Current message and learning lessons on Class Dojo-

May 4 - May 8, 2020
Hi Friends,
I have attached the Third Grade Team's Choice Board with the learning lessons for the week. The attachments for the lessons will be posted on a daily basis in "Class Story" in Class Dojo and on our Class Web page. Please know if you ever encounter log-in issues for any activity you can always supplement the lesson with anything that is in the folders located on our Class Web page under "Files and Documents". I will be monitoring student performance in all platforms on a daily basis and providing feedback in Study Island's messaging system and Class Dojo's messaging system. Have a wonderful week of teaching and learning.
Stay safe and healthy,
Ms. Donelan


April 13, 2020

Dear Parents, 

     We hope you and your families continue to stay safe and well. This week we are starting weekly grade level lessons online. At the beginning of each week, teachers will post the Third Grade Team Choice Board Lessons for the week on the Mullen School Website Class Pages as well as ClassDojo.  The 3rd Grade Teachers will create these Choice Boards to guide students through a review of content already learned as well as give them an opportunity to practice skills.   Teachers will also be holding a weekly office hour when we are available to respond to your questions.  We realize this is a very stressful time. No assignments will be graded.  Our hope is to provide our students with lessons to support their learning and keep them wondering.

With highest regards,

Mullen Third Grade Teachers

Ms. Donelan’s Office Hours:  Fridays from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

(Note:  Please reach out to me any time.)


Weekly Overview
Monday: Language Arts and Art
Tuesday: Math and Library
Wednesday: Science and Science
Thursday: Social Studies and Spanish
Friday: P.E. and Music


Important Message

PWCS School Buildings Closed to Students Through End of School Year

By order of the Governor of Virginia, all Prince William County Public Schools will remain closed to students through the end of the 2019-20 school year (June 2020), due to the health concerns caused by COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Please use the following link to access PWCS Home Learning Resources.

Below are some website that you can access from the Mullen school page. Go to student resources page. The link is below. These are websites that we have used in the classroom. Your child's passwords are in their take home folder or planner.


Click on

 Link to Mullen ES Symbaloo

After you click on Mullen ES Symbaloo here is a list of links you can access without the need for a username or password:

-Math Playground (Math)

-Kid Rex (Research Tool)

-BrainPop Jr. (educational videos)

-ABC YA (Reading)

-Room Recess (Reading)

*Note* The following links need a username and password located in your student’s agenda

-Raz Kids (Leveled Reading text available all day every day of the week)

-EPIC (Leveled Reading text Monday through Friday access is only during school hours)

-Dreambox (Math available all day every day of the week)

Hands on Science Lessons
(Note- Do one lesson a week for 5 weeks)
Week of March 23, 2020 Hands on Science Lesson.docx
Week of March 30, 2020 Hands on Science Lesson.docx
Week of April 13, 2020 Hands On Science Lesson.docx
Week of April 20, 2020 Hands on Science Lesson.docx
Week of April 27, 2020 Hands On Science Lesson.docx


        Kids raising hand
  Curriculum Calendar
The 3rd Grade Instructional Focus Calendar for the 2019-2020 school year may be found to the left under "Files and Documents"  You will also find a link to Origo Math at Home for Math lessons.


Students work independently at their reading level on self-selected texts and computer based assignments on Raz-Kids.  They can also explore fiction and nonfiction on EPIC.
TIME FOR KIDS is offering free online access to their magazine.  Click on the following link to access this terrific reading resource for kids.  .  My students may also access our Scholastic News magazine online at  .  Our class password is roadcat 975.

 March 2, 2019 - April 17, 2020

Units 4A Exploring Informational Text

Students will know:

K1 Reading a variety of text independently for increasingly longer periods of time helps to build stamina and comprehension.

K2 Discussing and sharing thoughts on text with others will help with understanding.

K3 A reader’s notebook is a tool to help support comprehension of text.

K4 Using the content and structure of sentences, paragraphs, and reading selections helps readers to determine the meaning of unfamiliar or unknown words.

K5 Asking questions before, during, and after reading helps to clarify understanding and increase comprehension.

