Third Grade Weekly News

Week of September 24th

Dates to Remember

  • Tuesday, September 25th: Murphy Book Exchange
  • Thursday, September 27th: Broomall Book Exchange
  • Friday, September 28th: Reading and Math Homework Due; Tech Trek Labels Due

Important News

For all Reading and Writing related questions please contact Mrs. Broomall and for all math related questions please contact Ms. Murphy. Of course we will be happy to forward emails to the correct teacher and address any questions and concerns.


Students brought home their TECH TREK packet last week. We appreciate your support with this event. Since our 1st event- 5 years ago we have been able to ensure that every classroom has smart boards, Ipads, laptops, and Chromebooks.

Our students in Grades 3 and 4 are starting the year with each student having access to a device for learning. Our goal for this year- to purchase Chromebooks for our students to be 1:1 in 5th Grade.

Labels due: Thursday September 27th

If you are able to assist with envelope stuffing, we could use your help. - Tuesday October 2nd@ 4pm. Can't get to WHES till later- don't worry- it goes on for quite a while. But many hands make light work!


Please take a moment and become a member of the PTA. Your membership entitles you to discounts in and around Frederick County. More importantly, your membership says that you are in support of our school. We would love to have you join us. ALL ARE WELCOME!

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Our next PTA meeting is Monday, October 15th @ 6:30pm.


Reading Homework (Mrs. Broomall):

Homework begins this week. Your child will bring home on Monday, a detailed letter explaining the reading homework. The letter and book recommendations can be found on my class website. Please have your child let me know if they are having difficulty selecting “just right” books. Young readers selecting and reading “just right” books is the key to success with this homework.

Math Homework (Ms. Murphy):

Your child will bring home on Monday, a detailed letter explaining the math homework. The letter and homework menu can be found on my class website. Please have your child let me know if they are having difficulty completing the activities on the homework menu.

Mrs. Broomall's Class Mission

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Language Arts: Reading and Writing


Readers will begin to study literary text (fiction) by learning to ask questions and answer questions based on their knowledge of literary text structure. They will learn a strategy called Predict-Check-Confirm-Revise that will provide a framework for using predictions to deepen comprehension. Lastly, readers will use literary structures to create an oral and then written summary (retelling) of a text or portion of a text.


Writers will write by showing (not telling) using character’s actions, thoughts and words. Writers will begin to divide their small moment stories into paragraphs. They will also edit for spelling, capital letters, punctuation and complete sentences. Third graders should be correctly editing their writing for these errors.


This week, we will finish Unit 1 in math. Students will continue to talk about benchmark numbers and midpoints in order to round to the nearest ten and hundred. Students will use the benchmark numbers and midpoints when rounding to the nearest ten or hundred as shown in the anchor chart below.

Later in week, students will use what they have learned about rounding, addition, and subtraction to solve one and two step word problems. Students will be introduced to the 3 step problem solving model that will be used throughout the school year. This problem solving model allows students to Make Sense (take notes), Solve (use models to solve the problem), and Communicate (justify their answers). More information is in the picture below.

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

Social Studies/Science

This week we will finish our social studies unit on culture with a culminating project where students will use the concept of Where in the World is Carmen San Diego? Students will research people from different countries in groups and then use that information to create clues for the other students in the class to guess what country their person is from based on different elements of their culture.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Amy Broomall


Robin Murphy