March 30, 2015


In this week before our spring break, we’ll be busy with new subjects and test prep, AND have some excitement in the form of the Celebration of the Arts on Friday and a Tattling Tales presentation on Tuesday.

The children have been enjoying their work on MobyMax and have even begged to have it replace homework! I’ll have to think about this. In the meantime, they can can all work on it to their hearts’ content.

  • Math: Problem solving, review
  • Writing:  Narrative, short responses
  • Reading:  Vocabulary
  • Social Studies:  Cesar Chavez
  • Science: Heat
  • Language Arts: Review

Happy Birthday, Maggie!

Have a great week…and a great spring break!

Mrs. Pennington

March 23, 2015

Happy Monday everyone! We had a great time at the aquarium! I want to send a special shout out to our room mom, Suzanne McGhee, who helped in communicating the details of the day, and accompanied us on the field trip helping wrangle 20 excited children in a crowded aquarium! The Peter Pan play was fabulous. We were proud of Ayshan and Izzy who had roles in Mr. Bush’s amazing production!

Remember that picture day is Thursday. We’ll take the individual and class pictures.

Happy birthday, Bradley!

Happy birthday, Giselle!

We’ll continue to send home a homework packet on Monday. Please encourage MobyMax practice. MobyMax not only gives the children appropriate, individualized work that is fun and motivating, but also gives me good data so I can better design learning opportunities suited especially for your child.

  • Math: Measurement (grams, kilograms, liters, milliliters)
  • Writing:  Informational research prompt
  • Reading:  Reading informational text – Theme: Heat
  • Social Studies:  Thurgood Marshall
  • Language Arts: Review

Have a nice spring-like week!

Mrs. Pennington

March 15, 2015

Fasten your seat belts for this last week of winter because we have a very exciting week ahead! We’ll see the Peter Pan performance on Monday, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Tuesday, have a puppet show on Wednesday, go to the Georgia Aquarium on Thursday, and end the week on Friday with the first day of spring…and the International Day of Happiness! Report cards will go home Wednesday.

You are welcome to join us at the aquarium on Wednesday, but you will need to provide your own transportation and purchase a ticket. You can accompany your child in everything except the “behind the scenes” tour. Evidently, space is limited for this portion of the field trip.

Here’s the plan for the week:

  • Math: Fraction review, problem solving
  • Writing:  Opinion assessment, ant narrative
  • Reading:  Comparing themes, settings, plots
  • Social Studies:  Franklin D. Roosevelt & Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Health: Circulatory/respiratory diseases & prevention

Third grade has added each student to a new website called MobyMax. The site is aimed at giving children extra practice at their own skill levels. Your child has been given the login and password. Please encourage your child to visit the website regularly (3-5 times a week). I’ll be working with each child to help he/she identify which learning activities are best.

Links for you:


Milestones test practice and information

Happy birthday, Nick!

Thanks again for all your help and support!

Mrs. Pennington

March 9, 2015

We had a busy and full week! Class teams created quite clever imaginary animals, and a mural depicting the Piedmont region of Georgia, home sweet home. STEM night had the children and parents on a scavenger hunt through all the different regions of Georgia represented in the 3rd grade classrooms. I’ll post photos this week.

We’ll continue to send home a homework packet on Monday. It is aimed toward test preparation and review, and not project oriented.

  • Math: Perimeter, area
  • Writing:  Point of view narratives with strong introductions & conclusions
  • Reading:  Point of view (first and third person)
  • Social Studies:  Franklin D. Roosevelt & Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Language Arts: Review

Links for you:

Milestones test practice and information

Here are a list of apps of kid-approved math skills practice apps listed at Edutopia:

Operation Math (iOS – $2.99, Android – $1.99)
This app turns your students into secret spies that will travel around the world on different missions. Kids can choose which operations they want to practice as they make their way through this app.
Sushi Monster (iOS – Free)
Scholastic’s app offers children multiplication and addition problems. They’ll have to reach a target number by picking the correct factors and addends listed on different pieces of sushi.
Quick Math – Arithmetic & Times Tables (iOS – $1.99)
With this app, kids will answer traditional skill-and-drill questions — but they won’t have to enter answers into a keypad. Instead, your children can write the answer anywhere on the screen of their device, and the app will read their handwriting and record their response.
Pet Bingo by Duck Duck Moose (iOS – $1.99, Android – $1.99)
In this game, children will have to answer addition, subtraction, multiplication or division questions and place their answer on a bingo board. This app is full of colorful cartoon characters and offers visual models to help students understand each problem.
Meerkat Math HD (iOS – $1.99)
This adventure app asks students to complete different races using their math facts. In order to make their meerkat avatar run and jump fast enough to be a winner, they’ll have to answer each question quickly and correctly.
Math Flash Cards * (iOS – Free)
A traditional skill-and-drill app (yes, the asterisk is part of the title), Math Flash Cards * helps children practice their times tables by customizing the number and difficulty level of each question. This app has a simple interface that makes it easy for kids to play.
10monkeys Multiplication (iOS – $1.99, Android – Free)
Kids can practice multiplication facts with this animated app. The goal is to help monkeys trapped in a tree escape by answering a set of questions correctly. This app is broken down into different times table and includes a reference chart to review facts.
Math Monsters – Bingo (iOS – Free)
Students can practice all operations using this bingo app. They’ll solve each problem and then find the answer on the bingo board. Players need to be strategic if they want to win the game.
Math Vs Zombies (iOS – $4.99, Android – Free)
This silly app asks children to add, subtract, multiply or divide single- and two-digit numbers. Students need to answer each question correctly in order to zap the zombies back into humans.
YodelOh Math Mountain (iOS – $2.99, Android – $1.99)
A virtual take on a traditional carnival game, this app helps children practice all four operations. They’ll have to work quickly so that the yodeler doesn’t fall from the top of the mountain.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Pennington