K6 Identifying and evaluating information while reading helps to determine what is important in the text.

K7 The primary purpose of informational text is to inform the reader.

K8 Summarizing the main idea of a paragraph or text with supporting details helps to develop better understanding of the paragraph (text).

K9 Identifying word parts (e.g. affixes:  Apply knowledge of affixes, e.g., prefixes such as ex-, dis-, un-, re-, mis-, non-, pre-; suffixes such as -ly, -ful, -less, -able, -tion, -ness, and –ment to decode words and roots) as well as synonyms and antonyms helps to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words.

K10 Different word reference resources are used in different contexts to support the meaning of unknown words.

K11 Text features help the reader to predict and categorize information when reading.

Key vocabulary: Text features, table of contents, headings, pictures, captions, maps, indices, charts, draw conclusions, summarize, nonfiction, main idea, supporting details, authors purpose, affixes- prefix, suffix, synonyms, and antonyms.

Encourage your child to keep a daily journal or diary for their writing.  We just finished a Unit on Poetry.  Remind them that they can also write and illustrate poems.  They may access the WIXIE writing program through CLEVER and use the photo library and tools to create their work.

Mar. 2, 2019 – April 17, 2020; 6 weeks

Unit 4B Research Writing 

3.8 The student will write in a variety of forms to include narrative, descriptive, opinion, and expository.

  • Use a variety of pre-writing strategies (identify the intended audience, use ideas from class brainstorming, using lists, talking to others, using graphic organizers) (3.8abc).
  • Use mentor texts as an example of writing (3.9b).
  • Develop writing by focusing on one topic (3.9a,d).
  • Begin to learn organizational strategies to structure writing according to Research type:
  • Introduce a topic and organize information in paragraphs (3.8d,i).
  • Use facts, definitions, quotations, details or other examples and information to develop the topic (3.8d,f,i).
  • Use specific vocabulary to inform and explain the topic (3.8d).
  • Write a clear topic sentence focusing on main idea (3.8e).
  • Add specific details to further elaboration (3.8f).
  • Incorporate transitional words and phrases (e.g., including but not limited to first, next, last, also, another, more, in order to, because of this, for example) (3.8g).
  • Write a well -developed paragraph focusing on the main idea (3.8i).
  • Clarify writing when revising by including specific vocabulary and information (3.8j).

3.9 The student will edit writing for capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and Standard English.

  • Use correct spelling of irregular plurals (3.9j).
  • Indicate paragraphing by indenting or skipping a line (3.k).
  • Include specific vocabulary and information (3.9g).

3.10 The student will demonstrate comprehension of information resources to research a topic and complete a research product.

  • Develop a list of questions pertaining to a specific topic (3.10a).
  • Make decisions about which resource is best for locating a given type of information (3.10b). Focus on a central topic (3.10b,c).
  • Use appropriate resources to gather information (3.10c,f).
  • Organize and present information orally and/or in writing (3.10c).
  • Review writing to check that the language and/or thoughts of another author are given proper credit (3.10e,f).


​                                                 Mathematics  

Mar. 2, 2019 – April 17, 2020; 6 weeks

Unit 8:  Geometry

Virginia Standards of Learning Students will use problem solving, mathematical communication, mathematical reasoning, connections, and representations to:

3.11 Identify and draw representations of points, line segments, rays, angles, and lines.

3.11 EKS Describe endpoints and vertices as they relate to lines, line segments, rays, and angles. 3.12a Define polygon.

 3.12b Identify and name polygons with 10 or fewer sides.

 3.12c Combine and subdivide polygons with three or four sides and name the resulting polygon(s).

3.13 Identify and describe congruent and non-congruent plane figures.

 3.16 Identify, describe, create, and extend patterns found in objects, pictures, numbers, and tables.

 Key Vocabulary: angle(s), congruent, decagon, endpoint, heptagon, hexagon, line, line segment, nonagon, non-congruent, octagon, pentagon, polygon, point, quadrilateral, ray, rectangle, sides, square, trapezoid, triangle, vertex/vertices

Unit 9: Place Value, Addition and Subtraction 2

Virginia Standards of Learning: Students will use problem solving, mathematical communication, mathematical reasoning, connections, and representations to:

3.1a Read, write and identify the place and value of each digit in a four-digit whole number, with and without models.

