Newsletter 10~27

We’re getting back to normal after 2 weeks of testing and conference week! I really enjoyed meeting with parents!

This is our plan for the week:

  • Math –  Area and problem solving.
  • Reading – Compare/contrast characters in folktales, fairy tales and fables.
  • Language Arts – Spelling, suffixes and root words.
  • Writing – Informational writing – Selecting a topic & planning a draft.
  • Science – Compare/contrast soil characteristics (sand, clay, loam).
  • Social Studies – Important geographical features of the U.S. – Major rivers & mountain ranges.

We’ll also have science lab, guidance and media center time this week.

Online games to enhance this week’s curriculum:

When leaving Kincaid’s website, please use parental judgment.

http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/newsroom/features/?cid=nrcs143_021959  http://www.soils4kids.org/

http://www.ezschool.com/games/english/prefixsuffix/prefixsuffix.html

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

Spelling Words with Suffixes

-able

able to be

-less

without

-ful

full of

-er

one who does

-en

to make or become

lovable

careless

hopeful

teacher

sharpen

likable

fearless

beautiful

singer

soften

comfortable

odorless

wonderful

dancer

golden

dependable

colorless

useful

reader

shorten

The children worked hard on their government poster and did such a great job in their presentations. I appreciate your support in helping your child have a meaningful learning experience! A special thank you goes out to our families who donated 6 books to our classroom library! And happy birthday to Isaiah!

Mrs. Pennington & Ms. Schmidt

Newsletter 10~20

Hello Everyone,

It is with great relief to say we’ve completed our Autumn testing! Thanks so much for the abundant supply of snacks donated this last 2 weeks! The children are as anxious as teachers to get back to normal.

Conference week will shorten our school day, but we’ll still have time for complete lessons in math, reading and writing. We’ll integrate social studies into our reading time.  Lunchtime is scheduled for 9:18 a.m. and we end the day with specials.

  • Math –  Division strategies and area.
  • Reading – Compare/contrast folktales, fairy tales and fables.
  • Writing – Introduction to informational writing.
  • Social Studies – Important geographical features of the U.S. – Major rivers & mountain ranges.

The government project posters are terrific! Each child shared the work to the class with a 2-minute presentation.

I’m looking forward to parent conferences! We hope to see everyone at the Fun Run next Saturday.

Mrs. Pennington & Ms. Schmidt

Newletter 10~13

The ITBS will take place Monday through Thursday mornings. A child needs a good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast to maintain good focus and stamina. Thank you to all the moms who sent in test snacks last week!

Learning this week:

  • Math –  Division strategies.
  • Spelling/Language Arts – No new words this week due to testing.
  • Reading – Compare/contrast folktales.
  • Writing – Opinion writing-topic introduction, details and closure. Introduction to informational writing.
  • Social Studies – Roots of democracy, branches of government. The project is due Friday.

This week at Kincaid…

Thursday – Book Fair Open from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Friday – Cougar Pride Day

Saturday – Hands On Atlanta

class photo

Click on the image and you’ll see everyone in focus!

Have a nice week!

Ms. Pennington & Ms. Schmidt

Newsletter ~ 10-6

Learning this week:

  • Math –  Foundations of division and area.
  • Spelling/Language Arts – Review. No new spelling words.
  • Reading – Compare/contrast folktales.
  • Writing – Opinion writing-topic introduction, details and closure.
  • Social Studies – Roots of democracy, branches of government.

Cogat Testing will take place for about a half an hour each morning, Tuesday through Thursday.

Other highlights:

We’ll use our knowledge of a direct democracy to choose a name for our hamster. Our classroom representative, Ben, will summarize and prioritize the weekly suggestions made by classmates to improve our classroom and school. We’ll send off paper butterflies to Mexico, a “Symbolic Migration”, and await their return from a Mexican classroom in April. This project is a part of our study of habitats this year. See more information at this link: Monarch Study Resources

The third grade Olympics was great fun and the competitors gave their best effort, and showed tremendous sportsmanship. Our gold medal winners are Gowri, Kahliya and Joshua! Like the original Olympics, there was only one winner for each event. Unlike the original Olympics, our young women were allowed to compete!

Mrs. Pennington & Ms. Schmidt