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Welcome to Third Grade



Our Schedule:

Monday: Physical Education (wear sneakers)

Tuesday: Art

Wednesday: Music

Thursday: Library (return books)/ Health

Friday: Physical Education (wear sneakers)


Dates to Remember:



March 10: School Spirit Day

March 16: Picture Day

March 17: St. Patrick's Day (wear green)

March 20: Report Cards Distributed

March 21: Child Assault Prevention presentation

March 24: Field Trip: The Franklin Institute (pack a bag lunch)

March 27: Linking Ceremony

March 30: Class visit to Book Fair 



Classroom News:

Below you will find the topics and skills that we are focusing on this month:

Language Arts:

  • Guided Reading Groups: Students will begin reading stories in small leveled reading groups.  We will be working on comprehension strategies, accuracy, and fluency. 
  • Vocabulary: Along with learning new vocabulary during reading groups, students will also continue to learn a Word of the Week.
  • Spelling/ Word Study: Students will work on identifying and sorting words based on their spelling patterns/ features.
  • Grammar: quotation marks/ punctuation in dialogue
  • Writing: During writing workshop, students will complete writing  their persuasive speeches.  They have worked hard to get across their Brave, Bold Opinions by supporting their reasons with convincing examples.  Our next writing unit will be Fairy Tales.  Students will learn how to adapt a familiar fairy tale, creating their own characters, problems, and settings.
            Reading: Our class has completed the unit on Character Studies and will be doing a mini- unit on fairy tales.  This exposure to                        fairy tales will support them in writing their own adapted fairy tales.  We will focus on common elements in fairy tales,                           characters (good vs evil), the importance of setting, and lessons characters learn.  


Practice multiplication facts daily!


  • Unit 6: Operations
  • Subtraction with regrouping
  • Multiplication Strategies
  • Building Fact Power
  • Multiplication and Division Diagrams
  • Multiplication with Larger Factors
  • Number Sentences with Parentheses
  • Order of Operations
  • Number Models for Two Step Number Stories


Science:  Animals:

  • Life Cycles
  • Food Chains
  • Habitats
  • Endangered Animals.... At Home Project!  Students will be choosing an endangered animal to research and create a poster displaying information.  A packet of project requirements coming home the second week of March!

Social Studies:

  • Current Events; Holidays
  • Maps and Globes: Landform Maps




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Ms. Debra McKown
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