Ms. McCullough's Class

3rd Grade Newsletter


(updated on February 5, 2018 )

Calendar for February

Wednesday, Feb. 7th - JDRF (juvenile diabetes packets) are due Friday!!:) Thank you for helping out a fellow diabetic-Mrs. Klepper!

Monday, Feb. 12th - fire drill

Wednesday, Feb. 14th - 3rd Grade Valentine's parties at 12:45-1:45 PM

-Build your own ice cream sundae - donations needed

(students with allergies need to email the teacher to make arrangements if needed)

-open valentine cards

-PLC flip day-leave for Specials at 1:50 PM, we will be packed up by 1:45!

Monday, Feb. 19th- No school! President's Day /Teacher inservice

Tuesday, Feb. 20th-3:00 - Entry forms for the talent show are due! Forms found online!

Friday, Feb. 23rd 6:30PM Talent Show in the MPR

Wednesday, Feb. 28th- Spring pictures for class pictures and individual

SAVE the date!

Field trip to the Texas Capital, April 19th - Must be an approved volunteer to help chaperone!

In our classrooms…

Language Arts-

Reading-We will be finishing Fables this week and start on Tall Tales-

Features of a Fable

  • A fable is intended to provide a moral story.
  • Fables often use animals as the main characters. They are presented with anthropomorphic characteristics, such as the ability to speak and to reason.
  • Fables personify the animal characters.

A tall tale is a story with unbelievable elements, related as if it were true and factual. Some stories such as these are exaggerations of actual events, for example fish stories ("the fish that got away") such as, "That fish was so big, why I tell ya', it nearly sank the boat when I pulled it in!"

Reading Passage Wednesdays every Wednesday which includes comprehension questions that are "right there" questions, cause and effect, character traits, inferencing,....Students will be taught new strategies and clues for finding the answers in the story each week.

Writer’s Workshop- Students are working on imaginative stories with proper story structure including using correct (CUPS-capitalization, usuage, punctuation, and spelling)

----A brief, imaginative narrative containing few characters, simple plot, conflict, and suspense which leads to a climax and a swift conclusion

Unit 18- Words are listed on the 3rd Grade website(entire year)

Math/PACE Math-

We will start on metric measurements this week and should be finished sometime next week.

We are also working on elapsed time in Number Corner. Students should come into 3rd grade knowing how to tell time to the hour, half hour, quarter past, and quarter til the hour, and to the exact minute. 3rd grade works on how much time elapses between activities. For example: school starts at 7:45 AM and gets out at 2:50 PM. How many minutes have past? hours? 425 minutes or 7 hours 5 minutes.

Many of the kids have learned to look at a digital clock and that's how they know the time. They need to practice on analog clocks. If your student does not know how to tell time, they need to work on that at home, please.


Monday-Math Dailies #18 Day 1 & 2, will check on Tuesday morning together in class.

Tuesday- Math Dailies #18 Day 3 & 4, will check on Wednesday morning together in class They will need to complete 2 lessons passed by Friday from where they were the previous week. All students should have passed lesson #22 by Friday, Feb. 9th. Students have their password, username and site number taped to the inside of their agenda/planner. Students may work ahead as much as they want. Students will receive certificates from Imagine Math after 30, 50, 75, and 100 lessons. After they have completed the 3rd grade pathway, they need to tell their math teacher. We will go in and assign a 4th Grade Pathway.

If your student is way ahead, they can get on (passwords in their binders). We do this in class a couple of times a week when they have assignments to complete while we work in small groups or to challenge themselves.


Problem Solving everyday (at school and on homework), students need to do the following;

H-highlight or underline important information in the story problem

I-identify all numbers by circling ( this includes number words)

D-delete information not needed to solve the problem-cross it out

E-evaluate and solve-"What is the main math idea and what do I need to do to solve the problem?"

U-box the unit in the question

Science/Social Studies-

Our Place In Space, which is the study of the weather, sun, planets. This week we are comparing the distances of the planets and other celestial bodies, the sizes of the planets, gravity, the Earth and the Moon, and finish the week regarding why our Earth is so great! 4 main components-

1. atmosphere (air)

2. hydrosphere (water)

3. geosphere (soil and earth materials)

4. biosphere (Living things)

The end of the unit test will be in February after the 19th. Study guide will be sent out shortly!

SSL-Second Step Learning-(First 15 min. every morning)

The lesson this week is about Managing Strong Feelings. Everyone feels angry sometimes, but hurting other people's feelings or bodies is not okay. It is important to calm down angry feelings so that you do not do something hurtful. Being assertive is a respectful way to get what you want and need.


Valentine Box Contest! Students may make a Valentine box at home for their valentine cards that they receive. Be creative! Students/teachers will be voting on categories such as most original, most unique, most unusal, most creative, prettiest, coolest........This is an optional assignment.

Due Monday, February 12th

dimensions-no bigger than 24 inches x 24 inches

opening-no smaller than 5 inches x 2 inches