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.

 

 

Math opportunity

Dear Parents,

I have been trying out an online educational resource with some of the students.  The students are loving it and are benefitting from the math practice. Education Galaxy’s Georgia milestone test preparation program provides online practice for students to help build mastery towards the Georgia Standards.  The unique online program is easy to use and enjoyable for the students.  Students work on their Study Plans practicing important concepts.  The only needed components are a computer and time.  We have 5 weeks before the Georgia Milestone test.  This includes the week of Spring Break. Using this site will be a great review for the test.  Students won’t have enough time to get through all the concepts, but they will benefit from the ones they practice.

I am giving all the students a login for the site. There will be some class time for it, but mainly it will be an activity done at home.  There is a video for each lesson that will explain the concept.  Please have your child watch it before they attempt to do the problems.

As an incentive, I have said everyone who gets 3 stars on all the concepts will meet me in May for an afternoon bowling party. This will be a fun time of celebrating together.    Students will have until May 16th to reach this goal.  Working on this site after the Georgia Milestone testing will make sure the foundation for fourth grade is firm.  This is a choice, not a have to.  If you don’t want your child to participate it is fine.  Any amount they practice using this site will be a benefit, no matter how little or how much.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hitt

Week of March 5th

Parents,

We had a great week celebrating Read Across America.  Kennesaw State University football players read to some classrooms on Wednesday.  Ours was one and the kids asked a lot of good questions and enjoyed the story he read. 

On Friday we skyped with Griffin Middle School and had a book read to us by one of their students.  During the day on Friday we read Dr. Seuss books, and listened to them being read online.  Thanks to our fabulous moms we had Dr. Seuss inspired snacks to eat every time we finished with a book.  We had colored fish crackers for our One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, and Cat in the Hat kabobs.  We ate the Lorax when we finished that book! Finally, we had green eggs and ham along with juice boxes. Thank you to all of you who contributed items.

                                            

I enjoyed getting to see some of you at the Kincaid Foundation Dinner on Friday night.  Thank you for coming out to support this great cause.  The third grade basket was incredible.  Thanks for all of your donations towards it.   We have great parents in our class and I appreciate the way all of you  step up whenever you are needed.

Academics:

Spelling adverbs

Change y to i add ly Add ly
unhappy unhappily suddenly perfectly
steady steadily constantly loudly
rapid rapidly fortunately sadly
lucky luckily

Challenge words: their, they’re, there

 Math– problem solving

Reading– Storyworks –asking and answering questions and comparing/contrasting paired text

Social Studies– finishing Southern Colonies

Writing – cursive and comparing/contrasting

Grammar– coordinating and subordinating conjunctions

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.mathplayground.com/mathhoops_Z1.html

http://resources.hwb.wales.gov.uk/VTC/2008-09/maths/puppies/FullRelease-v104/evenPuppies-en.html

http://resources.hwb.wales.gov.uk/VTC/2008-09/maths/puppies/FullRelease-v104/puppyClothes-en.html

Grammar    https://www.quia.com/rr/60219.html

Social Studies: http://13colonies.mrdonn.org/southerncolonies.html

Dates to remember:

March 6          7:15 – 7:45  Student Banking
slfkjsdclkfjsdlChick-fil-A Night
March 7         Georgia Walk to School Day
March 8        7:15 – 7:45 School Store
skldfjslfjslfjl 6:30  PTA Meeting/2nd Grade Performance **bring old Apple products***
March 9        7:15  Morning with Mom…a great opportunity to check out the book fair!
March 9 – 16   Book Fair
March 14     Early Release Day
March 15      Sack Lunch Day – Come Eat with your Child & Visit the Book Fair
slfjdslfjlfjslkPapa John’s Night
March 16     COUGAR PRIDE DAY
lskfjdsl;fjdlj6:00 – 9:30  Marietta Martial Arts Night
March 17      Elementary MathFest @ Walton
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 February 26th

Parents,

What a wonderful winter break.  Here was my view.

I’m so grateful for these breaks.  I’m afraid getting up early and back to the routine will have us all tired by the end of the week, but boy it was worth it. Please make sure your child has library books to return, a snack, green agenda and spelling journal in his/her backpack to start the week.

