Weekly News ~ April 23

Dear Families,

We had a glorious week with the end of testing and getting back to normal, and normal feels really good! We read earth-themed literature, explored Google Earth, wrote about the themes of stories and cited text evidence, worked on division facts and strategies, and began our study of the 3 branches of government.

We set up A.R. teams who are in hot competition to read and take quizzes. Children all want to meet the individual goal so that they can attend the “gold level” 3rd grade event May 18. Of course, the whole point of this is to get the children charged up about reading—if they aren’t already—and get them to that million words a year that is proven to make for great readers!

Here’s our learning plan for the week:

  • Math ~ Division facts, addition/subtraction within 1000
  • Reading ~ Compare and contrast key ideas
  • Writing ~ Fairy tale adaptations
  • Social Studies – Three branches of government, state and national
  • Language Arts – Parts of speech in sentences, spelling assessment

I won’t be sending home a spelling list this week as I feel the need for an assessment to see where your child stands in his/her spelling development…and I’ll share the results with you at the end of the week. 🙂 Use the spelling time to practice multiplication and division facts each night. Fluency is expected at the end of 3rd grade.

Career Day is Friday, so we’ll have lots of fun thinking about the future!

Have a great weekend!

Fondly, Mrs. Pennington

 

 

 

Weekly News ~ April 16

Image result for earth dayDear Families,

The children have been terrific during testing ~ hard-working, focused and calm! We have 2 more days of math testing, and then we’re through!

A shortened homework packet will go home, but there will be no spelling. Use extra time to work on multiplication facts mastery, if needed.

Here’s the learning plan:

  • Math ~ Measurement, 2-step work problems
  • Writing ~ Finishing fairy tales, poetry
  • Reading ~ Readers’ theatre, poetry
  • Science ~ Heat
  • Social Studies ~ Conservation, recycling

This Friday is the foundation sports day, so children are invited to wear a hat and/or shirt supporting a favorite sports team. I’m wearing the UGA shirt all of you got me!

Our first Pentopia market day was a screaming success! We only had 3 vendors, but the children quickly learned that they could sell services, so we had numerous “therapists” giving shoulder rubs. Some products were not successful, so our entrepreneur students will be rethinking their products. We have market day every Friday, so it gets better and better. The children love it so much, they delay recess for it! I was having so much fun, I forgot to SeeSaw photos to you, but I’ll do it next week!

Have a great weekend!

Fondly, Mrs. Pennington

Weekly News ~ April 9

 

Dear Families,

I hope you’re enjoying your spring vacation! I am enjoying my time at home being an “on call” grandmother!

The week before spring break was filled with highlights. First of all, thank you all again for making teacher appreciation week so special for me! Celebration of the Arts on Friday was so much fun. There is nothing like spending a day in school doing and making things, and it results in very content children. Ms. Rausch and her arts crew put together a truly epic day at Kincaid!

Get ready for Milestone testing week. Testing begins on Tuesday. Students will take the English/language arts sections of the test on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (April 10-12). The math sections will be taken on Monday and Tuesday (April 16 and 17). Please help your child by making sure he/she gets plenty of solid sleep and eats a big breakfast. We will begin testing at 8:00 a.m. so it is vital your child to be here on time and ready to begin. It’s important for children avoid testing stress, but at the same time, take the test seriously and give his or her best effort. Thank you for your help!

Our first Pentopia market day will be Friday. The children have been working and earning bucks, and now they’re ready to spend them! The children can sell products and/or services Friday. They will have to tap into their own entrepreneurial skills to figure out what to sell, and at what price. Your child will benefit from a bit of your own expert advise, but remember, the most powerful learning comes from their own discoveries, and trial and error. Examples of popular products/services in the past include toilet paper roll minions, origami ninja stars, cubby/desk cleaning service, guitar performance, artwork and homemade treats.

Friday is Foundation sports day. The children can wear a shirt and/or hat supporting a favorite team!

This is the learning plan:

  • Math~ Volume and capacity
  • Reading~ Why Mosquitoes Buzz in Peoples’ Ears readers theatre
  • Writing~ Fairy Tale adaptations
  • Science~ Heat

We won’t have any spelling homework this week – only math. 🙂

Fondly,

Mrs. Pennington

 

Weekly News ~ March 26

Dear Families,

It was fun to come to work today and have our door decorated by Mr. Wilson and lunch delivered by Mr. Kuwamoto! And then I had some lovely cards and gifts. The children are being so sweet. I am lucky to share my days with your children. They are so full of energy and enthusiasm, and keep me young at heart!

Highlights this week include picture day on Tuesday, and Celebration of the Arts on Friday.

Happy birthday, Dax!

The end of grade Milestone will begin the Tuesday we get back from break, so we’ll work on test practice this week. Reviewing math concepts and answering written comprehension questions after reading will be given special attention. In math, we’re classifying shapes and learning that many shapes go into different categories (quadrilateral, rhombus, rectangle, square, polygon, parallelogram). In writing, we are adapting a fairy tale. There is no spelling this week. Instead we will continue working on mentor sentences, and will work on understanding Latin affixes in vocabulary.

If you’d like extra test practice for your child, the following site was shared by Mrs. Hintz.

http://www.gaexperienceonline.com/

It will be nice to have a Spring break before we begin testing. Our grandson is due to be born anyday now, so needless to say, there is plenty of excitement, nervous energy and anticipation at my house!

Weekly News ~ March 19

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Dear Families,

We are so excited about going on our 3rd grade field trip to the Etowah Indian Mounds in Cartersville! We’ll see a movie, watch a tools and weapons demonstration, and walk the historial site. Our buses are scheduled to leave at 9:15 and we’ll be back at about 1:15. The weather will be watched closely to see that we’re dressed properly for possible rain and probable mud. Finn and Sydney’s mothers will chaperone. We need just one more chaperone. First one to email me can come! I’ll SeeSaw photos home!

