Week of October 1

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Hello Families,

We made it through the week and Fall Break is finally here! I hope you all enjoy the time whether you are staying home or leaving for vacation. I will be spending the week in Florida with my family and look forward to some R&R. I look forward to seeing your children when we return on October 1st (which happens to be on my birthday!). 

When we come back Logan, Shakthi, and Kaila will begin campaigning for Student Council. They were nominated as candidates to run for Student Council. Good luck students!

Don’t forget to keep working on Education Galaxy over the break. We’ve had several students moving up levels. Here’s a few pics of students who received certificates. I will be presenting some more certificates when we come back from break. Pics will follow. 

 

 

Have fun on your break!

Mrs. Pennell

What we’re learning…

Spelling – Unusual Plural Nouns 

Unusual plural nouns           

wolf wolves goose geese
knife knives man men
half halves child children

Additional words to know:  asked, before, because

Math– problem-solving with multiplication and division; two step word problems with addition and subtraction

Reading– ask and answer questions/citing text to verify an answer; character analysis

Writing– imaginative narrative

Social Studies– The Constitution and the 3 Branches of Government


Week of September 17

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Hello Families!

We are almost there! We only have one more day of testing left! The students have done such a wonderful job staying focused and working hard. I am so proud of them! Thank you to all of the parents who have sent in snacks during testing. Also, a big thank you goes out to Kim Platz, our room mom, for organizing this. The kids have enjoyed the snacks and are very appreciative.

Conference time is right around the corner. It will take place the week of  October 15 – 19. Letters will be going home on October 1. Please let me know ahead of time if there is a particular date or time that will work best for you. You may email me at [email protected] to let me know.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Fall Break is almost here!

Mrs. Pennell

What we’re learning…

Spelling – There will be no spelling during testing week. Students will only be responsible for a one paragraph written summary in their Homework journals.

Math– problem-solving with multiplication and division

Reading– ask and answer questions/citing text to verify an answer

Writing– imaginative narrative

Social Studies– The Constitution and the 3 Branches of Government

Below are websites that will help with this week’s academics.  Please review these yourself before you let your child work on them.  They were appropriate when I posted them, but websites change and you need to make sure they are appropriate for your child.  Advertisements on these websites change frequently.

Math: fluency practice https://www.multiplication.com/

https://www.timestables.com/happy-burger.html

Social Studies: https://www.ducksters.com/history/us_constitution.php

https://www.usa.gov/branches-of-government

https://bensguide.gpo.gov/

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/usa_game/government/branches_government.htm


International Day of Peace

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Next Friday, September 21 is the International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”).  Peace Day is observed around the world each year on September 21. Established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.  To celebrate this wonderful day, Kincaid staff and students are participating in several activities. 

  • Teachers will be delivering lessons and activities to promote kindness and acceptance.
  • Students and staff are encouraged to wear “Peace” themed clothes to school. Break out your tye-dyes, headbands, bellbottoms etc. to celebrate peace at Kincaid and in our larger world.
  • Mrs. Rausch will create “Pinwheels for Peace” with all students to display outside on the front lawn.  These pinwheels will be put out on the afternoon of September 20th. You and your student are welcome to view the display on the evening of September 20th or on September 21st.

Week of September 10

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Hello Families,

We are now finished with CogAT testing. The kids did a fantastic job of staying focused and working hard. I am so proud of them! Next week we will begin the IOWA test on Thursday and it will continue through the next Tuesday. Thank you parents for getting your children to school on time. We were able to start on time each day. Yay!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Pennell

What we’re learning…

Spelling: Plural endings – final y

valleys trays ladies candies
toys journeys fireflies stories
duties parties

Frequently misspelled words: about, again, always, another, around

(Please remind your child that they must include all 15 words in their spelling activities, not just the ones in the chart.)

Math– division as “fair or equal shares”  – multiplication fluency 

Reading– character’s motivation and feelings; ask and answer questions

Writing–  imaginative narrative writing

Science– soil

 


Week of September 3

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Hello Families! Third grade students will be taking the CogAT this week. Testing will take place Wednesday – Friday and will begin promptly at 8:00. To help reduce anxiety, please help by doing the following:

  • Have your child here before the bell rings at 7:45
  • Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep
  • Feed your child a healthy breakfast

We have been doing some practice questions in class so the kids will know what to expect. The main thing is for them to do their best and to stay focused.

I hope you all enjoyed the long Labor Day weekend.

Mrs. Pennell

What we’re learning…

Plural endings: Final y

When you change the form of a word to make it plural (more than one) follow this rule: Words ending with a consonant + y, change y to i and add es.

Add s Add s Change y to i and add es change y to iand add es
monkeys donkeys ponies berries
alleys boys babies families

September, soil, mineral, layers, stamina

 

Math– division as “fair or equal shares”  – multiplication fluency for 0, 1, and 2 facts

Reading– character’s motivation and feelings

Writing– Finish personal narrative and then begin imaginative narrative

Science– soil

Below are websites that will help with this week’s academics.  Please review these yourself before you let your child work on them.  They were appropriate when I posted them, but websites change and you need to make sure they are appropriate for your child.  Advertisements on these websites change frequently.

