Third Grade Weekly News

Week of March 11th

Dates to Remember

  • Monday, March 11th:
  • Tuesday, March 12th: Murphy Book Exchange
  • Wednesday, March 13th: Chevalier Book Exchange; Brother's Pizza Fundraiser - all day
  • Thursday, March 14th: Broomall Book Exchange
  • Friday, March 15th: Pritts Book Exchange; Reading and Math Homework Due;
    Field Trip Permission Slips Due; Ice Cream Social for Mrs. Feaga 4:00 - 6:00

Field Trip Permission Slips

In Thursday folders last week, there was a permission slip for our next field trip to the Weinberg Center to see the show Rosie Revere, Engineer (When the small footbridge connecting the island to the mainland collapses, Iggy Peck, Ada Twist and Rosie Revere must solve a big-time crisis using their knowledge of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).)

All permission slips and money is due this Friday, March 15th. Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions.


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


Writing about Reading is a way for students to provide evidence of their thinking and understanding of literature. Through writing, readers can express and expand their thinking and improve their ability to reflect on and think analytically about a text (Fountas and Pinnell). Each week for homework, the students are writing about their reading and have demonstrated amazing growth and progress. Mrs. Broomall and Mrs. Chevalier are very proud of the student’s hard work and strength of mind. One way to support your child at home is to have them orally discuss what they read, and then discuss the questions/prompts. Once your child can verbalize their response, they will be ready to write their response.


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, we will focus on how we can strengthen our argument to truly persuade our reader. Students may strength their arguments using examples, facts, comparisons, personal experiences, etc. See chart below.

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This week, we will continue 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, students will distinguish between the different properties of multiplication and apply those properties when solving problems. The properties include the commutative (i.e. 3x4=4x3), the associative (i.e. 2x(3x4)=(2x3)x4), and the distributive (i.e. 7x3=(4x3)+(3x3)). For more information, see picture below.

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

Social Studies/Science

This week, students will continue 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 learn about the different types of maps, including population, elevation and political maps. Students will use this information to begin to research a state of their choice. Students will begin their research by creating a political map of that state.


  • 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


Upcoming events:

Movie Night- Thanks to everyone who came out to support Movie Night!

Trivia Night

Friday, March 8th

Doors at 6:30

In order to make this event successful and enjoyable for all, we must cap this event to 200 attendees (kids and adults). Please RSVP and let us know if you need to cancel. Thank you in advance or understanding! Please use this signup genius link to RSVP:


PTA Discount Cards

We are still selling the PTA Discount Cards! Each card is $15 and can be used over and over again! This is a huge fundraiser for the year so please consider purchasing one if you'd like to. You can now purchase these right from the Whittier PTA Website! Click here:

Upcoming PTA Meetings:

Monday, March 25th

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

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Whittier's annual Night of the Arts will be on Thursday, March 21st from 5:30-8:00 pm. The month of March is Youth Art Month and Music in Our School Month so help us celebrate by attending this exiting event! Enjoy grade level concerts from Pre-K through 5th Grade. We will also have framed art work created by every student in our school! Here is the schedule for the grade level mini-concerts:

5:30 pm - Pre-K

5:50 pm -Kindergarten

6:10 pm -1st Grade

6:30 pm -2nd Grade

6:50 pm -3rd Grade

7:10 pm -4th Grade

7:30 pm -5th Grade

We hope to see you there!

2019 Click for Kids Contest

Voting has started for the contest for Whittier Elementary to possible win money for technology.

Voting for qualified schools will take place from March 4 to March 13 at 5 p.m.

The school with the most votes at the end of the voting window will win $10,000, the school with the second most votes will win $7,500 and third takes home $5,000.


Please let us know if you have any questions.

Amy Broomall


Jaime Chevalier


Robin Murphy


Megan Pritts