Third Grade Weekly News

Week of January 28th

Dates to Remember

  • Monday, January 28th: No School
  • Tuesday, January 29th: Murphy Book Exchange; The Power of Kindness - Wear a shirt with a kind or empowering logo
  • Wednesday, January 30th: Chevalier Book Exchange; Crazy for Kindness - Wear crazy hair or crazy socks
  • Thursday, January 31st: Broomall Book Exchange; Ride the Kindness Wave - Wear beach clothing
  • Friday, February 1st: Pritts Book Exchange; Reading and Math Homework Due; Dreaming of Kindness - Wear your pajamas

Donations Needed

Third grade is in need of pencils, post-it notes, and glue sticks. Any donations of these items would be greatly appreciated!

Valentine's Day Parties

Third grade Valentine's Day parties will be held on Thursday, February 14th at 2:30. If you would like to donate supplies for the party, please click on your teacher's link below. If you have any questions about the party, please contact your child's teacher.






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


Students will recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures. We will determine the central message, lesson or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text. Students will respond to questions related to theme through oral discussion and written response. While examining the theme, students will closely evaluate and describe the characters in a story( e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.

Looking ahead in reading: Students will ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers. Students will practice using information from the illustrations and context clues from the text vocabulary to answer questions.

Students will use the FAB 4 reading strategies to question, clarify and summarize a folktale or fable.

Looking ahead in reading: Students will read a variety of folktales and fables to compare characters and theme through moral/life message. When we read multiple texts, we need to track our thinking in a way that works for us. We have learned a lot of strategies to do this (Stop and Jot, text chunking, note taking, charting, highlighting etc). When students read they will think about the strategies that will be most helpful to track their thinking about theme.


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, students will generate writing topics and learn about the purpose and formative of persuasive writing.


This week, we will begin Unit 7 in math. This unit focuses on fractions and includes fractions on a number line, fractions beyond 1, equivalent fractions, whole numbers as fractions, and comparing fractions with the same numerator or same denominator.

We will begin this unit by focusing on plotting fractions on a number line. This includes fractions beyond 1 whole. Students will discover what unit fraction the number line is counting by and use that information to plot fractions on a number line. They will also explore renaming whole numbers as fractions (ex. 2 wholes = 2/1 or 4/2, etc.).

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

Social Studies/Science

This week, students will continue our new science unit called Forces and Interactions. The driving question for this unit is: How do forces, motion, and magnetism help us perform real life tasks?.

This week, students will discover how a pendulum works and test how the length of the string or weight of the object impacts the motion of a pendulum. Later in the week, students will explore how force affects motion and if you can use patterns to predict motion.

Quarterly Expectations

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

Important News


January 29th-February 1st marks the return of the Great Kindness Challenge at Whittier! We challenge all students to participate in the daily kindness activities and to complete the Great Kindness Challenge Checklist. The first 100 students to complete the checklist will receive a Kindness Matters bracelet. We will also be having a Great Kindness Challenge Spirit Week. Join us by wearing the following:

Tues., January 29 - The Power of Kindness - Wear a shirt with kind or empowering words.

Wed., January 30: Crazy for Kindness - Wear crazy socks and/or crazy hair.

Thurs., January 31: Ride the Kindness Wave - Wear beach clothes.

Fri., February 1: Dreaming of Kindness - Wear your pajamas.


Our Service Learning Club is teaming with a Girl Scout troop to send care packages to an active duty troop stationed overseas. Please consider helping them create care packages by donating the following:





Instant Oatmeal

Dental Floss

Beef Jerky


Ramen Noodles


Instant Coffee

Hand Lotion

Tuna Kits

Baby Wipes

Canned Fruit


Athletic Socks

Bug Spray

All items collected will be shipped to our troops. Thank you for supporting our brave service members!!


Upcoming events:

Skate Whittier Fundraiser: Skate Frederick on Rt 26

Saturday, February 2nd

2pm-5pm: Open Skate. If you can't make it the entire time, that's fine! Cost is $10 per person and $5 is donated back to Whittier Elementary!

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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Please let us know if you have any questions.

Amy Broomall


Jaime Chevalier


Robin Murphy


Megan Pritts