Math: fluency practice https://www.multiplication.com/

http://pbskids.org/curiousgeorge/busyday/dogs/

Science: https://www.soils4kids.org/about

https://www.ducksters.com/science/earth_science/soil_science.php


Class Reward

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Hello Families,

As a reward for excellent behavior, our students have earned a Fort Day. Students may bring sheets, towels, or blankets to create a “fort” under their desk. They may also bring a small pillow or stuffed animal and a flashlight. We will do this during our silent reading time and students will be allowed to read in their forts. This will take place tomorrow during our reading block. Happy reading! 


Week of August 27

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Hello Families,

We had another great week in third grade. This week we worked on building our reading stamina. I am so pleased with our progress. We are now reading up to 30 minutes! What an amazing job the kids are doing!

Homework (HW) journals were due today. Most of the students completed their assignments and did them pretty well. Please help your child to stay on track throughout the week so they won’t have so much to do on Thursday night.

Just a reminder that Wednesday, August 29, is an early release day. It is also picture day.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Pennell

What we’re learning…

Spelling- Plural Endings regular and irregular 8-27

Math– Introduction to multiplication

Reading– character traits, asking and answering questions

Science– rocks and minerals

Grammar: plural nouns

Writing– Personal Narrative


Week of August 20

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Hello Families,

We had a great turnout at Parent Night Thursday evening. Thank you for coming to see how we do things in third grade. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me.

We will have our first spelling test on Friday and the Homework (HW) Journal will also be due Friday.

CogAt and Iowa testing will be here soon! Here are some websites to help your child practice:

https://www.testingmom.com/cpc/cogat-test-8/?so=4&ca=search&sc=CogAT&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIrLaRmdP33AIVxbrACh0yAAa9EAAYAiAAEgKRcvD_BwE  don’t pay, just do the 100 free questions.

CogAT Practice

Have a great week.

Mrs. Pennell

What we’re learning…

Spelling- Plural Endings: Adding es

add-es ch add –essh add-esx add-ess odd-s
speeches brushes foxes kisses voices
peaches eyelashes mixes guesses horses

Also part of your list are: Kincaid, Education Galaxy, Marietta, plural

 

Math– subtracting through thousands with and without regrouping 

Reading– independent reading stamina- asking/answering questions

Science– rocks and minerals

Grammar: plural nouns

Writing– Personal Narrative

 

Below are websites that will help with this week’s academics.  Please review these yourself before you let your child work on them.  They were appropriate when I posted them, but websites change and you need to make sure they are appropriate for your child.  Advertisements on these websites change frequently.

Math: fluency practice  http://www.abcya.com/math_facts_game.htm

http://www.softschools.com/math/subtraction/3_digit_subtraction/3_digit_subtraction_with_regrouping/

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/fruitshoot/fruitshoot_subtraction.htm

Grammar:       https://www.funbrain.com/games/the-plural-girls

https://www.roythezebra.com/reading-games/singular-or-plural-1.html

Science: http://idahoptv.org/sciencetrek/topics/rocks_and_minerals/games.cfm


Week of August 13

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Hello Families,

Well, we made it through the first full week of school! The students have worked so hard this week and  are showing such great character. I can already tell it’s going to be a fantastic year!

This week, Mrs. Weitnauer came to visit our class. The children learned about her job as our school counselor. Mrs. Weitnauer was excited to meet our new students, and to remind our returning students about school counseling at Kincaid. Mrs. Weitnauer will be visiting our class every three weeks.  Lesson topics will include friendship, conflict resolution, study skills, responsibility, career awareness and safety skills. Please contact [email protected] or by phone (770) 578-7238 if you ever need to discuss your student with her.

This Thursday, August 16, is Parent Night. I would like to make this time as meaningful as possible, so I would like to ask parents to let me know what questions you would like to have answered or of any concerns you may have. I will present some information and then we will have a group discussion. This meeting is for adults only and child care will not be provided. I hope to see you all then.

What we’re learning…

Math – Rounding to the nearest 10 and 100; Addition Properties

Reading – Character Traits; ask and answer questions

Writing – establishing Writer’s Workshop; narrative writing

Grammar – Nouns

Social Studies – Civics


Week of August 6

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Hello Families,

Our first three days of school were amazing! The students did a great job participating in lessons and following directions. We are off to a great start! Next week we will hit the ground running with our content lessons. If they have not done so already, students will need to bring in a 1 inch binder with divider tabs by Monday. We will use this to hold and organize our writing throughout the year. Also, it would be great if students could bring in some pictures of people, places, activities, vacations, or events that they enjoy to put in our writing binders. These will be used to inspire writing ideas and may be sent in throughout the week for students to add.

Students have a weekly homework log and behavior sheet in their green folders. This is a single sheet printed front to back and is located in the back sleeve of the folder. Please make sure you review this sheet with your child daily and sign each night. Also, students will be signing a student contract next week now that we have gone over the rules, procedures, and expectations. This contract will come home for parents to review and sign in the green folder next week.

What we’re learning…

Math – Place Value and rounding

Reading – establishing Reader’s Workshop; Character Traits; writing summaries

Writing – establishing Writer’s Workshop; narrative writing

Grammar – Nouns

Social Studies – Map Skills