Week of September 11th

Parents,

The students did an awesome job taking the CogAT.  They were focused and diligent in figuring out the right answer. Next week they will take the IOWA.  This is a  longer daily testing time.  Please encourage your child to take their time and do their best.  These scores are used both this year and next year to see learning strengths and weaknesses.  Early bedtimes and healthy breakfasts will help your child do their best.

I am so proud of our class! We are the H.E.R.O. attendance winners for month of August. H.E.R.O. stands for     H-here              E-everyday      R-ready to learn      O-on time   We had the highest daily attendance among all of the 3rd grade classes and won a PAJAMA day. Your child can wear school appropriate pajamas on Friday, September 15th. Thank you, parents for sending your child to school on-time and ready to learn, every day they feel well!

Remember to place your order for Scholastic books by Friday, the 15th if you are interested. I want to say thank you to all the families that sent in snacks this week.  They were awesome and the students loved getting these extra treats! NO SPELLING OR HOMEWORK THIS WEEK DUE TO TESTING . Your child will need to get out and play to release some stress, and this is a way I can help with that.  Please check the Cobb County Website on Sunday night to see if there are any weather related notices.

Academics:

Math– continue with division-fair share using visual models and word problems-we will also start our multiplication fact fluency

Reading– context clues

Social Studies– American Indians- Northeast and Southeast Regions

Writing – imaginative narratives

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.mathplayground.com/wpdatabase/wpindex.html  (choose the level you need)

Fact Fluency: http://www.multiplication.com/games/play/quick-flash-ii   GREAT FOR LEARNING THEIR FACTS

Social Studies:  http://www.nativetech.org/games/othergames.html

http://www.nativetech.org/games/index.php

brainpop-native American interactive games

https://www.brainpop.com/games/game-finder/?game_keyword=topic:%20American%20Indians

Enjoying your children,

Mrs. Hitt

 

Week of September 4th

Parents,

FYI:

  • We had a great week last week. It was fast and furious, but we learned a lot.
  • School is closed on Monday in celebration of Labor Day. Enjoy the long weekend.
  • This week starts our fall testing. Students will take the CogAT on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  The best way to help your child is to make sure they get plenty of sleep the night before, eat a healthy breakfast that will fuel their brain for the test, and let them know your only expectation is for them to do their best.
  • Thank you to the families that have signed up to bring the class special snacks. These snacks and a little longer recess is what the kids like about testing weeks.
  • We are into the last half of this term. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any concerns with your child’s behavior or academics. You should see all their graded papers that come home on Wednesdays, so you should have an idea on how your child is progressing.   I will email you if I feel your child will be receiving any 1’s or N’s on their report card.
  • Remember to place your order for Scholastic books if you are interested.

Several hands on activities from the week:

            

Multiplication Bracelets

 

Here is a picture of us eating the soil we made!  Ask your child which type soil is best for growing things in.

                       

Classroom Needs for upcoming crafts:

toilet paper or paper towel cardboard tubes, Styrofoam trays, coffee cans or oatmeal round containers, large size plastic yogurt, cottage cheese or sour cream tops.

Academics:

Spelling- Remember your child will take a pretest on Tuesday and then will be told which set of words they should learn for the week.

 

List 1:
under young you cute fuel
Such touch your few human
much use unit new music
List 2:
native quotient Igneous sedimentary
dividend divisor metamorphic possessive

 

Math– interpreting quotients of whole numbers as fair shares.  Five people will equally share 25 cookies.  How many cookies will each person receive?  Students will begin to memorize multiplication tables.

Reading– analyzing how a character’s traits, motivations and feelings influence the story.

Science- Assessment on Soil

Social Studies– American Indians- Artic Region

Writing – edit/revise personal narrative

Grammar-possessive nouns

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.youtube.com/watch?v=fgoUVDoHx5M  This is a youtube video. Please check the ads before you let your child watch it.  They were fine for me, but they can change daily.

http://www.mathplayground.com/wpdatabase/wpindex.html  (choose the level you need)

http://www.mathplayground.com/ASB_Canoe_Puppies.html

Fact Fluency: http://www.mathplayground.com/ASB_AlienAddition.html

ELA: http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/possessive_noun/

Social Studies:  http://www.nativetech.org/games/othergames.html

http://www.nativetech.org/games/index.php

Have a wonderful long weekend enjoying these lasts days of summer with your family and friends!

Mrs. Hitt

 

Week of August 28th

Parents,

FYI:

  • Thanks for coming out to the picnic. I enjoyed getting to see and talk to you for a few minutes.
  • Thank you for giving to the Kincaid Foundation. Your donation helps our school out in so many ways. We have science lab this week and it only exists because of Foundation.
  • Remember Wednesday is an early release day.
  • Picture day is Wednesday. Make sure you send back the picture form if you want to order pictures.
  • Remember Wednesday is when graded papers and papers from the school are sent home. Please check your child’s agenda for these papers.  This week it will include a print out of their A/R student record.

