Summer is Here!

Parents,

Thank you so much for sharing your most precious gifts with me this year.  Your children have been such a blessing to my life.  I am ready for summer, but I am going to miss them.  Everyone passed the Milestone, and they are ready for 4th grade.  Your child will benefit from reading some this summer and making sure they know their multiplication and division facts by memory.  There are lots of online games and sites to practice math facts.

Thank you for the class gift of a nail certificate and a Visa gift card.  I’m going to visit Boston this summer and will use the gift card on my trip.  Have a wonderful summer.  Enjoy your family and stay safe.

Best Wishes,

Mrs. Hitt

Week of May 21st

Parents,

I can’t believe this year is over!  Your child is ready to be a 4th grader.  Are you?  They grow up so fast, so enjoy this time of life with them.  I have loved being their teacher this year.  If there was a year to loop up with a class this would be the year I would choose to do it.  This class is hardworking, kind, diligent and responsible. I am going to miss them.

Even though it rained field day was fun.  Here are a few pictures.

Remember that Monday is a full day, but Tuesday and Wednesday are early release.  I will send everything home on Monday and Tuesday.  On Wednesday, students should not bring a backpack or lunch box. If they bring a lunch pleae put it in a paper bag. Monday we will have yearbook signing and the kickball game, if it doesn’t rain. Your child may bring a towel to sit on, wear a hat and sunglasses, and bring a water bottle.  Please apply sunscreen before school.

Thank you to Lindsey Fairey, for providing snow cones for the A/R party.  They were a big hit.  Thank you Ms. Wilson and Ms. Plomaritis for helping out. Did I mention we have the best parent volunteers!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Mrs. Hitt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week of May 7th

FYI:

  • The students loved dissecting owl pellets in science lab this week. It was very cool to see what those owls have been eating! Thanks to Foundation for allowing us to have the privilege of a science lab.
  • Please continue to remind your child to work on their multiplication and division fluency. This is a standard on the report card this term.
  • This week we worked on creating 2-step math problems. Here are a few examples.                                                  
  • This week we also made posters about the 3 branches of government.                                       

 Books! Books! Books!

  • I will place the Scholastic Book order on Monday afternoon. If you would like to order go to https://clubs.scholastic.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-rco-us-Site  our class code is MV4QQ.  Thank you for ordering this school year.  I was able to get about 20 new books for the class with the points earned by your orders.
  • Please check with your child and see if they have borrowed a class library book and have them return it to the classroom.
  • Kincaid Library books are now due and need to be returned. The library is now closed and doing end of the year inventory.

Academics:

Math– elapsed time and equivalent fractions

Reading– asking and answering questions

Grammar:  Compound and Complex Sentences

Social Studies– Branches of State Government

Writing – writing for different purposes

Here are some websites for your child to work on concepts we will be studying this week.  Please monitor these sites.  They are fine when I post them, but websites change and I want you to be aware that you can never be too safe with cyber sites.

 Social Studies:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/about-the-white-house/state-local-government/

http://www.ducksters.com/history/us_state_and_local_governments.php

Grammar:

https://www.quia.com/quiz/2922118.html?AP_rand=667469862

https://www.ixl.com/ela/grade-7/is-the-sentence-simple-compound-complex-or-compound-complex

Math:

https://www.splashmath.com/time-games-for-3rd-graders

 

 

 

Week of April 30th

Parents,

Thank you all for the sweet notes of congratulations.  It is an honor to be Kincaid’s teacher of the year.  I teach with an incredible teachers and feel very fortunate to have been elected for this honor.

FYI:

  • We will take the RI and MI this week to see our growth for the year. A copy will be in your child’s last report card.
  • Please order Scholastic books by May 7th if you are interested.
  • Please continue to encourage your child to read for the A/R goal.
  • This will be the last week of spelling and spelling homework.

Field Day – we still need volunteers!! 

Third, fourth and 5th grade field day is Wednesday, May 16th. We need many more volunteers!   Hours are approximately 8:00 – 12:00.  Volunteers are needed to staff games and make sure the students have an awesome day.  These fun-filled days take many volunteers!  If you can help, please contact Kim McMasters at [email protected]

Here are some pictures from last week.  The students taught 2nd graders some concepts they need to know for the beginning of 3rd grade.  They were great teachers and the 2nd graders loved it.

