Mrs. Murnion’s 3rd grade

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Posted on September 22, 2019

3M update for week of September 23-27, 2019

Please join us as we walk from the West Valley fire station to Rossiter at 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday, October 2, in celebration of international Walk To School Day.

Academic focus for the week:

Math: review equal groups and arrays; explore the meaning for division; practice 2s and 10s; persevere; explain our thinking

Science: continue Life Science unit on plants

ELA: read Pop’s Bridge; compare characters (how are they the same, how are they differerent); explore common and proper nouns

Writing: share identity bags

Spelling Word of the Week: thought

Posted on September 15, 2019

3M update for week of September 16-20, 2019

School pictures will be taken on Friday, September 20. Please send your orders to school by Friday. You may also order online.

Academic focus for the week:

Math: explore equal groups; explore the meaning for multiplication; practice 5s and 2s; persevere; explain our thinking

Science: continue Life Science unit on plants

ELA: read The Trial of Cardigan Jones; explore conclusions and inference; practice identifying and writing statements, questions, commands, and exclamations

Writing: construct identity webs

Spelling Word of the Week:


This year, we will engage in several units of study, including weather and climate, force and motion, paleontology, and life science. We will end each unit with an engineering project; this helps students to apply the knowledge gained during our science units.


In third grade, our major focus in mathematics is multiplication, division, and fractions. We will also explore quadrilaterals and firm up our addition/subtraction skills with 3-digit numbers. We will engage in daily problem solving, perseverance, attention to accuracy, and explanation of our mathematical thinking.


Third graders will firm up sentence-writing skills and learn to write paragraphs. We will write narrative, informational, and persuasive pieces. We will write in all curricular areas, including math, science, social studies, and English language arts.

English Language Arts

Third graders move from learning to read to reading to learn. We will read fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We will learn to make text connections, infer, identify main idea and supporting details, and use visualization to comprehend what we read. We will read across all curricular areas.

Social Studies

This year, we will have two units of study: in January, we will explore human rights; in May, we will explore Helena history.

Upcoming Events

  • October 2, 2019

    International Walk To School Day

    Meet at the West Valley fire station at 7:45 a.m. to walk to Rossiter and celebrate walk to school day with the Rossiter community.

Mrs. Murnion’s 3rd grade's Schedule