Academics:

Spelling- Remember your child will take a pretest on Monday and then be given which set of words they should learn for the week.

List 1:
rocket told throne most coach
pocket often so almost open
hold grow sew both also
List 2:
humus multiplication product inverse particle
loam factor texture

 Math– interpreting products of whole numbers as total number of objects in groups  (5 groups of 7 is 35)  Students will begin to memorize multiplication tables.

Reading– evaluating character’s traits, motivations and feelings in stories

Science– soil- observing and comparing soil’s (clay, loam, and sand) texture, particles size, and color

Writing – descriptive details in a personal narrative paper

Grammar-possessive nouns

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.mathplayground.com/wpdatabase/wpindex.html  (choose the level you need)

http://www.mathplayground.com/ASB_Canoe_Puppies.html

Fact Fluency: http://www.mathplayground.com/ASB_AlienAddition.html

ELA: http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/possessive_noun/

Science:  http://www.soils4kids.org/

 

Week of August 21st

FYI:

  • The eclipse is Monday. What an awesome experience for us to be in a 97% zone!  If you are planning to pick your child up to experience it together, remember to pick up at 11:15.  I will give your child their glasses at that time to use at home.  If your child is staying at school, please have your child bring a towel to sit on.  Remember we will have late dismissal
  • I hope to see you all at the back to school picnic Friday night.
  • Thanks to the Wood, Wilson, Jackson, Mangrum, Rahman, and Plomaritis families for donating treats for our eclipse day celebration.
  • A shout out goes to Deena Filstrup and her daughter for coming in to sort through our Studies Weekly magazine and get them ready for us to use.
  • We want to win! Classroom competitions for the Kincaid Foundation donation drive are in full swing. The class with the highest percent of students participating in each grade wins a popsicle party! Each child that donates also gets earbuds! Go to kincaidfoundation.org today to make your donation so our class can win!  The Foundation is requesting a donation of $75 per student or $150 per family, but ANY DONATION AMOUNT counts towards our class competition!  100% of donations STAY AT KINCAID!!!

Academics:

Spelling- Remember your child will take a pretest on Monday and then be given which set of words they should learn for the week.

List 1:
pitch drink swim life while
I my light buy eye
which find why kind try
List 2:
human resource natural eclipse synonym
proper common abstract

Math– 2-step problem solving using addition and subtraction

Reading-ask and answer questions from text supporting with text evidence

Science– rocks and minerals

Writing – small moment personal narrative

Grammar– plural nouns-regular and irregular

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.mathplayground.com/wpdatabase/wpindex.html  (choose the level you need)

http://www.mathplayground.com/ASB_Canoe_Puppies.html

Fact Fluency: http://www.mathplayground.com/ASB_AlienAddition.html

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

Science:  http://www.onegeology.org/extra/kids/rocks_and_minerals.html

http://www.rocksandminerals4u.com/minerals.html

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Hitt

 

Week of August 14th

Parents,

We had another great week.  Two weeks down on our third grade adventure!  The only thing that could have made a better week was for the rain to have waited until after recess!  Three days of indoor recess was not as fun as outdoors, but the students seems to enjoy playing games with each other.

       

This week the class also got to purchase goods and services from the store.  Some students choose to save their currency and wait until next week to go to the store.

    

 

FYI:

  • Science Lab is this week.  Please have your child bring in one rock. The rock should be clean, bigger than their thumb but no bigger than the palm of their hand. Please no geodes or polished rocks. Please encourage your child to bring in interesting and unusual rocks, maybe even one found on a vacation.  Your child will get their rocks back when we are done.
  • If you choose to watch the eclipse with your child on Monday the 21st, you may check them out after 11:15 and they will be counted present for the day.
  • If you want your child to participate in the viewing of the eclipse outside, please send in the permission form. Any child who doesn’t have a consent form will watch it inside on TV with K- 2nd
  • We use colored pencils every day. Now is a good time to buy extra boxes of them to have on hand when your child needs to replenish theirs.
  • I need a volunteer to come in and sort our Weekly Studies magazines. It should only take about 45 minutes.  Email me if this is something you would be willing to help out with.

 

Academics:

Spelling- Remember your child will take a pretest on Monday and then be given which set of words they should learn for the week.

List 1:
next left help please believe
many very been seen she
between three easy sea leave
List 2:
Kincaid Marietta Equator Prime Meridian Georgia
latitude longitude mountain

Math– subtracting  without/with regrouping to the thousands and across zeros

Reading-figurative language/RAP strategy to answer comprehension questions.

Social Studies– major mountain ranges and rivers in the U.S.