Also the students shared their “Trash to Treasure” projects.  I loved seeing their creativity and imaginative thinking.  All the projects were great.  The winner for Most Creative – Shane with his air hockey game, Most Useful- Hayden with her dry erase panel and Jacob with his desk pencil holder, and Best All Around-Dre with his lava lamp.

Academics:

Spelling–                   r influenced vowel patterns ar, ir, or, ur

ar ir or ur
start first fork burn
harm girl horn hurt
sharp birth north curl
dark swirl  corn burst

Math– Problem Solving

Reading– Novel Study – Peter Pan

Grammar:  Compound and Complex Sentences

Social Studies– Branches of Government

Writing – Fairy Tales

Here are some websites for your child to work on concepts we will be studying this week.  Please monitor these sites.  They are fine when I post them, but websites change and I want you to be aware that you can never be too safe with cyber sites.

 Social Studies:  http://www.ducksters.com/history/us_government.php  

https://www.congressforkids.net/Constitution_threebranches.htm

Grammar:

https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/grammar/syntax-sentences-and-clauses/types-of-sentences/e/complex-and-compound-complex-sentences

Fairy Tales:  https://www.speakaboos.com/dashboard#/?_k=mwntk7

 

 

 

Week of April 25th

Parents,

The students and I are so glad to be done with testing.  The students were troopers.  They stayed focused and worked hard.  We are half-way through this 4th term.  The students are so close to being fourth graders!  I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by.  I will be very sad to say goodbye to this group.   We do still have some concepts to learn and lots of review to make sure their third grade foundation is firm.  Progress reports will be sent home this week.  A few students really need to work on their fact fluency.  One standard on the report card this term says they know through their 10’s in multiplication as well as division.  There are lots of websites to practice these on as well as the old fashion way, flash cards!

The students used their solar ovens this week to cook s’mores.  Thanks for the donations we needed.  Also we tested the insulators that they built.  Dylan and Shane’s insulator kept the ice cube from melting the best.  They still had ¾ of the cube when all the others had completely melted.

Trash to Treasure Project!

This 9 weeks, we are studying ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle.  The student job is to make something cool (a treasure) out of something you might normally trash.  This project should not cost you any money! Have them hink of the examples they saw in class.  The project needs to be creative, and imaginative. Please bring the completed project to class by Friday, April 27th.  No earlier than Wednesday as we don’t have space for them.   Our class will vote on who designed and created the coolest treasure!

Academics:

Spelling–                   Commonly Confused Words

want won’t what
threw through though
then than
our are

Challenge words: affect, effect

Math– mass and math properties

Reading– Novel Study – Peter Pan

Social Studies– Branches of Government

Writing – Fairy Tales

Please spend any extra time  working on Education Galaxy.  Remember that your child must earn a ticket to go bowling in May.  Students earn the ticket by getting all 3 stars in each 3rd grade math standard. They may do any of the subjects, but math is what counts towards bowling.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Hitt

 

 

Week of April 16th

Parents,

Wow!  My students were so focused this week with testing.  They worked very hard and seemed to put all they had into it.  It is hard to stay focused, work when you don’t necessarily understand it all, and sit quietly waiting for classmates to finish. Some days we had a testing window of minutes.  I am very proud of them.  Only two tests left to take.  Both math sections will be taken next week.

Thanks so much for sending in snacks for testing.  The students look forward a different snack every day.

I need a few things for next week. The students are going to test their solar ovens on Wednesday if it is sunny.  If you could send these in, email me so I can tell you if I need them or if someone else is going to bring it in.

  • 2-12 pack of bottled water
  • 1 box of graham crackers
  • 6 regular size Hershey chocolate bars
  • 1 bag of marshmallows

Milestone Testing will be Monday and Tuesday.  Please continue to do these things to help your child.  I did add one extra hint.

  • Get a goodnight’s sleep.
  • Eat breakfast.
  • Take the test seriously, but know that you have done well in third grade and you will do fine on the test as long as you are focused and doing your best work.
  • Play, play, play in the afternoons. Get rid of stress by getting physical exercise.
  • Come to school on time.
  • Take your time on the test, don’t rush, read all your answer choices before choosing your answer.

