The Mustang Stampede

Third Grade news for the month of April


We will continue our review of all the learning we have done so far this school year in preparation for the STAAR Math test on April 23.

Please take a moment to look at our district curriculum calendar to see what skills your child is working on at any time during the year:

Grading: This has been explained to your student several times, but you should also know that all assignments that contain word problems contain the requirement that students show their work. If a child does not show their work, he/she will not receive full credit for the problem, even if the answer marked is correct. We have had this requirement in place for most of the school year. If you have any questions about grading policy or a question on a specific assignment, please do not hesitate to contact me. I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have.


We will continue our study of life science, learning about life cycles, adapatations of both plants and animals, and the environments in which they live. Students are currently working on an Ecosystem Research Project, which is being done completely at school. It will be due April 12. Ask your child what ecosystem he/she is working on! I'm sure you will learn something new!

We have had some very interesting guest scientists visit recently. Mrs. Dictson shared her knowledge on water conservation. Dr. Klein discussed plant parts and adaptations. The students have enjoyed the variety and been inspired by their work.

Reading / Language Arts

Reading: Students are working on project-based research which includes two writing components. We are also continuing our comprehensive review and practice of testing strategies.

Spelling: None until after state testing

LA: We are finishing up our study of poetry by completing our poetry anthologies. We will soon begin working on writing fictional stories.

Social Studies

We will be learning about World Community Celebrations and Customs (St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Cinco De Mayo, etc.)

Upcoming Events

April 8-12 - Book Fair

April 9 - Family Book Fair & Sing-A-Long 6:00 p.m.

April 12 - End of grading period

April 17 - Early Release Day 12:45 / Staff Development

April 23 - STAAR Math Test

April 24 - STAAR Reading Test

April 29 - Awards Assembly Day

May 12 - Mother's Day

May 24 - Sing-A-Long 2:00 p.m.

May 27 - Memorial Day Holiday

May 28 - Field Day

May 29 - Awards Assembly Day 2:00 p.m.

May 31- Last Day / Early Release