Economics: goods and services

Writing – zooming in on a small moment

Grammar– concrete/abstract nouns

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/math/subtraction/3_digit_subtraction/3_digit_subtraction_with_regrouping/

Fact Fluency: http://www.abcya.com/math_facts_game.htm

ELA: https://www.janbrett.com/piggybacks/compound.htm

https://www.grammaropolis.com/quizzes.php

http://reviewgamezone.com/games3/ants.php?test_id=2943&title=Abstract%20Or%20Concrete%20Nouns

Social Studies:  http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/earth/rivers.html

Warmest Wishes,

Mrs. Hitt

 

Week of August 7th

Parents,

We had a terrific first week of school!  We were so busy I didn’t even remember to take a picture.  The students are getting into the swing of things and I have decided I have the best 3rd grade class! Don’t tell anyone else in 3rd grade.  I don’t want them mad at me!

The students started earning wages and are getting paid daily for doing their homework and getting their agenda signed.  They purchased “fun Friday” with their currency and were treated to any extra 15 minutes of recess.  This week they will be given their jobs and will earn a salary if it is done well.  By Friday they may have enough currency to start buying goods and services.  Can you tell we are learning our economic standards through real life experiences?

This week will be practicing the procedures that were put in place last week.  The students are doing a great job with them.  They received 3 staff compliments about their behavior and we are working toward a class reward.

Wednesday will be the day in which I send home Kincaid flyers and graded papers.  Be sure to be on the lookout for them.  The papers can be kept at home unless there is a highlighted note asking you to sign it and send it back in.  This would be for low grades.

A/R goals will be given out on Monday.  These are individual term (9 weeks) goals.  Check in with your child about his/hers.  I will send 4 ½ week status updates.  I will be checking with the students weekly to see how they are doing and I will contact you if I think your child is behind schedule.

Spelling Homework explanation:

I will give a pretest on Monday.  Students will take the pretest in their spelling journal.  We will grade it.  Students who spell them all correctly or just miss 1 will be given a different set of words to learn for the week.  Everyone else will learn to spell the 1st list of words below.  You will be able to see which words your child already knows how to spell and which ones they will need to practice at home.  Your child will need to complete two activities during the week.  The activities will be chosen from the choice board that is glued in the front of the journal.  Students will have the words they are to learn to spell for the week also glued in.  The journal will come home Monday and will be due on Friday.  Feel free to have your child do the activities whichever nights work for your family.  Some activities are movement oriented and some are written.  Your child will need to do at least one written activity.  When a movement activity is chosen, your child will record what was done and you will initial it.

 

Academics:

Spelling-  

said           ask           stand         catch         eight

afraid                 always               away         playing      waved

takes                 than                  great         they          prey

 

Advanced words- only students who missed 1 or less on the pretest will learn these words:

equation          addend              difference            rounding

estimate            Colorado            Mississippi        river

 

Math– adding without/with regrouping to the thousands and addition properties

Reading–  Treasure Tree, analyzing character traits- learning how to respond to a question based on RAPS (restate the question, answer the question, prove the answer by citing text evidence,  spelling and punctuation)

Social Studies– major mountain ranges and rivers in the U.S.

Writing – procedures for  Writers Workshop

Grammar– nouns

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.mathgames.com/skill/3.38-solve-using-properties-of-addition

http://www.additionblocksgame.com/

ELA: http://www.softschools.com/language_arts/grammar/noun/balloon_game/

Social Studies:  http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/earth/rivers.html

Looking forward to a great week,

Mrs. Hitt

 

Week of July, 31st

Parents,

Thank you for coming out on Thursday.  I enjoyed meeting you and your precious children.  Monday will start our first week together. Thank you for partnering with me in their education.   Please remember to send in a snack.  Our lunch is at 12:21 and that is a long time from breakfast.

Getting to know each other, learning expectations, rules and protocols will take up a lot of our week.  Please check your child’s green folder daily.  The students earn tickets (our classroom economy) for doing their homework nightly and getting their agenda signed.  There are other ways to earn wages in the class, but these two things you can help out with.

We will start science lab on Wednesday. Thank you Foundation!  P.E. will be on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday this week.  Students will need to  wear sneakers.

Academics:

Spelling- Starts week of August 7th

Math– place value/rounding to the tens

Reading–  Treasure Tree, asking and answering questions/fluency

Social Studies– Economics

Writing – Baseline writing samples

Please email me with any questions you may have at  [email protected].  I am looking forward to a great week getting to know your child.

Mrs. Hitt

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.mathplayground.com/ASB_JetSkiAddition.html

http://www.mathplayground.com/puzzle_pics_addition.html

ELA: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/starship/english/penguinsonice.shtml

Economics: http://www.ducksters.com/money/economics.php