the opportunity for teachers to provide explicit instruction to increase competence and encourage students to monitor their own reading.

When: Whittier’s Annual Book Swap will begin Monday, March 4th

We would appreciate any donations of GENTLY USED books that are appropriate for Pre-K- 5thgraders.

Gently Used: please no tore pages, not written on or damaged books. Donation boxes will be placed throughout the Whittier.

All students will be able to attend the BOOK SWAP during the week of March 4th to select the perfect book.

Volunteers Needed: to help with setup, restocking books or helping students find the perfect book. You can volunteer half hour or more. If you would like to volunteer please contact, or sign up here .


Upcoming events:


Doors open at 6:30 and the movie will begin around 6:45! This year we are excited to look forward to WARMER weather and watch RIO! Bring your beach chairs or beach blankets!

The silent auction baskets and raffles will take place in the hallway during the movie and will end after the movie is over.

Please bring cash, check or credit card if you are planning on participating!

Silent Auction Items-

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

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 were due February 22nd! We will extend the date until Monday February 25th. Thank you for supporting our school.

Silent Auction Items- The PTA will be holding a Silent Auction. The following baskets will be raffled off at Movie Night.:

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

Thank you to all who have donated to this fundraiser!

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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In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, we'll be celebrating his birthday the week of March 4. Join us in dressing up in the following way:

Monday, March 4............Dress Like a Twin or Thing 1 & Thing 2

Tuesday, March 5...........Green Eggs and Ham - Wear Green

Wednesday, March 6......Wacky Wednesday - Wear Wacky Tacky

Thursday, March 7..........Fox in Socks - Wear Crazy Socks

Friday, March 8................I Can Read With My Eyes Shut - PJ Day

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Amy Broomall


Jaime Chevalier


Robin Murphy


Megan Pritts