The last week we were in school had the kids doing lots of engaging activities.  We celebrated Valentine’s Day, which was lots of fun.  Students are working on crafts from colonial times. They aren’t finished yet, so we will continue working on them next week. Also we celebrated STEM day and it was awesome.  The school had the biggest turn out ever.  Thank you so much for coming and letting the students share the types of things they get to do in STEM every week.  I must say we have some competitive parents when it comes to building!

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Valentine Exchange
Sewing like colonists.
Decorating a “wooden” box for our treasures like a colonist.

Please mark on your calendar February 26 – March 2 for the Foundation Silent Auction and March 2nd for the Foundation Dinner. Foundation supports Kincaid in so many ways.  We are privileged to have such an active Foundation and appreciate their support. Did you know our ability to have a Science Lab and STEM lab are because of Foundation?  Please support them in their endeavors to raise money that directly impacts your child.

Our counselors wanted teachers to add this to our blogs.  Please let them know if you can help them out.

We are very excited about hosting our annual Career Fair here at Kincaid Elementary on Friday, April 27th.  In order to make our Career Day a successful event, we need volunteers who would like to present their careers to students.  Volunteers will have a table set up at the fair and discuss things such as the educational requirements/training and character traits that are required in their field along with what a typical day in their career is like.  Volunteers will arrive by about 7:30am, and presentations will last from 8:00am-11:30am. 

If you are interested in teaching students about your career, please contact Lori Kotarba or Meredith Weitnauer (School Counselors) via phone at 770-578-7238 or via email at [email protected].    

We look forward to having a wonderful and educational Career Day!

I am excited to see your child on Monday and hear all about their adventures this past week.

 Academics:

Spelling

Adverbs that tell where and when

WHERE WHEN
here yesterday
there tomorrow
everywhere today
somewhere often
inside never
outside always
upstairs usually
downstairs early

 Math– creating line plots and telling time to the nearest 5 minutes

Reading– finish novel studies, Storyworks articles and answering questions using the RAP strategy.

Social Studies– Middle Colonies and Southern Colonies

Writing – cursive and comparing/contrasting

Grammar– editing

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/measurement/games/ruler/measuring_length_in_inches/

Grammar    http://www.missmaggie.org/scholastic/editdan_eng_launcher.html

Social Studies: http://13colonies.mrdonn.org/southerncolonies.html

 

Week of February 12th

Parents,

It was so nice last week to be able to go outside most days and enjoy the sunshine.  The field was muddy in certain spots so I am sorry for dirty pants! The forecast for this week has lots of clouds and some rain, but the temperatures are good.  Maybe we will get to go out a couple of days.

Fort day was a hit!  They loved doing work in their forts.  Here are a few pictures.

                          

Wednesday is Valentine’s Day.  Please have your child bring in a valentine for each of his/her classmates and a decorated box or bag to put his/her received valentines in.

Please join us on Friday for STEM DAY.  The time set for you to come to our classroom is 9:00 to 9:30.  The students are excited to be the teacher and lead you in a couple of STEM activities.  I look forward to seeing you.

Remember no school 2-17 through 2-25.  Enjoy the time off with your family and friends.  I’ve heard about a lot of trips.  Some of them include snow skiing, the beach, Disney World and visiting relatives in other states.  Whatever you do refresh, enjoy and stay safe.

Please mark on your calendar February 26 – March 2 for the Foundation Silent Auction and March 2nd for the Foundation Dinner. Foundation supports Kincaid in so many ways.  We are privileged to have such an active Foundation and appreciate their support. Did you know our ability to have a Science Lab and STEM lab are because of Foundation?  Please support them in their endeavors to raise money that directly impacts your child.

Academics:

Spelling:    Adverbs

Base word Irregular spelling

Drop y and change to i,

 then add ly

Base word Add ly
weary wearily friend friendly
merry merrily wise wisely
happy happily total totally
speedy speedily sudden suddenly

Bonus words: immediately, constantly, unfortunately

 Math– measuring to the nearest ¼ inch and creating line plots

Reading– Novel Studies

Social Studies– Middle Colonies

Writing – cursive and opinion writing

Grammar– adverbs

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/games/measurement/

Grammar      https://www.quia.com/cb/45835.html

Social Studies: http://13colonies.mrdonn.org/middlecolonies.html