3rd Grade Newsletter

March 27, 2017

What are we learning about this week?

Social Studies


Citizenship includes civic responsibilities, rights, and ethical behaviors.People create systems of government as well as structures of power and authority to provide order and stability. (People create rules and laws to provide order).

Games about government


Language Arts


Poetry is a powerful, literary method to convey truth, use imagination, and share experiences to evoke an emotional response from the reader. Poetry is all around us in songs, greeting cards, jingles, and woven into texts of books. We will immerse students in all different types of poetry for the next few weeks.

Poems by Fern

Theme Poetry

Math- Finish Unit 5

Test Friday March 31st

Unit 5 revisits the study of multiplication, especially as it relates to division. Students again build arrays, but use them to model and solve division as well as multiplication problems. Story problems play a major role in the first two modules, helping students to connect their everyday experiences with division to more formal mathematical concepts. As they solve and pose story problems, students encounter two different interpretations of division—sharing and grouping—and have numerous opportunities to build understandings of both.

Family Newsletter and Resource

What is an array?

Division Race

Repeated Sets Game

Multiplication Game

We will begin Unit 6 this Monday in order to review 2D and 3D shapes.

The Leader in Me

This week the students will review Habit 1 - Be Proactive by using Proactive Language versus Reactive Language. When students are using Habit 1 - Be Proactive they think about their choices; are accountable and responsible for their actions and results, and understand that their choices affect others.

So, what is proactive language and how can I model this at home?

Basically, it's language that signals to your brain (and those around you) to keep calm. It says, "I am taking responsibility for my actions, and everything is under control."

Let’s take a look at some classic examples of REACTIVE vs PROACTIVE language!

These were pulled from a chart in Stephen Covey’s book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (–one of our personal favorites!)

If you are using REACTIVE language, you're likely to say phrases like...

"There's nothing I can do."

"That's just the way I am."

"He makes me so mad."

"I can't"

"If only."

"I have to do that."

"they won't allow that."

"I must."



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Unit 22- Spelling City

Reading: Read 80 minutes and record in planner.

Math: Unit 5 Test Review- Test on Friday

Answer Sheet

PACE: Unit 5 Test Review- Test on Friday

Answer Sheet

Multiplication and Division Word Problems

Practice Math Facts

Math Fact Game

Important Dates

End of the 9 weeks is this Friday March 31st

Field Trip at Austin Science Nature Center April 25th- Pencil this in and let us know if you would like to join us on this day!

STAAR Newsletter - Here is a STAAR newsletter with information about the upcoming tests and some tips on how to help prepare your child for them.

STAAR 4th grade writing March 28th, Match 29th( 5th grade

** Remember that third grade STAAR isn't until May.

** No Outside Visitors on test days