We have some fabulous leprechaun traps! There were signs of leprechaun activity throughout the school, and we’re hoping to catch one on Saturday when they do most of their mischief. We’ll wait patiently until Monday to see if we’re successful!

Congratulations Grayson, Tara, Angela and Emma for being our “Compassion Cougars”! They are always demonstrating caring and understanding towards others.

Be on the lookout for report cards this Wednesday.

Here’s our learning plan:

  • Math~ 2D shapes
  • Reading~ Point of view
  • Writing~ Adapting a fairy tale
  • Lang. Arts~ Contractions, prepositions
  • Science~ Heat
  • Testing Practice~ Here and there

Spelling Sort 14 ~ 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

We also have a Wellstar “Get Fit” presentation on the value of exercise this Wednesday. And of course, The Lion King performances will be the following weekend. So much excitement!

Happy birthday, Dax!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Pennington

 

 

 

 

Weekly News ~ March 12

Dear Families,

Directions were sent home for an optional enrichment activity…a Leprechaun Trap! The traps are due on Thursday. We’ll set them on Friday and see what happens. The children have so much fun with this, and can get all the help they need from parents, so I’d like to encourage you to do it if you have the time.

~Reminders~

Don’t forget that we have an early release day on Wednesday. Double check with your child about how you want them to go home. I’m missing a few field trip permission slips. Please send them in on Monday. We’ll need a couple of volunteers to chaperone the field trip on March 20th. Let me know if you’d like to accompany us and supervise about 5 children.

Here’s what we’re learning this week:

  • Reading~ Point of view
  • Writing~ Persuasive writing
  • Math~ Elapsed time, line plots, word problems
  • Language Arts~ Spelling, complex sentences
  • Social Studies~ Pentopia job assignments
  • Read Aloud~ Harry Potter
  • Test Practice here and there

Spelling Words – Homophones

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

Happy birthday, Ibrahima and Finn!

Enjoy your weekend. 🙂

Mrs. Pennington

Weekly News ~ March 5

Dear Families,

This next week will a fairly uneventful week…which is unusual! This is the last 8 days of the third quarter, so we will be busy with reviews and assessments for the report cards that come out March 21st.

We had a great time time for Read Across America Day. Some great books were shared, we skypped with a reader from Garrett Middle School, we came up with different titles for Dr. Seuss books to show we understood the main idea, and we estimated, counted and calculated goldfish. Jacob was our winner with an estimate of 1200!

Our learning plan:

  • Math ~ Time to the minute, fractions on a numberline
  • Reading ~ Compare and contrast 2 texts
  • Writing ~ Opinion writing
  • Lang. Arts ~ Spelling, sentences
  • Social Studies ~ American Colonies, classroom economy
  • Read Aloud ~ Harry Potter

We’re setting up our classroom economy, Pentopia! We have a drafted constitution, will set up a government, and will have children apply for different jobs. Be on the look out for job applications. The applications are due next Friday.  The children will earn class money, and later we will have market days (usually every Friday until the end of the year) where goods and services will be sold. The children love it!

Thank you to Grayson, Finn and Ryan’s parents for the extra snack. Mason’s family sent in sanitary wipes and tissues. We’re grateful for the help with k eeping tummies full and the room clean!

We have a field trip to the Etowah Indian Mounds in Cartersville on March 20! Information will go home Wednesday. Please get the permission slip and donation back as soon as possible for planning purposes.

Thanks for everything you do! It is an honor to teach your children! Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs. Pennington

Weekly News ~ February 26

Dear Families,

Whether you had a vacation or a “stay”cation, I hope it was restful and restorative. We have a packed nine weeks of work ahead of us before our spring break in April!

Here’s the learning plan for the week:

  • Math~ Equivalent fractions and measurement
  • Reading~ Paired passages
  • Writing~ Opinion writing
  • Social Studies~ American Colonies
  • Language Arts~ Adverbs

Spelling Words – Where and when adverbs

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

FYI – Any donations to our empty snack basket will be greatly appreciated.

Look for information on the Foundation dinner and auction!

Mrs. Pennington

Update!

Dear Families,

We have a new student! Please add Ayani to your valentine’s day list.

Image result for valentinesClass List for Valentine’s Day

  • Ayani
  • Sydney
    Jonathan
    Ibrahim
    Adrian
    Emma
    Ryan
    Camille
    Kaya
    Jackson
    Rafael
    Valery
    Jacob
    Daxton
    Eduardo
    Angela
    Tobi
    Ahmad
    Brendz
    Tara
    Grayson
    Finn
    Mason

Also, hope to see you at our STEM expo Friday, Feb. 16 from 9-9:30 a.m. The teams have worked hard and are excited to share.

Have a terrific Tuesday!

Mrs. Pennington

Weekly News ~ February 12

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Dear Families,

Happily, we just finished a healthy week!

Here’s what we’re learning this week:

  • Reading ~ Readers theatre
  • Writing ~ Opinion, speeches
  • Math ~ Fractions
  • Lang. Arts ~ Spelling, conjunctions
  • Social Studies ~ Looking deeper into the 13 colonies

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

We’ll exchange valentines on Wednesday and have a special treat! We’ll also have a special STEM activity where we’ll need a big supply of Necco Sweethearts conversational hearts to stack and measure. Thank you ahead of time. 🙂

I hope you’ll be able to enjoy the Winter Olympic Games that begin with the opening ceremony tonight. Have a great weekend!

Remember to send in valentines by Wednesday.

Mrs. Pennington