Here are some pictures of building insulators.

Academics:

Spelling– no spelling during testing

Math– volume and capacity

Reading– Novel Study – Peter Pan

Science– testing insulator project

Social Studies– Branches of Governement

Writing – Poetry Unit

Please spend any extra time that you have working on Education Galaxy.  Remember that you must earn a ticket to go bowling in May.  You earn the ticket by getting all 3 stars in each 3rd grade math standard.  You may do any of the subjects, but math is what counts towards bowling.

 

 

 

Week of April 9th

FYI:

  • What a fun week! I feel very loved and appreciated.  Thank you for the treats, gifts, and special notes.  The class also received gifts.  Thank you Grant, Neil and Matthew for the playground balls, and Ezra for the football.
  • Friday was great. Thank you to the team of teachers and volunteers that worked so hard to provide us with Celebration of the Arts.  I think the slime was what our class liked the best.
  • Milestone Testing starts Tuesday. These are a few helpful hints to help your child be as successful as possible on the test.
    • Get a goodnight’s sleep.
    • Eat breakfast.
    • Take the test seriously, but know that you have done well in third grade and you will do fine on the test as long as you are focused and doing your best work.
    • Play, play, play in the afternoons. Get rid of stress by getting physical exercise.
    • Come to school on time.
  • Enjoy Spring Break with your friends and family! Be safe and I will see you on the 9 

Academics:

Spelling– no spelling during testing

Math– Milestone review/volume and capacity

Reading– Novel Study – Peter Pan

Science– insulator project

Writing – Poetry Unit

 

Please spend any extra time that you have working on Education Galaxy.  Remember that you must earn a ticket to go bowling in May.  You earn the ticket by getting all 3 stars in each 3rd grade math standard.  You may do any of the subjects, but math is what counts towards bowling.

Week of March 25th

FYI:

  • Tuesday is picture day.  Please send back the envelope that was sent home on Wednesday if you are interested in purchasing them.
  • Wednesday  is science lab day. Thank you to our Foundation for providing this for us.  The students are going to make solar ovens for our unit on heat.
  • Friday is a special day. We will have Celebration of the Arts.  The students love going to the different stations and participating in the activities.
  • The students are finished with their craft project of embroidery which was tied to our 13 Colonies unit. They did a fantastic job!  Here are a few .                                                                         If you are going to be close to school this week, please let me know and I will leave their framed art in the office for you to pick up.  It is in a glass frame and I would prefer not to send it home on the bus.  Just let me know when you are coming and I will make sure it is in the office.
  • Our field trip was great! Thank you Mrs. Bell, Mrs. Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence for being our chaperones.                              
  • Keep encouraging your child to do Education Galaxy.  We have a lot of students who are moving up the ranks getting close to Galaxy Defender.  Six students have already earned a ticket to the bowling party by completing all the 3rd grade math standards!  This is a great review for the Milestone test.

Academics:

Vocabulary- just be able to match the prefix with the meaning

 

prefix meaning
uni 1
bi 2
tri 3
quad 4
pent 5
hex 6
oct 8
dec 10

Bonus : hept-7, cent-100, milli and kilo -thousand,

mega-million, giga-billion

Math– 2-D shape attributes/Milestone review

Reading– paired passages/Milestone review

Science– heat

Writing – point of view writing /Milestone review

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:

https://www.education.com/exercise/2d-shapes-with-shared-attributes/

https://www.education.com/game/identifying-shapes-attributes/

http://www.math-play.com/shapes-game.html

Science:  https://www.learninggamesforkids.com/heat-energy-games/heat-energy-hangmouse.html

 

 

 

Week of March 19th

FYI:

  • Friday was filled with tricks and treats from a leprechaun. We had to call Mr. Barry to see if he could catch him!  He tried and had a hold of him, but his coat ripped and he got away.  Barry showed us the hole he escaped out of.
  • The students are doing a great job with Education Galaxy. They are moving up the ranks and we have a graduation celebration several times a week.  Three students have already gotten their ticket for the bowling party in May by completing 3 stars on each 3rd grade math standard.
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  • Next week is packed with activities! The first is our field trip on Tuesday.  We will leave around 9:15 and return around 1:30.  Our weather is very unpredictable and this trip is outdoors.  Please send your child with a jacket.  They won’t need any money.  We will not be going to the gift shop
  • On Wednesday we will have a lesson from WellStar “Get Fit”.
  • Report cards will come home on Wednesday.
  • We will have a Media Lesson on Thursday and a Counseling Lesson on Friday.
  • My daughter works for a non-profit that provides homes to those in need in developing countries. Her company New Story Charity unveiled a 3-D printer this week at SXSW in Austin, Texas.  This printer will print a house in less than 24 hours for about $4000.  This is such a neat way to be innovative to change lives.  Here is the video that I showed the kids of it being built. https://newstorycharity.org/   I thought some of you would enjoy seeing it.
  • We will not be seeing The Lion King play during school hours this year. It would make a great night of fun for your family if you are able to come out to see it.

Academics

Spelling  Contractions is, have

is have
who’s they’ve
where’s might’ve
she’s could’ve
here’s should’ve
what’s you’ve
he’s would’ve
there’s I’ve

Bonus words: although, because, therefore

Math– elapsed time and 2-D shape attributes/Milestone review

Reading– paired passages/Milestone review

Science– heat

Writing – finish narrative Leprechaun story and compare/contrast writing/Milestone review

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: http://www.softschools.com/time/clock_games/elapsed_time_games/

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/time/mathman_time_elapsed.htm

http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/ElapsedTime/

https://www.education.com/game/identifying-shapes-attributes/

http://www.math-play.com/shapes-game.html

Science:  https://www.learninggamesforkids.com/heat-energy-games/heat-energy-hangmouse.html

Dates to remember:

March 19:  7:00pm The Lion King
March 21:  Report Cards Go Home
March 21:  8:30 – 11:00 Kindergarten Registration
March 21:  7:00pm The Lion King
March 23:  8:00pm The Lion King
March 24:  8:00pm The Lion King
March 30:  Celebration of the Arts

Week of March 12th

FYI:

  • Great week last week. Here are some pictures of the students and their finished colonial boxes.  There are a bit fragile, so if you would send in a gift bag we can wrap it in newspaper and send it home.
    such handsome boys

    gorgeous girls
  • Thanks to all you parents for being so supportive and helpful to our class. Whenever I ask for something whether it is an item or a volunteer, or just to come out and see what your kiddos are doing you respond in such a great way.  We have had a lot of new books donated to our class already during this book fair.  Thank you for all the ways you help our class!
  • Check with your child, some are needing new spelling journals.
  • Remember early release on Wednesday. That is also the last day of this term.
  • I am so proud of the students for working on Education Galaxy. We have graduation celebrations almost every day.  They are moving up to higher rankings very quickly.  Who knew having a bowling party could be so motivating!
  • I need 3 people to each buy 5 -11X14 black frames at Dollar Tree for a craft we are finishing up in the next couple of weeks.  Please email me if you would be willing to help out.

 Academics:

Spelling Words – Homophones

chews choose hear here
berries buries pause paws
wood would peace piece
way weigh plain plane

 Math– elapsed time

Reading– verifying answers to comprehension questions

Science– effects of pollution and humans on the environment

Writing – figurative language and continuing a story

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: http://www.softschools.com/time/clock_games/elapsed_time_games/

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/time/mathman_time_elapsed.htm

http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/ElapsedTime/

Science:  http://www.theworldcounts.com/stories/What_is_Pollution_for_Kids

http://www.ducksters.com/science/environment/air_pollution.php

Dates to remember:

  • A continuation of Walk on Wednesday...weather permitting!
  • Early Release Day this Wednesday!  Students will be dismissed 2 hours early.  ASP will be open from 12:15 through 6pm.
  • The Book Fair will continue to run through this Friday…Sack lunches will be served this Thursday for visitors to sign in, eat with their child during their regular lunch time, and visit the book fair.
  • Thursday is Papa John’s Night!  Order a pizza and let Papa John’s know that you are from Kincaid.  A portion of your purchase will go back to our school.
  • This Friday night, Marietta Martial Arts is hosting a Parents Night Out.  Your kids will enjoy the Kung Fu Panda themed night between 6:00 – 9:30 while you can take time for yourself!  100% of the money paid to MMA will be donated back to Kincaid.  Kincaid hearts our partners!  Register Online here.