3.1b Round whole numbers, 9,999 or less, to the nearest ten, hundred, and thousand.

3.1c Compare and order up to three whole numbers, each 9,999 or less.

3.3a Estimate and determine the sum or difference of two whole numbers. (sums to 9,999 and differences of numbers, each 9,999 or less)

3.3b Create and solve single-step and multistep practical problems involving sums to 9,999 or differences of two whole numbers, each 9,999 or less.

3.6a Determine the value of a collection of bills and coins whose total value is $5.00 or less. 3.6b Compare the value of two sets of coins or two sets of coins and bills whose total value is $5.00 or less. 3.6c Make change from $5.00 or less.

3.16 Identify, describe, create, and extend patterns found in objects, pictures, numbers, and tables.

 3.17 Create equations to represent equivalent mathematical relationships.

Key Vocabulary:  addend, bills, change, coins, core, create, difference, digit, dollar, equation, equivalent relationship, estimate, expanded notation, expression, extend, geometric pattern, growing pattern, hundred(s), hundred thousand(s), inequality, input table, minuend, number pattern, number sentence, ones, order, output table, pattern, place value, related facts, relationship, repeating pattern, round, subtrahend, sum, ten(s), ten thousand(s), thousand(s)

ScienceSocial Studies



Inquiry Unit 5:  How the World Works (Mar. 2, 2019 – April 17, 2020

An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

The Central Idea:  Technology plays a role in the evolution of society.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Contributions of Ancient Civilizations (function)
  • We still use simple machines today (connected)
  • Simple machines used by Ancient Civilizations (form)

Profiles and Attitudes:  Risk-Takers, Cooperation, Creativity

Social Studies: Ancient Civilizations


History Learning Outcomes

  • 3.2 The student will explain how the contributions of ancient China and Egypt have influenced the present world in terms of architecture, inventions, the calendar, and written language.
  • 3.3 The student will explain how the contributions of ancient Greece and Rome have influenced the present world in terms of architecture, government (direct and representative democracy), and sports.
  • 3.4 The student will describe the oral tradition (storytelling), government (kings), and economic development (trade) of the early West African empire of Mali.

Geography Learning Outcomes

  • 3.5 The student will develop map skills and an understanding of change over time by locating major ancient world cultures on world maps
  • 3.7 The student will describe how people in ancient world cultures adapted to their environment.                                                                      

Science: Force, Motion, and Energy (Includes Simple Machines)

SOL 3.2 The student will investigate and understand that the direction and size of force affects the motion of an object. Key ideas include

  1. oa) multiple forces may act on an object;
  2. ob) the net force on an object determines how an object moves;
  3. oc) simple machines increase or change the direction of a force; and
  4. od) simple and compound machines have many applications.

                                       Field Trip

Visit the Great Wall of China
Visit the Collosseum in Rome, Italy,12.4925342,3a,75y,301.45h,94.23t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s07gbqMWIg_HId5m7W94qHg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

Visit the San Diego Zoo

                                             Scholastic Book Club
 If you would like to place an online order, the class code is GXW7T. THE CLASS EARNS FREE BOOKS FOR OUR CLASSROOM LIBRARY WITH EVERY ORDER!

Upcoming Events

No events available.

Daily Schedule 

9:00 - 9:15 Morning Work 
 9:20-10:05  Encore
 10:10-11:35  Inquiry Block A
 11:35-11:45  Snack
 11:45-12:15  Cont. Inquiry Block A
 12:15-12:45  Recess
 12:48-1:18  Lunch
 1:20-3:00  Inquiry Block B
 3:00-3:30  Charm Time

Encore Schedule

Ms. Donelan's Encore Schedule 

Day 1: Art

Day 2: PE

Day 3: Library

Day 4: Music

Day 5: PE

Day 6: Science